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Summary: Learn how to obey God in spite of hesitation.

“No Fear” Series

How to Make Decisions in the Face of Fear

Obeying God In Spite of Hesitation

10/23/02

I. Fear is…

a. Anxiety caused by real or possible danger, pain, etc.; fright

b. Awe; reverence

c. Apprehension; concern

d. Synonyms: (noun) fright, terror, horror, panic, dread, dismay, awe, scare, revulsion, aversion, tremor, mortal terror, cowardice, dread, timidity, misgiving, trembling, anxiety, phobia, foreboding, despair, agitation, hesitation, worry, concern, suspicion, doubt, qualm, funk, cold feet, cold sweat.

II. Fear = Hesitation

What does it mean to hesitate? When someone hesitates, what are they doing?

Hesitate: falter, fluctuate, pause, stop, hold off, hold back, be uncertain, flounder, alternate, ponder, think about, defer, delay, think it over, change one’s mind, recoil, not know what to do, pull back, catch one’s breath, weigh, consider, hang back, swerve, debate, shift, wait, deliberate, linger, balance, think twice, drag one’s feet, straddle the fence, leave up in the air

Now, at times, it may be good to hesitate, for instance, when you’re about to do something stupid and crazy like jumping off of a 30 ft high bridge into a lake, or jumping off of a roof onto a trampoline. That’s when it may be a good idea to hesitate, or think twice about doing something dangerous. But when hesitation is caused by fear, it is preventing you from moving forward and getting on with your life.

We’re involved in the process of relocating and moving to Columbia County. Now, if our pastors had heard from God about moving, and then fear came, which I’m sure it did, and then they hesitated, thought twice, or pulled back, we wouldn’t be moving forward and a lot of lives wouldn’t be changed. You see, there are an unlimited possibility of things that could happen but won’t unless you decide right now to obey God in the face of fear.

So, how do I obey God in the face of fear, how do I make important decisions when I’m scared? There are a few things you need to know before you can successfully obey God in spite of hesitation:

1. God is With You

Philippians 1:28 (quickview)  (AMP) “And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and a seal) to them [your enemies] of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.”

In other words, when trouble comes—and it will come—don’t be frightened, or intimidated by it. Psalm 34:19 (quickview)  says, “Many evils confront the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

Trouble will come, but you can be confident the Lord will deliver you from it---all of it. Instead of being intimidated by trouble, be constant and fearless. This will be a sign to your enemy that God is with you.

2. Don’t Run

The Sandlot Clip

Fear is not some huge, ugly brut that’s going to rip your head off and use it as a basketball, NO. Fear is simply a feeling. However, this feeling does try to make us shake, tremble, or sweat.


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