Faith over Fear

Faith over Fear

 

 

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

 

Feed your faith not your fear, The Bible has the answer.

 

“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned.”

Hebrews 11:23-29 NASB

 

 

  1. God leads our way

 

“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to given them light…” Ex. 13:21  

 

God will not leave us to fend for ourselves, struggling to find our way. He will lead us. He promises to. We may not see him in a pillar of cloud or fire these days,

 

but we have His Word, and the Holy Spirit to give guidance to our days.

He is with us, He gives wisdom, He provides direction, so we never have to fear being left on our own to figure things out.

 

He goes ahead of us, He walks with us, and He guards our way from behind.

 

His Word gives truth and life and shows us the way to walk in this world crisis.

 

 

  1. When we see obstacles, God sees opportunities

 

He will make a way where there seems to be no way out.

 

The bigger the problem, the greater his ability to shine right through it all.

 

 “The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea…”

 Ex. 14:9

 

Things were looking bleak and dark, yet God had a plan. And it was amazing.

 

 

  1. We can focus on the problem or we can choose to trust God

 

The Israelites were terrified when they saw the enemy coming their way. 

 

They doubted their leader, they questioned God, they complained, they grumbled, they panicked. 

 

Yet God didn’t get mad at their humanity or fears. He only asked for their obedience. And their trust. 

 

“The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”  Ex. 14:14

 

 

  1. God will stand between us and the enemy. We never fight alone

 

He will send his angels to fight for us and guard us. He Himself will fight for us and guard us.

 

He loves us and desires to set His protection over us.

 

“Then the angel of God…withdrew and went behind them.  The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them…”Ex. 14:19 

 

He will hem us in from all sides and keep us under His care.

 

It doens’t mean we won’t ever face the battle, but we can know that He is surely with us in the midst of it.

 

 

  1. Our God is a God of miracles

 

This same God who divided the Red Sea so the Israelites crossed on dry ground, and covered up the enemy in the depths of that same sea, bringing salvation to His people—

 

This is the same God who works on our behalf today. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

“And when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.” Ex. 14:31

 

 

 



Experiencing God: Relationship

Reality 1: God is always at work around you. 

 God was at work before the birth of Moses. Exodus 1:15-2:2 

 

God was at work during the childhood of Moses. Exodus 2:1-10 

 

God was at work when Moses was a young man. Exodus 2:15-25 

 

God was at work in the life of Moses for a greater purpose. Exodus 2:24-25  

Experiencing God: Invitation 

Reality 3: God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.

 

God now invites Moses into the work that God has for Him. Exodus 3:7-10 

 

He’s chosen to personally interact with you, His creation, to participate in His work. 

 

His desire is to get you from where you are to where He’s working. 

 

He leads you from being self-centered to being God-centered. 

 

It never would have crossed Moses’ mind to do something like this if God hadn’t invited Him. 

 

A pure Heart 

God looks for people who will allow Him to shape them into the instruments He requires to do His divine work. 

Jeremiah 18:5-10 

 

Truth is to be experienced 

When Christ teaches you something about Himself, He incorporates it into your life through experience. 

Luke 5-10 

 

Now is the acceptable time 

 

God’s timing is perfect. When He speaks, the time to respond in obedience is now. 

Matthew 8:18-22 

 

Experiencing God: Communication

Reality 4: God is always communicating with us.

 God pursued Moses for a conversation. {Exodus 3:1-10}
When He does seek to talk to us He:
1) sets the place {Acts 17:24-28};
2) knows exactly how to get our attention {John 10:2-5};
3) will make it clear how well He knows you and will make sure you know Him {Acts 9:1-5};
4) will make His purpose clear {Luke 19}. 
 
