3Josh 1:7-9 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
4Rule #1- Be Strong Love God Love your brother Be prepared to fight SatanTeach your children God’s wordUnderstand the power and purpose of the church
5Rule # 2Be Very CourageousDon’t Be UncertainDon’t Be AshamedDon’t Fear
6Rule # 3 Observe To Do All According To The Law God’s law producesPositive results when observed,BUT Negative Results when Ignored.ALL THE LAW MEANS “ALL”!We live under the Law of Jesus today.
7Rule # 4 - DO NOT TURN FROM IT TO THE RIGHT HAND OR THE LEFT If we turn aside we make God a liar and He will not hear our prayers.Reward follows obedience and Punishment follows disobedience.We can turn by additions or subtractions
8RULE 5 Meditate In It Day And Night EMORIZE GOD’S WORDAT ITWELL ON GOD’S WORDNVESTIGATE DIFFICULTIESHINK ON THESE THINGSCCEPT GOD ON HIS TERMSRUST HIM AND HIS WORDDUCATE OTHERS
9DEFINITION of “AFRAID” `arats (aw‑rats'); to awe or to dread; shake terribly.We say “Scared Out of Your Pants.”
10Fear Is Normal – We All Have Fears Phobias - Arakna to Xenia (Spiders to Strangers) even Fear of Fear.We Look to Others for Comfort parents-spouse-family-friends preacher-others
11It causes Distress. It is One of The Strongest of Emotions Fear OppressesIt causes Distress. It is One of The Strongest of EmotionsMothers Afraid Child Will Leave HomeAND Fathers Fear They Won’tChildren - Afraid of Bad Dreams or - Bully at School, Test at School, SchoolElderly - Poor Health or Loss of Independence
12Notice the Progression EXAMPLETHE DISCIPLES ON THE SEA OF GALILEE Matt 14:22‑ (Let’s read together)Notice the ProgressionBut the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, (Concern)for the wind was contrary. (Dread)they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" (Fright)And they cried out for fear. (Terror)he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" (Panic)
13We Fear Because of Doubt! 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"Here Is the Key to FearWe Fear Because of Doubt!
14FEAR DOES HAVE A PROPER PLACE IN OUR LIVES Fear God Not Man. Matt 10:24‑ "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.Isa 2:17‑21 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day... when He arises to shake the earth mightily.But some do not fear God. Rom 3:9‑ … "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
15We Should Fear When We Worship God (Give proper respect) Ps 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him.
16Think about the Lord’s Supper - Pay attention -Think about the Lord’s Supper -Plan your contribution, don’t just reach for loose change -Concentrate with the prayers -Be part of the song service -Listen to the message, even if the speaker is not an Apollos -Don’t encourage the children to misbehave by playing with them -Don’t play with the songbooks -Don’t disturb others by getting up and going out of the assembly unless absolutely necessary.
17FEAR KEEPS A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM DOING WHAT THEY KNOW NEEDS TO BE DONE! DON’T BE AFRAID OF EVERYTHING.2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
18SOME THINGS WE SHOULD NOT FEAR A Crisis In Our Lives - Deut 1:28‑31 …Our brethren have discouraged our hearts, ..'Do not be terrified, or be afraid of them. LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, …Ps 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?Ps 56:3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.Prov 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
19We Should Not Fear MenPs 56:11 In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?Isa 51:12‑13 "I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die…
20GET ANOTHER JOB! Your Boss or Your job Can’t assemble to worship God. I have to work or I’ll get fired! (not occasionally but commonplace)GET ANOTHER JOB!
21The governmentRom 13:3‑5 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the sameEven If They Are Wrong and Persecute Christians - 1 Pet 3:12‑ … But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled."
22A mean neighbor or a bully at school Heb 13:6 So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
23A mean church member (Like Diotrephes) Ezek 2:6 "And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, though they are a rebellious house.
24We Should Not Fear Failure The One talent man did.Matt 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.'
25We Should Not Fear the Truth As FelixActs 24:25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self‑control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you."
26The future. Psalms 23 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.3 He restores my soul; He leads 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 You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs 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 Forever.
27DeathPs 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.
28PRAYER IS STRONGER THAN FEAR Luke 18:1‑ …men always ought to pray and not lose heart,
29APPLICATION Fear does have a proper place in our lives - Fear God! Fear prevents action on our part-Get rid of Fear!Fear flees with Prayer-Control you Fear !
30TRADE YOUR FEAR FOR LOVE I Jn 4:17‑21… There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love…Rev 21:8 "But the cowardly, (fearful) unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."