Overcoming Fear

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The Right Response

2 Timothy 3:1–5 KJV 1900
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Luke 21:26 KJV 1900
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV 1900
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

What is fear?

Fear, alarm, dread all imply a painful emotion experienced when one is confronted by threatening danger or evil.
There are four responses to fear
++Face it
++Flee it
++Faint from it
++Fight fight
Some fear comes upon us
++Pending loss
++Unexpected changes
Some fear comes from within
Genesis 20:11 KJV 1900
11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.
Some fear comes from within
Genesis 21:17 KJV 1900
And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
Some fear comes from within
Judges 7:3 KJV 1900
3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

The Bible about fear in both a positive and negative ways

Positive Fear
++The fear of the Lord
Job 28:28 KJV 1900
28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.
Psalm 111:10 KJV 1900
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: A good understanding have all they that do his commandments: His praise endureth for ever.
The Bible links the Fear of the Lord with
Proverbs 10:27 KJV 1900
27 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: But the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
The Bible links the Fear of the Lord with
Psalm 36:1 KJV 1900
1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, That there is no fear of God before his eyes.

It is easy to do wrong when there is no fear of God

Positive Fear
The fear of the Lord
++Honors God’s will
Genesis 22:12 KJV 1900
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
Negative Fear
++The fear of man
Proverbs 29:25 KJV 1900
25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: But whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
Jeremiah 1:17 KJV 1900
17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.
Negative Fear
The fear of man
Numbers 13:33 KJV 1900
33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV 1900
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Humility before God brings boldness before man
++Boldness before God brings Humility before man
James 4:10 KJV 1900
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
1 Peter 5:6 KJV 1900
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
God wants to
++Lift You up
++Exalt you
There is a
++Due time
In a fear figh we must
++To Honor God
++Submit to His Authority
++To Trust Him
Psalm 118:8 KJV 1900
8 It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.
Proverbs 3:5 KJV 1900
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs 3:6 KJV 1900
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths.

Fighting Fear is a matter of trust.

Trusting God
++His Provision
Genesis 22:8 KJV 1900
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Trusting God
His Provision
++His Power
Romans 9:17 KJV 1900
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Trusting God
His Provision
His Power
++His Presence
Genesis 26:24 KJV 1900
24 And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV 1900
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
The Right Response is connected
++To a revealed truth

There is a Spirit of Fear

Fear seeks
++A place in your heart
++A place in your mind
++To paralyze you
++To keep you from your promise
Hebrews 10:35–36 KJV 1900
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
The Right Response is connected
++To a revealed truth
++The Goodness of God
God Gives
Acts 1:8 KJV 1900
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
God Gives
1 John 4:18 KJV 1900
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.
God Gives
++Sound Mind
Philippians 2:5–6 KJV 1900
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Philippians 2:8 KJV 1900
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
God has
++not called us to fight fear
++called us to the fight of faith
1 Timothy 6:12 KJV 1900
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
We must be hearers of God in a time of trouble
Psalm 27:5 KJV 1900
5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: In the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.
Numbers 14:6–10 KJV 1900
6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: 7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. 8 If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. 9 Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. 10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.

He has give us another spirit.

Numbers 14:24 KJV 1900
24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
His report was connected
++A word of faith
++A walk of faith
++A work of faith
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