Fear of the Future
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Psalm 56:3
Which of these scares you the most?
Bathing & Washing
Peanut Butter on Roof of Your Mouth
Fear Foundation #1
1. Fear is a natural instinct to a real or perceived danger. We feel threatened whether it's true or not.
Fear Foundation #2
2. Fear is not always bad thing if it keeps us from acting foolishly.
Fear Foundation #3
3. Fear left unchecked can overwhelm us and preoccupy our lives.
Fear Foundation #4
4. Fear usually causes us to respond by fleeing, hiding, or fighting.
Fear Foundation #5
5. Fear, while never eliminated, can be overcome by faith.
Psalm 56:3 NIV
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Fear Foundation #6
6. Our fears matter to God and He is with us in them.
Did You Know?
Did you know that “fear not” or “do not be afraid” is the most frequent command in all of Scripture? It appears more than “do not lie,” “do not steal,” “love your neighbor,” “Follow Me,” or anything else. The command to “fear not” appears over 300 times in the Bible. This tells us that while fear is real, God cares about helping us in our fear.
Faith or Fear?
Faith is us taking one step closer to God; fear is us taking one step further away from Him.
Faith > Fear prayer
"Lord, fill me with faith; free me from fear."
Fear of the Future = Worry
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength.” (Corrie Ten Boom) “Worriers are visionaries minus the optimism.” (Ed Welch)
Matthew 6:25-34 NIV
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
"What will happen to me tomorrow? Will I have what I need?'
"It's all up to me and I can't come up with what I need."
God will provide what I need when I need it as I seek Him first.
Overcoming Worry #1
1. Name your fear and be specific.
Overcoming Worry #2
2. Seek first your Heavenly Father and trust in Him.
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3. Remember God's faithfulness in your past.
Overcoming Worry #4
4. Repent of the worry that says your faith is too small.
Assuring not Scolding
When Jesus says "Do not be afraid," He's not scolding us as much as He is assuring us. "Do not be afraid" = "You don't have to be afraid. I am with you."