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How Do I Face My Fears - Part 1

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September 9, 2020 1:30 pm

How Do I Face My Fears - Part 1

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Christian have beautiful about how much of your life might be controlled by fear, fear of being fired for losing a loved one.

Fear of motivating exit 24.00 marshes some insights on fifth written by man who knew within the two about overcoming it with a look at some 34 is driving his message. How do I price my feet and I don't think there's any question that is being asked more of the back one from what I can tell talking to my fellow teachers and those who are trying to help people in counseling. I think it's pretty safe to say people are quite afraid right now because of the cobra 19 because of the economic upheaval because of the tremendous carnage in our country because of all that's coming down at us with another election, every human being on the planet shares one common predicament. Not knowing the future and fear is based on not knowing what might or will happen. Fear of the unknown and so many people are living there living with the God who knows everything is the first step toward living without fear to talk about that today and tomorrow how God can move into the place where your fears are and begin to quiet them and encourage you as you go forward.

You don't have to be afraid that's the good news say during the month of September were doing something that seems a little bit counterintuitive to some people were were making available a calendar for the year 2021, and I think all of us will be really grateful we get to 20, 21 and 2020 is over. That's just a good thought to have, but we do this this way because we want the calendar to be there in time for you to use it from the very first day of the new year and so we've made a couple of adjustments. First of all we created a 14 month calendar. This beautiful calendar starts in November of this year. You can get used to using it.

You can put all of your year-end dates in this calendar and begin to fill in the things you may do in 2021, and we make it available in September, so you can order it. We can send it to you and you will have it in plenty of time. This year's calendar is themed colors of creation.

If you like colors you love this, I told you before that I'm colorblind, but that doesn't mean I can appreciate colors.

I just can't tell the difference between them and these colors are brilliant.

They jump off of the page and every single month has a different display of colors that you will love lots of wonderful things included in this calendar and it's yours for the asking. During the month of September for a gift of any size. All you have to do is say. Please send me the calendar and it will be on its way to you before you know it well. I want to get started with this very relevant discussion of how do I face my fears.

I was interested to discover that Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was born as an aristocrat to wealthy and influential parents was brought up to believe that even though he was privileged he should always take the responsibility of shouldering the help of the less fortunate.

Some of you know the story of Roosevelt's life. He was very shy as a teenager, but when he was enrolled at Harvard University. There he contributed to campus life by his involvement in sports and the school newspaper. He was a distinguished public servant, having served as a state senator and an assistant secretary to the Navy when in his life. Something happened that would strike terror and fear into the heart of any person was back before the polio vaccinations were so wonderfully protective of us and that disease and as you know the story of his life he was stricken with a very severe case of polio during the days that followed in Roosevelt's life, he found himself sometimes at the very edge of despair and discouragement. But he was a very determined person and he overcame the fear of the paralysis in his life. He learned how to use his hands and learn how to walk with braces and just as it overcome the fear of permanent disability.

Another fear entered his life in his life story. There is a chapter about his working through an incredible phobia that because he was very immobile. He would be somehow caught in the building that was on fire and would not be able to get out and almost every day of his life. He was plagued with this fear that something would happen and he would be trapped in the building and unable to get free from the ravages of the fire again. He wrestled with this, day after day and no one really gave much hope that he would accomplish much in his life but 11 years after he was stricken and paralyzed with polio Franklin Delano Roosevelt manner. Fear was sworn in as the 32nd president of the United States of America. The inaugural address that he gave upon his ascendancy to the presidency of our country was rather long, but only one phrase really has survived that we remember it's in all of the great books and you probably said it yourself at least once in your lifetime. Maybe not even knowing who originated the phrase.

What was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who first said in his inaugural address. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. He was a man who in his physical realm had conquered the ravages of fear. Today you and I live in a very fearful world. What are you afraid of well some of you have the job jitters you're not sure if the pink slip isn't in next week's male, you're not really sure what the constant tension of your workplace is going to produce. But it's produced in you already a sense of fear and just foreboding when you get up in the morning, about going to work.

