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WEDNESDAY

MIDDAY BIBLE STUDY

1130

JOURNEY INTO OVERCOMING

LESSON 5

WHEN YOU ARE AFRAID

FEAR IS PART OF OUR LIVES. THE GREEK WORD USED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT FOR “FEAR” IS PHOBOS, FROM WHICH WE GET OUR WORD “PHOBIA,” A TERM WE USE TO DESCRIBE ALL KINDS OF FEAR. “HYDROPHOBIA” IS FEAR OF WATER; “TACHOPHOBIA” IS THE FEAR OF SPEED; AND “CLAUSTROPHOBIA” IS THE FEAR OF TIGHT PLACES. ALL OF US, EVEN THE BEST OF CHRISTIANS, HAVE FEARS.

1 CORINTHIANS 2: 3

FEAR IS ONE OF SATAN’S MOST EFFECTIVE WEAPONS TO KEEP US FROM FULFILLING GOD’S PURPOSE.  IN THIS LESSON WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT TWO THINGS: HOW FEAR AFFECTS US AND HOW TO ALLEVIATE FEAR.

FIRST THING: HOW FEAR AFFECTS US.

A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE EFFECTS OF FEAR IS THE REACTION OF THE ISRAELITES WHEN TRAPPED BY PHARAOH DURING THE EXODUS.

EXODUS 14: 1-3

THIS MEANS THE LORD LEADS THEM INTO A CULDESAC. THE ISRAELITES ARE CLOSED IN BY MOUNTAINS ON THE NORTH AND SOUTH AND THE RED SEA ON THE EAST. THEN, THE ISRAELITES LOOK UP AND SEE PHARAOH WITH HIS ARMY APPROACHING THEM FROM THE WEST.

EXODUS 14: 10

IN THIS PASSAGE WE FIND FEAR AFFECTS US IN AT LEAST TWO WAYS.

  1. FEAR CRIPPLES OUR FAITH.

 

FEAR WEAKENS OUR FAITH IN A HURRY. THE ISRAELITES HAVE ALREADY WITNESSED THE TEN PLAGUES IN EGYPT. PLAGUES OF FROGS AND LICE, BOILS AND HAIL, LOCUSTS, DARKNESS, AND THE FIRST BORN WILL DIE.

THEN, AS THEY LEAVE EGYPT, THE LORD CONTINUOUSLY LEADS THEM WITH A MIRACULOUS CLOUD BY DAY AND A PILLAR OF FIRE BY NIGHT.

EXODUS 13: 21-22

PSALM 105: 39

THIS MEANS THEY “HAVE IT MADE IN THE SHADE” AS THEY WALK THROUGH THE DESERT. HOWEVER, FEAR CRIPPLES THEIR FAITH. THEY WANT TO KNOW WHY MOSES BROUGHT THEM OUT OF EGYPT AND EVEN ACCUSE HIM OF BRINGING THEM INTO THE DESERT TO DIE.

EXODUS 14: 11

LIKE THE ISRAELITES, FEAR CRIPPLES OUR FAITH.

SECOND THING: FEAR CHANGES OUR FOCUS.

MOSES IS LEADING THE ISRAELITES TO FREEDOM AND BLESSINGS IN THE PROMISED LAND. THEY HAD BEEN SLAVES IN EGYPT FOR 400 YEARS.

EXODUS 1: 13-14

SO, WHAT DO THE ISRAELITES TELL MOSES IN EXODUS 14: 12?

WHEN MOSES FIRST TOLD THE ISRAELITES THE LORD HAD SENT HIM TO LEAD THEM TO THE PROMISED LAND, THEY BOWED THEIR HEADS AND WORSHIPPED THE LORD (EXODUS 4: 31). FEAR CAUSES US TO RESIST CHANGE AND WANT TO LIVE IN THE PAST. THE ISRAELITES WANT TO GO BACK TO THE “GOOD OLE DAYS.” I REMEMBER THE “GOOD OLE DAYS” WHEN WE DIDN’T HAVE INDOOR PLUMBING. WE HAD HEAT IN OUR BEDROOMS IN FREEZING WEATHER AND NO AIR CONDITIONING AT ALL.  THE ISRAELITES THOUGHT THEY PREFERRED THE BRUTAL SLAVERY OF EGYPT BECAUSE FEAR CAUSED THEM TO CHANGE THEIR FOCUS.

