Summary: How do we overcome fear? How does a believer live in a fearful generation? Types of Fear. Consequence of fear. Causes of fear. Dealing with fear.
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Introduction: All through the day we have the choice to believe that either God is in control and good things are in store for us or we can go around worried, negative, expecting the worst. I hear people say, “I am afraid I am going to lose my job. I am afraid that this marriage is not going to last. I am afraid about the future of my children. I am afraid of my results.” What they do not realize is that they are surrounded by fear instead of faith and very soon it will be a reality. Job said: Job 3:25-26 25What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. 26I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil. Job had a problem; when everything was going good, he was afraid and worried all the time. The result of Job’s fear was that what he feared came upon him. Fear gives the enemy permission to attack us
Joke: There was a rich couple whose bedroom was in the first floor of their bungalow. Almost every other day the wife after getting into bed would tell the husband to go and check downstairs, maybe some thieves are around. The husband eventually found out that the noises were made by the neighbouring cats at their gate, but as a routine he would go whenever his wife would ask him to check if there are any thieves at home. This has been happening for 30 years of marriage. One day as usual the wife sent him down to check for thieves. When the husband went down sure enough there was a thief who pointed a gun at him. The thief said, “Do not make a sound; just give me your valuables.” He went and got the valuables and gave to the thief. The thief turned around and was about to run off and the man said, “Hi! Wait a minute, you cannot leave yet, you got to come upstairs and meet my wife.” The thief asked, “Why?” The husband said, “She has been expecting you for the last 30 years.”
We all face fear from time-to-time. So, we need to know how to face fear. We live in a time in the world that is full of fear. Yes, in spite of all this God’s people are not to live in fear. Somebody says, “I have a lot of reasons to be afraid.” Yes, I will not question that, but there are ways to deal with that.
What is fear?
An unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, harm, or a mistake.
It is an uneasy feeling. A feeling of dread. A feeling of alarm going off within us, warning us of something that is going to happen, feeling of being threatened about something.
So, how does a believer live in a fearful generation? How does a believer overcome fear?
Isaiah 41:10-13 10So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 11“All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. 12Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. 13For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
How fear came?
Sin or lack of Godly fear. One passage of scripture in the book of Ecclesiastes says how fear came. Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
God has commanded man to fear God and we decide not to fear him. We decide to walk our own way and what happens? The consequence is fear in individual lives. Do you recall the first conversation Adam spoke to God after the fall? Adam said, “I was afraid.” Truth is that has been the condition of man ever since the fall.
Types of Fear:
a. Good fear – Fear of God.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. When the Bible says fear the Lord that means to acknowledge him, revere him for who he is. To fear God does not mean to be terrified of God, but to respect God. It is a good fear. Since I fear God I do not fear anything that happens around me. That is a fear that all of us should enjoy in life and should be experiencing it.