BC&D-49 1 140226 BCF-19 Fear .docx Lesson 19 Fear & Worry As we start in our textbooks on p. 338, we are focusing this evening on: 3. Your Change (Principle 88) Put off self-centered concern about the future (Matthew 6:25, 34; Luke 12:22-34, esp verses 22-23). Put on “doing the Word” (based on Psalm 119:165; […]
BC&D-47 140212 BCF-19 Fear 061022AM David–Fearing No Evil DSS-38.docx Lesson 19 Fear & Worry God Has His ______________ for Our Lives Matthew 6:33-34 (NKJV) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about […]
Dr. John Barnett answers questions from the floor on these topics:
Question #1 “What about traveling or living in dangerous places like Honduras, what does the Bible say?” Answer: Fear vs. Peace in a Dangerous World;
Question #2 “What is the difference between Trinitarianism & Modalism?” Answer: The Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity, Inspiration, Christ’s Affirmation of the Scriptures, the Reliability of God’s Word.
Question #3 “What is the relationship between God’s Will, Sovereignty & Free Will in Decisionmaking?” Answer: There seems to be some latitude within the Will of God for individual choices.
We have all heard of people who have gone through complete emotional or mental breakdowns, but few of us have ever actually witnessed one as it happened. The good news is that God recorded the “before, during, and after” of the emotional and physical breakdown David experienced.
This sad but instructive event is captured flawlessly and in amazing detail. As we open to I Samuel 21:13David hit the bottom, overwhelmed by life, sinking into fear, and trapped by his choices, he melts down.
Psalm 13 may be the very deepest of all the pits of life David endured. In this Psalm David is all alone and momentarily felt that even God had left him. Note the exact spot these events take place in the text of I Samuel 21:15-22:2:
1 Samuel 21:15-22:2 Have I need of madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?” 22:1a David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam.
None of us know what will be written across the pages of life tomorrow. So God invites us to cling to Him, since He already knows what lies ahead. We cling to God more and more through His promises, as we see how precarious life can get. If we don’t start a habit of clinging to the promises of God, sooner or later we’ll end up falling apart during times of living fear and desperation like David did.
As we turn to James 4, we will see the spiritual principle David had to learn the hard way. How swiftly David’s life changed from unbelievably good, to incredibly bad. Everything had become a disaster. When we look after a while in I Samuel 21, we will find David is all alone and afraid. David never anticipated the turn of events he was facing. In quick succession: he lost his job, he was separated from his family, he lost his closest friend, he lost all feelings of security, and he was facing great danger. David was feeling the upheavals: