My friends, don't be afraid of people. They can kill you, but after that, there is nothing else they can do. God is the one you must fear. Not only can he take your life, but he can throw you into hell. God is certainly the one you should fear!
Five sparrows are sold for only a few cents, but God doesn't forget a single one of them. Even the hairs on your head are counted. So don't be afraid! You are worth much more than many sparrows.
In the hearts of all men there is a battle that rages every day. The two sides of that war are the "FEAR OF MAN" and the "FEAR OF GOD!" If you fear man more than you fear God then you will not be obedient to the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit. But if you fear God more than men then you will be willing to disappoint and even disobey men when the rules of men come into conflict with the Word and Will of God!
Persecution of Christians is not dependent on how evil the world is around them. Persecution happens when Christians fear God more than they fear men. When men who govern others require that you engage in an activity of which God disapproves you must decide whether or not you fear God more than men.
A man or woman of faith is one that always obeys God and only obeys men when the command of man does not contradict the will of God. When you walk with God with that unfaltering determination you will suffer from persecution by men who do not trust God.
"Lord Jesus I choose today to fear You more than I fear men! May Your Will and Word be the itinerary of my life. May I go with You and not with the world every day for the rest of my life. Praise Your Name forever. Amen."