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Freedom From Fear (1 of 3)
Series: A New Year Without Fear
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Psalm 91.1-6; 9-16
January 11, 2009
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.
Freedom from Fear
"1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday."
So ... how was David able to experience Freedom from Fear? And more importantly .. how do we live this new year without fear? Well .. I want you to notice that Freedom from Fear comes when you ..
(1) Experience the Secret Place.
Verse 1, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High ...." Verse 5, ".. ...
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