In today’s message Bro. Leo continues our study of fear and how a personal relationship with Jesus can and will remove fear from our lives.
Fear is in our minds and emotions. It is an emotional and intellectual anticipation of harm. When we are in a state of fear our minds and emotions run rampant with all kinds of different scenarios of what will happen at some future time (Adam and Eve are the first examples of this, Gen. 3:8-10). We are irrational while in a state of fear because fear does not come from God (2Tim. 1:7).
There are three principals of truth that God wants us to know.
1) Luke 1:28, The prevailing thought that God wants us to know is that He is with us.
2) Luke 1:28,30, Like Mary God favours us. The word favour is translated from the Greek word “charis” and it means unmerited, undeserved operation of God in the heart of man. The English word “charity” comes from the Greek word “charis”.
3) Luke 1:34-35, God will destroy our fears through His power and abilities, not our own.
In order for God to remove our fears we need to get alone with Him and let His Holy Spirit work on our minds and emotions. In other words we need to do our part in our personal relationship with Him so that He can do His part. God will never force us into this relationship, we must be willing to have one with Him and then work on it daily.
Scriptures used in today’s message:
Luk 1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Luk 1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
Luk 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Luk 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Luk 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Luk 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
Luk 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Joh 16:31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
Joh 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
We also added three Bible studies to our Bible Study website page for a more in depth study of fear, “THE FEARS OF CHRISTMAS” part 1,2 and 3.