Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore
The opposite of standing confidently is running scared!
People in Bible who let fear compromise their faith
1 Samuel 15:24—Saul because of the fear of the people did not obey God
Pilate found Jesus innocent but because of people condemned Him.
Peter when confronted whether he was a disciple of Christ
Peter in Galatians who for fear of the Jews withdrew from Gentiles
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Promise stated to Jacob, Joshua, and Solomon, also Deuteronomy 31:6. Boldly—with good courage, confidence. I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Deuteronomy 1:16-17-- Fear of man perverts judgment
And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
There should be a confidence to give God’s judgment regardless of who the person is. Fear will make you compromise God’s judgment, and typically make you judgmental yourself. We make ourselves judge.
Matthew 23:25-28—fear of man makes you self-righteous
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Pharisees were all about externals, not dealing with God at all. Dealing with God eliminates games with people. Pharisees dealt little with God’s word and mostly with traditions of men. Looking good is easier than being good! But looking good becomes dependent on how others look.
James 4:10-12—judgmentalism is sign of pride
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
Judging others puts yourself outside the law and in the place of Judge, that’s God’s job! There is one Judge and it aint you! Who are you to judge?
Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Judging is a sign of weakness and insecurity. Not judging is a sign of confidence and assurance.
Romans 14:10-13—Keep God in His place
But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
We all have to deal directly with God. Worry more about your faults than others faults. If you insist upon judging, judge your own actions. Humility and non-judging go together. Arrogance and judgmentalism go together. Humble yourself. Deal with God. Fear Him and all other fears melt away.