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A LOOK AT SEVEN REASONS “WHY” WE SHOULD NEVER BE AFRAID; “WHY ARE YOU SO FEARFUL?”

19 Jul

                              THE BIBLE CLEARLY TEACHES US TO NOT BE AFRAID”
 
                                                      (Reasons for Encouragement)
 
 
 
Intro.
 
1. Gal. 6:9; 1 Cor. 16:13: We are to avoid discouragement and be encouraged in our faith. cf. Apostles – 2 Cor. 4:7-11.
 
2. How can we achieve such remarkable encouragement even in times of discouragement?
 
3. One answer is to develop & maintain unwavering faith in the power, presence & provisions of God in your life.
 
4. Seven “do not fears” which reveal reasons for encouragement in both our physical & spiritual lives as Christians.
 
 
 
I. DO NOT FEAR: THERE ARE BLESSINGS IN THE JOURNEY OF LIFE – Gen. 26:24; Josh. 1:8-9. {Jas. 1:17…}
 
A. Physical: God Knows & Supplies our Needs – Matt. 6:31-32; Acts 14:17.
 
1. Israel in the wilderness (water, manna, provisions, protection, guidance – Deut. 8:2-3, 4)…Proved Israel.
 
2. Our physical circumstances also “prove” (test) our faith! (Thankful or greedy? etc.)
 
B. Spiritual: In Christ Every Spiritual Need is Met – Eph. 1:3; Rom. 8:35-39. Are you relying upon Him?
 
 
 
II. DO NOT FEAR: SUPPLIES IN FAMINE – 1 Kgs. 17:4, 13-14.
 
A. Physical: God can be Trusted in Times of Need – Matt. 12:44 (Psa. 37:25; Matt. 6:11, 33).
 
B. Spiritual: Those who Hunger for Righteousness are Filled – Matt. 5:6; Isa. 44:2-4 (4:4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). (Living water, Jno. 4:10)
 
 
 
III. DO NOT FEAR: PROTECTION IN PERIL – 2 Kgs. 6:16-17.
 
A. Physical: God’s Will is Done – Dan. 3:16-17.
 
-Time & chance happens to all – God’s people, living godly lives, are protected from much harm (cf. drugs, alcoholism, dangers).
 
B. Spiritual: God is Greater than Satan – 1 Pet. 3:14; 1 Jno. 4:4.
 
 
 
IV. DO NOT FEAR: STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS – Isa. 41:8-10.
 
A. Physical: All Physical Strength Ultimately Fails – Eccl. 12:3-7.
 
1. The help of friends – Mk. 2:2-5.
 
2. We need God’s power – 2 Cor. 12:9.
 
B. Spiritual: The Strength of Faith vs. Self – Isa. 40:29-31 (2 Cor. 12:9-10; Eph. 6:10-13.
 
 
 
V. DO NOT FEAR: COMPANIONSHIP IN TRIAL – Isa. 43:1-3, 5.
 
A. Physical: An Important Trait of Faithful Friends – Eccl. 4:7-12.
 
B. Spiritual: Not Forsaken by Our Lord – 2 Tim. 4:17.
 
1. When Joshua faced the Canaanites, the Lord was there (5:14).
 
2. When Jeremiah sank in the mire, God was there in a man who put his trust in Him – Ebed-melech (Jer. 38:12-13; 39:18).
 
3. When 3 young Hebrews were in the fiery furnace, the Lord walked with them (Dan. 3:25; cf. Isa. 43:2).
 
-Heb. 13:5-6-
 
 
 
VI. DO NOT FEAR: GOD’S OVERSHADOWING CARE – Matt. 10:30-31.
 
A. Physical: Remember God in Your Life – Jas. 4:13-17 (10:30, 31).
 
B. Spiritual: God’s Purposes Will be Achieved – Lk. 12:32 (Helper, Heb. 13:6; Judge, Matt. 10:28).
 
 
 
VII. DO NOT FEAR: LIFE BEYOND THE GRAVE – Rev. 1:17-18.
 
A. Physical: Future Bodily Resurrection – 1 Cor. 15:21-22, 42-44.
 
B. Spiritual: Eternal Life for Christians – Jno. 11:25-26; 5:28-29.
 
 
 
Conclusion
 
Develop & maintain an unwavering faith in the power, presence & provisions of God in your life. – 2 Cor. 4:16-18
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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “A LOOK AT SEVEN REASONS “WHY” WE SHOULD NEVER BE AFRAID; “WHY ARE YOU SO FEARFUL?”

  1. evanlaar1922

    July 19, 2012 at 2:49 am

    easier said then done – but its all truth

     

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