Part 5 – Fear
Pastor Glen Johnson
Pastor Glen: We have, well, Theresa is going to help me today. So, I’m going to pull this back out and never mind. So, we got a little, in honor of my wife helping me today, she’s been my helper now, for 35 years and I don’t know if she’s done a good job because I don’t need a lot of help and she hasn’t helped me much because I’m the same guy always was but, I thought what we do today is kind of show you, how my wife shops.
Theresa: Oh! Great!
Theresa: That’s fun.
Pastor Glen: That’s the way she shops.
We better say our confession after that. Stand up with me, really quick. Let’s make a confession, let’s make confessions. Hold your bible up in the air, if you would. Say this with me, I believe the Bible. It’s God’s word to me. I can have what it says I can have. I can be what it says I can be. I’ll be a doer of the word and not a hero only. Today, I receive the word as my life instruction manual. It’s God’s will that I’m healed. My family is blessed, I’m prosperous, my marriage is great, the rest of my live, would be the best of my life. Shake hands with somebody and meet somebody you don’t know, then you can be seated.
Hey! We are in our fifth week of a six-week series. We will finish up the series next week and we’re talking about MOOD or different moods that people get themselves into. We talked about anger, we talked about greed, we talked about Joy. Last week, we hit depression and the shoe definitely was teal after all of last week. And today, we want to talk to you about the subject of fear. Now, we can, I mean I could literally do a six-week series on fear because you could go into every avenue of fear, there’s so much to it. But, fear is the unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.
Listen to these phobias that, you know that people have and I mean, I’ve dealt with stuff like this so, I’m not to this degree but this is how fear gets into our lives.
Lachanophobia – That’s the fear of vegetables. I think I’ve got that fear.
Levophobia – Fear of things on the left side of the body.
Microphobia – Fear of long waits. I have definitely got that one.
Theresa: I thought that was fear of patience.
Pastor Glen: Whatever. Here, here’s one you guys can relate to.
Ephebiphobia – It’s a fear of teenagers. How many of you got? Some of you! Yeah. You got that! And they’re living in your household, that’s the bad thing about it.
Decidophobia – It is a fear of making decisions. Fear of making decisions. I think my wife has the fear of making decisions sometimes.
Chronophobia – It is the fear of time.
Theresa: I have that, this one is a good spring, I like this one but you know I mean in March, I have the fear of time.
Phobophobia – It is the fear of phobias.
Fears crazy. Isn’t it?
So, let me give you a scripture, there is no fear. First John 14, “There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear because fear has torment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.” Someone said fear knocked at the door, faith answered and lo, no one was there.
Here are some quotes about fear. Fear imprisons, fear debilitates, fear paralyzes, fear empowers, fear disheartens, fear encourages and fear sickens. Faith heals, faith makes useless and faith makes serviceable. Love that. Here’s another one. To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around. Isn’t that the truth? Here’s another one. Fear echoes yourself defined limitations, not your actual ones. To change your self-image, you must face what scares you. Two more! Overcoming what frightens you the most, strengthens you the most. And last one; I like this one by Lao Tzu. It says, there is no illusion greater than fear. Fear is simply, I like to put it this way, if you want an acronym for it, its faults evidence, appearing real. False Evidence Appearing Real! Look at this, I think this kind of describes, if we can then Theresa can jump in here after this video but I think this describes, what fear is like in our lives let’s run this video.
Pastor Glen: You think that’s what fear is like?
Pastor Glen: I think fear is something that roars in our lives, told the story many times, not a story but example many times but imagine yourself in this room and it’s perfectly pitch black. I’ve only been in the blackness like that, so deep when I was in the eight caves up in my cougar. And it’s so dark, it’s so stinking dark, you can’t you literally can’t see your hand in front of your face and imagine that it’s so dark in a room and you can’t see your hand in front of your face. And all of a sudden, you hear this roar of a lion and it sounds like it’s seven feet away from you and it has this roar, this deep. Roar and all of a sudden, you’re just gripped with fear because you know, that there’s your enemy right there. And all of a sudden somebody turned the lights on and there’s a little Chihuahua there. And I think that’s really what fear is all about.
