Summary: Fear is NOT the path of life for the believer and we must not fall prey to the enemy's attacks in seeking to overwhelm us with fear and anxiety in our lives! We have been given spiritual tools by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit...the 1st is Power
Date Written: January 10, 2015
Date Preached: January 11, 2015
Church: OPBC (AM) Sunday
Title: Our Power in Christ
Text: 2 Timothy 1:7-9; 2 Cor 4:1-18
ETS: Paul told Timothy had great power through Christ.
ESS: Our service to God is fueled by a power we cannot comprehend.
Today is the 2nd Sunday of the new year…how y’all holdin’ up? Last week we looked at a passage where Paul taught Timothy fear was not an option for believers… He said, [show 2 Tim 1:7-9 here…follow me as I read]
7for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 8Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
He shared that fear was not to be a part of the Christian walk because God equips believers with three very important tools to live a victorious Christian life!
We also took a brief look at these tools last week…we briefly reviewed what those tools are, they are “…power, love and self-control…”
Last week I shared how fear was rearing its ugly head in my life, and I told you that our severely reduced budget had brought fear into my heart.
BUT then I told you that fear was not controlling me because that God had given me a new focus… I’m not exactly sure what words I used or how I said it… but simply put fear drove me to God’s word and when I got in God’s word… my OUTLOOK changed!
FEAR was rising in my heart, but when I focused on God’s Word for my life… that fear was replaced with something else! My brothers and sisters I am NO longer in fear…
I was fearful of my future; I was wondering how I was going to make it…My focus was directed toward ME; I only considered my power over the situation; I only saw what I could do! You see, it was a focus on the wrong thing!
However, now I God’s word has affirmed to me something I already knew … that NO matter what happens… God is in control. He will make a way to keep me here OR He will chooses to make a change… It is up to Him!
I am comforted and at peace in my heart that God is in control because…you know what?? God does NOT make mistakes!
So I say, to the Enemy:
bring on that fear…
bring on your attacks…
So I say, to my situation/circumstances:
bring on this revitalization…
bring on the changes to be made…
bring on the challenges of our budget…
bring on the ALL challenges that we face in our fellowship!
Bring em ALL on…because no longer live in fear! The fear that the enemy wants to paralyze me NO longer has a hold on ME!
Do you remember what I said about fear last week? Fear is a choice! Fear is NOT real…Fear is in our minds…we make something out of nothing and drives us to fear!