Sunday, March 22, 2020

Confessing Fear

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The following are my Bible study notes based on my pastor's sermon.  You are invited to watch, listen, and worship with us here.

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 Confessing Fear


Confessing fear is not an easy thing for me to do, but when an unhealthy fear interferes with my faith in God's sovereignty, it's a fear I need to confess to God and let Him take over.  Let's start with a few Bible verses about fear. 
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. - John 14:27


So that we confidently say,The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” - Hebrews 13:6

Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:6-9

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 Joshua was afraid and jolted.  We need to hear what Joshua heard.  We need to be strong and courageous.  When we confess our fear, we are confessing our faith in God.  God is our leader.

In Joshua 1, God was in charge.  

4 Places Where God was in Charge:

Egypt
The Wilderness
The Promised Land
Babylon

God is always leading us.  He uses hardships to sanctify us.  Look for God's leadership.
No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. - Joshua 1:5
God keeps His promises.
Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. - Zachariah 4:6

Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts. - Jeremiah 15:16

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. - 1 John 4:4
God was faithful then and He is faithful now.
So the Lord gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it. And the Lord gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hand.  Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass. - Joshua 21:43-45
Confess to God that He is faithful and keeps His promises.  Confess obedience to Him.
Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. - Joshua 1:7-8
Obedience to God is the gateway to God's blessings.  Remember that God's definition of success is not the same as the world's definition of success.  

True success = Favor of God

Whatever is going on around us, we can have the peace of God within us.  

God, you are my leader.

God, you keep your promises.

God, I will obey you.

Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?  He wants to be your forgiver and your leader.

Cast all your cares on Him.  

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Read all posts in my pastor's series on "Confession" here.

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