Sunday, September 18, 2011

They Must be Giants :Part 3 - Fear


They Must be Giants
Part 3 – A Giant Named Fear
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

INTRODUCTION
Most of us are all familiar with the story of David & Goliath in 1 Samuel 17.

We are continuing our series entitled “They Must be Giants!” Over the next few weeks we will talk about;

        Loneliness
        Anger
        Addiction

Today we are talking about Un-forgiveness and how it can be the giant we face in our lives.
* Un-forgiveness can hold us captive to ourselves.
* Un-forgiveness can literally make us a slave to it.

Remember these points from David & Goliath over the next few sermons;

        The battle between the Palestinians and the Israelites was a spiritual one.  Today it continues between the Jews and the Arabs, who are descendants of Isaac and Ishmael. 

        David had the Holy Spirit just as all of those who belong to God have access to.

        David recognized the battle was spiritual even though everyone around him could not.  He was walking in the spirit, not by sight, but by faith.

        When David faced the giant, he knew the battle was not a man against a giant, but a giant against the power of God.

        The battle was the Lord’s!  David had the right perspective.

We must remember these points in our lives as well when we face things.

1.      It’s a spiritual battle
2.      We have the Holy Spirit if we belong to God
3.      The battle is the Lord’s

Today, we are talking about fear.
SCRIPTURE READING

Acts 10:34 – 36 
“Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.”


I.       THE GIANTS NAME IS FEAR
1.      This Giant Causes
1.      us to make irrational decisions
2.      forget who we are in Christ
3.      not stand when we need to
4.      act out in anger and frustration

2.      Or worse, we may do nothing at all

3.      Why do we forget so quickly;
1.      We are children of the most high God
2.      It is He who strengthens us
3.      All things are possible through Christ Jesus


II.   WHO ARE YOU IN CHRIST JESUS?
1.      God does not show favoritism
1.      In King James it says, “God is no respecter of persons.”
1.      He loves you JUST as much as He loved Moses!
2.      He loves you JUST as much as He loved Abraham!
3.      He loves you JUST as much as He loved Peter!
4.      And He loves you JUST as much as He loved Judas…

2.      God’s love for us is NOT based on our behavior.
1.      “For ALL have sinned and fall SHORT of the glory of God!” ~ Romans 3:23
2.      If God’s love was based on us, He would love none of us.
3.      He loves us ALL, and does not show favoritism.

3.      That He does for one, He offers to all.


2.      Why is it important to know that God has no favorites?
1.      It’s easier to forgive others when you realize God loves them as much as He loves you.
2.      You need to realize that you are no different than the one you need to forgive.
3.      You will be judged by God in the same way everyone else will be judged on that last day.


3.      The scripture says “He accepts men from EVERY nation, who fear Him…”
1.      Fear God? The Greek word used for fear here is fob-eh'-o, this is where we get our Latin word Phobia.
1.      Phobia means to have a fear of something.
2.      Arachnophobia – Arachno (spider) Phobia (fear)
3.      Claustrophobia – Claustro (to shut or close in) Phobia (fear)

2.      So this word used in the scripture here means to fear Him…God.
1.      This fear means to have respect, or reverence for.
2.      For instance, if there is a bomb on your kitchen table, you have reverence for it.
3.      Not because of what it did, because it’s done nothing.  But for the power it does hold, and what it could do.

3.      We have reverence for God, not because He has come down on us with His strength, but because He IS the creator of the universe.
1.      He is the Almighty.  The beginning and the end!
2.      And although He has every right to destroy each one of us, He chose love.


4.      There is a RIGHT and a WRONG way to fear the Lord
1.      The fear we should have is;
1.      The respect and reverence for Him.
2.      So He offers us each His love because He does not choose favorites.
3.      And we are to have a right fear for Him.
4.      What happens when we worry, or fear something other than God?

