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Summary: In Christ, we can have no fear!

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• One summer night during a severe thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small son into bed. She was about to turn the light off when he asked in a trembling voice, "Mommy, will you stay with me all night?" Smiling, the mother gave him a warm, reassuring hug and said tenderly, "I can’t dear. I have to sleep in Daddy’s room." A long silence followed. At last it was broken by a shaky voice saying, "The big sissy!" http://www.christianglobe.com/Illustrations/

• 5-year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn’t want to go in alone. "It’s dark in there and I’m scared." She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, "It’s OK--Jesus will be in there with you." Johnny walked hesitantly to the door and slowly opened it. He peeked inside, saw it was dark, and started to leave when all at once an idea came, and he said: "Jesus, if you’re in there, would you hand me that can of tomato soup?" http://www.christianglobe.com/Illustrations/

• In life we have a lot of things we fear. When we were little, we may have feared things like the dark, storms or the neighborhood bully. When we get older, we may fear the same things but we may also fear for our jobs, finances, marriage, children, retirement, and the list goes on.

• We have a word for every kind fear; I found words for the fear of going bald and a fear of bald people. There is a word for the fear of hairy people too. You name the fear; there is a word for it. I saw a program once where people were afraid of frogs, they were even afraid to touch a stamp with a frog picture on it!

• On the surface the program was funny, but for the people suffering from the various fears, it is not funny. Fear to the extreme will freeze us in our tracks, it will keep us from doing things we should and need to do.

• One a different level, I believe we can get to the point where we fear what God thinks of us because of what has happened with other people or what has happened in our past. Maybe we think that bad times are a sign of God’s judgment towards us?

• Over the past few weeks, we have been spending time looking at the freedoms we have in Christ. Today we are going to look at Christ offering us freedom from fear.

• Two explorers were on a jungle safari when suddenly a ferocious lion jumped in front of them. "Keep calm" the first explorer whispered. "Remember what we read in that book on wild animals? If you stand perfectly still and look the lion in the eye, he will turn and run." "Sure," replied his companion. "You’ve read the book, and I’ve read the book. But has the lion read the book?"

• Today we are going to read the book. Are you being burdened with fear in your life? Maybe it is relational, financial, health, or circumstances. Today we are going to see we need not fear people, bad circumstance, or any potential problems!

• Jesus wants you to be free! Romans 8:15 (GWT) says, “You haven’t received the spirit of slaves that leads you into fear again.”


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