Charles Billingsley

Keep Calm and Carry On: Overcoming Fear with Faith

Today we will start a sermon series called “Plugged In”. For the next three weeks we will study ways how we can:

1. Plug deeper into our faith walk with Jesus as individuals.
2. Plug deeper into our faith walk with others
3. Plug deeper into our faith walk with our fellow church members

This week we tackle the idea of plugging deeper into our faith walk with Jesus as individuals. Specifically, we will talk about how to live a life above the chaos and the anxiety and the fear we all face in a very uncertain and troubled world.
We will be looking at Psalms chapter 46 to be our guide.

Question: When fear comes knocking at your door, will faith answer?

Psalms 46:10 – Be Still and Know that I am God.

“BE” – Life is not just about doing, but it is about being…being who God wants us to be.

“Still” – Comes from the Hebrew word “Raphah” It means to stop fighting; cease striving – God is firmly telling us to let go of anything that is capturing our attention away from Him. He demands our undivided attention so He can shape us into who He created us to be. We do this by learning to practice the discipline of solitude.

“And Know” – The word ‘know’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘Yada’. It carries with it the idea that we are to know God with the intimacy of a husband and wife who’ve been married for 50 years. Knowing God is not just an intellectual thing, but it is emotional, practical, and spiritual.

To Know God is of utmost importance. Knowing Him will dispel a multitude of fears. Set a time and place each day to get to know Him.

“I AM God” – The last part of this first phrase in Psalms 46:10 is the most powerful. It reminds us of the awesomeness of God. He is the great I AM. Yahweh – or I AM – is the greatest name that’s ever been. This name is only given to one who has supreme power, supreme authority, and supreme position. It is our job as His children to trust, worship, and truly know the great I AM.

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