Summary: Let us consider how fear and fear of failure hinder God’s plan for us.
THE TORMENT OF FEAR! FEAR BREEDS FAILURE!
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
The little boy was having some problems, he decided to pray. After a little prayer little boy hears a knock at the door.
He opens the door and asks, --- Are you the one from God?
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear: BECAUSE FEAR HATH TORMENT.
He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
1. WHY DO DOGS BARK AND GROWL AT PEOPLE??
A.Dogs bark for various reasons, but one reason is to cause fear in the one that is listening.
I have often heard a dog can sense fear in individuals and when they sense fear, the dog will become more aggressive.
I am told many dogs that bite, wait until they catch the person as they turn their head away, and then they bite.
Dogs bark to breed fear. Our enemy is constantly using fear to breed a lack of faith and trust in believers.
B. If the moon listened to every barking dog, would it keep on shining?
2. FEAR CAN DESTROY, It’s up to you......
11 Tim. 1:6-7 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance, that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the
putting on of my hands. 7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind.
3. WHAT DETERMINES VALUE?
11 Tim. 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of
earth; and some to honor, and some to dishounour.
21: If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the
master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
4.THE MAN OF GOD WAS DOING THE WORK OF GOD, HE HAD THE ANSWER, BUT FEAR BECAME THE REASON INSTEAD OF FAITH!
A.There was a great need. People were hungry, and they would faint before there would be a solution.
Jesus presented the problem to His elite, there has to be a solution, else Jesus would have handled the need by Himself.
Jesus wanted to teach His men, the importance of the spoken word declared by faith alone, not how you feel or what you see.
B. Philip had the answer, FEAR HINDERED THE STEP OF FAITH.
C.John 6:6 Jesus knew the answer, Jesus just wanted to prove the level of faith of His followers.
WHAT ARE THEY AMONG SO MANY? What are they among so many? Do you ask yourself and kill the solution?
John 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath 5 Barley loaves, and 2 small fishes: BUT WHAT ARE THEY AMONG SO MANY??
5.FEAR CAN KILL OR IMPEDE THE WORK OF GOD!
Fear can take many forms. Fear can hide and disguise itself so it is not easily recognized.
A. Fear of appearance.
B. Fear of other’s opinions
C. Fear of tomorrow
D. Fear of people - Elijah & Jezabel
E. Fear to trust the Lord completely
F. Fear of FAILURE
6. I CAN HEAR ALL THE NEGATIVE, FEAR TAKES DEEPER ROOTS.
A.There was this farmer that heard the frogs croaking all night.
The noise of the croaking frogs got where it bothered the man.
One Friday night at the local restaurant the farmer over heard the owner say he was having trouble getting FROG LEGS.
The farmer discussed with his sons, and they decided they could help the restaurant and make a lot of money.
They heard all the noise of all those thousands of dumb frogs every night.
So the farmer made a contract for 500 frog legs a week to be delivered on Friday morning.
B.The first Friday the farmer goes into town with 4 legs -- that’s all that was there.
He could find only two frogs in his pond, just two.
But those two were really noisy, just TWO made a lot of noise.
Sometimes in life we give much credit and ground to a few noisy loud mouths.
7. OF COURSE YOU WILL FAIL! THE ONLY ONES THAT NEVER FAIL ARE THE ONES
THAT NEVER TRY! AND BY DEFINITION THEY REALLY FAIL.
Prov. 14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
8. JAMES DEFINES FOUR KINDS OF PEOPLE:
A) Those that listen and never do: the forgetful hearer.
B) Those that will never do, and might I add those that will never do --- talk about those that do.
C) Then there is the doer, he does, but he will not listen, zeal without wisdom.
D) Then there is the goal --- the listening doer. Here is wisdom in balance.