Our lives should reflect that we are experiencing with Him. 
People should be able to tell:
1) we are filled with the Holy Spirit {Romans 8:14-17};
2) we know and obey Him {Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 6:46-49};
3) that we are in constant communication with Him {Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17};
4) that we are active members of the body of Christ {Ephesians 4:11-16}
5) what our worldview is and indicate how we might handle the  circumstances of life {Philippians 1:20&21; James 1:2&3}
 
Conclusion: communication with God should leave a divine imprint on us! {Daniel 11:32b} 

Experiencing God: Gods Covering

Reality 5: We are under God’s covering. Psalms 91
 
1. The first name, the Most High, is the Hebrew word Elyon. It suggests a Supreme one;One          who is elevated above all things.
      Verse 1 speaks to the protection of one who ‘dwells in the shelter of the Most High.
 
2. The second name, the Almighty, is translated from the word Shaddai Shaddai has many                meanings, it primarily suggests a mighty, powerful God who is strong beyond our                            imagination and is more than capable to supply our every need. In His name and in His                  power, there is no need that cannot be met, and no circumstance he cannot overcome.
 
3. The third name, the LORD, is the personal name for God,that the original pronunciation is        uncertain, only that it contained the letters YHWH, It has been translated as Yahweh,                  Jehovah, and more often as the LORD (in all caps).The significance of this name is that it             represents a relatable God who seeks for us to know Him on a deep, personal level.
 
4. The fourth name, my God, comes from the Hebrew Elohim. The Psalmist is proclaiming                that the God in whom he trusts is the same God who created all things, the first and the              last, and the God who is forever faithful to His creation.


Experiencing God



Discovering the Attitude that makes the Difference

Part 6 of 6 
“I Treasure Belonging to the Body of Christ”
 
Being apart of the Body is a gift.

Salvation is a gift;

   Romans 3:21-26

   2 Corinthians 5:21

    Ephesians 2:1-9

We recognize that our salvation means that we are part of the Body of Christ.

 

The universal Church and the Local Church.

The Universal Church:

   Ephesians 2:11-22

The Local Church: A specific group of gathered believers in a specific place at a specific time.

   Galatians 1:1-2

   Ephesians 1:1

   1 Corinthians 11-3

 

Understanding and Cherishing the gift of the Church.

 

 

Part 5 of 6 

 “My family, a healthy part of the body.”

 Ephesians 5:22-6:4 

 

 Pray together as a family for the church.

 

 

 

Worship together as a family.

 

 

 

Love the Church and encourage your family to do the same. 

 

Part 4 of 6 
    “Pastor, I’m praying for you

I Will Pray For My Church Leaders

 

 

Who Is My Pastor (shepherd)?    (Jeremiah 3:14&15; Ephesians 4:7-13)

 

 

What is the work of the Pastor?    (Psalm 23; Ezekiel 34:11-16: John 10:11-19)

 

 

For what does the Pastor need prayer?    (1 Timothy 3:1-7)

 

 

The commitment to pray    (Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Part 3 of 6 
    Serving other’s”

 The greatest among you Mark 10:35-45

 Other’s first     Mark 9:35

 

 

 

 Encouraged by other’s   Romans 1:11-12

 

 

 

III. Stir up other’s to good works   Hebrews 10:24-25

 

 

Make your attitude that of Christ    Philippians 2:5-11
 
 
Part 2 of 6
“Unity”
Romans 12:3-5
God desires that Christians get along; Jesus made it clear in John 13:34-35
 
I. When the body works together Unity makes the body healthy.
Ephesians 4:1-3
Colossians 3:13-14 Above all put on Love
 
II. Gossip and other negative talk.
Gossip is destructive in the body of Christ
Proverbs 16:28
Proverbs 11:13
Ephesians 4:29
 
III. Forgiveness and Unity
Matthew 6:14-15
 
Unity in the church will not happen if members have unforgiving hearts.
Colossians 3:12-13
Psalms 133:1
 
Part 1 of 6
 
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
 
I. We are all necessary parts of the whole.
1 Cor 12:12-19
 
Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV
II. We are different, but we still work together.
1 Cor 12:20-26
 
Ephesians 4:25 ESV
III. Everything we say and do is based on a biblical foundation of love.
1 Cor13:4-5
 
Colossians 3:12-14
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