Fear Grips Us Most When….
Looking to God’s word for help, I would like to share with you how we can each learn to live “Fearless”. How we can learn to FEAR NOT? First of all you must understand:
A. Fear PARALYZES.
B. Fear STEALS OUR JOY .
C. Fear is NOT OF GOD.
D. Over 365 TIMES, God’s word tells us to FEAR NOT. That’s at least one “fear not” for every day of the year..
Why does God tell us so many times throughout scripture to fear not? Because its human to fear.It’s human to feel overwhelmed, outmanned, and wonder how will I ever get through this.There is always a giant in front of us that we can’t slay alone.
God doesn’t want us to fear OUR PAST. God doesn’t want us to fear THE PRESENT. God doesn’t want us to fear THE FUTURE.
Now, there is no way we can tackle completely a topic such as fear. But, I’m going to share with you some difference makers when it comes to dealing with Fear. I’ve entitled it “WHEN FEAR GRIPS US MOST”?
#1: Fear grips us most when we QUIT PRAYING.
It is very normal and often that we get so wrapped up in what is going around us and our concerns in this world that quit praying. And, when we do pray, too often our prayers are reactive, but rarely proactive. Too often we only pray when we want something , only after we’ve exhausted all other options. When prayer should always be our first option.
When we quit praying we quickly become overwhelmed by what we can’t handle. When we quit praying we focus way too much on the storm in front of us, instead of the God who is with us. For sure, any time we find ourselves feeling anxious we need to PRAY IT OUT.
(Philippians 4:6-7) 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
*Peace doesn’t come from fixing things around you…because there will always be something out of your control..Peace comes from giving everything around you to a God who loves you, Who is all knowing, Who is all powerful, and always there for you.
There is no doubt that fear grips us most when we feel outmanned, overwhelmed, and helpless to do anything about it.This is when we must give all that we can’t handle to a God who can handle it all.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) 16 Rejoice always, 17 PRAY CONTINUALLY, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
#2: Fear grips us most when we BUY SATAN’S LIES.
Scripture tells us that Satan….our greatest enemy is always looking for ways to discourage, depress, and ultimately destroy us all.
Satan whispers in your ear that…..You are Worthless!….God says you are priceless…
Satan says, the situation is hopeless….God says, hope can always be found in Him..
Satan says, You might as well give up…God says, With my help you can climb any mountain.
Satan says, You should be very afraid….God says, Fear Not I am with you…
(1 Peter 5:7-9) 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
(John 10:10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest.
Now, in order to remove the lies Satan will tell you….You must mediate on the Truth God has spoken….The Bible is God’s love letter to His children…Every word is filled with hope and guidance to face even your greatest fears. From disaster to death to eternity….
In order to live fearless, you have to replace Satan’s lies with God’s unchanging truth. That truth is found from Genesis to Revelation.
#3: Fear grips us most when we WALK BY SIGHT.
So many days, we find ourselves overwhelmed by what is going on around us. At home, at work, and even in our world as we turn on CNN. Looking through our eyes all we see is reasons to be afraid everywhere we look…God’s word tells us that in order to have peace and live life to its fullest…We have to choose to walk by faith, not sight.
(2 Corinthians 5:7) For we live by faith, not by sight.
(Proverbs 3:5-6) Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Just this past week, I was having a conversation with my oldest son Matthew about some financial concerns and adjustments we were having to make. In the midst our conversation, I started remembering all the times God has come through in the past and has provided all that we’ve needed.
*That time we couldn’t get our car from the mechanic and someone gave us a $1000 check at just the exact time. No one even knew about this, but God provided.
*That time we just needed a hundred dollars and we were at Wendy’s splitting a jr bacon cheese burger. And, someone travelling to Florida walks over to our table. With tears rolling out her eyes she handed us a $100 bill and said, God laid it on my heart to give this to you. We just sat there with our mouths wide open in awe of God’s faithfulness.
Many times we have to remember God’s faithfulness in the past, in order to have confidence in that same God today…
#4: Fear grips us most when we try to RUN AWAY. Some of you might recall the Southwest Airline commercials, where something happens to someone and they say, Don’t you just want to get away.Often our first thought when faced with great adversity is to run the other way.To leave that job, to leave that town, and just put everything out of sight and out of mind. But, you can’t run from your fear…..And, God doesn’t want you to….
(2 Timothy 1:7) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Learning to face your fears head on increases our faith in God and teaches us how to persevere even under the most extreme situations.
#5: Fear grips us most when we FEEL ALONE.
As I mentioned earlier….there are over 365 “Fear Not” passages throughout God’s word. Most of them are all connected to the fact that WE ARE NEVER ALONE. We are never forgotten, never abandoned, never on our own.Now, we may feel alone at times when family and friends are nowhere to be found when we need them most…
(Deuteronomy 31:6) “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them, for the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
(Isaiah 41:10) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
(Joshua 1:9) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
You will always face something BIGGER THAN YOU, but no matter what GOD IS ALWAYS WITH YOU.
These are some of my message notes from a sermon I preached at www.RefugeChurch.org. on 8/11/13. If you don’t attend church anywhere I promise you’ll feel right at home with us at the Colleton Recreation Center. Every time we meet you will feel God’s presence, understand God’s will for your life, and never leave the same.