Some of you have business deals which are in the working and you are afraid because if this one doesn't come through. It may be all over for your business career. Others of you have sons or daughters on drugs or maybe you just found out they were sexually active and that's quite a surprise that you were quite ready for some of you worry about losing the important accounts that could devastate your business career.

I could go on and list fear after year and I'm sure that already I've touched on some that you may experience a good friend of mine who is a songwriter and has written a lot of contemporary versus a man by the name of Don Wilton. He and I were classmates in seminary in his little devotional book on the Psalms he makes this statement right here at Psalm 34. He says the elusive monster of fear lurks in the shadows waiting to call my soul to shreds as one prone to melancholy.

I see it's ugly face often when I'm struggling with the emotional stress of a difficult relationship when I'm afraid. Failure is just around the corner when success seems too hard to handle. And on days when free-floating anxiety is getting the best of me think about that last phrase for a moment free floating anxiety. Have you ever had the foreboding feeling that something is wrong and you feel afraid, but you don't know why. Well, he's identified it free floating anxiety disorder descends on you on occasion and it makes you afraid well I want to tell you there's some good news from the Scripture today the Psalm to which we have turned our attention is a Psalm for people who struggle with fear act. If you have your Bibles open the Psalm 34 you will notice that in the second verse the psalmist makes a wonderful promise if we will study this carefully. He tells us that there is something in this Psalm that will help us.

He says the humble shall hear of it and be glad in other words, if we study this Psalm carefully and we understand what is the truth of it. We can walk away from the experience renewed in our spirit and in our heart.

Now before I teach this. I need to give you a little bit of the background Psalms like no other portion of the word of God often have what they call descriptions.

Those are little phrases that are written above the Psalm they give it some historical background and I want you to look down in your Bibles and right underneath where it says Psalm 34 is a little descriptive phrase in the new King James version of the Scripture for which I am reading it says this a Psalm of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech who drove him away and he departed. If you wanted the historical background of Psalm 34 you would have to go back and read first Samuel 21 and 22 but since we don't have time to do that. Let me tell you what you would find if you went back there.

David was a fugitive among many other occupations. He was the first fugitive long before there was a fugitive on television. There was David, the fugitive, and he was a fugitive because he had been successful. He had gone against a 9'6" giant, and in his own strength powered by the Lord. He had taken out the giant and become overnight. Israel's hero when David came back from that battle, the women in Israel began to sing a song and the lyrics of the song went like this. Saul has slain his thousands, and David his 10,000s in the song went right to the top of the charts throughout all of Israel. Everywhere you went people were singing that song well they would like the song, but Saul wasn't into it that much because Saul already had the green sickness. He was a very jealous man. In fact, if you remember the story of David. It was through his jealous anger that David was introduced to the kingdom in the first place because he was brought there to play on his harp and dissenting in order to soothe the angry spirit of this wicked man. When Saul became enraged in his jealousy against David, he began to hunt him like he would hunt an animal on one occasion he amassed an army of 30,000 men just to go and find one fugitive and he hunted David down in the wilderness and in the caves.

So discouraged was David and his running from Saul that on one occasion he decided if there's going to be any relief for me. I'm going to have to get creative and in his moment of creativity. He decided that the one place that Saul would never look for him is if you want to cross the border in the felicity of the land of the enemies of Israel. What you see. David was tired and he was frustrated and he was filled with fatigue and he wasn't thinking very well and he had forgotten that when he had killed Goliath. He had taken as a souvenir from Goliath armor Goliath's sword and he had scrapped it on his belt. It was a huge thing that almost hit the ground on David, but nonetheless it was his souvenir great victory and off. David went to the land of the Philistines over the border into a little city called Gath, and if you know your Bible history. You know that Gath and Felicity are was the place where Goliath was born and he grew up in the city. So here comes David on the run, trying to get rid of the anxiety of being a fugitive marching through the front doors of Gath with Goliath sword strapped on his belt and he wasn't there five minutes before everybody in the city knew who he was. They took him to the king all by the way, in the description it says pain. Abimelech and the king's name was a vacation.

