AUGUST 9: REALLOCATED FEAR

REALLOCATED FEAR
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Sarah was hiding an alcohol addiction.
Behind closed doors, her choice of companion had become something that could be poured into a glass:
A Redbull and Vodka,
Or ...
A Scotch and Soda.
The stronger the stress, the stronger the drink.
Until, finally one day, Sarah didn't like who she'd become.
What to do when you're afraid of what to do?
Hmmm ...
Sarah's underlying fear was a fear we all are familiar with:
The age-old, What will people think of me, fear.
Whispers haunted and taunted Sarah:
-Your reputation will be ruined.
-Your friends will leave you.
-Everyone around you will be shocked, disappointed, and hurt by your hidden hypocrisy.

Suck it up, Buttercup,
Shut-up ,

Grow up,
 Keep your lie a secret and just keep living it. 
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Hmmm ....
Until we confront our unhealthy fear of man and ourselves;
We live shallow and unsatisfying lives.
Scripture nails it:
"The fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe."
Proverbs 29:15
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The problem with a fear of man is that it overshadows and prevents obedience to God.
There is no peace in such an existence;
Take my word for it.
This is why Scripture emphatically declares that the only proper "placement" of fear rests in a reallocation of it:
Fear requires a transfer from man to God.
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While a "concoction in a glass" might take on a different form for each of us;
We each have "drinks" to deal with in our lives.
When we begin to seek God's approval more than man's;
Notable and life changing consequences occur on the heels, though temporarily this is extremely difficult to see.
Obedience wields self-respect, right relationship, and demonstrates a living and active belief in the authority and power of God and His word.
For consideration and contemplation of how to handle "your" present fears I leave you with some "reallocation" truths:
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1) "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and knowledge of the holy is understanding."
Proverbs 9:10
*It's also the middle and end.
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2) "Fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Matthew 10:28
Turn your eyes away from man and place them on God.
Do what He tells you to do ... no matter what.
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3) My personal favorite and the "game-changer" for me:
"I, even I, am He that comforteth you. Who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass. And forgettest the Lord thy Maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens and laid the foundation of the earth ..."
Isaiah 51:12-13
Mmmm ...
Oh God, I love this truth!
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Live the life God intended for you, dear Reader.
Reallocate your fears.