Summary: God can help in making our fears disappear !
Making Fears Disappear
John 14:1,27 Matt. 6:25-34
Joke: A wife was constantly waking her husband up in the middle of the night after hearing noises........"Honey, someone’s trying to break in........I just heard them...........I think their in the house now." There was nothing for the husband to do but to get out of bed, go downstairs, and check. He would then trudge back upstairs crawl into bed, and assure it wife that it was nothing. However on one particular occassion, he went downstairs after being awakened by his wife, and found two men in the kitchen.......the two men started to run, but the husband said to them......"not so fast, you’re not leaving until I take you upstairs to meet my wife because she’s been waiting for y’all for 20 years"
Story: Someone’s on the front porch..........
In Vs 1,27 Jesus addresses an issue which is especially relevant to our days. The issue is that of anxiety, and fear. The word "troubled" means "agitated". In Websters the definition of "agitated" is "to be tossed from side to side; shaken, moved violently and irregularly"
Our world is a "fearful" world.
I read this wk that there are at least 75 legitimate phobia’s. Now I don’t know who determined what’s legit, and what’s not, but I do know that there are many people who live in fear.
Now let’s have a little "phobia-trivia". See if you guess can what these phobia’s are: Acrophobia- Fear of heights. Arachnophobia- Fear of spiders. Claustrophobia- Fear of confined spaces. Hydrophobia- Fear of water Insectophobia - Fear of insects
Now’s here some real off the wall one’s........hope none of you are afraid of these things: Phalacrophobia- Fear of becoming bald.
Alektorophobia- Fear of chickens Autodysomophobia- Fear of one that has a vile odor.
Now......I don’t think there’s a Baptist preacher alive that has "alektorophobia" I know this.......you set down a plate of fried chicken in front of me, and "No Fear" will be flashing all across my face........the only fear I have about eating fried chicken is that someone’s going to get the last piece before I can !
Now while there is a large list of supposed phobia’s though there are a wide variety, and some really weird stuff that people are apparently afraid of..........Psychologist tell us that today there are four basic fears all humanity suffers –
(1) Fear of failure,
(2) Fear of losing security
(3) Fear of the future
(4) Fear of death itself.
This morning I believe we can say with certainty that it is not the will of God that we be troubled(agitated) or that we be afraid.
In fact the Bible reads in 2 Tim 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
Now if God has not given us this spirit of fear which is rampant in our society then where does it come from.......
I. Notice The Reason For Fear.
a. Fear Is A Result Of Sin.
Was there any fear or anything to fear as long as man was obedient to God in the beginning. The first evidence of fear in the heart of man came after the fall.
Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto them, Where art thou ? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.