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Monday, April 15, 2019
Your John 5:44 Secret to Canceling Your Fear of What Others Think

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For more than 60 years, John 5:44 has been my life verse. By that, I mean I have sought to be governed by this principle: seeking God's honor rather than man's. I do not say I have always succeeded in doing this. Too often I have been influenced by the approval of people and the fear of man. The fear of man will always prove to be a "snare"—so true; but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe (Prov. 29:25). Or as the New Living Translation puts it, "Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety." Fearing people is the devil's trap to keep you and me from receiving the blessing from God that would come to us by choosing the people's approval.

Pursuing the principle of John 5:44 is the best antidote to keep us from being governed by the fear of people and lead us to being popular in heaven.

John 5:44 is directed to the Jews generally and almost certainly, the Pharisees particularly. The Pharisees were a prominent sect in ancient Judaism. They considered themselves not only to be experts in the Mosaic Law but fancied themselves to be a cut above all other Jews—whether these Jews be Sadducees, scribes or zealots. The Sadducees were made up mostly of priestly families. They were more prestigious but fewer in number than the Pharisees. A real rivalry existed between the Sadducees and the Pharisees (see Matt. 22:34, for example). That said, verses that precede John 5:44 (verses 5:1, 10, 15-16 and 18) merely refer to "Jews," but these would probably refer to Pharisees if not also the other groups. (See John 1:24, 3:1, 4:1, which show Pharisees being mentioned in the fourth Gospel prior to John 5).

My point is this. John 5:44 contains a question—a question that cannot really be answered. read more
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