2.      We have the wrong fear in our lives.
1.      The wrong fear is fearing or worrying about anything.
2.      When we fear or worry about something, we are saying “I have more reverence (respect) for the thing coming against me, than I do for the Lord.”



III.                        THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE (CORRECT FEAR)
1.      David had more respect (fear) of the Lord than for Goliath.
1.      When the Israelites were facing the Palestinians, they feared them.
2.      They made irrational decisions, such as let’s do nothing, which lasted for 40 days.
3.      They could have sent for reinforcements.
4.      They could have formulated an attack plan.
5.      They could have done SOMETHING.
6.      But instead, their fear of something other than God caused them to do nothing.
7.      They forgot who they were.  The children of the Living God!
8.      They forgot who was with them…the LORD!
9.      They forgot who the battle belonged to.
10. Their fear of something other than God caused them to forget.


2.      Their fear caused them NOT to stand when the Lord their God was being mocked and blasphemed!
1.      For 40 days the Lords name was dragged through the mud in the face of His children, and their fear, their reverence for the Palestinians, caused them to stand silent to the smear campaign.
2.      They stood mute, the army of the Lord.


3.      They had the wrong fear.
1.      They feared something other than the Lord.
2.      Their faith was misplaced.
3.      That’s what fear and worry is, misplaced faith.


4.      Misplaced Faith
1.      When you worry or fear something other than the Lord, you are saying “I have more faith in what MIGHT happen, than faith in what God CAN DO.”
2.      The Israelites had MORE FAITH in the Palestinians destroying them, than in GOD PROTECTING THEM and making them victorious!


5.      Having the WRONG fear gives strength to the devil.
1.      We GIVE power to the devil!
1.      The Devil has NO POWER OR AUTHORITY in our life!
2.      WE GIVE IT TO HIM!
3.      Every time we choose sin over righteousness.
4.      Every time we choose hate over love.
5.      Every time we choose flesh over spirit.
6.      Every time we choose WRONG fear over RIGHT fear.
7.      Every time we submit to our enemy instead of submitting to the Lord.

2.      We hand authority over to the devil in our life, then whine…
1.      Things are going bad, what am I to do?
2.      Lord, why is this happening?
3.      Lord please take it away…Lord answer my prayers…Lord are you listening?
4.      And the Lord says, “EVERY TIME I TAKE IT AWAY, YOU TURN AROUND AND GIVE AUTHORITY IN YOUR LIFE BACK TO SATAN!” … “STOP!”


6.      Remember, the battle is SPIRITUAL
1.      Remember what Goliath, the Giant of Satan, said; “come and face me, and if I win, you will become my slave!”
1.      Every time we submit to worry or fear of anything other than right fear of the Lord, we become the slave to it.
2.      Like the Israelites, we are frozen, forgetting who we are, doing nothing as the Lord is mocked by one of His children handing authority in their life back over to Satan.
3.      And the Devil laughs, as you give more and more authority to him.

2.      The devil can not take anything!  He has to STEAL it...
1.      He has no power or authority in your life.
2.      You have to GIVE IT!
3.      We give it to him all the time.
1.      We know to do right, but we choose wrong.
2.      We know to love, but we hate.
3.      We know to forgive, but we don’t.  We hold on to our anger, our hate, or bitterness, our resentment.

3.      And every time you sin, the devil has a little more authority in your life.

FEAR OF ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE LORD IS SIN

Fear of anything other than God is saying, “I have more faith in what could happen, than in what God CAN DO!”

1 John 4:3 – 4 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”




CONCLUSION

God is in you, if you belong to Him.  And He  that is in you, is greater than he that is in the world.

Do not be fooled by the devils lies.

Do not fear the giant the devil places before you.

Do not forget who you are, a child of the Most High.

Stand against the devil, resist him and he WILL flee. ~ James 4:7

If you have fear facing you today, come and let me pray for you to stand against that giant, and release the power of God in your life, and return you to a right fear of the Lord, and submission to the most high, giving Him the FULL authority in your life!