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How to Overcome Fear

2 Timothy 1:7

Introduction:

A.        We are not discussing and trying to overcome:

1.         Fear of God or reverence. Ecclesiastes 12:13,14; Matthew 10:28; Hebrews 13:5,6

2.         Normal, healthy fears that help.

a.         Fear of fire keeps us from being burned.

b.         Fear of bodily harm reminds us to use caution.

c.         Normal fear means self protection; it does not overrule reason, it assists it.

B.        We do want to overcome:

1.         An abnormal fear that possesses a person and captures his reason.

2.         This is a destructive habit that can change blood pressure, increase the heart beat, double the breathing rate, stop digestion.

I.          FEAR IS FOE.

A.        Because it keeps us from enjoying many of the blessings that demand courage.

1.         Fear expands difficulties out of proportion. Numbers 13:33

2.         Fear forgets God. Numbers 13:30; 14:7,8

B.        Because it is contagious. Deut. 20:8

C.        Because it keeps us from doing our duty

1.         Confessing the Lord. John 9:20-22

2.         Developing our talents. Matthew 25:25

3.         Being involved in good work.

D.        Because it will condemn one’s soul. Revelation 21:8

II.        FRIENDS OF FEAR.

A.        Lack of knowledge.

1.         We heard a man in the house – until we turned on the lights – the air conditioner caused the floor to pop.

2.         Do-it-yourself doctoring brings disease to many.

B.        Lack of faith. Matthew 8:26; Matthew 14:31

C.        Failure to keep our eyes on the goal.

1.         The value of a flag in battle.

2.         Peter. Matthew 14:30

D.        Sin. Proverbs 28:1

III.       FIGHTING FEAR.

A.        True love for God and man. 1 John 4:18; John 14:15; 2 Timothy 1:7

B.        Let’s apply this to man’s basic fears.

1.         Fear of poverty. Matthew 6:33; Psalm 23:1; Psalm 37:25

2.         Fear of criticism.

a.         This fear is shown in many ways. Hebrews 13:5,6

(1)        Style changes.

(2)        “Everybody’s doing it.”

(3)        “I might be embarrassed.”

b.         Solution.

(1)        Recognize that some criticism from certain people is a sure thing for the Christian.

(a)        Persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12; Luke 6:26; Matthew 5:10-12

(b)        Anybody who does anything that amounts to something will be criticized – “A turtle makes progress only when his neck is exposed.”

(2)        Seek the approval of God rather than men; I had rather men criticize than God. John 12:42,43; Galatians 1:10

3.         Fear of ill health. Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

4.         Fear of death. Philippians 1:21; 2 Timothy 4:6-8

a.         Statement of T. B. Larimore a few hours before his death:

b.         My faith has never been stronger; my hope has never been brighter; my head has never been clearer; my heart has never been calmer; my life has never been purer.  I love all; I hate none.  My love for some lifts my soul into the realm of the sublime.  I am willing to die today; I am willing to live a thousand years, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.  My friends are dearer to me; association with them is sweeter to me; my sympathy for suffering souls is stronger; my love for all the pure, the true, the beautiful, the good, and the sublime – from the bud, the blossom, the babe, up to Him from whom all blessings flow – is truer, tenderer, sweeter, than ever before . . . I sleep soundly, dream sweetly, and “rejoice evermore.”  “The word” is sweeter and stronger to me than ever before.  O it is delightful to love and be loved, and to do whatsoever duty demands!  My vanity is all gone.  What the people say does not bother me.  I’ll never waver, but always to the right be true.

Conclusion:

A.        Let us recognize, admit, and overcome harmful fears.

B.        Pray for deliverance. Psalm 34:1-4

C.        Be sure you can say, :Psalm 27:1-14

D.        The Lord is my salvation if I have obeyed Him. Hebrews 5:8,9

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