“Psa. 119:161 (AMP) Princes pursue and persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of Your words [dreading violation of them far more than the force of prince or potentate].
Every man dreads falling into the hands which he fears most. So if God has gained the supremacy over your fear, you will rather run into the hottest flames the persecutor kindles than make Him your enemy.
"Psa. 119:161 (AMP) Princes pursue and persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of Your words [dreading violation of them far more than the force of prince or potentate]. David weighed man's anger and found God's hand to be heavier. Thus Scripture so clearly reveals the frailty of man's threatening rage compared with God's power that he no longer fears the worst which man can do to him. " Is. 2:22 (AMP) Cease to trust in [weak, frail, and dying] man, whose breath is in his nostrils [for so short a time]; in what sense can he be counted as having intrinsic worth? "Matt. 10:28 (AMP) And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).
Children are afraid of imaginary monsters that cannot possibly hurt them, but play with fire that will burn them. It is no less childish to be frightened by the threats of an enemy who has no more power than we give him, but to play with a very real hellfire, into which God can cast a person forever. What did John Huss lose when his enemies put a fool's cap on his head? They could not take off the helmet of hope he wore underneath it. Or how much nearer did this martyr come to hell because his persecutors committed his soul to the devil? No closer than some of their own cruel crew are to heaven for being sainted in the Pope's calendar.
Melancthon said Luther and the faithful servants were doubly cursed because the Pope had cursed them. But what does the psalmist say? " Psa. 109:28 (AMP) Let them curse, but do You bless. When adversaries arise, let them be put to shame, but let Your servant rejoice. If you have God's good Word, you do not have to fear the world's bad words. A dog can bark all night long but the moon will never change color because of the noise he makes. And the saint need not change his countenance because of his persecutors' abuse.”Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell. http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_productDetail.aspx?id=41823&pid=53617