Undertow Series, Week 4
Sunday, January 31, 2016
- Some of the common fears that many of us wrestle with:
- Fear of failure – What if I put myself out there and fall short?
- Fear of loss – what this could cost me
- Fear of the unknown – the risk factor
- Fear that it will happen again – trust
- Fear of real events in our lives – a diagnosis, a layoff, a family crisis
- The Bible tells us, “Don’t be afraid,” or, “fear not,” over 365 times
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” – Matthew 8:23-27 (#680)
- Jesus’ question seemed like an obvious one: “Why are you so afraid?”
When you are facing something you fear, someone telling you not to far doesn’t tend to help.
Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. – Proverbs 25:20 (#455)
The disciples became FEARLESS.
The resurrection changed everything.
We don’t have to fear what Jesus has already conquered.
“I am with you always…” – Jesus in Matthew 28:20 (#698)
The key is not minimizing our fears, but maximizing our view of Jesus.