Fear impairs your spiritual hearing.
The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. Matt 13:22
1) Conquer the fear of the moment.
LEAP – Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce
The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Psalms 27:1
• God is my light.
• God is my rescuer.
• God is my safe place.
2 When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.
2) Conquer the fear of failing God.
7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!
8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
9 Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.
3) Conquer the fear of whatever lies ahead.
Practice staying in God’s presence at all times.
11 Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me.
12 Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence.
Focus on God’s goodness and know He wants what is best for you in the context of the growing of “The Kingdom.”
13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
It’s easier to be patient if you are confident.
14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Pastor Royal Farris http://www.lifeconnectionchurch.org