Fear Less

Your Loneliness and God’s Presence 

June 27/28, 2020

Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! (Psalm 25:16-17)

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34)

God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

  • God wants us to have power in our living, love in our relationships and a calmness in our thinking that clearly comes from above.
  • Loneliness wants us to have hopelessness in our living, isolation in our relationships and chaos in our thinking that clearly comes from the enemy.

Belonging & Abiding

God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

What does it mean to abide in Christ?

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (John 15:4)

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on
the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
(Matthew 4:1-11)

Three gifts that abiding offers:

    1. The gift of slowing down.
    2. The gift of anchoring in God’s love.
    3. The gift of breaking free from illusions.