Get a Grip message series

Get a Grip: How to live in emotional freedom
Part 6 – Freedom from Fear
(Exodus 3:1-4, 17)

March 18, 2018
Libin Abraham, Campus Pastor – Missouri City

 

1. INTRODUCTION

Exodus 2:14, 15 ..Then Moses became afraid and thought, “What I did is certainly known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard about this, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian

Exodus 3:9, 10  So because the Israelites’ cry for help has come to me, and I have also seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them, 10 therefore, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh so that you may lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.

 

2. Five of our Greatest Fears

A. Fear of IDENTITY – “I am a nobody”

Exodus 3:11  But Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

B. Fear of the UNKNOWN – “I don’t know what to say”

Exodus 3:13  Then Moses asked God, “If I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what should I tell them?”

C. Fear of OTHERS – “They won’t listen to me”

Exodus 4:1  Moses answered, “What if they won’t believe me and will not obey me but say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

D. Fear of INABILITY – “I don’t have what it takes”

Exodus 4:10  But Moses replied to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent—either in the past or recently or since you have been speaking to your servant—because my mouth and my tongue are sluggish.”

E. Fear of FAILURE – “Use someone else”

Exodus 4:13 Moses said, “Please, Lord, send someone else.”

3. Overcoming Fear

Hebrews 11:23-29  By faith Moses, after he was born, was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn’t fear the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter 25 and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasure of sin. 26 For he considered reproach for the sake of Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since he was looking ahead to the reward.  27 By faith he left Egypt behind, not being afraid of the king’s anger, for Moses persevered as one who sees him who is invisible. 28 By faith he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn might not touch the Israelites. 29 By faith they crossed the Red Sea as though they were on dry land. When the Egyptians attempted to do this, they were drowned.

Fear loses its grip when our FAITH exceeds our fear. Faith is NOT the absence of fear, but faith takes precedence over fear.

A. Faith SEES what could be while fear sees only what is. (Heb. 11:23)

B. Faith makes choices out of conviction while fear ADAPTS to what is convenient. (Heb. 11:24-26)

C. Faith finds its assurance in the invisible SOMEONE while fear has its anchor in the visible something. (Heb. 11:27)

D. Faith SURRENDERS to God’s unexplainable methods while fear takes matters into one’s own hands. (Heb. 11:28)

E. Faith insists on OBEYING God without knowing the outcome while fear insists on knowing the outcome before obeying God. (Heb. 11:29)

 

The Action Steps I Will Take This Week Are…

* I believe that God calls me beyond the ordinary into an extraordinary life.

* When I am afraid of who I am not, I will find strength in who God is and what he can do through me.

* I will trade in my fear-based excuses for faith-based answers.

 

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