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Break Free From Fear

Monday, April 14th, 2014

“I have chosen you and not rejected you. Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:9b-10

1. God doesn’t give fear, so we shouldn’t receive it.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
Fear neutralizes the progress of our faith, but Jesus redeems and liberates us from the force of fear.

2. There is no fear in love.
To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. Luke 1:74-75
The love of God casts out fear (1 John 4:18). We have the authority to take our place among the redeemed, not because of religious routine or being self-righteous, but because we know and walk with God.

3. Replace fear with praise and thanks.
And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. Colossians 3:15 AMP
Use God’s Word as a weapon to cut down your worry tree with the axe of faith.* Break the habits of anxious thinking by directing your thoughts and mouth toward praise to God. There is freedom on the other side!

Pray This Prayer: Today I break the habit of fear with the voice of faith. Thank You, God, for saving me and setting me free from fear. You are faithful to fulfill all Your promises. Today I rest in God’s love. I choose to only be bold and courageous. Thank You, God, that You keep me in perfect peace as I keep my mind stayed on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

We cannot help thoughts coming into our minds, but it is within our power to direct our thoughts . . . we can compel ourselves to quit thinking along some lines. It is usually easier to supplant improper thoughts with other brighter, more cheerful thoughts. ~Charles Naylor

You are an overcomer!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. *Naylor, Charles. “The Secrets of the Singing Heart.” Copyright © 1930 by Gospel Trumpet Company. Amplified Bible (AMP). Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. The Holy Bible, New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

God Is With You

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Jesus centered. Jesus is the most admirable, deserving, worthy person in the universe. He is fully God and fully man. He never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5), and He is an ever present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). God rescued Daniel from the lions. God was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego in the fire and they were not burned. Just like God was with those men, just like God was with Paul in prison—He is with you.

Out of the lions’ den. When David was in a cave hiding from his enemies, he wrote about his soul being among lions (Psalm 57:4). Satan is like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). He’ll try to attack people’s finances, hinder people’s thinking, and suppress creativity. We are to resist him, firm in our faith. That’s why we need to be renewed in the spirit of our mind and use the shield of faith to extinguish all his fiery darts (Ephesians 4:23; 6:16).

Get your eyes on God. In the cave, David reminded himself of God’s goodness. He acknowledged the problem, and then shifted his focus: “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens and Your truth to the clouds” (Psalm 57:7, 10). You can take hold of the promises of God and speak them boldly—even while you are surrounded by enemies.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

Keep moving. Don’t get stuck in the middle of your trial. Paul admits that there are troubles in this life, but (and there is always a “but”) God has solutions and answers. No matter how difficult circumstances have been, God wants to help you get back up (Proverbs 24:16). Every trial has an end, but God’s mercies never end—so let Him have the final say in your situation. You will make it through.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

No Fear

Monday, October 11th, 2010

On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side . . .” And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. (Mark 4:35-38a)

Let us go over to the other side. Even in Jesus’ journey, storms brewed, but He went forward anyway. God is all about the process, and Jesus is telling us daily to cross to the other side.

They woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:38b-40)

Why are you afraid? Jesus is still addressing all of us on our journey and asking us the same question. He woke and drove fear from the boat. God wants to drive fear out of your life too.

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 NCV)

Let’s deny the devil the right to set up shop in terms of fear. “The Spirit we received does not make us slaves again to fear; it makes us children of God” (Romans 8:15a NCV).The Prince of Peace does not use fear, intimidation, or anxiety to motivate us. He is the amazing Savior who brought us out of fear with His perfect love
(1 John 4:18).

They came to the other side of the sea (Mark 5:1a). Jesus brought us certainty about the big questions of life. We don’t have to fear evil tidings. Life’s not easy—there are many challenges along the way, and we don’t have everything figured out. But we do know this: He who has begun a good work in us will complete it till the day of Christ (Philippians 1:6). We can have a steadfast heart because we trust in God (Psalm 112:7). He will get us to the other side.

Press On!
Pastor Jeff

Copyright © 2010 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.