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Surrender Your Fear

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Being Afraid - The Batman

Matthew 1:18–25 ESV
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Matthew 1:18-25

Pleasing God often means disappointing people.

Becoming obsessed with what people think about you is the quickest way to forget what God thinks about you.

Becoming obsessed with what God thinks about you is the quickest way to forget what people think about you.

If you’re not ready to be criticized for your obedience to God you’re not ready to be used by God.

Those who make the biggest difference often experience the most pain.

Hebrews 11:
Hebrews 11:35–38 ESV
35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Extraordinary acts of God often begin with ordinary acts of obedience.

Galatians 1:10 ESV
10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

The Story of The Merciful King

We always give our best to what we value the most.

How is your fear of others holding you back from what God wants?

In what ways have you chosen people or reputation over God?

In what ways have you chosen people or reputation over God?
What do you need to repent (turn) from and turn to God?

What do you need to repent (turn) from and turn to God?

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