There seems to be three types of fear we have to deal with onearth. The Bible mentions two types of fear.The first type is...
Millions of kids grow up with this same battle because their parents are notemotionally well or not physically there at ho...
One day, when I was about 8, as I trudged along Sears St. heading for school, I lookedup to the sky and said with a smile,...
If you do not have a close, intimate relationshipwith the Father, you are missing a great victoryover fear and many other ...
I was the pastor of a church that ended up in a “Church War”where half the church was for me and half against me. Fears of...
pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains.It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”Pain + God can le...
through and proved to us that He really is with us and for us evenwhen all seems lost.Beth also had a great victory over h...
When I am afraid, I will trust in TheeMy God whose word I praiseIn You I will trust and I will not be afraid,What can a me...
TPM: great ministry of the Spirit to set people free fromlies!( Give them paper and pens)Exercise:1. What lies are we beli...
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Few things are as common to all mankind as the battle against fears. Here are four ways the Lord has helped me learn to defeat this darkness that stalks us all.
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Victory Over Fear

  1. 1. There seems to be three types of fear we have to deal with onearth. The Bible mentions two types of fear.The first type is beneficial and is to be encouraged. This is thefear of the Lord. It is a reverential awe of God; a reverence forHis power and glory. However, it is also a proper respect for Hiswrath and anger. In other words, the fear of the Lord is a totalacknowledgement of all that God is. The Bible says that thisfear leads to wisdom, life and blessings.(http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-fear.html)The second kind is fear based on truth: we can fall off cliff if weare not careful when climbing a mountain; we should avoidcharging, hungry lions and children playing in busy street are notsafe. Not to feel some fear in such situations is not wise ornormal.The third kind of fear the Bible speaks of is not from God.This is the “spirit of fear” mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For Godhas not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and ofa sound mind” . A spirit of fearfulness, anxiety, worry and timiditydoes not come from God and when such feelings cause us to nottrust God and/or obey God, that is a sinful spirit of fear.My Victories Over FearFear is no stranger to me. Neither is victory over fear. Let my victories encourage youand train you to have your own victories over the fears that stalk your life.Fear was my constant companion growing up: fear of people, fear of rejection, fearof abandonment, fear of failure, fear of loneliness, fear of being wrongly accused, fear ofshame, fear of physical punishment, fear of embarrassment if my friends found out, fearof being blindsided by angry grandparents.I fought thousands of battles in my mind for decades with this shadowyadversary. He was everywhere in my life--even as a young pastor, except when Iprayed or was absorbed in just having a good time playing basketball, playing at thebeach or reading.Victory Over Fear
  2. 2. Millions of kids grow up with this same battle because their parents are notemotionally well or not physically there at home. We kids got used to not knowing whatwould happen when we got home from school.We just knew it would not be nice.When would the yelling begin?Who would get hit today by an angry adult--me or my brother?We knew we could never be good enough to please them.As long as we did our chores and didn’t bother them or talk to them, things were usuallysafer but home was definitely not a safe place emotionally or physically.The good news is that when you grow up with those kind of challenges, you have tofind a way to feel safe, to find love and to find out what life is really all about.Surprised by LoveWithout ever expecting it, or even hearing that it was possible, I met God as myHeavenly Father when I was about 8.I was walking home from St. Gabriel’s School in S. Philadelphia one day with some ofthe kind nuns who taught there. I happened to tell them that I missed the love of afather not that my parents had divorced and both were gone while I and my brother,Jim, were left with grandparents.One nun said a simple sentence that changed my life forever. She turned to me, herentire face framed by the familiar black & white head-covering the nuns always woreand said, “Don’t you know that God is a Father.”Actually, I didn’t. I was stunned into silence by what she said.The idea that the invisible, all-powerful, all wise, all-knowing God of the universe couldbe a real father was like a fantasy story to me. It seemed too good to possible be true.I do not know how it happened. I do not remember saying any particular prayer to knowGod as Father. I know the Bible says you can only come to the Father through Jesusand I certainly prayed to Him everyday. I was desperate for love and that desperationdrove me like a sailing ship in a storm right into the arms of God say after day.What I do remember was soon after that having the most remarkable, secretrelationship with God as my Father.I talked to Him as I walked to and from school and I felt His love. I experienced aresponse of love that I cannot describe but I knew it felt real.Victory Over Fear
