Fear Not, Part 4: Overcoming Fear (Psalm 27:1-3 and Selected)

December 18, 2016 Series: Fear Not: Trusting God One Promise at a Time (Advent 2016)

Topic: Fear Scripture: Psalm 27:1–27:3

Every major character in the Christmas story receives the same angelic message: “Do not be afraid.” Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds—all of them hear the words: “Fear not.” When Christmas happens, heaven announces, “You don’t have to be afraid anymore.” That’s good news because fear is universal. It’s also debilitating. It shuts people down and keeps them paralyzed in their thinking. Very often it prevents them from stepping into the future God has for them. But, whether it’s fear of disappointment, inadequacy, rejection, or the unknown, God can help us overcome our fears. Indeed, the only thing we have to fear is God himself. King Herod didn’t have that fear. And that’s why he’s the only major figure in the Advent story who doesn’t hear the reassuring words, “Fear not.”

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