Romans 5:20 MSG
“…But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down.”
Galatians 5:13 KJV
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
Galatians 5:13 NIV
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”
First, freedom from debt and lack.
The first part of Romans 8:13 says:
“Owe no man anything, but to love one another,…”
Proverbs 22:7 in the Christian Standard Bible says:
“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender.”
Romans 6:12 MSG
“That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don't give it the time of day. Don't even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you've been raised from the dead!—into God's way of doing things. Sin can't tell you how to live. After all, you're not living under that old tyranny any longer. You're living in the freedom of God.”
Romans 6:15 MSG
“[What Is True Freedom? ] So, since we're out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we're free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it's your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you've let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you've started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!”
Galatians 5:1 MSG
“[The Life of Freedom ] Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.”
Galatians 5:13 MSG
“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. . .”
Second, freedom from fear of failure.
Joshua 8:1 KJV
“And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up….”
Here are seven keys to overcoming failure.
First, accept your mistakes.
Second, stop trying so hard to do things in your own strength.
Third, ask Him for help in overcoming your fear of failure.
Fourth, ask for godly help in overcoming your fear of failure.
Fifth, learn to say “no.” You don’t have to accept everything anyone asks you to do. . .use wisdom.
Sixth, say “yes” even when you feel afraid if you know it’s the right thing to do.
Seventh, remember, fear is the devil’s anointing.
Ephesians 3:12 AMPC
“In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).”
Third, freedom from fear of the unknown.
Here are seven ways to deal with a fear of the unknown.
First, identify and understand the fear you are dealing with.
Second, determine the risk/reward ratio.
Third, see yourself overcoming the fears you identified.
Fourth, create a plan for the task ahead.
Fifth, work the plan. . .taking one step at a time.
Sixth, reject the enemy’s attempts to torment you by quoting the Word of God to Him.
Seventh, make the unknown. . .known. . .and deal with it. Of course, with God’s help.
Psalm 56:3 KJV
“What time I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in You.”
Fourth, freedom from fear of terrorism.
Psalm 91:5 NKJV
“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day.”
Proverbs 30:5 TLB
“Every word of God proves true. He defends all who come to him for protection.”
Exodus 23:22 AMPC
“But if you will indeed listen to and obey His voice … I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.”
Fifth, freedom from the fear of tomorrow.
Here are seven keys to overcoming your fear of tomorrow.
First, change your spiritual viewpoint.
Second, change your attitude.
Third, change your outlook.
Fourth, change your perspective.
Fifth, change your modus operandi (your way of doing things).
Sixth, change how you plan your day. . .if you do. . .at all.
Seventh, remember, your glass is not just half full. . .your cup runneth over because you are a child of the Most High God.
Matthew 6:34 MSG
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
Sixth, freedom from the fear of rejection.
John 15:18 AMPC
“If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.”
Seventh, freedom from fear of what people will say.
Matthew 5:11 AMPC
“Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account.”
Matthew 22:29 in the New King James says:
“Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.”
Here are seven scriptures which reveal the only kind of fear you should ever have and equally important. . .how you’re blessed by it.
First, when you fear the Lord you have everything you need.
Psalm 34:9 AMPC
“O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear.”
Psalm 34:9 TLB
“If you belong to the Lord, reverence him; for everyone who does this has everything he needs.”
Second, the fear of the Lord brings wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Psalm 111:10 AMPC
“The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever.”
Third, fear the Lord and delight in wisdom, instruction and discipline.
Proverbs 1:7 AMPC
“The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.”
Fourth, those who fear the Lord hate evil and all its running buddies.
Proverbs 8:13 AMPC
“The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate.”
Fifth, the fear of the Lord will give you a long life.
Proverbs 10:27 AMPC
“The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord prolongs one’s days, but the years of the wicked shall be made short.”
Proverbs 10:27 TLB
“Reverence for God adds hours to each day; so how can the wicked expect a long, good life?”
Sixth, the fear of the Lord brings honor.
Proverbs 15:33 AMPC
“The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord brings instruction in Wisdom, and humility comes before honor.”
Seventh, the fear of the Lord brings riches, honor and a long life.
Proverbs 22:4 AMPC
“The reward of humility and the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.”
Isaiah 41:10 AMPC
“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”