Fear Hope Love – notes for talk for Sunday 2nd Feb 2014


2nd Feb Talk on Fear of God working in us

Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.

Fear Hope Love

 

Were you brought up fearing God?

Being told if you are not good…….

That is quite common I find on Alpha

 

Reading the whole story of God in the bible, how do you find Him?

Is someone to be afraid of, feared for what He might do, or is He a loving God who wants the best for His people?

 

Like many bullies and armies, Satan’s tactic is to cause us to be afraid; a person who is afraid cannot function properly or respond in a positive way. That was the point of the stukas and other terrifying weapons.

 

God is so wonderful this is From UCB Word for Today yesterday

The greatest courage of all is showing courage in the face of fear. Someone said, ‘Courage is just fear that has said its prayers.’ When you know you have heard clearly from God, you are filled with faith in that moment. It puts steel in your spine. But then, as you move out in faith, you encounter the lions of fear. ‘What if this doesn’t work? What if I fail? What will people say?’ Suddenly you’re having an attack of the ‘what ifs’. Mark Twain said, ‘Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear’. You have to decide whether you’re going to become a warrior – or a worrier. There’s no middle ground. When you’re faced with a health crisis, a family crisis, or a financial crisis, you either choose to stand on God’s Word and fight, or give in to worry. This side of heaven we will never fully understand why bad things happen to good people. But we know that God is good – all the time! So when bad things happen, you will either give in to fear and allow it to destroy your peace and well-being, or you will become a warrior armed with God’s Word and rise up against it. When fear threatens to engulf your mind, stand up with the Psalmist and say, ‘Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You’ (Psalm 56:3 NKJV).

 

Fear of failure, of what might happen, fear of what others might say or think, fear of disappointment, fear of loss of control of our lives all hold us back from trusting God and His promises to us.

 

THEREFORE, we do not get prayer when we have problems, because we think we are not good enough or maybe God will not do what I want.

 

 We are afraid that God might ask us to do something embarrassing or ask us to change our way of life.

 

We are afraid of what healing might mean or that it will not happen because we are not worth it.

 

We do not turn to God except as the lat resort.

 

Peter denied Christ due to fear but got forgiveness from the risen Lord and once filled with the Spirit never looked back. 

 

So what does Scripture say to us about God and our fear about His helping us?

 


Matt 10  26-31

26 “But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. 27 What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!

28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[j] 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin[k]? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

1 John 4 4-18

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. ……………

13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

 

Matt 6 26-33

26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[d] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Zephaniah 3:17

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

We are not to fear but to have faith in God and praise His name.

He will provide all we need just as He does the plants and animals.

What is there to be afraid of that?

Why are you afraid of receiving Healing from God?

 Here are a few examples of that healing.

 

Matt 12

13 Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored, just like the other one!

 

Luke 5

12 In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”

13 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

Acts 3

Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.

Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene,[a] get up and[b] walk!”

Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

What is scary about any of those?

Or is it the fear of change that the healing will bring?

Or are you afraid of not being healed and others questioning your faith?

Why do you think God would act any different for you?

 

Matt 7

If your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

From Starwars the clone wars

Fear is a disease; hope is its only cure                     A single chance is a galaxy of Hope

From Dune – Fear is the mind killer

In Doctor Who – people have hope when he turns up, he turns there fear around.

Where is your hope

My hope is in the Lord

Lamentations 3:23-25

24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”

Psalm 39

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
My only hope is in you.

1 Peter 3

14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats [Or fear what they fear]; do not be frightened.’[c] 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.

So why do you fear prayer, receiving the Spirit, or any gift of God, why do you fear members of Gods family praying for you?

Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?

 

 

James 5:13-15

The Power of Prayer

13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.

God wants the best for us, He wants us to pray for each other and to be open to all His gifts and blessing. Not to allow fear to rule our lives but hope in Him and His love for us.

 

 


Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.

 

Face fear with the amour of God

Ephesians 6

14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.

 

Come to God trusting in His goodness and love for you. He wants the best for you and will not give you a stone when you ask for bread, He will respond with what you need.

 

Fear Hope Love – which would you rather have.

 

So look at the evidence and put fear aside, God loves you and wants the best for you. So put your hope and trust in His love and come and receive His blessing, His healing and His gifts.

 

 

 

From a Blog I follow yesterday

The LORD’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22, 23 NASB). 

Look up, and live, Child of God. In times of testing, trust Him with all your heart. Take hold of God’s promises and stand firm. They will never fail you and neither will He!

Let us do what as are told to do, and pray for each other in the hope we have by living in Christ’s Love.

 

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