  3. 3. One day, when I was about 8, as I trudged along Sears St. heading for school, I lookedup to the sky and said with a smile, “Father, you love me so much it feels like youhave adopted me.”I had never heard of the biblical truth that God adopts all His kids.I did not hear of that truth until about 12 years later when I first read it in the Bible.When I read in Romans 8:15 that God gives us a spirit of adoption as sons I wasstunned and thrilled to learn that what I had experienced as a small boy was in theBible. Here is what I read in Romans 8:15-17:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading tofear again, but you have received a spirit of adoptionas sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 TheSpirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we arechildren of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs ofGod and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer withHim so that we may also be glorified with Him.This revelation of the Father’s love is thefoundation of my life.God wants every person to have this samefoundation of being adopted by the Father!Jesus came to show us the love of the Father, to point usto the Father, to be the Way to the Father and to do theFather’s will in saving us from sin. (1 Peter 3:18)Jesus is the Way but the Father is our destination.It is the Father’s love that created the universe so thatHe could create us so He could adopt and enjoy us asHis children forever. In a nutshell, that is the meaningof life.Victory Over Fear
  4. 4. If you do not have a close, intimate relationshipwith the Father, you are missing a great victoryover fear and many other things.Human beings were created to be loved by HisFather love.You know this verse: Such love has no fear, becauseperfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear ofpunishment, and this shows that we have not fullyexperienced his perfect love. ( 1 John 4:18)The “perfect love” that John is writing about here is the Father’slove. The more we experience the love of the Father, the less weare vulnerable to fear. The Father’s perfect love expels, dispels,destroys fear.Ask Jesus to reveal the Father’s love to you. Jesus lovesnothing more than to honor the Father and lead people to theFather.Mediate on and watch the Father’s Love Letter. It expressesthe heart of the Father for each of us. Fear flees when we weexperience His perfect love.So, experiencing the Father’s Love was victory # 1 over myfears.Victory # 2My second major victory came as God allowed me to gothrough a series of deep trials. He took me through thevalleys of death several times so that I could learn how sufficientHe was even in my most desperate moments.Victory Over Fear
  5. 5. I was the pastor of a church that ended up in a “Church War”where half the church was for me and half against me. Fears ofrejection and being unloveable were my greatest fears.This war took me through 18 months of the deepest emotionalpain I had ever known as church members rejected and scornedme. I was clinically depressed for almost 2 years. My kidsprobably thought I was not interested in them as much but I wasstruggling to not fall apart emotionally.God saw me through all that. In fact, He had warned me aboutit years earlier. He told me I’d be at that church 6 years and thatthe first 3 would be heaven and the last three would be hell. Iwas there 6 years almost to the day.Three ladies in Apocka, Fl prophesied over me during that timeand said that “This pruning was of the Lord, to purify the wordthat I would speak.” The Lord has already told me that it was aJohn 15 pruning experience.God had allowed the pain of rejection to be intensified in me sothat He could prove to me that in my weakest times, He is strongand sufficient. I believe that people who have suffered deeplyknow the Lord’s love and power in a way that others cannot.You really do not know what you believe until you have to.We all know what Psalm 23 says: “Yea, though I walk through thevalley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art withme, Thy rod and staff they comfort me.”People who have walked with God through the valley of theshadow of death can come to know God’s total sufficiency muchbetter than those how have not suffered much.As CS Lewis wrote in his book called The Problem with Pain,“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in ourVictory Over Fear
  6. 6. pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains.It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”Pain + God can lead to astounding spiritual growth--if wechoose to grow closer to Him. Pain can make us better or bitter.The choice is ours. In my pain in that church, I had no way tocope with deepest rejection pain of my life unless I turned to Godin an extremely intense way. I sang my way to safety. I prayed alot. I fell apart at the feet of the Father a lot. I confessed toothers that I was a wreck. I came to the end of myself and sawGod come to my rescue. He proved that when I was at myweakest, His grace was sufficient. I did not die. His loveprotected me. He proved to me that my fears of rejectionand abandonment were lies. That set me free in a major way.I was exhausted but much more free.I left there in honor and went to another church where we weregreatly loved and honored. God was in my corner big-timedespite what many people thought. here’s one example:While I was applying to serve another church in another city, Oneelder from the church in war even called the the senior pastor ofthe new church to warn him that I was too pro-life, hoping toprevent me from getting that job. It backfired. The senior pastorlater told me that call helped convince him that I was theright choice for assistant pastor. He wanted someone withthat conviction.I have seen God repeat this pattern of intensification of myfears in several areas of my life over the years. He did itwith finances several times. We once had two mortgagepayments to pay and four kids at home.Later, I was living on about 1/4 to 1/3 of my income forfive years as I tried to do a new ministry. We almost lost ourhome. It was so hard, so depressing to be unemployed, soembarrassing to seen as a failure by my peers but God got usVictory Over Fear
  7. 7. through and proved to us that He really is with us and for us evenwhen all seems lost.Beth also had a great victory over her fears during thosetumultuous years from 1995 to 2000. Her worst nightmare wascoming true. She was going blind. Listen to her story.So that is victory # 2: God demonstrates that our fears are nottrue by taking us through an intensification of the fears. We couldavoid dealing with these fears when they came during a mild trial.Ina mild trial, we could fake it and get past it in our ownstrength.But in the midst of a great trial we had to focus on dealingwith them. In those times, we knew we could not survive if Goddid not help us--and He did.These experiences made it harder for us to believe thoseold fears because we have seen God prove our fears untrueeven in the worst of times. When we went through the valley ofthe shadow of death, we saw in tangible ways that He was withus, His rod and staff protected us---despite our fears.Lastly, Victory # 3: Spiritual Disciplines & The ScripturesBecoming more like Jesus is called the process of sanctification.It takes years for most people to crucify the flesh, change badhabits, develop good habits, deal with old lies and renew ourminds with God’s truth.Ask God for scriptures to memorize that will defeat the lies youfight that would lead you to fear what God says you need notfear. Here is a song God gave me to a few lines from Psalm 56Psalm 56:Victory Over Fear
  8. 8. When I am afraid, I will trust in TheeMy God whose word I praiseIn You I will trust and I will not be afraid,What can a mere man do to me?For You, My God, are a Victorious WarriorMy God Whose word I praiseand You will deliver from soul from deathand my feet from stumblingAnd so I’ll walk before My GodMy God whose Word I praise (3x)This is a very daily process. There are no shortcuts to Christianmaturity. Getting victory over fear is also a daily discipline tochoose God’s word over the lies that lead us to fear.If our heads are empty of scripture, the devil will makesure our heads are filled with his thoughts. The bestdefense is a good offense. Fill your mind and heart with godlythoughts by spending time with God in prayer, mediate on partsof the Bible, sing to God throughout the day, avoid watching orlistening to things that honor sinful ideas or sinful people.GIGO: our minds are the battleground. We become what we wefocus on. As a man think,s so is he, the Bible says.Victory # 4: Ask God to Target Your Lies and Give YouTruth to Replace Those LiesVictory Over Fear
  9. 9. TPM: great ministry of the Spirit to set people free fromlies!( Give them paper and pens)Exercise:1. What lies are we believing about God that make us fearful?a. What is the truth?2. What lies are we believing about ourselves that make usfearful?b. What is the truth?3. What lies are we believing about others that make us fearful?c. What is the truth?Ministry Time: up front, in small groups, with Lord alone.Victory Over Fear

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