Tempted … to Fear and Worry

FEAR AND WORRY
When you live for yourself, the circumstances that God uses to teach you to trust Him and be obedient  can result in temptations that lead to fear and worry. (Psalm 56:4, Isaiah 12:2, Philippians 4:6-9 .)
I. Situations where you are tempted to fear and worry.
Approach of death
Loss of a relationship
Unexpected bills
Harassment, threats
Accident, prolonged illness
Adult children leaving home
Impending surgery
Difficult situation at work
II. The biblical answer for situations where you are tempted to fear and worry.
A. You should fear (reverence) God (Ps. 33.8; Prov. 23:17), resulting in:
1. Salvation
2. Stability
3. Protection and care of God
4. A restful spirit
5. Security
B. You should not fear what man can do you. (Matt. 10.24-28), but trust in God (Ps. 118.6).
C. You should not worry (be anxious), because the concern reveals a lack of trust in God, and prevents you from being spiritually fruitful. (Mt 6:25-34).
As you sincerely trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, remaing obedient to the Word of God and continue to love others, the love of God is perfected in you. Mature love casts out all fear. (IJO 2:3-5, 4:7-8).
I. The contrast between love and fear
THE WAY OF GOD (LOVE) THE WAY OF MAN (FEAR)
A. Love seeks opportunities to give. (1 John 3:16-18)
When you fear, you are worried about the consequences.
B. A person who loves gives his life for others. (John 3:16)
Fear will make you not to take personal risks to help others.
C. Love believes all things (1 Cor 13:7)
Fear is highly suspicious.
D. Love never ends (1 Cor 13.8a)
Fear creates more fear
I. The powerful love of Jesus disarms fear
A. The Lord Jesus frees from the fear of death those who trust in Him (Heb. 2:14:15)
B. The love of Christ enables you to be more than a conqueror in any situation (Rom. 8:35-39)
C. The love of God in Jesus Christ is perfected in you as you remain in Him (1 John 4:15-17). You can be freed from fear:
A. Confesses Jesus as the Son of God, and get saved, if you are not saved. (1 John 2.22-25)
B. Obey the Word of God (1 John 2:5; 3:24)
C. Practicing biblical love toward others (1 John 4:12)

Translated from Portuguese, from: “Hope Baptist Church, Salvador, Bahia, Brasil”

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