Sermon on Fear | Overcoming Fear

Sermon on Fear

INTRODUCTION:

A. Psychologists tell us that we are born with two fears, the fear of falling and the fear of noise; but we soon develop many more.

1. It would be interesting to know how many different “phobias” are mentioned in the dictionary.

a. Indeed, our dictionaries betray us.

b. Our age is frantic with fear.

2. Members of a psychology class asked 500 people, “What are you afraid of?”

a. Those 500 people listed 7,000 fears!

b. But it need not be that way, for Christ came to deliver us from our fears.

DISCUSSION:

A. THE BIBLE SPEAKS OF TWO KINDS OF FEAR

1. There is a fear that is commanded

a. This kind of fear involves respect, honor, reverence, and a sense of awe.

b. Thus, we are to fear God.

1) Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

2) Acts 9:31

3) Hebrews 11:7

c. This kind of fear leads to:

1) Holiness … 2 Corinthians 7:1

2) Working out our own salvation … Philippians 2:12

3) Evangelism … 2 Corinthians 5:11

2. There is a fear that is forbidden

a. This is the fear synonymous with dread, alarm, fright, terror, apprehension, anxiety, perplexity and distrust.

b. This kind of fear is forbidden

1) Psalm 91:5

2) Luke 12:32

c. This type of fear is not to be confused with caution

1) For example, fear of being run over will cause one to look both ways before crossing the street.

2) Also, fear of polio will cause one to take the vaccine.

3) These types of fears are normal and good.

B. AREAS WHEREIN FEAR OPERATES

1. Men fear failure

a. Fear of failure caused the one talent man to do nothing (Matthew 25:25)

b. Our Lord has promised us inevitable and assured success in the things that are really important … 1 Corinthians 15:58

c. It is our duty to do the best we can and leave the results in the hands of God.

2. Men fear the unknown future

a. This fear has kept many congregation of the Lord from growing, expanding, building buildings, adding missionaries, and otherwise doing more work for Christ.

b. We need to realize that it is vision and excitement that keeps people and congregations active, vibrant and growing.

3. Men fear responsibility

a. Because of this the one talent man did not assume his responsibility (Matthew 25:25)

b. Because of fear Israel shirked their responsibility in conquering the land (Dt. 1:22-46)

c. Fear will keep us from our responsibility of being fishers of men … Luke 5:10

4. Men fear old age

a. Yet, the Bible teaches that honor and glory are attached to old age

1) Leviticus 19:32

2) Proverbs 16:31

b. Some of the greatest accomplishments in life have been accomplished by the elderly

1) Webster wrote his dictionary at age 70

2) Moses was 80 when he lead Israel out of bondage

c. Realize also that old age is but an indication that one is nearer his home.

5. Men fear insecurity

a. Jesus went to great lengths teaching man that he should not have such fears (Matthew 6:24-34)

b. God has always provided for his own, and will continue to do so.

1) Psalm 37:25

2) Philippians 4:19

6. Men fear what other men will say and think about them, or do to them.

a. Luke 12:4-7

b. This type of fear often causing one to do wrong

1) Because of fear Peter denied the Lord (Matthew 26:69-75)

2) Fear cause Peter to be guilty of hypocrisy (Gal. 2:11-14)

c. Fear often times keep one from taking a stand for truth

7. Men fear death

a. Many are slaves to the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15)

b. The fear of death can be removed when men realize:

1) That it is inevitable … Hebrews 9:27

2) That it is the gateway to bliss and association with Jesus……. Philippians 1:21-23

3) That Jesus will be there to take us by the hand … Psalm 23:4

C. THE TRAGIC EFFECTS OF FEAR

1. Fear makes life a wretched experience and warps the personality

a. This is seen in the life of Saul (1 Samuel 28)

b. Fear is a dark room where negatives are developed

2. Fear will prevent one from doing the will of God

a. Men make excuses … as in the case of Moses (Exodus 3)

b. Do we disobey God for fear of persecution?

3. Fear renders one useless

a. There is no place in the kingdom of God for the fearful, because we are in a battle against Satan, and we need people of courage.

b. We are in an important battle and we need people of courage

4. Fear brings on the very thing we fear

a. Peter’s fear of sinking brought on his sinking

b. Fear of disease often brings on illness

c. Research has shown that 85% of the emotional and physical ills of men are brought on by fear

