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PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

SERMON STARTER

          “There is so much fear among us, yet ours the world's most sophisticated culture. We are global in our worldview and its citizens. We have wealth beyond past generations' wildest dreams. Yet, we do not know how to love. Only Jesus knew how to love. He was love incarnate."   

          Here's an interesting love story. Last week I took a broken pair of my wife's metal frame glasses to a craftsman in Hubbard, Ohio who calls himself "The Goldsmith." He is a jeweler of a high level of craftsmanship and skill. He skillfully wielded the two parts of the broken frames and placed a new nosepiece onto the frames. Lois' frames are now good as new.

           I went to pick up her repaired frames yesterday and had an interesting experience. The wife of the goldsmith waited on me and said my name was very familiar. Suddenly, she remembered and her face flashed with the recognition. I was her deceased step-mother's counselor. I met her step-mom through a referral from my family doctor Dr. Charles D'Auria. I worked hard to support the up-tight elderly lady for several years until she passed away.

          What I didn't know was the hatred the goldsmith's wife  experienced from my now-deceased client. She felt the sharp sting of rejection from the woman married to her beloved father after the death of her mother. Naturally, when she saw my name, the goldsmith's wife had what I call a "gut reaction."

          In the next 45 minutes we experienced in the midst of that busy shop, the Presence of Jesus. She made peace with her anger toward me and I helped her to see what an unwell, troubled soul her step-mother actually was.

          Astoundingly, the lady refused to charge me for the glasses repair. Plus, she asked me to pray for her. I held her hand and asked the Lord to bless her and make peace with her memory of her deceased step-mom. That's how Jesus' love casts out fear. This event determined my sermon content for this morning. There is no fear in love. . .

Pastor Phil  <><<

February 11, 2018 - Sheepfold Ministries

Pastor Phil Roland

 

PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

1 John 4:12-21

“There is so much fear among us, yet ours the world's most sophisticated culture. We are global in our worldview and its citizens. We have wealth beyond past generations' wildest dreams. Yet, we do not know how to love. Only Jesus knew how to love. He was love incarnate."    Pastor Phil  <><<                

 

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

EXEGETICAL THOUGHTS

1. Boldness happens when we cast out fear

2. Fear is cast out when we find perfect love

3. Mature love only happens when we mature in Christ

4. Boldness is the companion of love (agape)

5. We deal with the interaction between 2 emotions: fear and love

6. When fear is strongest, love is not present

7. When love is strongest, fear is cast out

The First of Three aspects of Casting Out Fear:

I.  THE DOMAIN OF FEAR

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

          A. GOOGLE'S List of Today's Top Ten Common Fears

                    1. Fear of Flying

                    2. Fear of Public Speaking

                    3. Fear of Financial Lack

                    4. Fear of the Dark

                    5. Fear of Intimacy

                    6. Fear of Death

                    7. Fear of Failure

                    8. Fear of Rejection

                    9. Fear of Spiders, and

                    10. Fear of Commitment

 

          B. Mankind is held Captive to the Fear of Death - Heb. 2:14-15

                    14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity

              so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death--

              that is, the devil-- 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery

              by their fear of death.    (NIV)

 

                    1. Jesus shared our Humanity to destroy the Devil's Power

                    2. Jesus has destroyed a Primary Tool of the Enemy's Attack

                    3. He has Set us Free from the Fear of Death

                    4. Our days of servitude to the Devil's enslavement are over!

PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR, cont. p.2

 

          C. The Fear of Death is Mankind's King of Fears

                    1. I was once asked,

                       "What 's it like to be a Chaplain at a Funeral Home?"

                    2. I answered,

                      "It's like having to deal with your mortality every time your tires                                    stop in the Funeral Home parking lot."

          D. Our culture doesn't feel they need Jesus' Gospel

                    1. Our culture is a Death-Denying culture

                    2. We live in a Life-Oriented worldview

                    3. We have abandoned time-tried Funerary Traditions

                    4. Death happens, Cremation follows, left w/ a handful of ashes

                    5. Too often there are no Calling Hours, no Comfort Given

                    6. Funerals and Memorial Services are skipped

                    7. We Ignore Public Mourning: Prayers, Scripture and Tributes                               of Honor to the Deceased

          E. Asking Jesus into our Hearts / Lives Frees Us from Death's Fear

4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. Ps.34:4

 

The Second of Three aspects of Casting Out Fear:

II.  THE MISSION OF FEAR

          A. Fear's Mission is to Make Our Lives Miserable

          Eg. There was a lady who died in 1916 named Hetty Green. She was           called America’s greatest miser. When she died in 1916, she left an

          estate valued at $100 million. But she was so miserly that she ate

          cold oatmeal in order to save the expense of heating the water. When

          her son had a severe leg injury, she took so long trying to find a free

          clinic to treat him that his leg had to be amputated because of

          advanced infection. She was worried about losing her wealth, so she

          didn’t even enjoy her life! Hetty was a miserable human being.

