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Have you ever taken your fears to God? We are born with fear and it is coming from worldly conditions. Fear in itself is not a sin, it is what we do with it. We HAVE to rely on the love of God for us that we may have confidence that there is no fear in love. Since God IS love, we are to keep our eyes on Him to overcome our fears. The bottom line is this: Do we want to live with the Power of God............or not.
Generally, when we think of fear, it is associated with bumps in the night or what is lurking in the dark, or at the least, the fear of the unknown. As a kid, I went through the horror movie phase where that was all I wanted to watch. My horror movie obsession culminated in a 16th birthday party sleepover where we watched Friday the 13th movies parts1-5 straight through. However, fear is much more of an ever-present reality than the movies or even our consciousness wants to recognize. Fear rarely has to do with machete wielding, hockey masked villains or striped sweater wearing bad guys that visit you in your nightmares. But one the reasons folks watch suspenseful or scary movies is to prove to themselves that they are not scared. To many, admitting fear is admitting weakness, and very few people have enough honesty to admit that they live with a certain amount of fear. But here is a little social secret. Ironically, many of the people who make a point to demonstrate that they never fear anything are actually the people that are most scared. Generally, the most blustery of people that I know are just people that are incredibly fearful. - They fear that people will think they are not smart so they are constantly trying to show how smart they are. - They fear that people will not respect them so they demand respect constantly and take offense at the first hint of disrespect (whether real or imaginary). - They fear that they will be rejected so they act like they don't care if people accept them or not. - They fear that they won't be loved so they act like it doesn't matter if people love them or not which makes loving someone like this pretty hard. It's a pretty lonely existence to live in fear. So, folks cover up all that fear with over-confidence or critique of others or a prideful spirit. These are people constantly telling others what they have done or constantly giving you a social or even religious resume. All the while, they would never admit that they are just plain scared or as we said in Johnston County, "scart." Here is another social secret. To some extent or another, I have just described all of you. Everyone has a built protection device to keep their fears at bay. But what we are going to see this week at Sovereign King in I John is a proclamation that God is so powerful, He can overcome your fears. He can part the Red Sea, raise the dead, and yes, overcome your fears.