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Summary: God"s way to live without fear in your life

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FREEDOM FROM FEAR – Get Out of Your Shell!

2 Timothy 1:7

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJ) For God has not given us a spirit of fear

but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

INTRODUCTION:

ILLUSTRATION: John Ortberg writes in his book, If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat:

“What would you guess is the most common command in Scripture?

“It is not for us to be more loving. That may be the core to God’s desire for human life, but that is not his most frequent instruction.

“Writers about spiritual life often speak of pride as being at the root of human fallenness, but the Bible’s most frequent imperative does not have to do with avoiding pride or gaining humility.

“It is not a command to guard sexual purity or to walk with integrity, important as those qualities are.

“The single command in Scripture that occurs more often than any other-God’s most frequently repeated instruction-is formulated in two words:

“Fear not. Do not be afraid. Be strong and courageous. You can trust me. Fear not. Why does God command us not to fear?”

If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.

“WHY DOES GOD COMMAND US NOT TO FEAR?” What do you think? Why has God repeatedly told us throughout to not be afraid?

There are 366 ‘fear not’ verses in the Bible-one for every day of the year, including one for leap year!”

Many reasons can be offered as to why God tells us to not be afraid.

One reason God says “fear not” so often because fear is the number one cause of temptation that keeps us from living out God’s will. Fear paralyzes us and keeps us from doing what God wants us to do. Fear traps us like a turtle inside its shell. Let’s talk about fear and discover how we can break free from its control of our lives. Lets Get out of our shells!

I. WHAT IS FEAR?

1. In its simplest form fear is an internal warning cry designed by God.

a) God created us with the ability to sense danger.

b) Fear prepares our body to run, hide or fight.

1. Fear sends adrenaline into our bloodstream to give our muscles the needed energy boost.

2. The pale look of fear is caused by blood being diverted from the surface of the skin to our

muscles.

3. The eyes widen as the pupils dilate so we get as much visual sensory information as

possible;

4. the ears are attentive to every sound.

ILLUSTRATION: Think about the way your body responds when you ride a roller coaster. Part of you is terrorized by the sights and sounds as well as the speeding motion with the sudden twists, turns, tugs and twitches.

a) Fear can be a good thing. Healthy fear protects us from danger. heights - falling--etc.

b) Fear can also be a bad thing; it can paralyze us and keep us from doing things that we

should do.

3. The spirit of fear.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJ)

7For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJ)

a) Unhealthy fear—regardless of its form—is not from God.


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