Theresa: Amen! You know that, one of the things that in first Peter 5:8, it talks about the enemy goes about roaring, seeking whom he may devour. And in the end NIV, it is standing firm in your faith and one of the things that I just did, I just had the privilege to teach the first year on faith and we were talking about fear and how the enemy those roars, to me that’s what I think, that’s the fears. His roar is a fear. So, in your life so maybe, it’s like any of those things that pastor Glen just talked about. So, it’s fear of the dark or fear of people or fear of success or failure or whatever. So, those are roars that are in our head that becomes so loud, that if we allow them to do that. If we silence them and just speak the word over those situations and over those things, that will silence those voices that the enemy has. And so, we just have to realize, that we have to choose what we’re going to do. Faith expects but fear expects as well. And so, we just have to realize, what are you expecting? It’s like a magnet. What are you pulling into you with what you’re believing for, what you’re expecting? And so, we just have to silence those roars. Those roars, if we allow them to continue, they get, in my life I know, they’ve gotten bigger and bigger and they get louder and louder. And so, that’s where silencing those and speak in the word and just believe in God to say the positive over that situation, is to look at the negative. And so, that that fear doesn’t have a bigger illusion, that it’s a big thing in our head. It is for the moment, it’s huge but if we just get a God perspective of it, that it’s little and we just speak the word and that will silence that, that roar.
Pastor Glen: Faith is an illusion. We wanted to illustrate this, in kind of a way you wouldn’t forget this morning. So, I asked the great Brandini to join me this morning. Come up here Brandini. The great Brandini. Do you guys know who the great Brandini is? Give a hand up for the great Brandini. So, let me, Brandon is a magician, among other things. You want us, where do you want to be? Right there! Okay! So, we’re talking about fear being an illusion. So, let’s talk about your illusions. Give me some things that, what appear real but, you would say they are but I’ll say they are not.
Brandon: Oh! Okay! Yeah, a lot of times, of course in magic. You’ll think you’re seeing something and then, I’ll just twist it around and make you believe what I want you to believe.
Pastor Glen: Show me some of the tricks. Can you hear him okay?
Brandon: Yeah, I can talk louder too. I’ll let Theresa help me with this one.
Pastor Glen: Wow! Let’s give it up for the great Brandini! Thank you. Our point in doing this is just simply to say this, you all know that there is no such thing as magic. There is only illusion. There is only illusion and I say this to you, if you have faith, there is no such thing as fear. Now, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to fight fear but I want to read to biblical stories today where people had to, one guy didn’t do well, the other guy did well and they fought through fear and you watch because the power of God comes into our life, when we believe even though the evidence is overwhelmingly true, we choose to.. we choose to subscribe to a higher fact, if you will.
So, let’s read Matthew Chapter 14 because in two biblical stories here, where I think that you’ll see that the power of God comes into operation. Again, we could go in so many directions in fear but I wanted to share with you just the thought with the power of God come into your life. This is Matthew Chapter fourteen verse 22 is, “Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side” and he just fed five thousand people and the great miracles and different things, you have to read the context “..and he sent the multitudes away and when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. Now when the evening came he was alone but, the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves and the wind was contrary…”
Now, when we see the word see here, we think of like, the ocean but here I was just, across this sea here, just a year or so ago, and it literally is like a big lake so you can see across the lake but it’s probably five miles across the lake. So, we would call it a lake, they call it the sea. “So, in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled saying, it’s a ghost. They cried out with fear but immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, “Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid. And Peter answered said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
I always love that because it’s like, if it’s you, tell me to come. What’s Jesus going to say? It’s not me? You know, so he says, “..so he said, “come” and when Peter had come down to the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus but when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid and began to sink and he cried out saying, “Lord, save me!” Immediately, he stretched out his hand and caught him and said to him, “Oh! You have little faith, why did you doubt?”
Notice the equates doubt to fear, doubt to fear “..and they got in the boat, the wind ceased and those who were in the boat, came and worshiped him said, “Truly, you are the Son of God.” Jesus equated doubt to fear here and also, fear is something that attracts, if you will. The world system or puts us in the position where waves can kill us, all those kind of things, but faith puts us into a supernatural realm. That’s what we’re all whole, like I say we could go to several different ways but we just want you to see that today, that if you can trust the word of God, over the circumstances because how many of you know there was a storm, there was winds, the average person probably would have been killed here. These people were fishermen and they were afraid. I mean these guys were fishermen and they were afraid. So, all these, there was evidence to prove that they had every right to fear but Peter initially chose to ignore that evidence and walk by faith.
