Aug. 29, 2021
“Fear Is…No Longer My Master”
Matthew 8:23–27; 10:28–31; 14:22, 25–27; Mark 4:41; 1 Peter 5:7
a. All of us have emotions that compete for control of our lives and specifically for our heart.
b. They get us into trouble because we let those emotions become our master.
c. How to say “no” to the emotions that compete for control.
=> Guilt, Envy, Anger
2. Week Four: Fear
a. Fear is the byproduct of our ability to accumulate knowledge and project into the future.
i. The ability that underscores or allows us to fear is also the ability that allows us to imagine. It gives us the ability to hope, it gives us the ability to dream.
ii. “I can’t wait!” verses “What if?”
iii. What-if is what about the future based on what I know about the present.
b. For Jesus, his teaching on fear was…
i. “Fear not!”
ii. Don’t let fear be the master of you.
iii. Our experience teaches us this is easy to say, but almost impossible to do.
c. Jesus continues to say, “Do not be afraid!”
“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.”
“Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.”
“The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
“He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”
i. We panic because we project into the future based on what we know and what we've seen and what we've experienced. But God who created time doesn't panic.
“The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!’”
“They feared a great fear…”
ii. For a moment, their fear of whose presence they were in was greater than their fear of the storm.
iii. For a fleeting moment, their confidence in Jesus overwhelmed their fear.
iv. Jesus taught the disciples and us that we do not have to allow fear to overwhelm us because there's something/someone more overwhelming.
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.”
“And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
"Rest assured God knows and God cares, even when bad things are happening, even when your prayers go unanswered you can trust Him, He knows and He cares."
“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.”
“Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.”
v. The Criteria of Embarrassment
“When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.”
“But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’”
i. The Apostles feared right up till the very end. Jesus announced…
• A New Covenant…A New Movement…A New Command
ii. After the resurrection…they feared not…and “fear not” changed the world.
• For us, the resurrection is about Easter. For them, the resurrection was about everything.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7
iii. Fear, you are no longer my master of me!
iv. We already have a Master who conquered life and who conquered death. He is who He claimed to be.
v. You and I can trust Him and not be afraid.