Some of those people who have tried find fault with the Bible say here's the contradiction, but when they say that they just tell you they haven't done their homework because Abimelech is a word like Pharaoh, all of the kings were called Abimelech's and a quiche was his given name. He was achy should be Abimelech of Felicity, and David was taken to a quiche and he stood before a quiche heat in the what to do. He was a dead man. He knew it.

Here was the guy who had killed the hero of the Philistines, so you know what he did. David feigned madness.

He acted crazy. It says in the Scripture. He drooled in his beard and he scrabbled on the door. It was the first plea of insanity in the Bible and how it's been going on ever since. But that's what he did.

He pled insanity and he was so crazy that achy said they I don't need him, get him out of here. I got enough crazy people.

I don't need another one. And so the Scripture says David was banished from the presence of vacation and he went down into the wilderness and he holed up in the cave called the cave of a dual and while he was in that cave scared to death afraid of his own shadow. David wrote the words of Psalm 34. I'll tell you what if somebody's going to tell me how to get over fear I would at least hope they've experienced it once or twice in their life and I want to tell you that what David is writing in the Psalm.

He has some background that gives credibility to his words. It was a time of intense loneliness and fear for David.

He had been anointed king but had never known one day of being King.

He been abandoned by his own people, as well as by his enemies. Here he was hiding in a cave frustrated discourage scared to death, and out of that experience he produced these words. Now I wish I had time to teach every verse in Psalm 34, but I don't. And since I don't I want to grab hold of the truth that has to do with fear and see if we can't get some help for our own lives. I don't know what cave you're holed up in, but sooner or later we all get to the cave. Don't worry we get there, discouraged and frustrated, wondering what's next in kind of afraid to think very far into the future. We reflect upon what's happened in the past week and we really don't want to write it down because it's too painful.

So David wants to encourage us and what he tells us first of all, in the beginning of the Psalm number one is when you find yourself in the cave of fear and discouragement. When that free-floating anxiety descends upon your life. The first thing you need to do is to acknowledge the reliability of your God versus one through three could catch you offguard if you don't understand what David's doing. These are words that would find themselves in a song of great praise and exultation.

Read them with me from your Bible or from the new living paraphrase. David writes I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth, my soul shall make its boast in the Lord, the humble shall hear of it and be glad all magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together.

Those of the words David wrote in the cave of fear and discouragement and he wants us to understand that when we face the fears of our lives as Christian people as believers in God.

We must start with the realization that the God who is in charge of our lives is reliable and that he is worthy of our praise in every situation and that nothing that is happening to us has caught him by surprise.

He is the Lord who is in charge. I shared with you a couple of times the little word of the granddaughter of one of my good friends who said that the one word that is not in God's vocabulary is the word hoops and I never will forget that because that really speaks reams to me. It reminds us that what goes on in our lives and the things that are happening to us that because our fear are things which have been filtered through the hands of God, that we trust and that we love and David says he began to deal with this fear by bringing before God, his praise and adoration.

Isaiah 61, three speaks of this kind of exchange when it talks about exchanging the garment of joy for the spirit of heaviness what David is saying is that when you began to be fearful. If you are a believer in God, you should immediately turn your attention away from your fear even if you have to force yourself to do it and began to look into the face of Almighty God and express your love and appreciation and your praise and your exultation of the one who was in charge.

Three times he says it in three different phrases. He says I will praise the Lord. No matter what happens I will constantly speak of his glories and grace, I will boast of his kindness to me. What were prone to do when we get afraid. I know it well is go cover ourselves up with blanket over our head and then in a fetal position nurse our fears. Have you ever done that.

Talk to yourself about how bad it is. Reflect on the awful options that are before you try to remember everybody else who had what you have, who died know what I'm talking about and all how the adversary of our souls loves to get us in that kind of a pity party.

We get our attention focused on ourselves and off the resource of our God.

You say will is going to happen to me if I begin to praise and worship He will happen, it will make God big in your heart and in your mind and all of a sudden the problem you have will get into perspective the Satan wants the problem to become everything God wants himself to be everything.

