Freedom from Fear
The Lord gave me this Word for you and I want to share it with you from Isaiah 12. We are living in a day where fear is gripping the hearts and minds of the people. Fear of economic problems, war, natural disasters. These are all things that seem to be happening today, and Jesus said they would be happening in the last days. We don’t need to be surprised. When the world is afraid, God’s going to give us supernatural peace. If there’s going to be war, terrorism, etc., it’s not coming near us. When we’re tempted to be afraid, we need to trust. And when we learn to trust, great things are going to happen in our lives.
Isaiah 12:1-2 says, “And in that day you will say O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.” God is not mad at you. He’s mad about you. God put His anger upon Jesus, and Jesus nailed it to the cross. Then God gave us His Holy Spirit to comfort us, encourage us and strengthen us in difficult times.
Every one of us is challenged or tempted to fear. Fear comes from not knowing who to trust, not knowing what’s going to happen, whether you’re going to be taken care of or not. You need to know God will take care of you because you’re His. You belong to God. How does someone belong to someone else? Somebody has to pay in order to own something, and God paid with the blood of Jesus so He could own you and I. And it’s good for Him to own us, because He takes care of the things He owns. You’re never going to find God in a dirty heaven. You’re never going to find God in a car with Whopper wrappers in the back seat.
God takes care of everything he has and you’re one of the things that He has. There are some things that we may not fully understand in this life, but I will trust and not be afraid. Even if you’ve read and studied the Word, not every question is going to be answered in this life. Most questions can be, but when you ask why did this tragedy happen or that. First, you need to understand, God is not the author of evil. The simple answer is the devil is the author. And really the number one way the devil gets in our life is through fear. And by taking the position, Is 12:1-2, I will trust and not be afraid… the way he gives us to be free from fear in this verse is by trusting God. Yes, in all your getting, get understanding. Pursue understanding, but in your pursuit of wisdom, if you’re missing something, trust God.
What does the word “trust” mean? This word “trust” means to be without care; to be secure, safe, sure and to have a refuge. The word, “secure” comes from a word that means without care. When you trust Him, it means to be without care, to cast your cares on Him. If you’re a fisherman you can’t cast your line a foot or two in front of you. So to cast your cares on the Lord, it means throwing or flinging them far from you. You do this by making a decision to trust. It’s not a feeling. It’s a decision. Then make a declaration. It’s a statement of faith. When you’re confused, declare “I will trust.” When it seems like all the odds are against you, a decision plus a declaration equals deliverance. I will trust and not be afraid. One is the cause of the other. As a consequence of trusting, you will not be afraid.
II Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not
given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.”
Power overcomes fear because, when you know
you have the power to change something –you don’t have to be afraid of
the way that thing is.
Since fear is the number one way the devil gains access to our lives, we need to get rid of it! People steal and cheat because they fear. They lie because they fear the truth won’t be enough. They gossip for the fear of being left out. Let me give you the simple steps to breaking out of the cycle of fear.
1. Confess your fear to God.
2. You have to seek Him
3. Confess the Word
4. Break free from worry
Confess these scriptures to attack fear and
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace the mind that is stayed on you, because he trusts in You.”
Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.”
Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who is against us?”
Galatians 3:13 says you’re redeemed from the curse. Fear and torment are part of the curse. Therefore, you’re redeemed from fear!
You’re free from fear! Confess
Psalm 118 and Philippians chapters 3 and 4 every day. God’s Word will
give you a new hope and change your life forever!
Your partner in the gospel,
Pastor Terry Aaron