Isaiah 51:7 NLT “Listen to Me, you who know right from wrong you who cherish My law in your hearts. Do not be afraid of people’s scorn, nor fear their insults.
General George Patton once said, “The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all of your fears and go ahead!” That’s some good advice. Admit your fears before you make a decision.
Admitting your fears before you make a decision will allow you to clearly address them by examining them and your situation to the Word of God, listening to Him by the Holy Spirit in you as a Believer in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. It gets them out in the open so they can be dealt with. If we suppress and hide them they will rise up stronger after the decision has been made and can dilute, distract, diminish, or destroy our results.
Then get into the Word. It is His Word in our heart that allows us to walk fearless. Not everyone will agree with the decision you make. Not everyone agrees with the Scripture. They will try to manipulate, debate, and intimidate you. If you allow it the fear they inspire will keep you from obeying God.
Here in Isaiah 51:7 God says we are to listen to Him and that through our love for Him and His Word we know the right thing to do. Don’t be afraid of what people say or their insults. Admit your fears and then address them according to the Word of God. Examine what His Word says and make your decision being led by His Word and Spirit. Then turn off all of your fears and go ahead! That’s what Gideon did in Judges 6, that’s what the three Hebrew teens did in Daniel chapter 3, and that’s what we’re going to do. Admit your fears; listen to God, Follow His Spirit and the Word which agrees and FEAR NOT!