Freedom From #4: Fear
Freedom From #4: Fear
Jeremiah 29:13 (MSG)
When you come looking for me, you'll find me.
If you decide you are going to go looking, let me know, I might be able to guide you in the right direction.
In session 3 Pastor Dan taught us about the freedom that is ours from the lesser voices. The voice of God builds up, other voices tear down. We overcome the lesser voices by remembering the goodness of God, connecting with a healthy fellowship, cast out our idols, and cultivate closeness to God.
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
God's kingdom isn't a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness' sake. It's what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ.
The New International Translation reads: “For the kingdom of God is … a matter … of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit…” (Romans 14:17 (NIV).
John 10:10 (NIV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Psalms 103:2-10 (MSG)
O my soul, bless God, don't forget a single blessing. He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you're always young in his presence. God makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet. He showed Moses how he went about his work, opened up his plans to all Israel. God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he's rich in love. He doesn't endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn't treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
Philippians 4:12-13 (MSG)
I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.
God never let's go.
Have you been thoroughly convinced that God loves you? Do you trust in God’s love? I know it’s hard when your back is against the wall when you are at the end of the rope when your life is now nothing but ashes around your feet. Do you know God still loves you? It’s that sure knowledge that God loves you that overcomes fear.
1 John 4:18 (NIV)
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
“God is there, ready to help; I'm fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me? (Hebrews 13:6 (MSG).
When you trust in who God is and ‘His love you become free from fear. No fear.
No fear means you have confidence that whatever comes your way, there will be empowerment to deal with it effectively. No fear means when God calls you to some task, you are confident that He will provide you with everything you need to succeed in it. No fear means timidity is replaced with boldness, fortitude, determination, and with “can do.”
God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.