Living a fearless (resurrected) life

ImageFaith in the resurrection means I serve a living God who wants me to believe, trust, and live without fear. The cross shows that our relationship with the Lord begins with FEAR, but the resurrection shows it ends in love with casts out all fear:

1John 4.15-18 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.  

Living the resurrection frees me from fear:

  1. The resurrected life frees me from fear of a meaningless life—I am adopted by the King
  2. The resurrected life frees me from fear of disapproval from others—I am approved by the King.  
  3. The resurrected life frees me from fear of not being happy—I am provided for by the King.
  4. The resurrected life frees me from fear of failure—I am an heir of the King.
  5. The resurrected life frees me from fear of my place in the world—I am an ambassador for the King.
  6. The resurrected life frees me from fear of what I cannot control—I am protected by my King.
  7. The resurrected life frees me from the fear of suffering or dying—I am redeemed by the King.

There is no fear in love.  The question is not WHO is your Jesus, the question is WHERE is your Jesus?  Dying on the cross? Dead in the tomb? Or alive sitting on the throne? 

Taken from Sermon titled: Jesus on Fear | Matthew 6.25-34

Advertisements

Author: Sam Ford

Sam Ford is a preacher, planter, and pastor from the Pacific Northwest. He is currently pastoring Restoration Road Church in Snohomish, WA.