Sermon

OVERCOMING FEAR (I KINGS 19: 1 – 18; HEBREWS 7: 1 – 28)

Introduction.

Many of us were called into the Church from the fear of Satan and the world (tribulations, afflictions, persecution, sufferings, pains; trials, etc).

Even within the boundaries of this great sanctuary (God’s place of preservation, refuge and fortress), many of us are still living a life of fear.

Fear is a terrible experience, with grave consequences:

  • Satan uses the fear of death to hold men in bondage (Heb. 2:15).
  • Jesus says you are fearful because you have no faith (Mk.4:40).
  • Fear and unbelief are opposed to faith(Matt.17:20).
  • The fearful and unbelieving, along with other sinners will go into hell fire (Rev. 21:8).

But I have very good news for you today. God sent me to tell you how to overcome fear and obtain victory in the midst of this wicked world (1 John 5:19).

The two (2) Bible texts of today, teach us three (3) very important lessons:

  • What Satan & the world can do.
  • What you (the faithful) must do.
  • What God does.

CCC Hymn 612: Divine message  God has sent.

1st Lesson (I Kings 19: 1 – 18)

Elijah was a remarkable man of God. He performed exploits when he depended solely on God. But when threatened by the wicked King Ahab and his evil wife Jezebel, he failed woefully. 

What Satan and the world can do.

The motive of Satan and the wickedness and evil world is always to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) Like a roaring lion he is looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8-9).

Satan’s tactics:

  • Report and accusations (v1).
  • Intimidation (v2).  
  • Threat of Death (v2).

If you fall for his tricks, you will be overcome by:

  • Fear (v3; 2Tim. 1:7).
  • Discouragement (v4b).
  • Hopelessness (v4c).
  • Suicidal tendency (v4c; Matt.10:28).

What the Faithful must do.

Don’t react like Elijah: Out of fear, he ran for his life (v3).

But learn from Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Dan. 3:16-18).

  • Unwavering conviction of who God is (He is the Alpha & Omega).
  • Absolute confidence that God will do what He says He will do (Num. 23:19; Ps 89:34; 138:2).
  • Unshakeable faith in God, who delivers.
  • Total reliance upon God.

These are the assurances you have in God:

  • He that dwelleth in the secret place shall adide under the shaddow of the Almighty (Ps. 91:1-2).
  • They that trust in the Lord are like mount Zion which cannot be moved. (Ps. 125:1-2).
  • A thousand will fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand but it will not come near you (Ps. 91:7-10).
  • Yea, though I walk through the valley of death I fear no evil. For thou art with me (Ps. 23:4).
  • Take counsel together I t will come to naught (Is. 8:10).
  • Surely, in gathering, they will gather…their counsel will come to naught (Is. 54:15-17).

Hymn 542: God my father oh my Lord.

What God does.

  • In your trial, you will have a wonderful encounter with God; angelic assistance; and the Word of God (I Kings 19:5–7; 9).
  • Witness God’s power;
  • A still small voice (vv11-12)
  • Fear not (Is. 43:1-3).

2nd Lesson (Hebrews 7: 1 – 28)

The 2nd Lesson speaks of the greater kingship and better priesthood of Jesus. The point of interest here is what God does.

  • He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them (Heb. 7: 25).
  • If God is for you, who will dare to accuse you (Rom. 8:31).
  • The only one who can condemn you is Jesus Christ. And He has become your supreme intercessor     (Rom. 8:33-34).
  • Your tribulations, afflictions, persecution, sufferings, pains; trials are to enable you experience the love of Christ.

…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Rom. 8:37).

This is the conclusion of the matter:

The most important strength of a true Christian is your trust and faith in the Lord.

  • It is the power of faith that helps to strengthen our confidence in God’s promise.
  • It prepares us to stand against and resist the devil and this wicked world (1 Peter 5:8-11).                       

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