Pastor Dave Martin, Cross Creek Community Church, September 1, 2019
“Living in an Upside-Down World”
Fear, part 3
FEAR – a strong emotional reaction to a perceived imminent danger characterized by a fight, flight, or freeze response… American Heritage Electronic Dictionary (Houghton Mifflin, 1992), s.v. “To Fear.”It can be real or imagined, rational or irrational, normal or abnormal.
Story of Jehoshaphat
- Face your Fears.
2 Chronicles 20:1-3a 1 “After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat. 2 Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea. It is already in… [En Gedi]. 3 Alarmed…”
- Seek God’s Help.
2 Chronicles 20:3-5 3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him. 5 Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the LORD in the front of the new courtyard… Prayer
- Trust God’s Power, v6
- Trust God’s Grace, v7-9
- Trust God’s Promises, v10-11
- Confess your confident hope, v12
III. Listen as God Speaks.
2 Chronicles 20:13-17 13 All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the LORD. 14 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon [God’s prophet]… 15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'”
- God is Sovereign, It’s His battle!
- Stand firm in courage!
- Do not be afraid!
- Worship the Lord in Victory
2 Chronicles 20:18-21 18 Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD. 19 Then some Levites… stood up and praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with very loud voice. 20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.”
- God’s people sang praises, v22
- God defeated the enemy, vs22-26
- Fear of God brought Joy, peace & rest, vs27-30
Isa 41: 10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’