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Overcoming F.E.A.R. and Waiting on God
February 26, 2017      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Sermons

False Evidence Appearing Real vs. Full Assurance In Trusting Him.  Jonathan discusses why we are called to wait on, trust, and hope in the Lord.

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"Faith adds its "Amen" to God's "Yes" then takes its hands off, leaving God to finish His work"

In everyday life, it sounds like this: PSALM 37:5-11

Psalm 37:5-11 (NIV)
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

Example in Abram's life
- Fear of Famine > Go to Egypt
- Fear of Egyptians > Use Sarai
- Fear of no heir thru Sarai > Marry Hagar

Then Genesis 22 - "God Tested Abraham" - cut out the fear from his heart by placing what he feared losing most on the altar

Job 3:25 - "What I feared has come upon me, what I dreaded has happened"
James 5:11 - "the purpose of the Lord... compassionate & merciful"

Fear Says - "I'm going to miss out"
Faith Says - Psalms 84:11b – “… no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

Fear says - "Common sense is given for a reason. Do the math! Can God spread a table in the wilderness?"
Faith says - Psalms 78:15 – “He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas;”

Fear says - "the worst will happen if you don't move NOW!"
Faith says - Hebrews 13:5b & 6b5b Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”...6b “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Fear says - "This famine means you've MISSED it!"
Faith says - Habakkuk 3:17-19 "17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

Fear says - "What you have now won't be enough to satisfy you"
Faith says - Psalms 16:5 – “LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.

Romans 8:15-19 (NIV)
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we
cry, “Abba, Father.”
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

Slavery = Fear
Sonship = Faith

Why wait On / Trust in / Hope in The Lord?
"Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father has promised" - Acts 1:4

Acts 1:4 (NIV)
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 

Lamentations 3:19-26
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

The gift in the waiting is the Lord Himself

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