Where does fear come from? Who has the most to fear? Do you know where you are going? Fear gets into us and it doesn’t go away easily. Fear is more than an attitude, it is a spirit. We need to understand the “doctrine of fear” because the only way to get over it is to understand where exactly it comes from.
According to the news, we just can’t seem to get over our COVID fears as vaccinated people continue to wear masks even though they are outside. The press recently reported, the misrepresentation of science by the CDC is causing fear but it’s important to understand that science is never “settled”. It will always change and seek additional discoveries, upending what we assumed to be true.
Also, Canada arrested Pastor Artur Pawlowski on a busy highway in the freezing cold for continuing to hold church services in defiance of COVID orders. They continue to wage war against Pastors James Coates, Jacob Reaume, and David Lynn as well. However, there is only one antidote to fear: Jesus. We are disconnected, anxious, and fearful because sin has separated us from our Father.
We will tie the concepts of sin and fear together as we look at David’s response to his confrontation with Nathan over the murder of Uriah. David doesn’t run away from God, instead, he runs towards Him. He repents. We don’t talk much about repentance in the Church. It’s great to have purpose and be blessed but without repentance, we have nothing– we’re just rearranging furniture on the deck of the Titanic.
Key Verse: Acts 3:19-21
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Theme: Repentance is making us more like God by helping us purge the sinful habits that corrupt and corrode our lives and reputation.
Scriptures Studied: Galatians 5:17; Genesis 1-2; Genesis 3:8; John 8:32; John 14:6; John 1:14; 1 John 4:18; 1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:7; Philippians 1:21; Acts 5:30-31; 2 Samuel 12; Matthew 7:5; Psalm 51:Title-19; Ephesians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Romans 8:29; 1 Kings 15:5; Job 15:14; 2 Timothy 2:25-26; Acts 3:19-21; 1 Corinthians 11:28-32; Psalm 32; 1 John 1:9; John 1:29; John 1:7; Mark 10:34; Isaiah 61:3; Psalm 34:6; Zephaniah 3:20
Points to Note:
Reminder, the story of Saul & David is Our Story:
Kingdom of Saul | Self-Absorbed and Insecure | Passing Away
Kingdom of David | Self-Less & Dependent on God | Arriving
THE ART OF REPENTANCE:
Recognize the Following:
Questions to Consider:
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