Defeating the Spirit of Fear Pt.2- UPDATE
The Year of Declaring And Receiving God’s Promises
We continue from last week
I want to deal with a current issue that impacting the world today
- From a spiritual perspective
- “The Christian Perspective”
- Many states mandatory “stay at home” required
- (only to leave for essential needs)
- 118,00 Public Schools closed
- 50 million students affected
- Stocks have fallen worst since 2008
- Unemployment rate rising
- U.S. Health Department has declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a Pandemic (worldwide disease)
It has created a universal atmosphere of FEAR
The greatest tool of the enemy against mankind especially the Christians
- The prevailing feeling of society today (terrorist, fraud, insecurity, mass shootings, epidemics)
- Surveys show over 80% of the people say that fear is the driving force in their lives
- Causes sickness, debilitation, paranoia
- Single most effective tool of the enemy
Results of Spirit of Fear
- Sickness (cancer , heart attack, disease)
- Bondage (phobias, addictions, emotional disorders )
- Reduces activity and productivity
- Sets up a “failure syndrome”
- Removes self worth
- Quenches faith, hope, love
- Limits God
For the Christian
2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of sound mind
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us
Last time we looked at-
How do we as Christians deal with this attack of fear
Keys to Defeating “The Spirit of Fear”
- Truth overcomes fear
- Faith overcomes fear
- Using the Word of God overcomes fear
- Standing in your authority
I want to look at more keys during these times
Keys (tools) to Defeating “The Spirit of Fear”
- God’s Peace
Will not let other emotions/news override
World is full of anxiety
Anger at Gov., China, home “shelter in place” lines at stores,
Fear of the future
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Phil 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
- Joy overcomes fear
John 15:11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete
Neh 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (stronghold, defense)
Ps 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy
- COURAGE(determination) overcomes fear
Enemy’s goal à timidity –loss of identity
Who you are in Christ
Circumstances are to be weighed in light of our destiny
Ex 14:13 “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the
deliverance the LORD will bring you today.
Josh 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be
with you wherever you go.”
Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
- SEEKING THE LORD
Lord what do you say ?
How should I feel/approach this ?—Not automatic
Matt 6:9-10″‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Jer 29:13 you will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Ps 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Matt 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
2 Chron 14:7 we sought the LORD our God and he has given us rest on every side.
- Closeness to God overcomes fear
For God so loved world (you)
Everything Lord does is to deepen relationship
Place of safety-the enemy cannot enter
If afraid –run to Him COMMUNION (personal/family) www.celebrateJesus.net
Ps 91:1-2 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.“
Ps 42:1-2 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
Ps 84:1-2 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD;
Isa 26:9 My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.
Phil 3:10 “Oh that I might know Him..
Pastors and Churches throughout the nation are joining together
“We want to shift the narrative away from panic, fear and hopelessness to one of faith and trust in God in the midst of the storm. We need to silence voices of fear and amplify voices of faith”. Bethel Church
Celebration Community Church