Series: Secrets of the Heart (3 of 6) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.

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Part 5: The Fearful Heart
Series: Secrets of the Heart
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 27

"(Fear) is not only a human response that we all share as human beings, but an essential one that needs recognizing, accepting and managing. Effectively managed fear ceases to control our actions…unacknowledged, fear takes control and we find ourselves caught up in varying degrees of destructive behavior."

I. Recognizing the Fearful Heart.

A. Natural causes of fear-terrifying situations.

B. Psychological causes of fear-memories of traumatic experiences.

C. Spiritual causes of fear-lack of faith, disobedience, feelings of guilt.

II. Accepting the Fearful Heart.

A. The beneficial aspects of fear.
1. A means of protection.

2. A means of motivation.

B. The debilitating aspects of fear.
1. Uncertainty concerning the future.

2. Culpability concerning the past.

3. Inadequacy concerning the present.

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Part 6: The Longing Heart
Series: Secrets of the Heart
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 37

Deep in the human heart lie longings and aspirations. Some of them are fulfilled; others never come to fruition. The circumstances of life for some are so full of problems and disappointments that the heart may become discouraged and sometimes embittered. This Psalm speaks to the issues of the longing heart.

I. The Longing Heart and Life's Frustrations.

A. The frustration of unfulfilled desires.

B. The frustration of life's injustices.
1. The ungodly seem to have it so good.
a. They do enviable things. v. 1

b. They enjoy remarkable success. v. 7

c. They get away with murder. vv. 12-13

d. They corner the power and the money. vv. 16-17

e. They make dishonesty pay. v. 21

f. They get all the breaks. v. 35

2. The godly find life so difficult.
They are required to:
a. Trust God when they don't understand. v. 3

b. Do good when others don't. v. 3

c. Be still while others pass them. v. 7



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