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Posted by John Smith on May 13, 2011

Exodus 2:14 NKJV  Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”
So Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!”

 As we discussed in the previous post, I believe Moses feared and fled for two reasons.  The first of these was he feared how people
would react to him knowing he killed an Egyptian and the potential consequences that might mean.  The crime itself didn’t cause him to fear, but it was the thought of people knowing or finding out and what that might mean that tormented him.

Moses’ fear rose out of the thoughts of his secret being exposed and what that might mean to him.  I’ve heard it accurately said, “To the extent that you are secret you are sick.”  I think we could also say to the extent that you are secret you are afraid.  Again, fear comes from many difference sources but veiled and hidden secrets are one cause of fear in our lives.  The answer is transparency.

 2 Corinthians 1:12-13 NLT  We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you.  (13)  Our letters have been straightforward, and there is nothing written between the lines and nothing you can’t understand. I hope someday you will fully understand us,

 John 18:20 NKJV  Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world.  I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.

 2 Corinthians 6:3 NKJV  We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.

 2 Corinthians 6:3 NLT  We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry.

 These are just a few of the Scriptures you can find in the New Testament that speak of living and maintaining a life of transparency and openness before others.  Jesus never hid and spoke under darkness of night or did anything that could be perceived as looking dishonest
or as a secret plot to overthrow the current religious order…  Paul wrote about living with a clear conscience in his everyday dealings with people and not trying to creatively write things or say things to trick or deceive anyone ((2 Corinthians 1:13) unlike many politicians and bills today). He left no place for people to find any real fault with him or the work of the ministry he was involved in.

Purge out the secrets in your life and then in everything you do you can live without fear.  People accused Jesus, Paul, and they will accuse you of things.  Living transparently before men is what keeps the accusation from sticking.  So purge out your secrets to somebody you can trust and be accountable to, then live openly and honestly before men and you will, FEAR NOT!

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