Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fear Not!

Psalm 27
Christmas is an emotional time of the year! It seems like feelings are in control.  Did you ever notice how much fear and worry was in the first Christmas?  It is tension-packed.  Worry can easily replace peace and joy.
A major challenge of life is handling life’s changes without being immobilized by fear.
Fear can occur anywhere we sense the possibility of pain or loss.
While worry is focusing on the problem and our limited strength, victory over fear is found through focusing on God and His unlimited resources and power.
Fear Not by… 
§  Declaring Your Faith in God  v.1 
God does not show us the future but His presence in it.
§  Remembering His Past Deliverance  v.2-3
God makes a way for us to be free from troubled hearts but not from troubled times.
§  Lifting Your Eyes to God  v.4
o   With a Single-minded Focus – One thing I have asked
o   With a Sworn Obedience – that I shall seek
o   With a Set Purpose – that I may dwell in the house of the Lord… To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.
o   With a secure hope – For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. v.5
§  Singing Praises to God  v.6
§  Crying out to God  v.7a, 9-10,12
§  Listening for God’s Answer  v.7b
§  Responding in Obedience to God’s Guidance v.8,11

§  Experiencing God’s Peace and Power v.13-14

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