Fear

Pastor Scott Applegate

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

  • Fear is an intimidator and a bully that needs to be dealt with
  • Fear blows things out of proportion
  • Fear can be crippling and humiliating
  • Fear is a major source of stress

How to Stand Up to The Bully Called Fear (1 Samuel 17)

“On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.” 1 Samuel 17:11 NIV

  1. Find out Who God says He is and what He has promised
    (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22)

“I love you,Lord; you are my strength.TheLordis my rock, my fortress, and my savior;my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me,and my place of safety.I called on theLord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3 NLT

“My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.This I know: God is on my side! I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise theLordfor what he has promised.I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 56:9-11 NLT

2. Figure out who you should really fear
(1 Samuel 17:32)

  • David was confident in the face of fear because he feared the Lord

“The fear of theLordis the beginning of wisdom;all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” Psalm 111:10 NIV

“Fearof man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in theLordis kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25 NIV

“TheLordis my lightand my salvation—whom shall I fear? TheLordis the strongholdof my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 NIV

“I tell you, my friends,do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” Luke 12:4-5 NIV

  • David refused to listen to competing voices
    (1 Samuel 17:33)

3. Work out your faith and courage muscles
(1 Samuel 17:37)

  • David was courageous in the face of fear because he exercised his faith beforehand

“TheLordwho rescuedme from the paw of the lionand the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37 NIV

4. Call out your biggest fear first
(1 Samuel 17:45-47)

“…When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.” 1 Samuel 17:51 NIV

Failure

Pastor Scott Applegate

“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again…” Proverbs 24:16a NIV

The Connection of Stress and Failure:

  • Fear of failure is often worse than the experience of failure
  • Fear of failure can cause you to be indecisive
  • Fear of failure can cause you to be a workaholic
  • Fear of failure can cause you to be a perfectionist

What Did David and Peter Have in Common?

  • They were both men with hearts after God

“God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;he will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22 NIV

“Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus told him: Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! You didn’t discover this on your own. It was shown to you by my Father in heaven.So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.”  Matthew 16:16-18 CEV

  • They both had great failures and their failures caused them great stress

“My guilt has overwhelmedmelike a burden too heavy to bear.” Psalm 38:4 NIV

“Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken:“Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”And he went outside and wept bitterly.” Matthew 26:75 NIV

  • They both experienced God’s grace and growth on the other side of their failures

“Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinnedagainst theLord.” Nathan replied, “TheLordhas taken awayyour sin.You are not going to die.” 2 Samuel 12:13 NIV

(Peter) “Take care of my sheep and follow me…” John 21:15-19

What to Do When You’ve Blown It:

  1. Own up to it
  2. Don’t excuse it
  3. Trust God with it
  4. Learn from it

What to Remember When You Gave Your Best, but Your Best Wasn’t Good Enough:

  • Failure is not a failed dream, but failing to pursue your dream
  • Failure is not setting a goal and missing it, but failing to set one
  • Failure is not falling, but refusing to get up
  • Failure is often a perception, but success to God is faithfulness

Busyness

Pastor Scott Applegate

“Unless theLordbuilds a house,the work of the builders is wasted. Unless theLordprotects a city,guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hardfrom early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat;for God gives rest to his loved ones.” Psalm 127:1-2 NLT

Busyness: A life full of activity that is characterized by work, deadlines, and to do lists that result in a feeling of being overwhelmed and unfinished.

How to Know If You Are Under the Tyranny of a Busy Life?

  • Are you always in a hurry?
  • Is your calendar always full?
  • Do you use your time off or days off to catch up on unfinished work or tasks?
  • Has more than one person told you that you need to slow down or chill?
  • Are you often late for meetings, appointments and get-togethers?
  • Do you feel guilty when you relax?
  • Do you have to get sick in order to actually take time off?

“If you’re burning the candle at both endsyou’re not as bright as you think you are.” Anonymous

How to Fight the Tyranny of Busyness

  1. Think about why you do what you do

“Unless theLordbuilds a house,the work of the builders is wasted. Vs 1a

  • Are you busy and working for the right reasons?
  • Who are you trying to please?
  • Are you working in your own strength?
  • ]Have you invited God into your “busyness”?
  • Are you productive or just busy?
  • Are you willing to leave margin in your schedule?

“…A wise person does the right thing at the right time.” Ecclesiastes 8:5 NCV

2. Take time every day to get alone with God and His word

“Unless theLordprotects a city,guarding it with sentries will do no good.” Vs 1b

“Make me walk along the path of your commands,for that is where my happiness is found.Give me an eagerness for your lawsrather than a love for money!Turn my eyes from worthless things,and give me life through your word.” Psalm 119:35-37 NLT

  • If the Son of God needed alone time with God to fulfill His calling, how much more do we?

(Luke 6:12-17, Matthew 14:13-14)

“TheLordsaid, “Go out and stand on the mountainin the presence of theLord, for theLordis about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful windtore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before theLord, but theLordwas not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but theLordwas not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire,but theLordwas not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11-12 NIV

3. Turn it off at least once a week

“It is useless for you to work so hardfrom early morning until late at night…” Vs 2a

“Then Jesus said to them,“The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27 NLT

  • Gather with God’s family

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25 NLT

  • Enjoy the simple things and enjoy what you already have

So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?” Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 NLT 

“Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions,and the ability to enjoy them,to accept their lotand be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.” Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 NIV

  • Do the three “R’s (Rest, Relax, and Recreate)

4. Tailor your values and priorities to God’s values and priorities

“…anxiously working for food to eat;for God gives rest to his loved ones.” Vs 2b

  • Trust: “But seek first his kingdomand his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV
  • Contentment: “Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:4 NLT

“Then Jesus said,“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Mathew 11:28-29 NLT

Worry

Pastor Scott Applegate

“Therefore I tell you, do not worryabout your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are you not much more valuable than they?Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendorwas dressed like one of these.If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34 NIV

Worry: Trying to control the uncontrollable

According to Jesus Worry Is:

  • Unreasonable (6:25)
  • Unnatural (6:26, 28-29)
  • Unhelpful (6:27) 
  • Unnecessary (6:30)

How Can I Overcome Worry?

  • Don’t think or act like an orphan (Matthew 6:32)

“And my God will meet all your needsaccording to the riches of his gloryin Christ Jesus. To our God and Fatherbe glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:19-20 NIV

  • Put God first in every area of your life (Matthew 6:31-33)
  • Take life one day at a time (Matthew 6:34)
  • Trust that God really cares about every detail of your life (Matthew 6:30)

“Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me.” John 14:1 LB
“Cast all your anxiety on himbecause he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NIV