AJ Bowser and Pastor Ronnie McDougall : FearLESS

Watch Those F Words · 41:13 · Recorded March 26, 2017

FearLESS

Joshua 1:1-9 (NLT) After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Why it matters

God’s vision for our life is on the other side.

Joshua 1:3-5 (NLT) “I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’”

Strength and courage come from the choices we make, more than the feelings we have.

Joshua 1:9 (NLT) “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged.”

“Do not be afraid” 120 times!

“Do not fear” 131 times!

We learn to trust in God’s power.

Joshua 1:9 (NLT) “For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

How do I get it done?

1. Identify it.

What does God say?

(2 Timothy 3:16-17 & Proverbs 3:5-7)

What do the facts say?

(Proverbs 19:2-3, Proverbs 22:3, & Proverbs 13:16)

What does wise counsel say?

(Proverbs 19:20, Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 15:22, Proverbs 14:7, & Proverbs 12:5)

How will this impact others?

(Philippians 2:3-5)

2. Fight it with faith.

Philippians 4:13 (TLB) For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.

Matthew 9:28-29 (NLT) They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.” Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.”

3. Focus on God’s promises.

Joshua 1:8 (NLT) “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”

Hebrews 6:19 (NIV) We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

Deuteronomy 6:5-10, 13 (NLT) …And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today… The Lord your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you… You must fear the Lord your God and serve him.

Take a step.

What’s the first rung on your fear ladder?

Study & Discussion Questions
  • Is there anything from this week’s sermon that can help you face a current or future fear? Explain.

  • When you were in grade school what was your biggest fear? How did your fears change when you entered your teenage years? As an adult how have your fears changed?

  • Read Numbers 13:26 – 14:9 Look over Joshua’s shoulder as he and an advance team of spies report back to the Israelites about what obstacles they would face in taking possession of the promised land. What choices did Joshua and Caleb make that enabled them to stand with courage while others retreated in fear?

  • What choices could you make during your own circumstances that would help you be “strong and courageous”?

  • There are thousands of promises God makes to us in His word. Look up and read these promises God has made to us regarding our fear.
    God has promised deliverance from fear. Psalm 34:4
    We don’t need to be afraid or fearful. John 14:27
    Fear is removed through Godly love. 1 John 4:18

  • During family time, share some things you were afraid of when you were your child’s age. What did you fear? What did you think would happen? Did that fear ever come true? What did it take from you? (sleep, confidence, friends, etc.) Ask your kids what fears they have. Talk about each one. Be truthful about the likelihood of it actually happening. Remind them of God’s commands to not be afraid and the many promises he’s made to us. Pray together for God to remove these specific fears and provide courage to face them. Memorize Joshua 1:9 together.

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