Summary: Battling the three fears of captivity will give you the faith and the courage to step out in to the promised land and believe the unbelievable once again.
Title: Battling the three fears of Captivity.
So many of us are stuck in the captivity of life that we have not been able to see clearly let alone hear from God.
You see when we search the scriptures for hope and future Jeremiah 29:11-14 comes to mind immediately. When searching for the faith to believe the unbelievable many of us need to get to a place where Hope and belief in a good future exist. So as we are looking at Jeremiah 29:11 I want you to open your hearts to what God would say to you this morning. You see Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:10-14 we can see the cure for Battling the 3 fears of being in captivity. Because I believe there is a good future for this church. And some of us may be going through these fears right now. One of the first fears you go through when battling captivity is the fear of abandonment or being lonely.
So the first fear that we must tackle this morning is the Fear of Abandonment or loneliness.
1. Tackling the Fear of Loneliness in captivity. Jeremiah 29:10-11
a. Captivity-Defined: physical detention by force
i. The people of Judah
1. sinned year after year were allowed to be given in captivity in Babylon.
2. False Prophets spreading rumors.
a. Jeremiah writes to assure them…
3. Anyone with out Godly direction would begin to fear.
a. The first fear many go through is loneliness.
affected with, a depressing feeling of being alone; lonesome.
2. destitute of friendly companionship,
3. lone; solitary; without company; companionless.
4. remote from places of human habitation; desolate; unfrequented; bleak: a lonely road.
1. Loneliness is a feeling and also a disease to many in today’s world and it even has effect in our churches. Many of us Me including have been effected by loneliness. Whether it be real or just an attack of satan, many of us have battled loneliness.
Psychology Today The Dangers of Loneliness (Aug 2003)
Friendship is a lot like food. We need it to survive. What is more, we seem to have a basic drive for it. Psychologists find that human beings have fundamental need for inclusion in group life and for close relationships. We are truly social animals.
The upshot is, we function best when this social need is met. It is easier to stay motivated, to meet the varied challenges of life.
In fact, evidence has been growing that when our need for social relationships is not met, we fall apart mentally and even physically. There are effects on the brain and on the body. Some effects work subtly, through the exposure of multiple body systems to excess amounts of stress hormones. Yet the effects are distinct enough to be measured over time, so that unmet social needs take a serious toll on health, eroding our arteries, creating high blood pressure, and even undermining learning and memory.
A lack of close friends and a dearth of broader social contact generally bring the emotional discomfort or distress known as loneliness. It begins with an awareness of a deficiency of relationships. This cognitive awareness plays through our brain with an emotional soundtrack. It makes us sad. We might feel an emptiness. We may be filled with a longing for contact. We feel isolated, distanced from others, deprived. These feelings tear away at our emotional well-being.