If you want to be a mouthpiece for God; if you want to be a trusted voice that speaks for God; if you want to have people and kings call for you when they are wanting to know the will of God, you cannot have the fear of man but you must have the fear of God. The Bible says, the fear of man proves to be a snare (Proverbs 29:25), but those who trust in the Lord are safe. The fear of man is rampant in the prophetic of our day so prophets are saying what people want to here. But think about it for just a minute, is hearing what you want to hear doing anything to change your life?
In 2 Chronicles 18 there is a story about two kings, one is Jehosophat the king of Judah and the other is Ahab the king of Israel. These kings aligned and were wanting to go and take the city of Ramoth-gilead (Hebron). Before they set out to do it, King Jehosophat said to King Ahab before we go to battle lets inquire of the Lord, “Then the king of Israel assembled the prophets, four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for God will give it into the hand of the king.” (2 Chronicles 18:5). Note they are called prophets, then called 400 men. Now listen to what King Jehosophat replies with, “But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not yet a prophet of the LORD here that we may inquire of him?” The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me but always evil. He is Micaiah, son of Imla.” But Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.” (2 Chronicles 18:6-7). Note the demarcation in language from prophet to prophet of the Lord. 400 men were “prophets” while one man was a prophet of the Lord. It’s not about quantity of agreement, but the word of the Lord.
When you have the fear of the Lord, you cannot have the fear of man. We only have room for one fear and when you fear the Lord you hear the Lord. My friends, listen to those who have the fear of the Lord, not the fear of man, even if they do not say what you want to hear. God doesn’t speak to tell you what you want to hear but the truth that will set you free. The question we must ask ourselves is do I want to be free? Only truth from the mouth of God can set you free so you too can fear the Lord with me.