And the problem in perspective to the creator. When I pray and worship God, sometimes even with tears coming down my face because there's a heart I can't deal with it is a wonderful thing to see the transformation that takes place within my spirit as I worship and praise God. My problem doesn't go away, but all of a sudden I see it in perspective to the one who was in charge of everything.

Last I heard in perspective to Almighty God, I want to take just a moment and think with you about that last little phrase that David wrote he said I will boast of his kindness to me and I wrote down in my journal this week that it's interesting what we boast about when you were at the last dinner party with your friends. What was it that occupied the attention of the group and what did you talk about and what did you boast about someone has written that if you boast in your conversation about the great things you have done, then you are simply reflecting your own insecurity only by putting the spotlight on the Lord and focusing on him. Do you really understand what it's like, you know, I would like to start a new club boasting in the Lord club when we get together just brag on Jesus you know so many good things are happening in our lives as individuals and in this church is a congregation when we get together as God's people.

We got a post on the Lord we on a brag on God instead of trying to lift ourselves up or worse put somebody else down. David says one of the great therapies for fear and discouragement is to have gay God parties every time you get an opportunity. The next thing that he talks about in this Psalm is very difficult for some of us I think most of us because were spiritually intelligent know the importance of acknowledging the reliability of God. We know that that's in the Scripture, and we don't have a hard time dealing with that. We may not always be obedient to it but we know it's there, but the second thing David points out in the beginning of this Psalm is that when you have to deal with the fear in your life. Number two, you have to admit the reality of it, you have to admit the reality of your fear read verses four and five with me. I sought the Lord and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears.

They look to him and were radiant and their faces were not ashamed.

Now please watch your Bibles carefully and let me tell you what is going on in these verses, because it isn't clear just reading it from the English version.

The original language actually says so. Their faces shall never be ashamed at what the psalmist is doing in this poetic style is personifying his fears and this is what the verse really says he delivered me from all my fears and looking to him. My fears were enlightened, and their faces will never be ashamed or literally.

I will never put a veil over the face of my fears. I will never try to hide them. What the psalmist is saying is that part of the process of dealing with fear is the willingness to acknowledge and admit that it's there. I don't like to acknowledge my weaknesses.

I mean I really struggle with that I don't like to acknowledge them to Donna not to my children and I even don't you know it's kind of stupid when you get right down to it on the mic to tell God and then I think good night Jeremiah he knows everything and only knows already, but I know that and I understand that appear, but I just have a hard time saying God, I'm afraid, or God I'm weak in our fantasies.

You watch this in our fantasies. We are always the ones who do the right thing. We're always the one who walks into a fearful situation and were the strong ones. Isn't that the way you fantasize.

There's a whole group. Everybody's coming unglued, and hear you, boy. I'm telling you Mr. rock and you walk in and you got it all together and you give a little speech in a few minutes.

Everybody's calm down and the whole things in control and you did it again right, but he very seldom is. That way work that way doesn't only be little suspense as we enter they will finish that thought tomorrow when we conclude our discussion on Psalm 34 next week we can talk about these questions. How can I help my family. Why do good things happen to bad people. How can I be truly forgiven and them. These are some things that need answers.

The series is called God, I need some answers will study guide to the servers friends.

It's a beautiful study guide that organizes all this material is one book. Our study guides are about 130 pages in length are beautifully perfect bound and designed to help you in your own personal study, but it's also great for group studies.

You have a small group and you're looking for something to talk about in these next weeks get one of the study guides for your group and you're ready to go see right here tomorrow. Please have a wonderful day. Thanks for listening. For more information on Dr. Jeremiah's current series God. I pray visit our website where the office to bring life to help you stay connected monthly magazine Turning Points and leading them to sign up today dear Martha/ready that Jeremiah thought all/ready when you do ask you a copy of their 14 month calendar because of creation that highlights go is taking my studies in the English standard and new international missions as well as in standard (you can join with helpfulness from the study.

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