Matters of the Heart August 17 & 18

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

““No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgement You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.”
Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)

MATTERS OF THE HEART

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

ONE OF THE ISSUES OF THE HEART EVERYONE MUST DEAL WITH IS FEAR.

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25 NIV

WE MUST INTERPRET, IS MY FEAR A HEALTHY OR UNHEALTHY FEAR?

“But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14 NKJV

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

UNHEALTHY FEARS ARE IRRATIONAL AND TORMENTING.

“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 NKJV

Arachnophobia- Fear of spiders
Aerophobia- Fear of flying
Claustrophobia- Fear of confined spaces
Dentophobia – Fear of dentist
Venustraphobia -Fear of beautiful women
Ecclesophobia -Fear of the church
Pedophobia-Fear of children
Octophobia – Fear of the figure 8
Luposlipaphobia – Fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a freshly waxed floor

WHAT AM I AFRAID OF?

“Jesus responded, ‘Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!’” Matthew 8:26a NLT

AM I AFRAID OF:

  • DYING

  • BEING ALONE

  • PEOPLE NOT LIKING ME

  • BEING HELPLESS

  • COMMITMENT

THE ANTIDOTE TO UNHEALTHY FEAR:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 NKJV

THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS TO…

1) RECOGNIZE WHO HE IS
2) KNOW HIS LOVE

 “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.” 1 John 4:18 NKJV

 “Let all who fear the Lord repeat: ‘His faithful love endures forever.’” Psalms 118:4 NLT

 “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.”
Psalms 33:18 NIV

 3) TRUST HIM

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV