“WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE AFRAID (Psalm 56)”
INTRO: What are you afraid of? What do you do when you’re afraid?
I. ACKNOWLEDGE FEAR (Psalm 56:3a).
- Most people fear something.
- David was afraid at times. “Whenever I am afraid, …” (Ps. 56:3a)
- Most Bible heroes faced fear at one time or another.
II. DECIDE TO DEAL WITH FEAR IN A BIBLICAL MANNER.
- Don’t accept fear as something you will tolerate.
- SCRIPTURES ABOUT FEAR:
- Do not fear or be afraid (Jn. 14:27; Rev. 2:10; Prov. 3:23-26). “… do not be afraid.” (Matt. 14:27; 17:6-7; 28:10; Mark 5:36; John 6:20)
- Fear isn’t from God (2Tim. 1:7).
- Fear is a choice (Heb. 13:5b-6).
- Love repels fear (1John 4:18).
- To effectively deal with fear, we will need to understand and apply biblical principles.
III. DEALING WITH FEAR LIKE DAVID (Psalm 56).
- Call on God’s mercy (Psalm 56:1 (see also vv. 2, 5-6).
- When afraid, choose to trust in God (Ps. 56:3-4, 10-11).
- Verbally declare your choice not to fear!
- Be encouraged by the fact that God knows what you’re going through (Ps. 56:8; 2 Kings 20:5; Psalm 1265; 30:5)!
- Cry out to God, knowing He is for you (Psalm 56:9; Rom. 8:31; Isa. 54:17)!
- Be faithful to your commitments to God (Ps .56:12; Gen. 28:20-22; Deut. 23:21-23; Prov. 20:25; Acts 18:18; 21:23). Is there something God wants you to do to sow into your deliverance?
CONCLUSION: When you’re afraid, trust in God (Ps. 56:3)!
For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living?” (Psalm 56:13)