Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
‘…and delivered from all my fears.’
Rev 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
‘But the fearful…shall have their part…which is the second death.’
It’s not God’s will for you to be afraid. There is a godly fear that has to do with reverence, knowing that He will judge sin. There is a hell. Sometimes, godly fear will keep you from doing things that aren’t right. However, it’s not God’s will for you to be afraid.
The number one cause of death today is heart failure. This is one of the signs of the end times.
Never in the history of the world has a nation been reborn, but in 1948, Israel was reborn. God miraculously brought them back. This was 71 years ago. This was a fulfillment of the prophecy written by Ezekiel. This year, our own president declared Jerusalem as the capital and moved our embassy there (on their 70th birthday).
Luke 21:25 “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;”
Today, tidal waves and even tsunamis are part of our vocabulary. A 100 ft tidal wave covered the island of Kodiac in Alaska. It was a 100-foot wall of water. One church building was spared an Apostolic church. The water actually parted and went around it.
The same thing happened in Sri Lanka. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed. A church on the waterfront was there. A sister, the pastor’s wife, went out and rebuked the wave as it was crashing. The water parted and that church and family were spared. God still parts the waters!
The term ‘tsunami’ has brought fear to our world. There are signs that say, ‘In case of tsunami, evacuate this way…’
Another phrase that causes fear is ‘storm surge.’ The Bahamas recently were hit and devastated.
The sea and the waves roar today.
Luke 21:26 “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.”
Fear is why there is an epidemic of heart failure.
Luke 21:27-28 “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Two simple words: you and them. ‘And then shall THEY see the Son of man coming…’ Then, Luke turns and says to YOU, ‘And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, look up, lift up your heads.’ This means ‘examine yourselves and get prepared,’ because something is coming. “…for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Thank God for His grace. Grace is a teacher, to avoid certain things, don’t fall into the trap of sin. ‘Save yourselves from this untoward generation, looking for that blessed hope…’
Hope can cast fear out of your life!
When you have hope, you have power to cast out that spirit of fear from your life. Focus on the real thing, the eternal thing, more than just your physical life. You can be delivered from all your fears.
‘Now abideth these three, faith, hope and love.’ This hope casts out fear. Your faith in God will cast out fear because He has given you a greater promise.
God does not want you to react in fear like ‘they’ do, but act as His child should.
Fear of God and understanding Him is a consuming fire. This is a reverence that will keep you.
Fear whispers, ‘this might happen or that might happen.’
Prov 22:13 “The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.” (KJV) “The lazy person claims, ‘There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!’” (NLT)
A man saw what he thought was a bear and ran away terrified. The next day, he wanted to find the bear’s footprints. It turned it to be a bear-shaped bush!
The devil will try to do the same thing to you. Bring the truth and destroy the lie of the enemy with God’s Word. The Holy Spirit in you will take the sword of the Spirit and cut the tongue off of that enemy of your soul. Learn to use the Word of God when the devil whispers one thing, return with what God says. Speak the Word of God out loud, not only for the devil to hear but for you to hear as well.
The tongue is the most unruly member, able to set the whole body on fire. You can turn it around for good. How a person speaks is how he reacts in life. If a person talks about being down, he’ll walk that way too. If a person shouts praises unto God and speaks God’s Word, he’ll learn to walk in confidence and victory. This is a result of trusting in the Lord.
You’ve got to learn to know how to overcome fear.
The top three fears are addressed in Psalm 23.
Psalm 23:1-6 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
The first fear is fear of others, social fear. It is expressed in all kinds of phobias. Many times it is false perceptions. In America, the top fear is the fear of public speaking, afraid to get up in front of people and say something, above the fear of death. People are afraid of what they think other people will say about them. People see other people as an enemy.
The key to Bible studies is to both study together. Both of you be students. Let the Word of God be your teacher. What does the Word of God actually say? Man’s opinion won’t get you to heaven. It’s what ‘thus saith the Lord’ that will get you to heaven.
God’s Word is more than ink and paper. It’s a living Word. When the ‘Sword of the Spirit’ cuts down into a person’s soul, it creates faith. The source of faith is God’s Word. If you want to hear God speak, read His Word. If you take a hold of God’s Word, you’ll see the miracles you long for.
David said, ‘In the presence of my enemies, He has prepared a table before me.’ This table is supposed to be a place of peace and tranquility. In the midst of your enemies, God will give you substance and nourishment to your soul and body so you can have peace in the midst of your situation.
People aren’t against you, they just need Jesus.
The second great fear is the fear of poverty. The fear of poverty drives people. The socialists use it. You can’t make everyone equal by taking from people. Communism does not work. Nazi means ‘national socialist workers party’. It was the socialist party of Germany. What Hitler promised as prosperity was only for the elite few. Everybody becomes slaves to the government, totally dependent, owning nothing. The fear of poverty drives that. People think they’ll get enough to get by so they turn to what sounds good. The fear of not having enough is a lie.
Proverbs deals with this very thing.
Prov 1:14 “Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:”
They kill the innocent to steal from them.
‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.’ God will provide for you.
The fear of poverty is a lie. Another lie is the idea that if you don’t buy this newest latest, you’ll miss out. That’s a lie that leads to bankruptcy.
The Jews don’t bless the food, they bless the Provider of the food. God wants to deliver you from the fear of poverty.
The third fear is the fear of death. David said, ‘though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me…’ The ‘rod’ is ‘correction’ from the Word and the ‘staff’ is ‘leading’ us through the Word.
In this world, the shadow of death prevails.
God wants you to be set free from the fear of death, but you’ve got to know Who is in charge. Job may not have understood what happened to him, but somehow, he got the revelation. The devil is on a leash, a chain. God is the one who pulls that chain. Fear God and He will take care of you. When things come against you, understand that your life is in God’s hands.
You can be set free from the fear of death. God doesn’t want you to live in fear. He will keep you.
God knows where you are. He will keep you safe.
‘To live is Christ, to die is gain.’ —Paul of Tarsus
More Questions for Personal or Group Study:
- How does hope take away fear?
- Which of the three top fears do you struggle with? How has this sermon helped you to overcome that fear?
- Read Philippians 4:4-9,13. How do these verses help you overcome fear? What hope do these verses offer?
- How might you help someone else overcome his or her fear using your new understanding from the sermon?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Evangelist Monty Showalter.
For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.
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