5. Fear will cause a person to be lost … Revelation 21:8

D. OVERCOMING FEAR

1. Remember that fear is strictly prohibited

a. In fact, fear is a characteristic of the wicked (Proverbs 28:1)

b. “Fear not” and “be not afraid” appear in the Bible 180 times

2. Enthrone Christ

a. Peter said … 1 Peter 3:14

b. He then tells us how this is done … 1 Peter 3:15

3. Put your faith and trust in God

a. Faith is the foe of fear

b. It is either faith of fear … Isaiah 26:3

4. Conceive of God as a Father

5. Never lose sight of the fact that you are in the presence of God and that His help is nigh

6. Never take counsel of your fears

a. A general who was fearful of an attack planned in the Shenandoah Valley, and expressed his fears to Stonewall Jackson, was told by the courageous Jackson, “General, never take counsel of your fears.”

b. Philippians 4:13

7. Pray

CONCLUSION:

*Information gathered from Windell Winkler

Tom Moore is the Gospel Preacher for the Park Heights church of Christ in Hamilton, TX. "I stand for and defend the truth of God's word. All other degrees and diplomas mean very little in comparison."

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9 Comments

  • David says:

    Hello,

    I have missed work for the past 10 days and I have fear of facing my boss and colleagues. I am afraid about how they will think of me and talk about me amongst each other. I am also afraid to face my boss. I have an addiction problem and don’t know what to tell my boss. He won’t understand. Thank you.

    David

  • Victoria says:

    David,

    By no means am I a pastor or anything like that. I just believe that you should not make what others say about you a fear of yours because it is not important. It yields no result. Your only judge is God. You do need to understand that everything has a consequence so accepting your fear and making it bigger then the situation is not going to help. Pray on this and tackle this situation straight on. Be genuine. If your boss is your mentor then you should tell him your addiction problem, but if he is not your mentor or going to assist you in addiction which is bigger then missing work and what people say, then there is no need to tell him, because it just seems like you are looking for sympathy rather then an answer. I would just suggest you pray on this and release the authority of fear from you.

  • Cayden says:

    I have been dealing with fear my whole life. I fear everything but I hide the fear from my friends and family. The fear has over taken me at times and i want to let it go. How do i get delivered from this?

  • Ken says:

    Cayden, I too have been dealing with fear my whole life so when I read your statement and question my heart cried out. (1) relief I am not alone (2) because I don’t want you to suffer the pain that I did due to fear. So Cayden, lets you and I step out of fear. First, tell your family and a close friend. You will be amazed of the understanding and help that you will receive. Next, seriously look back over your life and look at the end results. Has fear helped you? Has fear hindered you? I am pretty sure the latter is the case. Now write down what your fear is and listen for the Lord. He is answering you (and me) we just need to listen. Your inspiration to begin may come in the strangest form. My inspiration to begin my walk from the darkness of fear into the light came from an episode of The Twilight Zone called “Nothing in the Dark”

    http://www.cbs.com/classics/the_twilight_zone/video/?pid=2zwtpb046QL1_H_IG0Q_864x68YI8AS_&vs=Default&play=true

    Read the seven steps above on how to overcome fear. Trust in the Lord! You and I will make it.

  • susan chism says:

    Please pray for me,Susan-In-Missouri to be delivered of fears.

    Thanks

    Susan

  • Kevin says:

    Cayden,

    A few thoughts:

    – I find that Philippians 4:4ff is useful in regards to fear. The word “anxious” in the King James is another word for “worry“.

    – I was once told that man is motivated by one of two things: love or fear. In my experience, the statement seems to hold true. I also find this in harmony with 1 John 4:18.

    – On the last two points, in my studies, it seems that “concern” is motivated by love, while “worry” is motivated by fear. It is OK to be concerned about situations in your life, or the lives of those around you. It is NOT OK to worry about them. You may want to evaluate how many of your “fears” are truly worries and how many are concerns.

    – Fear involves a lack of faith in God. It is a trust issue. It may help to find little things in your life wherein you trust in God. Use those as building blocks to trust God in bigger things.

    – Eph. 1:3 teaches us that all spiritual blessings are to those in Christ and thus not to those outside of Christ. Thus, none of the above will benefit you unless you also make sure you are following God’s word.

    Lastly, with these statements, please understand that I do not mean any of the above in an accusatory tone as I do not know your life. I merely point them out as things to keep in mind.

  • Alie says:

    I have been taking a long break from flying planes. I am a student (I am 18 years old), a pilot student and I am very scared of what would everyone say when I arrive. I tried sharing these to my family but they just keep on ignoring me. I keep on praying to God, and I know he’s helping me.
    I am afraid of my performance in flight cause in a few weeks I will have a check ride to have my private pilot license. I had a teacher who keeps cursing and shouting and sometimes slap my hands my head because I didn’t do a perfect flight. My classmates are all boys and for a girl like me to be there, I heard harsh comments. Like one person said I was stupid, (because I was a girl).

    The first flight I had was spectacular, I used to love flying but …. *sigh* Your prayers would help.. :) thank you^^

  • michesther says:

    all i can say is that fear is a torment!

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