Summary: Fear, it's a little word but it has a big grip on so many people. In this 3 part series we're going to break the power of fear over our lives.
Breaking The Fear Barrier
In life we have many barrier’s that come against us. We think, I can do this and then when we get ready to try, fear hits us and at times we can go into cold sweats.
In this messages for the next few weeks, I want us to look at fear and how to break its power over us and get through those barriers that hinder us in life.
1 John 4:4 (NKJV) You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
We need to remember that the greater one lives within us and that we can overcome anything that the enemy would bring against us.
1 John 5:4-5 (NKJV) For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
We can do all things through Christ. Not in our own strength but through Him.
Philippians 4:13 NKJV I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Ok, so in the world there are Barriers.
We used to hear, If God wanted man to fly, He would have given him wings.
We heard that man could not break the four minute mile.
Breaking the four-minute barrier was first achieved on 6 May 1954, by Englishman Roger Bannister. The "four-minute barrier" has since been broken by many male athletes, and is now the standard of all male professional middle distance runners. In the last 50 years the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds. Running a mile in four minutes translates to a speed of 15 miles per hour.
So many people let the challenges of life, and the fears in our head, stop us from getting what rightfully belongs to us. We let the “I can’t do that” paralyze us and hold us back from a full life that God has for us.
It’s like hitting a wall and shaking us to our core.
I want to talk for a few minutes about breaking the sound Barrier.
Before advances in technology were made, breaking the sound barrier seemed an impossible task. Going from transonic speed to supersonic speed was unheard of in the early 1900s. By the 1940s, many engineers were still saying it couldn’t be done. That there was limit to how high we could fly. That the sound barrier was not meant to be crossed. But some engineers did believe – and worked to prove themselves right.
The sound barrier was broken by now Retired Major General Chuck Yeager. Before his flight, at least two other pilots had attempted and ended up giving their life. Why? Because during that time, right before you hit the barrier, there was violent shaking of the plane and the pilots made fatal mistakes – they tried to slow down and in so, lost control and the planes crashed. When Yeager went up. The same thing happened. The plane shook violently as he approached that transition point. And while his first instinct was to let up, slow down, turn around and give up, he said that he instead decided to push harder, go faster and continue full steam ahead. Then, it happened. The famous sonic boom that was heard by those on the ground. He had done it. He had broken the sound barrier. And you know what he said he felt immediately after that? Smooth sailing.
This is how fear attacks us. It gets ruff, things start shaking and we can get paralyzed and walk away or we can push through.
We need to break the fear barrier's in our lives.
In the book Make Fear Bow by Gary Whetstone He gives the definition of fear as.
This is so true. We let fear, put it’s grip on us and hold us back.
How do we overcome fear.
1. We realize that it’s not of God.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP) For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
Romans 8:15 (NKJV) For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
Fear did not come into the world at creation, but at the fall.
Genesis 3:1-10 (NKJV) Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" 10 So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."