Theresa: That was interesting too, that it Jesus says to him, “Oh! You have little faith, why do you doubt?” So, he looks at the, basically, the root cause of the fear, was lack of faith. He had little faith to believe that that was going to take place and so, we just have to realize that, with God in our boat we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way.
Pastor Glen: Very good, Very good. The next one is found in Mark Chapter five and I don’t want to, for the sake of time, I want to skip down to, let me just give you the story. Jairus is is a ruler of the synagogue, he comes his daughter’s dying. We have the woman with the issue of blood, kind of shows up in the middle when Jesus is on his way to Jairus’s house. And he’s about ready and he’s going to go heal his daughter. And all of a sudden the woman with the issue of blood comes up and he said “Touch my garment”, she gets healed. All this kind of stuff and pick the story up, and he says, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your flexion.” And says, while we were still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogues house and said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?
I’m telling you that is evidence, you have every right in your life to fear. I mean, think about this and this is what we’re trying to get across today is, you have every evidence that your daughter is dead. Can you imagine? I mean, I don’t know if you’re not a parent you don’t understand this but, if you’re a parent, there is no worse thought that you could possibly have, than that right there. I mean, there’s nothing that could come on you, any deeper than that right there. And we want to use it as a metaphor is because you can look at it and you might be in this room today and you say, “The banker called me on Friday. They are repossessing the house.” You might say, you know, we have found out that the doctor told me I have cancer. Whatever your circumstances might be, whatever the circumstances in your life might be, here’s the absolute truth, the absolute facts if you will, we’ll go with facts, the absolute facts are that you have cancer, the absolute facts are this daughter was dead. There’s no question about it she was dead.
And so, “..why trouble the teacher any further?” And as soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid, only believe.” And he permitted no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother James. They came to the house of the ruler of synagogue, saw a turmoil and those who wept, wailed loudly. When he came in, he said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping!”
Now, does Jesus know something we don’t know or is he speaking what he believes rather than what he sees? “So, they ridiculed him but when he had put them outside, he took the Father and the mother of the child and those who were with him and they entered the child’s, where the child was lying and he took the child by the hand and said to her, those words, which is translated, “Little girl! I say to you, arise!” And immediately, the girl rose. She was twelve years old. They were overcome with amazement but he commanded them strictly that no one should know it. Then he said something should be given to her to eat.
Now, notice this is, I think this is so important to get this. Alright! We’re in the throes of my daughter is dead. Jairus comes in with Jesus, it’s too late, she’s dead. Sometimes, faith learns the vocabulary of silence. You don’t have him say a word about this, Jesus speaks up and says, “Hey! Only believe. Have faith. Only believe. Don’t doubt, only believe.”
And we don’t have anything from the guy from that point for we have him saying nothing. And sometimes, when things are going bad, just let’s just keep our fat head mouths shut. And let’s just not say a word. If we can’t speak what God’s word says about it, let’s keep our mouths shut.
Theresa: Amen! You know, when in our society today, I think it’s more maybe, just because of social media, we see it so much more but, we have a tendency to live by our five physical senses in the earth realm, day to day life. And I think we’ve made it where those senses are higher than God’s word, for this, that’s how we live. We are ruled by those five senses. Well, if don’t feel like doing it, then I’m not going to do it or if I don’t like this person anymore, I’m going to go do this or you know I feel this way so I’m not going to work or I don’t want to do this and so it’s.. or I see this and I don’t want this, this is what it is, you know. And so, we have to realize that God’s way of living is a higher realm, it’s walking by faith. And we need to just make sure that those five senses don’t control us. We’ve never allowed, I mean there are times, I should say we never but there’s times that, you know we don’t want to go to church or we don’t feel like going and doing whatever. But, we don’t live by that.
Pastor Glen: We are the pastors. We will be in trouble. So, that’s not a good example.
Theresa: Well, but it’s not, but that’s true because even before I was in this position, there was things I didn’t want to do but, I knew that that wasn’t the right thing to do. Like, I didn’t want to go to church so I wouldn’t. I didn’t want to go to bible study or want to before we were married, I didn’t want to do those things but I knew that God’s word was so important to my soul, to help me to be better and I was in a Church of Christ. It wasn’t even a word of faith church but, I knew that church was an answer for me to help me to get better. And so, I had to live by my feelings but I had to live by going and getting the word, doing Bible studies, learning more and more. And so, we just have to be careful that’s not what we’re teaching our children. Well, I don’t feel like it. Okay! We’re not going to go to church because we don’t feel like it. Well, where did that come into the scenario? It’s not God’s way to do that or if you don’t feel like going to work, you’re not going to have a job very long. You know, there are certain things that we overwrite those feelings with but we have a tendency to do it when it’s convenient for us, not when it’s the benefit of the family. And so, we just need to make sure we don’t live by that.
