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Sun, Apr 26, 2020

Managing Fear - Part 2 of 2

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Duration:16 mins 48 secs

Reading …

  • God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear.

  • The God of Jacob is our fortress… Psalm 46

Recap …

  • Talking about managing fear …

    • Fear is common to all people

    • Courage is not the absence of fear but the overcoming of fear.

    • To overcome fear you must have a reason.

    • The breeding ground for fear is the unknown

      • True in modern day South Africa

    • Fear can be real or imaginary

      • Either way it impacts performance

    • Solution to fear is found in my relationship with God and Lord Jesus.

  • We used Psalm 46 to show why my relationship overcomes fear

    • And Phil 4 to show us how to overcome fear.

  • Today we want to unpack this a bit more.

Psalm 46 …Four reasons why we can overcome fear …

  • We said last week that we need a reason to overcome fear and show courage …

    • The Psalmist here gives 5 reasons …

      • He states the first 4 and then follows it with …

        • Therefore we will not fear.

  • Given a really threatening situation I need two things to carry on courageously in the face of an impending calamity …

    • The appropriate person for assistance.

    • Who has the wherewithal to overcome the situation.

  • We are not sure but it would seem that this Psalm was written after Israel had overcome her enemies.

    • The authors write basing their thoughts on experience …

Approaching the correct person …

  • The starting point is choosing the correct person …

    • God …The Most High …vs 1.4.

      • The nations are in chaos, falling apart … vs 6

      • But when God speaks the earth melts such is his power … vs 6

        • This God can bring desolation … vs 8

        • He starts and stops wars … vs 9

    • But who is this God …

      • The God of Jacob, the Lord Almighty …

      • The God and Father of our Lord Jesus whom we serve.

      • Our Heavenly Father.

        • A term Paul writing to the church at Thessalonica uses 7 times…

    • So their faith is in this almighty all powerful one …

      • The Lord God of all creation…

  • Application … New Testament

    • All of this is fulfilled in and thru the Lord Jesus Christ …

      • Jesus said …

        • I am the way, the truth, the life NO ONE comes to the Father but by me … John 14;6

      • Paul writing to the church at Ephesus tells us …

        • Before the world was made God’s plan was to bless all nations with every spiritual blessing thru Jesus Christ. Eph 1;3

      • To the Colossian church he says …

        • For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority … Col 3;9

    • You get it … Jesus Christ is the right person to go to.

The Wherewithal to Overcome …

  • Then they state all that He was to them in their life threatening situations …

    • Refuge …

      • Refuge is the state of being safe or sheltered from pursuit or danger …

        • One could seek refuge in a place or a person …

      • Cities of refuge …

        • Protected by law of God from the blood avengers.

      • Refuge in a person was best illustrated for me in church by one of the 3 year olds.

        • Chatting to her father as she came up to him I attempted to engage her in conversation …

        • She immediately wrapped both her arms around his one leg, and hide behind his leg …

        • As she did that he put his hand on her head reassuringly …

      • What of course she was saying is …

        • I am absolutely safe here because …

          • He loves me … and will protect me

          • He is the strongest dad in the whole world … there is nothing you can do to harm me.

          • You are now dealing with him not little me … You can’t separate me from him…

      • God is our refuge says the Psalmist …

        • Here we are safe …

          • Protected by His love and power.

    • Application …

      • When it comes to salvation Jesus is our refuge …

        • In our own strength w do not have a defense before a God of Righteousness.

        • So we flee to Christ and stand before God justified, without condemnation … Rom 5;1

          • Looking at the judge from behind the leg of our advocate?

      • Jesus invitation is to all …

        • Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest… Math11;28

          • Be anxious for nothing … Phil 4

    • Strength …

      • Here is a situation that demands more strength than we possess …

        • But God …

          • Is our strength …

            • This Almighty, Most High God …

            • The one who is able to keep that which is committed to Him …

        • This is the one of whom fearful Moses said …

          • The Lord is my strength … Ex 15;2

        • To Joshua this same Almighty God says …

          • Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for I the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go … Josh 1;9

          • So Joshua ordered the officers… vs 10

      • You get it … God was the one who empowered them way beyond their own capabilities.

    • Application …

      • When we were still powerless Christ died for the ungodly … Rom 5;6

        • Powerless to stand before a Holy God

        • So Christ dies in our place

        • And we are made righteous …

          • Indwelt by the Spirit and power of Christ

      • In challenging Timothy of suffering to come Paul says …

        • God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and self-discipline … 2 Tim1;7

        • Power to overcome in every situation.

      • Jesus is our salvation and strength.

    • Help …

      • We go to somebody when we are afraid that we can’t cope in a given situation …

      • Help assumes …

        • `Difficulty, direction required, protection, lack of confidence and many other things …

      • David returns home with his soldiers to Ziklag to find the place gutted by the Amalakites… 1 Sam 30 1-6

        • David’s men are angry with him and are talking about stoning him …

      • What does he do …

        • He found strength in the Lord …vs 6

          • Unlike his men who saw only the immediate situation …

          • He remembers the past victories God has given him …

          • He looks to the future and believes the promises God has made

          • And his distress changes to hope.

            • And he looks to the Lord for direction vs 8 …

      • We need to note again that help does not take us out of the situation but thru the situation…

        • David due to his many past difficulties understood that very well.

        • God was his helper.

      • Application …

        • Hebrews paints a picture of us in all our weakness before an omniscient God …

          • Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence … and find grace to help us in our time of need … Heb 4;16

        • Peter, as he walks in the water towards Jesus, loses his focus and starts to sink … cries out …

          • He went to the right person for help.

          • Lord save me … Math 14;29

        • Let us approach the throne of grace in our time of need

    • Fortress …

      • In those days they build massive fortresses with high impenetrable walls to protect themselves.

        • In many cases the enemy would surround the cities and lockdown the inhabitants, sometimes for years.

      • This is how the Psalmist saw God …

        • He is the impenetrable wall that surrounds them

          • Within the walls of God’s love and power they were safe.

      • The Aramean king sends men to capture Elisha …

        • They surround the city and Elisha’s servant is petrified by what he sees … 2 Kings 6;15

          • What shall we do?

        • Elisha prays and asks the Lord to open his eyes and as he does he sees the protective armies of God fortifying Elisha

      • Go to 2 Samuel 22 and read David’s song of praise to the Lord …

        • It starts with the words …

          • The Lord is my rock and my fortress… in whom I take refuge …

        • David’s was a life that should have been filled with fear every day …

        • The Lord was to David …

          • A refuge, his strength, a help, a fortress

      • Application …

        • In Luke 22;31 we find Peter promising Jesus that he is going to follow him in all circumstances …

          • Jesus tells him that Satan wants to sift him as wheat …but I have prayed for you.

        • Peter is promising in his own power … which must fail …

          • But Jesus is fortifying him with prayer.

        • Paul in all his suffering says …

          • I know in whom I have believe .

        • Jude says … Jude 24

          • Now unto him who is able to keep you from falling.

        • A mighty fortress is our God in Christ Jesus

    • Ever-present …

      • Lastly and most importantly … Ever-present …

      • Any one of these things is of little use unless they are available 24/7

        • When the need arises they must be available

      • My testimony …

        • Was I fearless whilst lying in hospital?

        • Was there absolute confidence in His presence

        • Where doubts, frustration or anger …yes

          • Then how can you preach this message …

        • The point is …

          • Despite my shortcomings Jesus remains the ever-present and faithful one.

          • Many symptoms before Saturday …

          • But He remains faithful.

    • Application …

      • Listen to Jesus …

        • Go into all the world … I am with you always … Math 28;20

        • I will not leave you as orphans …John 14;15-21

          • I will send my Holy Spirit who will dwell in you…forever

          • I will come again to take you to be with me… forever

        • Let not your hearts be troubled … do not be afraid … John 14;27

      • All of what God was to the Psalmists is reaffirmed to us in Hebrews 13;5

        • I will never leave you, never forsake you …

      • The words of Psalm 118;6,7 are repeated as an assurance that all of what the Lord was in the Old Testament are true of us believers today…

        • The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.

Application …

  • So we have right now, in the Lord Jesus …

    • A refuge … who protects us

    • Strength … that enables us

    • Help … that carries us thru

    • A fortress … that surrounds us

    • And His abiding presence … at all times

      • So what have we to fear …

  • One last word to those who do not believe in Jesus …

    • You do not have these promises and therefore your fear is justified …

      • You are on your own … without Jesus

      • Death is your enemy … victory over death is in Jesus

      • Accountability to God for your sins is yours.