The Barrier of Fear


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Week #4 of our “Barriers to Going Beyond” Series

The Barrier of Fear

Some people constantly avoid people or situations because they’re afraid.

Fear is a barrier that can hold us back from Going beyond.

Fear is more than just being afraid: worry, anxiety, dread, nervousness, love, etc

Fear steals our sleep, our health and other parts of our life.

Once you let one barrier prevent you from growing, it becomes easy to let other barriers pile on.

Talking to someone for the first time is steeped in fear, doing something for the first time is steeped in fear, but when you have courage, you can move past the barrier of fear.

Sometimes courage is just being ready or being prepared, not necessarily being brave.

How do we deal with fear?

  1. Run to God’s voice

If you’re lost and you hear a voice, you run to that voice.

How often do we hide from God’s voice in our lives?

When things happen, we hide from God’s voice:

  • When it’s a difficult path
  • When He challenges us to step out of our comfort zone
  • When we step outside his word

When things are going wrong, how much do you read God’s word?

Make seeking God’s voice the most important part of breaking through the fear barrier

Ephesians 4:25-32“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

We can give the devil a foothold in our lives when we let ourselves get stopped by the barrier of fear.

The problem is that we want God’s voice to agree with ours, but we need to read His Word and conform our lives to agree with God’s voice.

List your fears and then go through Scripture and see how God’s Word answers that fear.
 
  1. Run to community

You can’t do life alone.

We need other Christ followers to come alongside us so we can face our fears with them.

1 Samuel 23:15-18“David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. And Jonathan, Saul’s son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this.” And the two of them made a covenant before the Lord. David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan went home.”

Do you have friends that want you to succeed?

Acts 9:26-31“And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.”

David and Paul has community. That’s how they faced their fears.

None of us will get to Go Beyond the need for the Body of Christ in our lives. We can’t do life alone.

When fear overwhelms is, we tend to shrink away from community, but we need to run toward it.
 
  1. Run to the Lord

1 Samuel 30:1-8“Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. And David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.””

David ran to the Lord and we need to do the same.

It takes just as much energy to look at the other side of things as it does to whine and complain about our current situation.

Pursue your enemies and scatter them like dust, including the barriers that keep us from Going Beyond.

Fear is going to come into your life, but fight it on your knees and look to God to overcome it.

Where has fear gripped your life and who are you going to face your fear with?