I just picked up this book by Mark Hankins and it says – Never run at your giant with your mouth shut. Faith speaks, faith says, “No, I’m going to work”, faith says, “No, I’m going to get up and go do this”, “No, I don’t feel I have a runny nose or I don’t feel good”, faith doesn’t say, want me to stay in bed and drink chicken soup, it says, “No, we’re going to walk by faith and not by sight.” And so, we just have to, you know make sure that we’re doing what God’s word says and not allowing those fears and those things to take over and to control us.
Pastor Glen: Good. Good.
Let me give you five quick things to overcoming fear.
Number one: Recognize that God didn’t give you a spirit of fear or second time of the wants of says God is not given to the spirit of fear but of power of love and of sound mind of men. So, when fear tries to come upon you, just realize that’s not from God but that stuff is not from God. And you’re an overcomer and you just have to recognize that. Jump in if you need to, anytime Theresa.
Number two: Is fight spiritual things in the spirit and not in the flesh. I love this part in 2nd Corinthians 10:4, it says, “the weapons of our warfare not carnal but mind to God and God pulling down strongholds casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought, every thought every thought every thought into the obedience of Christ. And so, you deal with fear in your life of flying or whatever it might be, and then all of a sudden you get on there and you’re of course you’re awake and the night before you fly because you’re you know you’ve got visions of this plane going down and crashing in different things and you’re you know, you get a little turbulence and people are praying and they are shouting and screaming and all kinds of stuff. And it’s like you know, and when you come to the realization that the pilot wants to get there just as bad as you do, you will probably be fine. But, the reality is you’ve got to start casting down those imaginations because fear starts in the mind. And it starts grab a hold of you in the mind it becomes and if it just is a little thing it become can become a stronghold or can become a phobia in your life, if you’re not careful.
So, you have to root it out and here’s the thing parents, don’t let your kids deal in fear. You know, because I remember, I remember when I was a kid and my parents were totally innocent in this but, when I was a kid we had this happy family and you know, just we drive around and for whatever reason none of my family could sing but we all sang. And one of us three kids sit at the back and we’d be on our way to grandparents’ house and maybe because my dad was three sheets to the wind all the time, been drunk or whatever. But, we’d be sweet singing but I remember my parents talking and I remember them in the front seat of the car, and the kids were in the backseat, might have been two of us at that time. And I remember them talking in the 60’s about nuclear war. And I didn’t know what nuclear war was but I remember them planting in me that America could be on the brink of war and we could be invaded any time. And I grabbed a hold of fear, when I’m was three or four or five years old; I grabbed a hold of fear because of what my parents were talking about. They’re talking about moving to Australia or someplace, other place that was safe or whatever and or whatever that means but, you got to be careful parents, that we don’t place those negative things in your kids from an early age. Personally, we never let Joel watch any kind of horror films or..
Theresa: We don’t either!
Pastor Glen: Yeah! We don’t watch any of that stuff. You might like that as entertainment but I got enough here in my life, I don’t want to add to it. Listen guys, in high school, I went drunk and I watched The Exorcist and something came on me that day, I’m telling you. It was not good. You think, we’re laughing but something, it was not good. I mean, I was still, grr.. oh my gosh. Something came on me and I was like I’m not watching those things anymore. So, you just don’t want to put that seed of fear.
Theresa: Right! Right! There’s a quote from cross the chatterbox that says, “Fear often finds its power, not in our actual situation but in what we tell ourselves, about the situation.
Pastor Glen: Going to wrap it up here. So, let me just run through these next ones.
Number three: Gain knowledge. Here’s an interesting one, where Bruce and I, we were we were climbing Mt. Hood one time, why did we do that? Someone said we needed to, so we did. Him and I climbed Mt. Hood and we went in this class, the day before and we went and we learned how to rope together and we had these crampons you know on your feet, you know these spikes on and different things. And you learn when someone says falling and everybody kind of braces and holds the rope, so you don’t fall off cliffs and things like that. And we went through a, you know, an extensive one hour training whatever it was. You know, 2-hour training whatever it was. Yeah! It was crazy. And so, we went to the top and we summited at about 6am. We start off at midnight, we summited at 6am and we were so tired. When we got up there, we took a few pictures like just get me out here so, tired. And then, we started going down, we kind of went to this one spot and we were on this little kind of the edge of this cliff on a little trail and we’re walking along and we’re kind of on this, I mean this is like maybe two shoelaces, two shoes wide and we’re walking on the edge of this cliff and the guide says we’re going to go down there. And I look and I say, “We’re going to do what?”
And it was like it was almost I mean, it to me it looked like it was a 90-degree deal. He said we’re going down right here.And I’m thinking to myself, “How can I get out of this one? I’m roped together with these guys but, I’m going to…”
And I’ll never forget what he said. I’ll never forget. I’m looking at that, I’m thinking, “If we go down there, we’re all going to die. And I’m just going to be a statistic and they’re going to find my body, with you know… And he said this, he said he said this and I’ll never forget this. I’ve taught this in leadership lessons, he said, “You don’t need to trust your experience here, you need to trust my experience here.”And I thought, “We don’t need to trust what we see here, we need to trust God’s word here.” And we went down there, we were fine and we made it. And we only the lost two guys out there. They are still up there. What was the names of those guys? I don’t remember who they were but, we made it. And it was easy because we trusted his experience and not our own.
Number four: Bring it to lime. Most fears are stupid, you got to bring it out.
Number five: Stop feeding it. Quit feeding your fears like the movies. I don’t watch, I know this may sound funny to you guys and you can do whatever you want. Theresa doesn’t necessarily agree with me. But, I don’t watch House or Doctor shows or I don’t watch you know, what’s the latest in the you know, the diagnosis for blah blah blah because, I don’t want all that negative on me, you know. You start, you know, you watch these Doctor shows and next thing you start going.
Theresa: Don’t Google your injuries.
Pastor Glen: Yeah! Don’t google your injuries. Next thing you know they’ll be cut your lungs out. You’ve got to be careful with that kind of stuff, so.
Theresa: And I think, with one of the biggest thing with fear is that we have to learn to be a first responder with the word of God. And not when fear comes in that we automatically are like, “Oh my gosh! Everything’s falling apart. I’m thrown in the tunnel, I’m going to go hide.” But, we’re first responders. Okay! Now, the word of God says, “I can do all things a crisis strengthens me or guys like me speed a fair bit of power love and a sound mind or whatever the situation is you’re dealing with, first responders are trained over and over and over to know how to respond accurately and quickly. And that’s what we have to do with the word of God, as we have to learn to be first responders with the word.
Pastor Glen: Yeah! Matthew 6:31, I will close with this, “Therefore do not worry saying what shall we eat, what shall we drink, what should we wear, for all these things the Gentiles seek for your Heavenly Father knows you have need of these things but, first the king of God is righteousness, all these things will be added unto you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own thing, sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
So, the first part of that verse again he says, “therefore do not worry saying..” How do we worry? We say. How do we have faith? We say. How do you invoke the power of God? By what you say. And how do we invoke fear? By what we say! So, let’s give a practical example, how do we do this.
Last year around this time, my brother needed a kidney. And I said, “Well, I will do it.” So, I tested for it, they said, “Yeah! You’re looking good. Let’s go do some more testing.” And all of a sudden, they find something’s wrong with me. And they said, you know you’ve got a couple things on your lungs and anyway, they turned me down to give my brother a kidney. And there was there was like, like a time period, Theresa and I didn’t know what was going on. It’s like, what? What did you find? So, I start Goggling things, what’s wrong with your lungs. And you know, and I started thinking, would this sanctuary be big enough for my funeral, I don’t know. I mean, I don’t know who would show up. But, I don’t know if this would hold maybe, it would I don’t know. What’s my wife going to say? And what’s my son going to say? Am I the only one who thinks like that sometimes? And you’re just sitting there thinking, I mean, I’m not talking about days but I mean, these thoughts come to you all the time. And what the enemy is doing is, he’s trying to throw a seed into you to grab a hold of something, to open your life up to the negative things in life.
So, Theresa and I just have the vocabulary of the faith and we just said in Jesus’s name in Jesus’s name, Jesus’s name’ Jesus’s name and we just speak those things. We call those things that are not, as though they were. And you know, I made it through this last year and I’m fine.
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