Sermon Illustrations

This past April, the Washington Post interviewed a 9-year-old who said the Earth is “just starting to fade away.” In 20 years there will be “no oxygen” he said, and he’ll be dead. The Post went on to say, “for many children and young adults, global warming is defining their generation.”

My friends, our children are being taught that the earth is being destroyed; the animals are all dying, and its all our fault. Many of our children and young people are living in fear.

When I was in school, the great fear was the population explosion. I was taught that by today, there would not be enough food grown in the world to continue to support the world’s growing population. My 9th grade science teacher even encouraged us all to become vegetarians because she said it took less land to grow vegetables than it did to support livestock. Today, they’re using food to make fuel; our government pays farmers not to grow crops, (Including some in this state who are paid not to grow peanuts, cotton, and soybeans) and I know of farmland in Mississippi and Arkansas that is being taken out of food production and is having trees planted on it.

Before that, it was the cold war. Listen difficulties will come. There will be wars and rumors of wars. There will be storms, floods, and famine, but the Bible makes it very clear that we are not to fear. Again and again, through the pages of the Bible, God says, “Do not fear. Do not be afraid.”

> Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “ Abba, Father!”

> 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

You recognize these verses. We looked at them last week. God told us not to be afraid. The God that brings you to the Red Sea will carry you through the sea. The God, Who allows a storm to hit the Sea of Galilee, can stop the storm. And, the God Who provides for the sparrow, will provide for you.

Do not be afraid. Why are we not afraid, because of the third truth we know.