No Fear (3 Of 5) by James Merritt

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"NO FEAR"
DR. JAMES MERRITT
PSALM 23:4
10-1-00

INTRODUCTION

1. FEAR—WE ALL KNOW WHAT IT IS. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST
DEBILITATING EMOTIONS KNOWN TO THE HUMAN RACE. AS A MATTER OF
FACT, IT IS FASCINATING TO SEE JUST WHAT IT IS THAT PEOPLE FEAR
MOST. HERE ARE THE THREE GREATEST FEARS PEOPLE HAVE IN AMERICA:
FEAR NUMBER ONE: GOING TO A PARTY WHERE THEY WILL SURROUNDED BY
STRANGERS. FEAR NUMBER TWO: HAVING TO SPEAK BEFORE A CROWD.
FEAR NUMBER THREE: BEING ASKED A PERSONAL QUESTION IN PUBLIC.1

2. FEAR IS UNBELIEVABLY POWERFUL. IT PENETRATES THE HEART, IT
POISONS THE SPIRIT, AND IT PARALYZES THE SOUL. IT CAN AFFECT YOU
NOT ONLY EMOTIONALLY, MENTALLY, SPIRITUALLY; IT CAN EVEN AFFECT
YOU PHYSICALLY.

3. THE LATE GREAT LOUIS ARMSTRONG, THE TRUMPET PLAYER, RECALLED
THAT WHEN HE WAS A BOY IN LOUISIANA, AN OLD WOMAN ASKED HIM TO
GET HER A BUCKET OF WATER. HE SAID, "I WENT DOWN TO THE SPRING
AND I STARTED TO DIP THAT BUCKET, WHEN I SAW A PAIR OF THE
MEANEST EYES I'VE EVER SEEN LOOKING RIGHT AT ME."

4. HE SAID, "I JUMPED UP AND WENT RUNNING BACK TO THE HOUSE.
THAT OLD WOMAN SAID TO ME, 'LOUIS, WHERE IS MY BUCKET OF
WATER?'" HE SAID, "MISS HALLIE MAE, I CAN'T GET YOU ANY
WATER. THERE'S A BIG OLE ALLIGATOR IN THAT POND."

5. SHE SAID, "LOUIS, THAT ALLIGATOR HAS BEEN THERE FOR YEARS.
THAT OLE CRITTER'S PROBABLY JUST AS AFRAID OF YOU AS YOU ARE OF
HIM." HE SAID, "MISS HALLIE MAE, IF THAT ALLIGATOR IS AS
AFRAID OF ME AS I AM OF HIM, THEN THAT WATER AIN'T FIT TO DRINK!"

6. NOW FEAR IS NOT AN ALTOGETHER BAD THING. FOR EXAMPLE, WE
TEACH OUR CHILDREN EARLY TO FEAR HOT STOVES. WE TEACH THEM EARLY
TO FEAR CROSSING THE STREET ALONE. WE ARE EVEN TOLD REPEATEDLY
IN THE SCRIPTURE TO "FEAR THE LORD." JESUS SAID IN MATT.
10:28, "AND DO NOT FEAR THOSE WHO KILL THE BODY BUT CANNOT KILL
THE SOUL. BUT RATHER FEAR HIM WHO IS ABLE TO DESTROY BOTH SOUL
AND BODY IN HELL."

7. I FIND IT AMAZING THAT TH ...


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