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How to Kick Fear in the Teeth

Sermon Notes: 16.01.23

We desire change… dream about it… document it… detail it… but it takes a while to DO IT!

Fear is often responsible for the delay between between dreaming and doing.

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What is your greatest fear?

There are Three Types of fear

  • Good Fears, Ones to keep you alive

  • Godly Fears, awesome, terrifying, respect, reverence

  • Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;

  • Philippians 2:12b work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

  • Bad Fears Ones that hold you back, limits you

  • Failure

  • Who You Really Are (Imposter syndrome)

  • Rejection

  • Shame /Fear of Being Judged

  • Fear of Losing Control

  • Fear of Loss

Which is your most limiting fear? This may be different to your greatest fear!

  • Romans 8:15 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father! ”

  • Hebrews 2:1,14-15 1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it…14 Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through his death he might destroy the one holding the power of death ​— ​that is, the devil ​— ​ 15 and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death.

  • 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

Our default is to slip back into slavery, that is our starting point. We need to be REMINDED of who we are. The Gospel proclaims "You are not a slave anymore."

The most limiting fear, the biggest issue - is spiritual

The antidote, is the work of Jesus, which destroys the one holding the power of death and releases the Spirit of adoption. That means a new family, new cultures, a new way of thinking

FEAR = Face. Examine. Apprentice. Repeat