LISTEN! “GOD HAS A PROMISED LAND FOR YOUR LIFE.” HE HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE, BUT FEAR CHANGES YOUR FOCUS AND CAUSES YOU TO MISS GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.

QUESTION

WHAT DO YOU FEAR RIGHT NOW?

       A.  AGING

       B.  DECLINING HEALTH

       C.  REJECTION

       D.  NOT BEING ABLE TO PAY YOUR BILLS

 

“FEAR IS FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL.”

WE ARE BORN WITH ONLY TWO FEARS: THE FEAR OF FALLING AND THE FEAR OF LOUD NOISES. ALL OTHER FEARS ARE LEARNED, SO THEY CAN BE UNLEARNED. DON’T BE LIKE THE MAN WITH ONE TALENT AND LET FEAR CHANGE YOUR FOCUS.

MATTHEW 25: 25

“BECAUSE OF FEAR, MANY CHRISTIANS HIDE THEIR TALENTS AND GIFTS IN THE GROUND. FEAR AFFECTS US BY CRIPPLING OUR FAITH AND CHANGING OUR FOCUS.

  • HOW TO ALLEVIATE FEAR.

 

  1. REMEMBER GOD’S POWER.

 

TO CALM THEIR FEARS, MOSES TELLS THE ISRAELITES THE LORD SHALL FIGHT FOR THEM (EXODUS 14: 14). THEN, THE LORD TELLS MOSES TO LEAD THE ISRAELITES TO THE RED SEA AND RAISE HIS ROD OVER THE SEA, WHICH WILL DIVIDE SO THE ISRAELITES CAN CROSS ON DRY LAND (EXODUS 14: 15-16).

THEN, THE ISRAELITES CROSS THE SEA UPON DRY GROUND; AND THE WATERS WERE A WALL ON BOTH SIDES OF THEM (EXODUS 14: 21-22).

EXODUS 14: 25-26

MOSES DOES AS THE LORD COMMANDS, AND THE EGYPTIAN ARMY IS SWEPT INTO THE SEA. “GOD RECORDS THIS STORY IN DETAIL SO WE WILL REMEMBER HIS POWER WHEN WE ARE AFRAID.”

2. GOD SUPPLIES US WITH HIS POWER.

 

WITHOUT GOD’S POWER WE WILL CONSTANTLY BE VICTIMIZED BY FEAR.

1 SAMUEL 17: 4-11

THE SIGHT OF GOLIATH CAUSES A CONTAGIOUS FEAR TO INFILTRATE THE ENTIRE ISRAELITE ARMY. “HOWEVER, DAVID, A YOUNG SHEPHERD BOY, UNDERSTANDS THE POWER OF GOD.

 

1 SAMUEL 17: 44-51

2 TIMOTHY 1: 7

3.  GOD SUPPLIES US WITH ASSURANCE OF HIS LOVE.

 

GOD’S LOVE HELPS US OVERCOME OUR FEARS.

1 JOHN 4: 18

FEAR IS THE RESULT OF OUR LACK OF FAITH IN GOD’S LOVE FOR US. AS CHRISTIANS WE SHOULD NEVER FEAR THE FUTURE BECAUSE OF GOD’S POWER AND LOVE FOR US. WHEN WE ARE FEARFUL, WE NEED TO REMEMBER WHAT IS PROMISED IN (ROMANS 8: 39).

4.  GOD SUPPLIES US WITH A SOUND MIND.

 

THIS LITERALLY MEANS GOD GIVES US SELF-DISCIPLINE OR SELF-CONTROL. WE DON’T GET HYSTERICAL OR BECOME PARALYZED BY FEAR WHEN SERIOUS PROBLEMS COME. THE HOLY SPIRIT ENABLES US TO KEEP COOL HEADS WHEN GIANT FEARS COME.

2.REMEMBER GOD’S PROMISES.

THE BIBLE HAS A PERFECTLY MATCHED PROMISE FOR EVERY FEAR WE WILL EVER FACE. THEREFORE, FIND A BIBLE PROMISE THAT EXPELS YOUR FEAR, AND MEMORIZE IT SO IT’S READILY ACCESSIBLE.

PSALM 27: 1

PROVERBS 3: 5-6

PROVERBS 3: 25-26

PHILIPPIANS 4: 13

CLOSING

WHEN YOU ARE AFRAID, REMEMBER FEAR CRIPPLES OUR FAITH AND CHANGES OUR FOCUS. THEM, REMEMBER GOD’S POWER AND GOD’S PROMISES.

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