235. Fear Not; You Will Not be Disgraced or Disappointed

Isaiah 54:4 NKJV “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.

Have you ever known someone you like, honor or respect like a friend or a boss that will talk to you and be very engaging in one social setting, but in another they ignore and avoid you? I had a “friend” like that when I was younger. We were what I thought was good friends and then we’d get around other groups of people that my friend esteemed highly and thought that they might not think I was as cool as everyone else, so he would just exclude me around his other friends. Well, we didn’t stay “friends” too long. Because, I felt humiliated and disgraced. I don’t want to be friends with someone who makes me feel ashamed and won’t acknowledge me.

This often happens in families among siblings even more so because unlike friends, you don’t choose your siblings. Being the youngest, on occasion, I fell victim to this too. There were a number of times that my older brother and sister ridiculed or made fun of and disgraced me in front of their friends – to their defense I was probably being pretty annoying and invading their space. All little kids want to hang out with bigger kids, because they admire them and many times they get disgraced or shamed because they weren’t wanted around all the time.

But the Lord says you never have to fear Him shaming you. God will never disgrace you. If you are hoping to spend time with Him, He’ll never call and say He’s going to work late or going hang out with Moses, Elijah and Enoch instead. NO! Men are often ashamed when disappointments of all kinds occur, but that is not how it should be for you and me. The Church should never be ashamed of her hope and confidence, because the Lord will not disappoint. HE will do what He says He’ll do. He will be your friend even through the end. He will not leave you nor forsake you. He is not embarrassed of you and He will not embarrass or disgrace you. Instead He will always come through. Keep your confidence in Him and Fear Not, you will not be disgraced or disappointed.

Isaiah 54:5 MSG For your Maker is your bridegroom, his name, GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies! Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel, known as God of the whole earth.

God has made an eternal commitment to you. To disgrace you would be disgracing Himself.

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234. Katagelophobia – Fear of being Embarrassed

Isaiah 54:4 NKJV “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.

Isaiah 54:4 MSG Don’t be afraid–you’re not going to be embarrassed. Don’t hold back–you’re not going to come up short. You’ll forget all about the humiliations of your youth, and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory.

Have you ever had those thoughts that said, “Oh no, they’re all going to laugh at me. I’ll never live this down?” If so then you’ve experienced Katagelophobia. It is the fear of being embarrassed or ashamed.

Thankfully, Isaiah 54:4 lets us know that the Lord doesn’t desire to disgrace us or see us put to shame. He isn’t going to embarrass you. Honestly, I don’t need anybody embarrassing me; I do it enough on my own. But God never wants to see me disgraced or put to shame.

Katagelophobia is often experienced when we are growing into a new position or expanding our current roles within a company. There are new expectations, social cues, different co-workers, clients, larger platforms, higher goals, and the opportunities to fear, but if you’ll trust in the Lord and follow His lead you’ll never be put to shame again.

He will lead you and guide you in all good things. God will never let you down and He with your trust in Him you’ll will NOT be embarrassed or ashamed.

233. The Comforter of the Fearful

Isaiah 51:12 MSGI, I’m the One comforting you. What are you afraid of–or who? Some man or woman who’ll soon be dead? Some poor wretch destined for dust?

Isaiah 51:12 NKJVI, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid Of a man who will die, And of the son of a man who will be made like grass?

Notice the emphatic nature of this verse. The Lord is making a point here. I, even I am He…” or as the Message records it, I, I’m the One…” God wants to be sure we realize that He desires to more than just protect us, but also comfort us when we are afraid.

The Father recognizes the exhausting emotional trauma that is involved with fear. He loves us. And although He knows and wants us to know that there is never any reason to worry or fear, because He’s for us, with us, in us and faithful, He also knows that sometimes we need more than just His power and strength beating back the attacks of the enemy and destroying our fears. He knows that as we grow in Him and overcome fear to conquer the giants and shake the mountains that may arise before us that there are times we are just drained. Praise God, He is also our comforter.

The Father wants you to know that He is here arms wide open to embrace you and console you in the midst of your fears. Then He gives us that little reminder of who He is in comparison to our problem and encourages us in our race.

