Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What Jacob anticipated never happened, and what fear, worry and anxiety produce.
Sunday, September 22, 2002
EXO 3:6 “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
HEB 11:20 By means of doctrine resident in the soul Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, regarding things to come.
What Jacob anticipated never happened.
Fear is a painful emotional distress aroused by impending pain, danger, disaster, evil or by illusions regarding the same.
Fear is also lack of thinking under pressure.
For the believer, fear is failure to learn and apply Bible doctrine to the problems of life, and failure to learn and utilize the problem-solving devices.
Fear = a whole system of sins which include worry, anxiety, insecurity, incapability of doctrinal application, and inability to use the problem-solving devices.
ROM 14:23b “whatever is not from faith is sin.”
PSA 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?
Fear is something that, if not controlled, continues to develop in your life until you have no capacity to enjoy life and as a believer you become a loser.
PSA 53:5 “There they were in great fear where no fear had been;”
Most of our problems and obstacles would fade away if, instead of shrinking in fear before them, we would make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
To look - Qal imperfect - nasa = they kept staring and concentrated on Pharaohs army, the oncoming problem.
They not only panicked but they began to whine and complain.
We concentrate on the circumstances of pressure rather than the principles of doctrine.
One of the main distractions in time of pressure is emotion - described by the word frightened.
They had seen the power of God in their deliverance from Egypt, but they made no application from that doctrine to this disaster.
They failed to concentrate on what they had learned and allowed fear and panic to control the soul.
First they had to be stabilized in their mentality or else some of them would have turned back to the Egyptians, “begging to be slaves.”
When you are in a hopeless situation that is when you need to think.
1SA 17:47 “And that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lords and He will give you into our hands.”
ROM 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
When you are afraid of a thing, you give that thing power over you.
When you are afraid of a person, you give that person power over you.
The greater your capacity for fear, the greater your capacity for arrogance and becoming a loser.
The more things that acquire the power to promote fear in your life, the more punitive suffering and self-induced misery you bring on yourself.
The more things that acquire the power of fear in your life, the greater your capacity for fragmentation and becoming a loser in the Christian life.
The greater your mind-set as a loser-believer while living, the greater the intensification of your fear when dying.
Robert R. McLaughlin All Rights Reserved 2002