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DEALING WITH FEAR

01/30/2012

Everyone has been afraid at one time or another. Fears and phobias have plagued our race since our first parents fell into sin and plunged the whole race into sin. Sinful fear is a by-product of our fall into a condition of sinfulness.

Our first parents became afraid of God in a craven way, as a slave fears its master. Since then sin has no massaged and manipulated our race that by and large, "there is no fear of God before their eyes" (Romans 3:20).

But when we no longer fear God, it is not as if we are immune from fears. As C. S. Lewis pointed out, when man abandoned fear of God, he was not afraid of nothing, but rather was now afraid of everything else!
Fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of public speaking, fear of man, fear of death, on and on it goes ad infinitum!

How are we to face and conquer our fears? The Bible speaks about fear some 438 times. It has a lot to say about fear. The following resources give us significant help in conquering sinful fear.

THE BIBLICAL FEAR OF GOD:

Jerry Bridges, THE JOY OF FEARING GOD; NavPress
Jerry Bridges, THE JOY OF FEARING GOD
WORKBOOK; NavPress--the least read of Jerry's
great books because of the ignorance of our
generation.

Arnold Frank, THE FEAR OF GOD (A Forgotten
Doctrine); Nordskog Publishing--a clarion call.

John Bunyan, THE FEAR OF GOD; Soli Deo Gloria--
a Puritan classic.

Jeremiah Burroughs, GOSPEL FEAR; Soli Deo Gloria
also a Puritan classic.

John Murray, THE FEAR OF GOD (The Soul of
Godliness); Solid Ground Christian Books--a
modern classic

GENERAL FEARS

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, LET NOT YOUR HEART BE
TROUBLED (on John 14:1-2); Crossway--more
gold from the ministry of "the Doctor" of souls.

Edward Welch, WHEN I AM AFRAID (A Step by Step
Guide Away From Fear and Anxiety); New
Growth Press--a speciality of Dr. Welch

Elyse Fitzpatrick, OVERCOMING FEAR, WORRY AND
ANXIETY (Becoming a Woman of Faith and
Confidence); Harvest House

Stuart Scott, ANGER, ANXIETY AND FEAR; Focus
Publication

Wayne Mack and Josh Mack, FEAR FACTOR; Hensley
Publishing--a great workbook to help you really
get to the root of the matter.

Denise George, FIGHTING FEAR WITH FAITH;
Christian Focus

THE FEAR OF DEATH

Ligon Duncan, FEAR NOT; Christian Focus--pastorally
sensitive!

Sinclair Ferguson and Scott Oliphint, IF I SHOULD
DIE BEFORE I WAKE; Christian Focus--good
book on this subject.

THE FEAR OF MAN

Ed Welch, WHEN PEOPLE ARE BIG AND GOD IS
SMALL; P & R

Lou Priolo, PLEASING PEOPLE (How Not to be An
Approval Junkie); P & R

Wayne Mack and Josh Mack, FEAR FACTOR; Hensley
Publishing--covers this too.

If a person really wants to deal with crippling fear,
their are rich resources in the Word of God which the
above mentioned authors have begun to plumb.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin





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