Here is the teaching outline for SUNDAY NITE LIVE. Join us at 6 PM EST.
Fear. . .of the unknown. Fear of failure.
Doubt. . .that God will do what He says He will do in His word.
Anxiety. . .over the current economic and political landscape.
Hesitation. . .to give what God says to give because of our perceived limitations and lack.
Disbelief. . .over whether everything promised in the Bible applies to “me.”
“Fear is the devil’s anointing but I rebuke it because it has no place in my life.”
The devil would like nothing better than to make you a mental prisoner of war.
John Newton, who wrote my favorite hymn “Amazing Grace,” once said:
“If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer - His grace sufficient, His promise unchangeable."
1. Fear of failure.
“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 help you overcome a fear of failure.
First, accept your mistakes.
Second, stop trying so hard to do it yourself.
Third, ask Him for help in overcoming your fear of failure.
Fourth, ask those closest to your for help in overcoming your fear of failure.
Fifth, learn to say “no” if God’s not in it. You don’t have to accept every assignment. . .use wisdom.
Sixth, don’t let “yes” become “no” just because you feel afraid.
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).”
Fear flees when confidence in God’s Word shows up.
2. 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 identified fears.
Fourth, create a plan for the task ahead.
Fifth, work the plan. . .one step at a time.
Sixth, laugh at the enemy’s attempts to torment you.
Seventh, make the unknown. . .known. . .and deal with it... 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.”
Henry Ford said:
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.”
3. Fear of death or disability.
First, if you’re concerned about what will happen to your family when you’re gone. . .create a defined plan for their future
Psalm 139:16 ESV
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
Only you and God can change that…the devil cannot.
Second, take comfort in the Word about your destination.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 TLB
“Now we look forward with confidence to our heavenly bodies, realizing that every moment we spend in these earthly bodies is time spent away from our eternal home in heaven with Jesus. We know these things are true by believing, not by seeing. And we are not afraid but are quite content to die, for then we will be at home with the Lord.”
Third, stop thinking about death. . .and start thinking about what you can do for the Kingdom of God while you’re still around.
Hebrews 2:14-15 AMPC
“Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death He might bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death—that is, the devil—And also that He might deliver and completely set free all those who through the [haunting] fear of death were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives.”
4. Fear of tomorrow.
Here are seven keys to overcoming your fear of tomorrow.
First, let the Word of God change your spiritual viewpoint.
Second, which will change your attitude.
Third, which will change your outlook.
Fourth, which will change your perspective.
Fifth, which will ultimately change your modus operandi (your way of doing things).
Sixth, change how you plan your day. . .if you previously planned it at all.
Seventh, remember, your glass is always half full or better.
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.”
5. Fear of doing nothing.
Dale Carnegie once said:
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
James 4:17 AMPC
“So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin.”
6. Fear of rejection.
John 15:18 AMPC
“If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.”
7. 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.”
First, when you fear the Lord you have everything you need.
Pastor Sunday Adelaja said:
“Without the fear of God it is impossible to say ‘No’ to temptations and evil.”
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.”
Oswald Sanders, the renown theologian and author, once said:
“The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”
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.”
Charles Spurgeon, the amazing pastor and author, once said:
“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom."
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.”
Pastor Rick Warren said:
“Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love.”
Max Lucado, a prolific author, who gave us some great advice when he said:
“Meet your fears with faith.”