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Summary: God says to all who walk with him, "I am with you, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you."

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Do Not Fear

06/22/08 AM

Text: Isaiah 41:10

Introduction

Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

This is God’s message to his believing people in this world. Though in this world we often have trouble trials, and temptation, our God says to you and me, "Do not fear…"

The purpose and object of God in these verses is to silence the fears of his people and encourage them to confidently trust him in the face of trouble and adversity.

It is contrary to the mind of God for his people to be a timid, fearful, anxious people; and to suppress our fears he assures us of his constant presence, power, and provision.

I.The Commands Given

A.Do Not Fear...

1.This command is plain in its meaning and addressed primarily to the exiled Jews during their captivity in Babylon

a.The idea is that they as the chosen people of God had nothing to fear.

b.Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?”

c.But this command and promise is one that may be applied to all who are God’s chosen people:

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, A royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession,” (now the people of God)

d.It is as true for us today as it was for the Israelites, that those whom God has chosen have nothing to fear; why?

2.“For I am with you…”

a.Jeremiah 23:23 “Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, And not a God far off?”

b.Psalm 145:18 “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.”

c.Acts 17:27b “…He is not far from each one of us…”

d.James 4:8a “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”

e.Matthew 28:20b “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

B.Do Not Look Anxiously About…

1.The children of Israel in their captivity were casting around for a solution, a savior, someone to help them, God says don’t cast around in the world when I am here.

2.People do the same thing today, when in trouble or faced with difficulties we “look anxiously about” for a solution, some kind of fix. The latest philosophy or best selling self-help book or most popular talk-show host, we search for the worlds advice on how to fix our problems.

3.Then we wonder why things don’t get better, why the answers found don’t really answer the mail. It’s because we look in the wrong place.

a.Matthew 6:31-33 Jesus tells us not to let the worries of this world distract us from seeking first His kingdom.

b.Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

c.1 Peter 5:7 “casting all your cares upon him”

4.“For I Am Your God…”

a.The wonder of creation and the vastness of the cosmos speak to His greatness. All of it serves not to show how small man is but how great God is.

b.Greatness of God is recorded throughout the scriptures.

c.Account after account of His power, protection, provision, promises provided to His people.


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