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← Overcoming Fear (Q&A) - Mack, Charles, Tim, Kevin, Bob

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Showing Revision 2 created 10/07/2017 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. In Revelation, it talks about

  2. the effeminate, the ungodly, the fearful
  3. won't inherit the Kingdom of God,
  4. and hopefully this isn't inappropriate,
  5. but I have this fear of
    riding roller coasters,
  6. and some summers, my wife's family,
  7. they like to go ride roller coasters
  8. and I feel like sometimes I get convincted
  9. because I'm scared to ride them,
  10. and I won't ride them,
  11. and so I guess my question is,
  12. one, is this the kind of fearfulness
  13. that the Scripture is talking about?
  14. Because, for instance, I think sometimes
  15. I want to be an example to my
  16. younger nephews and other people,
  17. and they see me scared and I think
  18. that it's not a good example of Christ.
  19. I guess the question is,
  20. do I need to go get on the roller coaster?
  21. Or it's something that I've been dealing
  22. with for a couple of years now,
  23. so do I need to get
    on the roller coaster?
  24. Or is that talking about a different kind
  25. of fearfulness?
  26. I hope it's not saying it's not ok
  27. to be scared going on a roller coaster,
  28. because I hate those things.
  29. Well, wouldn't there be a difference
  30. between struggling with fears
  31. over specific things
  32. and your life being completely dominated
  33. by fear - you're in bondage to fear.
  34. It dominates everything.
  35. You know the fear of man's a snare, etc.
  36. So, the fearful that Revelation would
  37. be talking about,
  38. that won't inherit the Kingdom,
  39. that's a characteristic of their life
  40. that dominates them just like
  41. the adulterous, the drunkard,
  42. the unbelieving...
  43. where fear rules a person's life.
  44. You have the case of Moses.
  45. It says that by faith,
  46. he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath
  47. of the king.
  48. For he endured as seeing him
  49. who is invisible.
  50. So, it says not fearing the wrath
  51. of the king.
  52. Well, it doesn't mean he didn't
  53. feel any fear in the sense of fear.
  54. But he pressed past that.
  55. He did not let his fear stop him from
  56. obeying God.
  57. And that's a characteristic of a Christian.
  58. He feels all the same fears
  59. in many cases as anyone feels,
  60. but for the Christian,
  61. the desire to obey God,
  62. overcomes those things
  63. and he presses through.
  64. So you might have somebody
  65. that's scared to death to speak up,
  66. but they press through it
    and they speak up.
  67. That's the difference between
  68. a Christian and a non-Christian.
  69. Yeah, I can remember when
  70. I was first saved,
  71. the truth is, that as a lost person
  72. I was just absolutely wicked,
  73. a thief, a liar, my sins were many,
  74. and I can remember being convicted
  75. that you know what?
  76. I need to go back and return
  77. and make restitution for all the things
  78. that I had stolen,
    things I had vandalized,
  79. things I had destroyed.
  80. And I basically made a list.
  81. And I was utterly terrified.
  82. I'd go through my possessions
  83. and I'd find something,
  84. and I'd look at it and
  85. the thought of even having to go back
  86. and talk to the people
  87. and I made an entire list
  88. and absolutely terrified.
  89. I can remember the first one
  90. on my list, was I bailed out on rent
  91. when I was in college and I owed
  92. the landlord $300.
  93. And I can remember I sat down the street,
  94. I'm just new in the Lord,
  95. and absolutely terrified.
  96. But I knew, I'd come across a text
  97. in Ezekiel about
    returning the things stolen.
  98. And I just knew it was what the Lord
  99. wanted me to do.
  100. I just sat in my car and pleaded
  101. and I prayed.
  102. And I walked up to his house
  103. and I knocked on his door.
  104. I'll tell you, I actually was
    hoping he was dead.
  105. Because it had been several years
  106. and he was old.
  107. And sure enough, the guy
    comes to the door.
  108. And I told him I used to live next door
  109. here in your house and I bailed out.
  110. And just absolutely terrified.
  111. And he said, oh, that's alright.
  112. And I had this $300
    and I kind of flashed it
  113. after he said that, and he snagged it
  114. and he took it.
  115. It turned out to not be so hard.
  116. But that's it, when you become convinced
  117. by the Word, I need to do it.
  118. I think that's really
    the heart of boldness, right?
  119. It doesn't mean you don't have fear;
  120. it just means you press past that,
  121. because your fear of the Lord is greater.
  122. Your desire to please Him is greater.
  123. It reminds me we did some
  124. door-to-door witnessing.
  125. And there was definite fear there,
  126. and there always is.
  127. But you push past that fear.
  128. Because it was like when we started,
  129. I'd be walking up someone's driveway
  130. thinking please don't be in.
  131. But eventually, out of a love for souls,
  132. you knock.
  133. And the same when I preach.
  134. When you witness to someone,
  135. you know sometimes I'll preach to people
  136. on a ladder and the next minute
  137. I'm getting nervous
    witnessing to a 13 year old.
  138. You know because those thoughts come in,
  139. but you overcome them.
  140. By ladder, you mean a stool?
  141. I think we tend to forget just what
  142. a courageous thing it is
    to become a Christian.
  143. I mean, it is the most courageous thing
  144. that anybody can do.
  145. And that's why folks
    don't become Christians
  146. is cowardice.
  147. And it's just a different
    way of saying it,
  148. the next word in the list
    there in Revelation 21:8
  149. is unbelieving.
  150. In a way, the reason people don't become
  151. Christians is because they don't believe.
  152. But you could put it another way,
  153. it's because they are cowards
  154. and they are afraid of man,
  155. they're afraid.
  156. So it is the most courageous thing
  157. that anybody can do
  158. is become a follower of Christ.