This Scripture is an answer to a prayer by Isaiah and it is an answer to our prayers too. God is saying not only do I promise to be with you, help you, and be your strength, I’ll also comfort and love you every step of the way. When your heart is overwhelmed and your faith seems to be failing, remember the Father, He, is the One who comforts you. In His arms, there is no reason to fear.

232. Admit Your Fears Before You Make a Decision

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!

231. When Dark Clouds Come

Isaiah 50:10 NLT Who among you fears the LORD and obeys His servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God.

 Have you ever had a day or a period of life that it just seemed like a dark cloud was always overhead? When bad news just kept coming till you felt like you were alone in utter darkness without any ray of hope. Sometimes the circumstances of life seem to engulf our thinking accompanied with worry, doubt, and fear. In those moments when you feel like you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light… trust in the Lord and rely on your (Father) God.

He is always for you. He is always with you. He even lives in you, by His Spirit. And He is always faithful. Don’t be afraid, even when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Ps 23). Why? Because He is with you and you can utterly trust and rely on Him. When dark clouds come and seem to drown out the light, FEAR NOT, trust in the Lord, rely on your Father and watch the rays of His light begin to shine in your circumstance driving out darkness and fear.

230. Are You Worshiping a False Image of God?

Isaiah 44:8-11 NKJV Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.‘ ” (9) Those who make an image, all of them are useless, And their precious things shall not profit; They are their own witnesses; They neither see nor know, that they may be ashamed. (10)  Who would form a god or mold an image That profits him nothing? (11)  Surely all his companions would be ashamed; And the workmen, they are mere men. Let them all be gathered together, Let them stand up; Yet they shall fear, They shall be ashamed together.

To live a life free from fear we must get to know the FEARLESS one and His Word. It is our confidence in Him and His Word that enables us to live in the Fearless nature in which we’ve been made to walk. There are some however, that make their own god, putting their trust in idols, ideas, and systems that allow them to placate their fears with false reasoning. This profits them nothing and, “they shall fear”.

Unfortunately many Believers do this too. Though we may not be molding idols and building a new god to worship, ALL OF US, have some ideas about God and His Word that don’t reflect Him in His nature accurately. Too many people settle for hearsay about the Lord instead of examining Scripture, conferring with trusted advisors like their pastor, ministry leaders, and elders within their church, and allow the Teacher the Holy Spirit of God to reveal their false images of Him to them.

Job didn’t worship a false God, but he did hold and worship an idea and picture of the Father God that wasn’t accurate. His false image of God, profited him nothing when it came to getting healed, delivered from depression, provision, and freedom from his fears. It wasn’t until Job had an encounter with God and got a revelation of His genuine nature that freedom from fear, healing, joy, and provision came. It was Job’s false belief -image if you will- of God that kept him in bondage to fear. It is our beliefs and our IMAGE of God that helps hold us in bondage to fear too.

Grow in your knowledge of who He is and spend time in His Word and in His presence daily. The Father is fearless and He is GOOD. We have been born again in His image. Examine your fears in the light of His Word. Do you have a molded image in your mind of God that doesn’t stand true to the Word? Talk to some knowledgeable people you trust about it, and be sure to spend time with God the Spirit and allow Him to show you the Truth and change the picture of God you have in your heart and fear not.

229. The Word Reveals our Unfounded Fears

Isaiah 44:8 NKJV Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.‘ “

Most fear is not based on fact. Most fear that people face or experience is based on a feeling or thought about a possible outcome of a situation. Aristotle said, “Fear is pain arising from anticipation of evil.”

Negative situations are declaring something to you. They declare that they are going to destroy your health, your wealth, your reputation, your marriage… But you don’t have to get into fear. Fear enters in when you listen and begin to believe the lies they declare. STOP it.

You don’t have to believe the lies. One way to eliminate fear is to find its’ foundation and shine the light of God’s Word to it. Isaiah 44:8 reminds us of this truth. There is no other Rock besides our God. He is the foundation. We do not have fear nor ever be afraid, because He is the Rock. He is the foundation of truth, Jesus the Word of God. What is at the base of your fear? Now compare it to what the Word, the foundation of truth says. Looking at your fears in the light and truth of the Word allows us to begin to see just how unfounded our fears are. Through this process we are released and experience freedom from our fears.

Do not fear, nor be afraid. There is no other God besides our Lord and His Word is Truth.