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Stop The Drama #4 Fear

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Drama. It’s all around us. Drama in politics. Drama with celebrities. Drama at work, at school, at home. But why? Why does life always seem to be so full of drama?

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Intro:

Me: What are you afraid of?
Staff funny fears!
Two natural fears we are born with - falling and loud noises. Staff fears learned...
Fear is a thief! We exist… the number one reason we don’t have a dynamic relationship with Jesus is FEAR.
Review STOP THE DRAMA - compare, complain, excuses
We: To stop the drama we must stop living in fear.
Ill: FEAR can be passed on… little girl on airplane. If you live in fear then there is a high likelihood your kids will live in fear. We don’t say take a risk today. Exercise big faith. NO we say, BE CAREFUL
We will create a culture of fear and anxiety and it robs us!
On the other hand - Trust is contagious. Big faith, big risk can also be carried on.
WE CAN PASS ON FEAR OR TRUST
We battle fear.
WE FEAR
Fear of failure
Fear of the unknown
Fear of missing out
Fear of people (proverbs)
Fear of scarcity (having enough or being enough)
Fear of death
FEAR MAKES ME...
Defensive
Distant
Deceptive
Demanding
Distraught
Fear makes us into someone we don’t want to be...
What you fear, reveals what you value the most.
Wealth, health, marriage… is where you trust God the least.
God: Jesus with the disciples… class was always in session. Jesus put the disciples in situations that revealed their heart. 2 places in NT where Jesus lead the disciples
Matthew 8:23–27 NLT
23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. 27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”
FIERCE, JESUS WAS SLEEPING, SAVE US, WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID, CALM, WAVES OBEY HIM
Mark 4:41 NLT
41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
A greater fear than waves and wind. Jesus demanded fear more than wind and waves.
Who is in your boat? Jesus is in my boat! I’m greater than your fears.
27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”
Matthew 14:22–23 NLT
22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
They are afraid of the situation and the solution. What!?!
Matthew 14 NLT
1 When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, heard about Jesus, 2 he said to his advisers, “This must be John the Baptist raised from the dead! That is why he can do such miracles.” 3 For Herod had arrested and imprisoned John as a favor to his wife Herodias (the former wife of Herod’s brother Philip). 4 John had been telling Herod, “It is against God’s law for you to marry her.” 5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of a riot, because all the people believed John was a prophet. 6 But at a birthday party for Herod, Herodias’s daughter performed a dance that greatly pleased him, 7 so he promised with a vow to give her anything she wanted. 8 At her mother’s urging, the girl said, “I want the head of John the Baptist on a tray!” 9 Then the king regretted what he had said; but because of the vow he had made in front of his guests, he issued the necessary orders. 10 So John was beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a tray and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. 12 Later, John’s disciples came for his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus what had happened. 13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. 14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” 17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. 18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. 20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! 22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. 24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” 28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed. 34 After they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 When the people recognized Jesus, the news of his arrival spread quickly throughout the whole area, and soon people were bringing all their sick to be healed. 36 They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.
v. 27 DONT BE AFRAID, TAKE COURAGE, I AM HERE
He told them...
What to do.
Who He was.
How to feel.
He is teaching them to have a reverence, respect that He is God. Fear God more than circumstances.
God conscience v/s Self conscience
He who keeps his eyes on me will be in perfect peace. (Scritpture)
v. 31 WHY DID YOU DOUBT ME?
DOUBT is the source
FEAR is the symptom
FAITH is the solution
Fear is a focus on self and faith is when you focus on Me.
You don’t have to be afraid, even when there is something to be afraid of.
v. 27
Matthew 10:28–31 NLT
28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
FEAR ONLY GOD - value!
HOW TO STOP LIVING IN FEAR
Fear God only.
“Fear of anything other than God is mutually exclusive to faith in God.” - Neil T. Anderson
Ramp up the aw!
Isaiah 8:11–14 NLT
11 The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said, 12 “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. 13 Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble. 14 He will keep you safe. But to Israel and Judah he will be a stone that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.
2. Surrender to God daily.
Proverbs 3:5–6 NLT
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Job 11:13–18 CEV
13 Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, 14 and give up your sins— even those you do in secret. 15 Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless. 16 Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, 17 and your darkest night will be brighter than noon. 18 You will rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry.
v. 13-14 three commands SURRENDER YOUR HEART, PRAY, GET RID OF SIN
THEN
V.15-18 8 benefits
You want be ashamed;
you will be confident and fearless
Your troubles will go away like waters beneath a bridge
and your darkest night will be brighter than noon
You will rest safe and secure,
filled with hope
and emptied of worry
Who wouldn’t want this! Surrendering to Jesus is fantastic! Jesus, you are the one that needs to be at the center of my life.
3. Realize God’s gift.
2 Timothy
2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Power.
Colossians 1:27 NLT
27 For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
Love.
1 John 4:18 NLT
18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
Sound mind.
Strong, want fall a part. Fear is not based in reality.
Live in authentic community.
Hebrews 10:23–25 NLT
23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
The disciples were afraid until after the Resurrection.
You don’t have to be afraid, even when there is something to be afraid of.
1. What is the fear has convinced you to put off that you know you should our shouldn’t be doing?
2. What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
3. How would your life be different if you didn’t fear what people thought?
4. Is my fear based on real evidence of an imagined scenery?
5. What is the worst thing that can happen if you fully surrender to God?
Prayer
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