 

                    1. The Devil torments us with his slanderous lies

                    2. "Jesus' Promises aren't true!"

                    3. "There is no resurrection, just death and the grave!"

                    4. "There is no heaven or hell: this life is all there is!"

                    5. Pascal's Wager, 16th Century French Philosopher

          B. Fear's Mission is to make us Ineffective in our Witness

                    1. People suffer from Fear's Lockjaw attempting to witness

                    2. "If I tell them about Jesus what will they think of me?"

                    3. "What if I turn them off and they walk away?"

                    4. "What if I get confused and can't remember what to say?"
          C. When it comes to Loving people, fear often blocks opportunity

                    7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a                  sound mind.     2 Timothy 1:7
                    1. Fear is a basic part of our humanity: agape love casts it out

                    2. Jesus always empowers us to accomplish His Will

                    3. You and Jesus together can overcome life's pressures

PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR, cont. p.3

 

The Third Aspect of Casting Out Fear:

III.  THE EXPULSION OF FEAR

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

          A. Fear itself can kill youYoung Man died from Fear

          I read the story about a college student who went through an   initiation for his sorority. They blindfolded him and tied him to the          railroad tracks. What he did not know was there was another set of         tracks. All he heard was the train coming. As it approached closer        and closer he screamed for help. The other men just laughed. Finally     after the train passed by, the men went to untie the man, but they           found him dead. He died of a heart attack.

                    1. Stress is nothing more than Fear and Worry together  

                    2. Stress is a Killer

                        "I have personally officiated at funerals for a number of young men                               who died from Stress. Their hearts couldn't handle the pressure."

          B. The Bible is filled with God's Promises to Drive Out Fear

                    1. Memorize some verses for when the Devil Attacks

                    2. Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
                   
10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I                                will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My                                 righteous right hand.'

                    3. 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
                   
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and                                       godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own                              glory and goodness.

                    4. John 8:51  (NKJV)

                        "Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall

                          never see death."  
                    5. John 8:24

                        "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in

                          Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into

                          judgment, but has passed from death into life."

                    6. John 15:17 - “This is my command: Love each other.”

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LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

1 John 4:12-21 (NKJV)
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
19 We love Him because He first loved us.
20 If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Isaiah 24:18 (NKJV)
18 And it shall be That he who flees from the noise of the fear Shall fall into the pit, And he who comes up from the midst of the pit Shall be caught in the snare; For the windows from on high are open, And the foundations of the earth are shaken.

 

Eg.  Sensing the Lemon w/o one actually being present

Everyone put your hand out. Imagine with me that you have a lemon in your hand. Feel how cold it is since you just took it out of the refrigerator. Feel the two knobs on the ends? Ok, now take a knife and cut the lemon in half. Careful! Don’t cut yourself. Oh, look at the juice run down over the sides. Now, put one half down and just hold the other half of the lemon. Now, look at the inside of the cut lemon. Lean down and smell the lemon. Get a good full sense of the lemon fresh scent of the just cut lemon. Ok, now squeeze the lemon. See the juice ooze up and cover the surface of the cut lemon? Now - lick the lemon. That’s right! Lick the lemon. Ok, who feels like you have more saliva than you did a minute a go? How can that be? It was only pretend! The reason is because your body reacts to that which your mind thinks about.

 

 

          THE EXPULSION OF FEAR

Eg. Tag Line from the 1994 film, "Shawshanks Redemption"

“Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.”

In that film, one of the characters, Brooks Hatlen, has spent most of his life wasting away in prison because of a reckless act of violence he committed as a teenager. At one point in the film, after some 40 years of incarceration, Brooks finally receives his release to enjoy the freedom for which he’s longed. There’s just one problem. He’s forgotten how to be free. He’s become institutionalized. His new life on the outside scares him to death every day. He’d grown accustomed to the structure behind bars, and now without it, he lives in fear. He thinks about ways to violate his parole so he can go back to the safety of prison. Eventually he takes his own life because he just can’t handle the uncertainty and vulnerability of life on the outside. In a letter back his former cellmates he says, “It is a terrible thing to live in fear.” It is indeed.

Fear is destructive. It can paralyze our minds & results in indecisiveness, focuses our attention on self and undermines our self-confidence.

 

 

AGAPE LOVE CAST OUT FEAR  -  1 John 4:18

 

 

John 13:34

            “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so
            you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

      A. The ELEVENTH Commandment

         1. John 14:15 - “If you love me keep my commands. . .”

         2. John 14:21 - “Whoever obeys my commands, he is the one who                                loves me.”
              3. John 14:23 - “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. . .”

              4. John 15:9 -”As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.

                        Now remain in my love.”

              5. John 15:10 - “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my                                  love. . .”

              6. John 15:12 -“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved                                                    you.”

              7. John 15:17 - “This is my command: Love each other.”