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Series: A New Year Without Fear
Ernest L. Easley
Psalm 91:1-6; 9-16
We're learning these days from God's Word how to live this new year without fear. And what a challenge that is considering that Doctors have identified over 700 kinds of phobias or fears.
For example: Acrophobia: the fear of high places. Claustrophobia: the fear of enclosed areas. Ergophobia: the fear of work. Demophobia: the fear of crowds. Gamophobia: the fear of marriage. Phobophobia: the fear of fear.
And according to The People's Almanac .. the number one fear in the US is Glossophobia: the fear of speaking before a group. And don't think that Fear is restricted to age. Children fear being alone. Adolescents fear rejection. Young Adults fear failure. Older adults fear death or life without meaning. And rather than living the victorious life through faith we end up living the defeated life with fears.
In fact in Romans 8.15 Paul refers to those unhealthy fears as bondage. ''For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of Adoption by whom we cry out, ''Abba, Father.'''
So .. with all of the fears we face in this life .. is it possible to live this new year without fear? I mean .. can we really be set free from the bondage of fear?
Let me let you in on the secret to living a fear-free year: Psalm 34.4, ''I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.'' Now there's a Bible verse to put to memory this year! ''I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.'' Well .. that is the key to freedom from fear.
Now take your Bible and join me in the Old Testament book of Psalms. If you'll take your Bible and open it close to the middle .. you ought to land in the book of Psalms. And once there .. turn with me Psalm 91. It's is here in this 91st Psalm that we find how to live free from those unhealthy .. unholy fears that rob us from living in victory.
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