October 13, 2019

Episode 35: Doers of the Word on Fear

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We have loved this series in getting to learn about how to live out what the Word says in our daily lives!  In this episode, we are discussing fear. “Fear Not” is the most given command in all of Scripture, making it pretty clear that God does not desire for His children to live in fear! We might not always experience life threatening fear, but what about daily anxieties? Isn’t anxiety a symptom of fear? And what about the fear of God? Jill and Annabel talk about what our response as believers should be in the midst of fear.

James 1: 2-8 says,  “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

  • The most repeated command in the Bible is, “Fear not!”  It is mentioned over 365 times.  
  • There are two types of fear:
  1. Fear of God.
  2. Fear of anything else.
  • Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
    • When we are trusting the Lord, there is peace. 
    • This involves training of the mind. 
  • Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
  • Psalm 23:1-4, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
  • John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
  • Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  • 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
  • Romans 8:15, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
    • Salvation frees us from fear because our hope is in Christ. 
    • Our ultimate inheritance is in Heaven. Not in the things of this world that we want control over.
  • Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
  • 1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
  • Isaiah 43:1-3, “But now thus says the Lord,he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God,the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.”
    • As believers, our hope in the Lord is that God has redeemed us! 
  • Merriam Webster’s definition of fear: 
    • Noun: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
    • Verb: be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening.
  • Isaiah 51:12, “I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass…”
    • “Son of man” meaning people.
    • Who am I to be afraid when God has made a promise? 
  • The Holy Spirit replaces fear with power, love, and self-control in our lives.  It doesn’t mean fear just immediately goes away, but we have access to the power we need to not be afraid. 
  • How do we respond? 
    • Identify it: Acknowledge that it exists and where it exists in your life. What things bring up fear?
    • Name it: It’s usually not the thing we identify but what could happen because of it. The way it might affect our perceived control. 
    • Pull it’s mask off: Reveal fear as the liar it is!
      • Luke 12:77, “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
      • Hebrews 2:14-15, “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong …”
  • 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
  • Fear of the Lord: 
    • Exodus 9: 29-31
    • Mathew 10:28
    • 2 Corinthians 7:1
  • John Piper describes the fear of God as if we were caught in a terrible storm while exploring an Arctic glacier. The storm is so strong that you fear you’ll blow right over the side of the cliff. But then you discover a cleft in the ice where you can hide and find shelter. Even though you are safe, you watch the storm go past with a kind of “trembling pleasure.” He writes, “At first there was the fear that this terrible storm and awesome terrain might claim your life. But then you found a refuge and gained the hope that you would be safe. But not everything in the feeling called fear vanished from your heart. Only the life-threatening part. There remained the trembling, the awe, the wonder, the feeling that you would never want to tangle with such a storm or be the adversary of such power. . . . The fear of God is what is left of the storm when you have a safe place to watch right in the middle of it. . . . Oh, the thrill of being here in the center of the awful power of God, yet protected by God himself! (The Pleasures of God, 186–187)
  • Narnia Series by C.S Lewis “He is not safe, but he is good.” 

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John 17:17

-The OHT team 

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