“FEAR NOT!”

Luke 1:26-38, verse 30 Text
 
There are many “fear not’s” recorded in the Bible. God knows our hearts, and understands how crippling the emotion of fear can be.
Many have been devastated by fear, and have become a slave to it. For the born-again Christian fear indicates one of two things:
Either he does not know what the Bible promises about victory over fear, or, if he does know, he does not trust what God has promised.
1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.”
The greatest act of love in all time was the sending of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to this earth to die for the sins of mankind.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In this story there are several “fear not’s” we want to address this evening:
 
I. THE “FEAR NOT” OF SALVATION. VERSES 2:10-11.
 
A. “FEAR NOT” BECAUSE WE HAVE SALVATION. VERSE 30
 
Matthew 1:21, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
1. He has saved us from the POWER OF SIN.
2. He will continue to save us from THE PENALTY OF SIN.
3. He will yet save us from the very PRESENCE OF SIN.
B. “FEAR NOT” BECAUSE WE HAVE A SAVIOR. WHO GIVES US:
 
1. “GREAT JOY,” Matthew 2:10, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
2. “GREAT PEACE,” Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
 
C. “FEAR NOT” BECAUSE WE HAVE SECURITY.
 
John 10:28, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.”
 
TOMORROW, “FEAR NOT THE HUMANLY IMPOSSIBLE.

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