September 17, 2023

Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger

Minister: Apostle Emmanuel Iren
Title : Paper Tiger

Objectives of this sermon
-To highlight the origin of Fear
-To understand what God done about Fear
-To understand how to handle Fear

📝Where does fear come from?
Fear is seen in the Bible as early as Genesis 3:10 where Adam and Eve were afraid after they disobeyed and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is a principle of carnal perspective of life. The devil (serpent) convinced them by telling them:
-Their eyes will be open – Genesis 3:4 i.e. they will have carnal illumination, giving them a new perspective of wisdom – Genesis 3:6
-They will be as God, meaning they would not be subject to the law of God anymore Romans 8:7

However, after they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, their eyes opened and they felt ashamed and anxious (Genesis 3:10)- this is the origin of Fear.

📝The solution to Anxiety is not that your needs are met. James 4v1-3

When anxiety arises, some believe that fulfilling specific needs will bring happiness. While milestones like job, marriage, success are good, they should not be dependent on your happiness.

📝What has God done about Fear:
Philippians 4:6-7: Anxiety might have been normalized but it is not normal, it’s a foreign attribute. God has given you his spirit – Romans 8:2. You are free from the law of sin and death.

Luke 12:25 – Worry is pointless, it won’t make you better. You must learn to handle things you can’t control, God wants you to practice peace.

Philippians 4:6-7 – When you are hard pressed on every side, take everything to God in prayer, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart, which means God responds to not just your prayer but also gives you peace.

📝How do you produce this peace?
With prayer and supplication. Prayer is therapeutic. Spend time praying in tongues. God’s priority in spite of all that you’re going through, is not just to answer you, he wants to build your spirit and make you strong because in this world, you’ll have tribulation.

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