Fear Factor (Isaiah 43:1-3)Bo Grace, January 28, 2018
Part of the series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
What is the most fearful situation you have ever faced? Maybe you were robbed at gunpoint. Maybe it was a bankruptcy. Maybe it had something to do with a relationship or diagnosis. How does God want us to handle fears? That is a question we will consider today.
From a spiritual perspective, should we “Fear” God? Absolutely! While God is love beyond comprehension, and extends amazing grace and mercy that we cannot understand, He is also a God of judgment and wrath. If you are not saved, you need to fear God and the reality of hell. If you are saved, and living in rebellion and disobedience to God you ought to have a holy fear that will drive you back to where you need to be with God.
Nobody understood this any better than the people God chose for Himself – Israel. Much of the Old Testament is about how God blessed their obedience, which they took for granted, became disobedient, and suffered the consequences. But even in their disobedience, God never stopped loving them. God never stops loving his children!
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1But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. (KJV)