Summary: Seven reasons we can live fearless in this world.
Fearless In A World of Fear
Sunday Morning, 09-14-14
We live in a time and world that is full of fear. People all around us speak of fears in their lives. Many have good reason to fear because of the lives they live, others fear because of the lives lived by others! We can have the same fears or we can be afraid of different things. What really is fear? As a verb, an action word here is what the dictionary says...
FEAR, v.t. [L. vereor.]
1. To feel a painful apprehension of some impending evil; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotions of alarm or solicitude. We fear the approach of an enemy or of a storm. We have reason to fear the punishment of our sins.
Now as a noun...
1. A painful emotion or passion excited by an expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger. Fear expresses less apprehension than dread, and dread less than terror and fright. The force of this passion, beginning with the most moderate degree, may be thus expressed, fear, dread, terror, fright. Fear is accompanied with a desire to avoid or ward off the expected evil. Fear is an uneasiness of mind, upon the thought of future evil likely to befall us.
Fear, whether real or imagined is a painful emotion, or position to be in. I don't know about you but I don't like to be in a state of fear. That's not high on my list of things to be. I had rather be safe and secure, comforted and happy Amen!
Even though we live in a fearful world, there is a way that we, as Christians can live “Fearless in a world of Fear” and that is to trust totally and completely in God Almighty! This morning I'm going to give you seven reasons why and how you can live fearless, the first one is...
I. Blessings In The Journey of Life
Gen 26:24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.
This passage is speaking of Issac, the son of Abraham who earlier in the chapter had lied about Rebekah being his wife because he feared they would kill him and take his wife.
Issac had feared what man could do to him. Issac forgot the promise God made to Abraham and his offspring! How could God have honored His covenant with Abraham if He allowed Issac to be killed? We get like that in life. We can become fearful of the people around us either because of their influence or power over us. Let me tell you something, if you are trusting in Jesus Christ this morning YOU ARE SAFE!
Spiritually you are the offspring of Abraham! Those promises are YOUR PROMISES!
Here is another example in...
Num 21:34 And the LORD said unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.
Num 21:35 So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive: and they possessed his land.
Here again we see God's promises being fulfilled. Moses and the children of Israel are to
take the land God has promised. God said to not fear this King because He has already
been delivered in your hand! It has not happened yet, but to God it's a done deal, this
guy Og the king of Bashan, and all his people are toast!
God will help us through life, no matter what it is we face.
II. Supplies in Famine
1Ki 17:13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
There is famine in the land...food and water are scarce. Not because of Elijah or the widows actions, but because of evil King Ahab. They are in this situation, God is going to see them through. This widow had given up and was preparing her and her sons last meal before they died. But God had other plans to show her and the rest of us that He can supply out of nothing! She by faith made the cake for Elijah first, and according to Scripture...
1Ki 17:15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
1Ki 17:16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.