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Sun, May 20, 2018

Freedom from Fear II

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50 mins 33 secs
In life, we have many things we fear. Fear to the extreme will freeze us in our tracks, it will keep us from doing things we should and need to do. Are you being burdened with fear in your life? The word of God reveals to us how we can enjoy freedom from fear. A couple of weeks ago, we learned how we can enjoy freedom from the fear of people. (Rom. 8:31-34). In life, we face many different types of people, some will like us and others will not like us and will do whatever they can to make life miserable for us. It does not matter what position of power a person is in, they are not more powerful than God. People may be able to make your life difficult, they may be able to take your very life, but they cannot take away your gift of salvation, they cannot take your relationship with God away, they cannot separate you from the love of God! People can accuse you all they want, but if you are faithful to God, He is pronouncing you innocent.
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In life, we have many things we fear. Fear to the extreme will freeze us in our tracks, it will keep us from doing things we should and need to do. Are you being burdened with fear in your life? The word of God reveals to us how we can enjoy freedom from fear. A couple of weeks ago, we learned how we can enjoy freedom from the fear of people. (Rom. 8:31-34). In life, we face many different types of people, some will like us and others will not like us and will do whatever they can to make life miserable for us.

It does not matter what position of power a person is in, they are not more powerful than God. People may be able to make your life difficult, they may be able to take your very life, but they cannot take away your gift of salvation, they cannot take your relationship with God away, they cannot separate you from the love of God! People can accuse you all they want, but if you are faithful to God, He is pronouncing you innocent. In verse 34, we are given four reasons as to why no one can condemn those who are declared innocent by God-one, Jesus died for us; two, Jesus was raised for us; three, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father; and four, Jesus intercedes for us.

We have no reason to fear people. The God you belong to is greater than all! This morning, we want to learn how we can enjoy freedom from the fear of circumstances. (35-37). No matter what happens around us or to us, we must remember that Jesus loves us even if we feel like He does not because of the circumstances. When people mistreat us, it is easy to feel like God has left us. When bad things start happening to us it is easy to think God does not love us. Sometimes we cause our own issues and can still feel abandoned by God because of the consequences of our actions.

Verse 36 is a quote of Psalm 44:22 where the Psalmist is upset and complaining over the persecution that is happening to the people at the time. This is a quote of Psalm 44:22 to show that such trials have always been a part of the life we live, but these trials never separated us from God. Even though the saints of old suffered at the hands of evil men, they were still the object of God’s love. With the help of Jesus, bad trials can be turned to good. We can also enjoy freedom from the fear of any potential problems. (38-39).

Paul faced a lot of hard times because he belonged to Jesus, yet He did not question God’s love, Paul lived a life without fear! Paul lists five potential problem areas in life to illustrate that NO potential problems are to be feared! One, no condition of existence.- Life or death! Two, no beings.- Angels or principalities. Three, no time frame.- Present or future. Four, no powers.- nothing in the way of powers or forces. Five, nothing in space.- Heights or depths.

I do not care what you are facing, who you are facing, or what you have faced or done in your life; you need not have fear if you belong to Jesus! Some of you do not feel loved by God because of your past, some of you do not feel loved by God because of a situation you are facing, and some of you do not feel loved by God because of bad things other people have done or are doing to you. In Christ, we have no fear! Many of our fears spring forth from ignorance. One thing that you can know that should help dispel any fear you are living with is this: Jesus LOVES you and He wants to be with you for eternity!

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