How Can I Get On Top Of My Problems? (9 of 12) by Stan Coffey

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How Can I Get On Top Of My Problems? (9 of 12)
Series: When We Ask How
Dr. Stan Coffey
Luke 2:8-11

I. Fear Paralyzes Potential
II. Fear Ruins Relationships
III. Fear Hinders Happiness
IV. Fear Sabotages Success

Alright today we continue our thoughts about when we ask how and we are going to talk about how can I be free from fear. I use the term free from fear because fear places us in bondage. Fear imprisons us; fear limits us just as a person is limited when they are incarcerated in a cell.

We are going to talk about how to break free from fear. I want us to turn to Luke 2 and look at God's word in Luke Chapter 2 beginning in verse 8 and of course this is the story of the shepherds abiding in their field when the angel of God announced to them the birth of a savior.

It is interesting to me that one of the first things that the angel said had to do with fear. In the King James, "THE ANGEL CAME AND SAID FEAR NOT". Here it says, "DO NOT BE AFRAID." This is a phrase that is not uncommon throughout the Bible.

Someone said I haven't counted them all to check but someone said there are at least three hundred sixty-five times in the Bible when God said, "Fear not, don't be afraid".

I do know when God called Gideon He said, "Fear not, don't be afraid." He called Joshua and He said, "Fear not as I was with Moses so I will be with thee."

I know that when He called Moses to go to the pharaoh in Egypt He said, "Fear not, I've chosen you. You are going to be the one to deliver the people out of bondage." There is much in the Bible about the subject of fear.

When Jesus came to the disciples walking on the water, He told them, "Fear not for it is I. Don't be afraid, be of good cheer." So if He said fear not so many times that means that fear must be a problem common to the human race or else the Lord wouldn't have put it in the scripture.


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