Wednesday, April 14, 2010

3-14-10 Spirit of Fear

Spirit of Fear

There are 15 identified major “Evil Spirits”…
That we all should be aware of…

That is creating havoc in this world and our lives.

Paul warns…that we should put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Eph.6:11)

Peter tells us…be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he devour. (1 Pet. 5:8-9)

James gives good advice saying…resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

Job 3:25
“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me”.

Spirit of Fear
How many of you in here today…believe that everyone knows…what it’s like…to be afraid.

We all have things that we are afraid of…

Such as storms, spiders, snakes, bats and some people are terrified of snakes.

There are also hidden fears…that can motivate us.

Fear of failure…makes us afraid to do anything that could draw criticism…

Or give someone a chance…to laugh at us.

I could go on and on…talking about fears.

But today…I want you to know…that there are two kinds of fear…

Fear that is good…This fear keeps us from driving 100 mph…or things like sticking our hand in fire…and then there’s

Fear that is harmful…this is the “spirit of fear” that I want to expose today.

This is the kind of fear… that paralyzes us…and keeps us from doing things we could or should do.

Perhaps there is a fear… that some of you here today…may need to overcome.
Let’s pray…

How many of you ever stop to think…that…

Fear had its beginning with Adam’s rebellion and fall…in the Garden of Eden.

After Adam and Eve had disobeyed God’s directive to them…fear entered their hearts.

Gen.3:10-“And Adam said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I am naked; and I hid myself.”

So since the beginning of time…the “spirit of fear” has been running rampant on this earth.

Jesus even prophesized…that in the last days of time…

That this world would become a race… of fearful people.

Luke 21:26 (NASB)-“men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

How many here know…that the leading cause of death… is heart disease.

People are suffering from strain and stress.

Alcohol consumption…drug abuse and anxiety attacks is increasing…contributor…

Because it constricts the vessels carrying blood to affected areas.
Cigarette smoking is also a major cause… but why do people smoke?

Often, because they are uptight, nervous and afraid!

Fear is “the enemy” among us…and it is taking a tremendous toll;

Psychologically, economically, domestically and physically!

As well as politically…both nationally and worldwide!

Fear destroys relationships, hinders growth in business, and impedes academic progress…

Breaks up families and keeps people out of church!

Fear is often the cause of strife, worry, bitterness, resentment, jealousy and hatred…

But fear can be conquered and driven out of our lives!

Many years ago…Presidents Herbert Hoover stated:

“The dominant emotion everywhere in the world is FEAR.
This applies to every part of human activities-finance, industry, farmers, workers, thinkers and government officials.”

The Atlantic Charter…

A document drawn up by President Roosevelt and Britain’s Sir Winston Churchill…

Is one of history’s greatest documents, championing the common liberties of mankind.

It is called: Freedom From Fear!

It contained 4 critical freedoms:

Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion!

God has not given us the “spirit of fear”…

But He has given us three things that will help us overcome fear:

The gift of Power… The Gift of Love… and the Gift of a Sound Mind.

Power to be saved:

(John1:12)But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Love:

The more we love God, the less fear we will have. It is a matter of trust.

When we realize that God will take care of us, it relieves our fear.

My kids don’t worry about having something to eat.
For all these years we have provide for them…they would be worried.

But they know I love them and will provide for them…so they are not afraid about that.

Then there’s a Sound Mind:

Most of the time…our harmful fears are the result of wrong thinking.

But something happens…when we are saved and begin to trust God.
Our mind is renewed!

(Rom12:2)-“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.

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