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MAY  7, 2017




SCRIPTURE READING: Deuteronomy 20:1-4


SCRIPTURE TEXT: Deuteronomy 20:1

When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.


INTRO: Satan is seeking to drive fear into the hearts of the Believers.


·         The fear of poverty

·         The fear of failure

·         The fear of disease

·         The fear of violence

·         The fear of moral corruption

·         The fear of terrorists attacks

·         The fear of war


   Over 300 times the Bible tells us; Fear Not.


   The secret of keeping our hearts free of fear in found in encasing ourselves in the love of God.


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.


  God’s love frees us from the spirit of fear


   It doesn’t matter what Satan throws at us we have the assurance of victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


   It doesn’t mean we will not face hardships, but when we do we have the confidence that in the end, God will grant us the victory.


   We do not need to let fear control us when we are faced with:




NOTE: The fear of poverty hinders many Believers and Churches in experiencing the provisions of God’s love.


   The widow of Zarephath I Kings 17:8-24


1 Kings 17:13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.


Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.


   It is when we trust God with our finances that we will experience His blessings.


Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.




NOTE: One of the greatest fears that hinders a Christians and the Church is the fear of failure


Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.


Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.


Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.




Exodus 15:26c …for I am the LORD that healeth thee.


Psalm 103:3b … who healeth all thy diseases;


Isaiah 53:5c … and with his stripes we are healed.




NOTE: Our world is filled with violence: terrorist, drive by shooting, road rage, and murder-suicide, crimes against our children…   


   Forty-four Christians were killed in Egypt by those who hate Christians and what they believe.


   NBC: “ISIS attacks Christians with horrifying regularity”


Psalm 118:6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?


Isaiah 51:7 (NIV) "Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults.


Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.




Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.


NOTE: God has promise to be with us at all times.


Jeremiah 29:10-13 (NIV) This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


NOTE: We must put our trust in God’s: Wisdom, Power and Presences


Luke 2:10-11 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.


   God hears our prayers even when it seems He doesn’t.


Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.


Luke 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.


CONCLUSION: We may not always understand why God is allowing hardships in our lives but we can always trust His Love.


Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.


MAY  21, 201








SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 16:15 (NIV)

   "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"


INTRO: As we go through life we are faced with many different questions.


   Jesus asked His disciples two very important questions.


1.     Who do men say that I the Son of man am?

2.     But who say ye that I am?


   Today Jesus asks us the same two questions.


   It is of vital importance that we address both of these questions.




NOTE: The world has a very limited view of who Jesus is.


A.    There were those who saw Him as a religious leader


1.     John the Baptist


   The preacher of repentance


2.     Elijah


   The great miracle worker


3.     Jeremiah


   Held the key to proper worship


4.     A prophet


B.    There were those who saw Him as a fraud


1.     A Law breaker

2.     A winebibber

3.     A companion of sinners

4.     A threat to their religious comfort

5.     The enemy

6.     Beelzebub (satan)


NOTE: Why is it important that we understand the view the world has of Jesus?


   These are lost souls who need to know who Jesus is.




   This is the most important question we will ever answer.


   It is important because the answer given determines a person's eternal destiny.


   Peter’s answer is in three parts:


Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.


A.    Thou art the Christ


   The name Christ means Anointed, the Greek translation of the Hebrew word is rendered "Messiah" the official title of our Lord, occurring five hundred and fourteen times in the New Testament.


   This name means that Jesus was divinely appointed, commissioned, and accredited as the Savior of men


Luke 2:26 (NAB) It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.


John 4:25-26 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.


B.    Thou art God’s Son


NOTE: The Father acknowledged Jesus as His Son:


Luke 3:21-22 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.


Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.


   Demons acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God.


Luke 4:41 (NIV) Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.


NOTE: It is critical that we also acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God; of the same being, the same substance; One with the Father

1 John 2:22-23 (GW) Who is a liar? Who else but the person who rejects Jesus as the Messiah? The person who rejects the Father and the Son is an antichrist. Everyone who rejects the Son doesn't have the Father either. The person who acknowledges the Son also has the Father.


C.   Thou art the Son of the Living God


NOTE: Not only did Peter acknowledge Jesus and the Anointed One and the Son of God, he also acknowledge Jesus as the Son of the Living God.


   There are many false gods, but only one Living God.


Acts 17:23 (GW) As I was going through your city and looking closely at the objects you worship, I noticed an altar with this written on it: ‘To an unknown god.' I'm telling you about the unknown god you worship.


NOTE: There are gods of wood and stone, and gods made within the resources of our hearts.


Jeremiah 10:9-10 (BBE) Silver hammered into plates is sent from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the expert workman and of the hands of the gold-worker; blue and purple is their clothing, all the work of expert men. But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and an eternal king: when he is angry, the earth is shaking with fear, and the nations give way before his wrath.


   Anything that we worship is a god, our home our possessions our families can become our god.


CONCLUSION: The Church is built on Peter’s confession


Matthew 16:15-16 (GW) He asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!”


   If we fail to have the proper understand of who Jesus is, we will be unable to help others and we ourselves will be lost.


John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.




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