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Summary: Faith overcomes Fear. Fear is of the devil. Faith comes from the Lord and the Word of God. All things are possible to those who will believe.

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Faith Overcomes Fear

Main Thought: Fear subtracts from life, but Faith expands who we are and what we can do.

Mark 9:23-24

23 “‘If you can’?”said Jesus.“Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed,

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

It is God’s will that we are filled with ALL joy and ALL peace as we trust in God, FOR THE PURPOSE OF overflowing with HOPE and this can only happen by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Because of Jesus Christ we have the riches of heaven promised to us, but many times fear will stop us from living in the abundant life that Jesus Promised to us.

I am reminded of the story of the Mother who was very concerned for the safety of her children while the were going to school. The school was located in an area of the city where the drivers did not heed the school zone speed limit. Because the police were not taking action, this mother decided to take matters into her own hands.

She decided that she would put the fear of a speeding ticket in the speeding drivers going past a local elementary school. Every morning she would park her car in front of the elementary school and point her black hair dryer - shaped like a radar gun, out of the window at speeding cars. The effect was dramatic as drivers slowed down fearing they might receive a speeding ticket.

You see fear is a very influential thing. It can cause drivers to slow down for fear of a ticket, and it can cause you and I to grind our lives to a stop for any number of fears.

Here are some of the effects that fear can have on your life.

• Experience lack of enthusiasm. (Life just isn’t exciting and purposeful anymore)

• All we can think about is what we fear.)

• Keeps us from interacting with others. (All we want to do is be alone and deal with it by ourselves.)

• Keeps us from getting anything done. (All we are consumed with is the fear.)

• Eventually turns into wrong behavior.

• Causes health problems. (This fear & anxiety puts a tremendous strain on our bodies. Causes abdominal trouble, tension of the muscles, pressure in the head.)

• Chips away at our intimacy with God. (We see God as having caused this. We see him as being mean to us.)

But the Bible says He will fill us with joy and peace. 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Faith expands who we are and what we can do.Fear subtracts from life

How do we Overcome Fear with Faith?

1. STAND ON THE WORD RATHER THAN LISTEN TO SATAN!

Two gas company service men, a senior training Supervisor and a young trainee were out checking meters and parked their truck at the end of the alley and worked there way to the other end. At the last house a woman looking out her kitchen window watched the two men as they checked her gas meter. As they finished the meter check the older supervisor challenged his younger co-worker to a foot race down the alley back to the truck. As they came running up to the truck, they realized that the lady from the last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong. Gasping for breath she said, "When I see two gas men running full speed away from my house, I figured I had better run too."


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