SEVEN RULES FOR SPIRITUAL SUCCESS Joshua 1:7-9 RULE # 6 DO NOT BE AFRAID
,Josh 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."
Rule #1- Be Strong Love God Love your brother Be prepared to fight Satan Teach your children Gods word Understand the power and purpose of the church
Rule # 2 Be Very Courageous Dont Be Uncertain Dont Be Ashamed Dont Fear
Rule # 3 Observe To Do All According To The Law Gods law produces Positive results when observed, BUT Negative Results when Ignored. ALL THE LAW MEANS ALL! We live under the Law of Jesus today.
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 Rule # 4 - DO NOT TURN FROM IT TO THE RIGHT HAND OR THE LEFT
RULE 5 Meditate In It Day And Night DUCATE OTHERS MEDITATEMEDITATE EMORIZE GODS WORD AT IT WELL ON GODS WORD NVESTIGATE DIFFICULTIES HINK ON THESE THINGS CCEPT GOD ON HIS TERMS RUST HIM AND HIS WORD
DEFINITION of AFRAID `arats (aw rats'); to awe or to dread; shake terribly. We say Scared Out of Your Pants.
Fear 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
Fear Oppresses It causes Distress. It is One of The Strongest of Emotions Mothers Afraid Child Will Leave Home AND Fathers Fear They Wont Children - Afraid of Bad Dreams or - Bully at School, Test at School, School Elderly - Poor Health or Loss of Independence
EXAMPLE THE DISCIPLES ON THE SEA OF GALILEE Matt 14:22 31 (Lets read together) Notice the Progression But 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)
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 Fear We Fear Because of Doubt!
FEAR DOES HAVE A PROPER PLACE IN OUR LIVES Fear God Not Man. Matt 10:24 28... "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 18 … "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
We 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.
Pay attention - Think about the Lords Supper - Plan your contribution, dont 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 - Dont encourage the children to misbehave by playing with them - Dont play with the songbooks - Dont disturb others by getting up and going out of the assembly unless absolutely necessary.
FEAR KEEPS A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM DOING WHAT THEY KNOW NEEDS TO BE DONE! DONT 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.
SOME 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.
We Should Not Fear Men Ps 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…
Your Boss or Your job Cant assemble to worship God. I have to work or Ill get fired! (not occasionally but commonplace) GET ANOTHER JOB!
The government Rom 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 same Even If They Are Wrong and Persecute Christians - 1 Pet 3:12 17 … But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled."
A 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?"
A 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.
We 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.'
We Should Not Fear the Truth As Felix Acts 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."
The 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.
Death Ps 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.
PRAYER IS STRONGER THAN FEAR Luke 18:1 8 …men always ought to pray and not lose heart,
APPLICATION 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 !
TRADE 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."