Is Fear In Control?

by Josh Hollingsworth
(Bryant, Arkansas)

INTRODUCTION: How many of us are afraid of something? Whether it is a person, animal, water, heights, or maybe the dark. How many of us as children or maybe right now are afraid of the dark? Did we let this fear of the dark control us or did we overcome our fear?


The Bible talks about not letting fear have control of our lives. The Bible talks about good fear and bad fear. The fear of God is a good fear where fearing anything else is a tool of Satan. Fear can be emotional, physical or spiritual.

THEME: HOW CAN FEAR AFFECT OUR LIVES?

I. FEAR CAN AFFECT OUR LIVES BY PARALYZING US. Genesis 46:3-4


  1. Satan Will Try To Use Fear To Paralyze Us Spiritually.
    1. The definition of paralyze is to render powerless, ineffective, or inactive.
    2. Satan will do anything to destroy our relationship with God.


  2. Satan Will Try To Use Fear To Paralyze Us Emotionally.
    1. Satan will use confusion to paralyze our emotions.
    NOTE: For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. I Corinthians 14:33
    2. Memorizing scripture will help us defeat Satan when we are weak emotionally.


  3. Satan Will Try To Use Fear To Paralyze Us Physically.
    1. If we will allow it, fear will physically make us sick.
    2. Fear will control our lives if we will allow it to.


T.S. HOW CAN FEAR AFFECT OUR LIVES?

I. FEAR CAN AFFECT OUR LIVES BY PARALYZING US. Genesis 46: 3-4

II. FEAR CAN AFFECT OUR LIVES BY PREOCCUPYING US. I Chronicles 11: 12-14

  1. Fear Will Not Preoccupy Us If We Take A Stand For God.
    1. Taking a stand for God means fearing Him.
    NOTE: Fearing God means obeying His commandments.
    2. Taking a stand for God means trusting Him.


  2. Fear Will Not Preoccupy Us If We Face Our Fears.
    1. God will give us the strength to face our fears.
    2. With God’s help we can overcome any fear.


  3. Fear Will Not Preoccupy Us If We Are Grounded In God.
    1. To be grounded in God is to have a personal relationship with Him.
    2. To be grounded in God is to know and memorize his word.


  4. When Fear Does Not Preoccupy Us We Will Participate In God’s Victories.
    1. God will bless us.
    2. God will bless our ministries.


T.S. HOW CAN FEAR AFFECT OUR LIVES?

I. FEAR CAN AFFECT OUR LIVES BY PARALYZING US. Genesis 46:3-4
II. FEAR CAN AFFECT OUR LIVES BY PREOCCUPYING US I Chronicles 11:12-14

III. FEAR CAN AFFECT OUR LIVES BY IMMOBILIZING US. I Chronicles 28:20

  1. Fear Will Immobilize Us If We Concentrate On The Size Of The Job God Has For Us.
    1. There is nothing that God cannot do.
    2. God has equipped us to do His will.


  2. Fear Will Immobilize Us If We Contemplate The Risks Of What God Has For Us.
    1. God knows best know matter what we think.
    NOTE: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. Isaiah 55:8
    2. There is always a risk in serving God and Satan will not let us forget it.


  3. Fear Will Immobilize Us If We Let The Pressure Of The Situation Get To Us.
    1. God will not give us more than we can handle.
    NOTE: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. I Corinthians 10:13
    2. Satan will always tell us that we will fail because he knows what God can do through us.


CONCLUSION: How can fear affect our lives? Fear can affect our lives by paralyzing us. Fear can affect our lives by preoccupying us. Fear can affect our lives by immobilizing us.

Fear can affect our lives by paralyzing us. Has fear paralyzed your ministry for God? Have you stopped trusting in Him for your strength?

Fear can affect our lives by preoccupying us. Are you preoccupied with fear? Does your life revolve around fear? Will you ask God to help you overcome your fear?

Fear can affect our lives immobilizing us. Are you at a stand still in your Christian walk because of fear? Will you come today and ask God to help you conquer Satan and his tool of fear?

Is Fear In Control?

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