“It is said that the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin so feared for his safety that his residence in Moscow contained eight bedrooms. Each night Stalin chose a bedroom at random to ensure that no one knew exactly where he was sleeping.”
“5-year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn’t want to go in alone. “It’s dark in there and I’m scared.” She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, “It’s OK–Jesus will be in there with you.” Johnny walked hesitantly to the door and slowly opened it. He peeked inside, saw it was dark, and started to leave when all at once an idea came, and he said: “Jesus, if you’re in there, would you hand me that can of tomato soup?” So let me explain you in today’s sermon, how to overcome fear?
Text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-9, 14-15, 22-23,30
1. Know who God is?, 2 Chronicles 20:1-9
A. God is,
i. The God of our fathers
a. of Adam and Eve, of Noah, of Abraham, of Moses
b. Therefore He is the God of history
ii. He also lives in heaven
a. Therefore, He is the God of Holiness. Heaven is the holy dwelling place of God.
b. Therefore, He is above all things. He is pure, righteous, and incapable of sin.
iii. He is also the ruler of all the nations;
a. He is also the ruler of all the nations;
iv. He is all powerful;
a. therefore, He is the God of power.
b. He can do as He wishes. He can create or destroy. Raise up or tear down.
B. Who is God to you?
i. Is He big or small?
ii. Is He all powerful or is He a wimp?
iii. Does He love you or does He just put up with you?
C. How you perceive God affects how you respond to Him.
i. The people of Judah knew who God was and that is why they looked to Him and trusted Him.
ii. In other words, you should trust God because He is holy; He is a King; and He is all powerful, and because He loves you very much.
2. Know what he has done? 2 Chronicles 20:10
A. God has already accomplished great things:
i. He gave the land of Canaan to the descendants of Abraham.
a. God chose Abraham and promised him he would be a great nation.
b. God raised up Moses and, through many miracles, delivered His people from the bondage of the Egyptians. He parted the Red Sea; He destroyed the Egyptians.
c. God raised up Joshua and the Hebrew armies to take the land of Canaan. And there, God planted them in the land that they might bear fruit as His chosen people so they could worship Him, honor Him, serve Him, and prepare the way of the Messiah.
d. The Hebrew could reach down, grab a hand full of dirt, and touch the promise, feel the reality of God’s accomplishments. He could touch the promise!
e. Because the Hebrews knew God and what He had already done for them, they sought Him again.
Then look at what they did…
a. They sought God, v. 12, “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on Thee.”
b. They praised God, v. 19, “And the Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel, with a very loud voice.”
c. They put their trust in God, v. 20, “…Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen to Me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God, and you will be upheld….'”
d. They gave thanks to God, v. 21, “And he said, ‘Give thanks to the LORD, for His loving-kindness is everlasting.”
i. What do you do when you face trials and tribulations? Do you praise God? Do you put your trust in Him? Do you give thanks to God?
a. Did you know that a Christian’s true character is often revealed when he faces a real problem. How do you handle your problems? or do you go the Lord in prayer, humility, praise, and trust, and refuse to give fear and worry any place?
ii. As you can see, God had already done great things. He has already done great things for you as well…and more.
a. He has delivered you from the enemy called sin, by redeeming you through His Son.
b. He has brought you out of the land of the Valley of the Shadows of Death and given you a place to rest, and caused you to lie down on green pastures.
c. He has taken your heart, at one time the home of evil, and delivered it into the hands of His Son, Jesus.
d. The cross is the only reason you have for any hope of deliverance from any conflict, problem, battle, or worry.
e. The cross is the absolute guarantee of God’s commitment to you. You will never be forsaken. You cannot be forsaken; you cannot be forgotten by God.
iv. They were delivered from the mere threat of mortal death. You have been delivered from the threat of eternal death.
a. They were delivered from an enemy that sought to kill them.
b. You have been delivered from an enemy that has sought to have you damned.
c. The cross, the blood, the pain, the humiliation of Jesus 2000 years ago has bought you peace, safety, and security in the land of promise: eternal life with God.
v. This battle so long ago was not only an attempt by Satan to destroy God’s people then, but it was also an attempt to destroy you now. No messianic line, no Messiah, no salvation. Then you are lost, too.
vi. God has given you salvation.
a. Will He do any less for you when you face difficulties in your life?
b. Will He let you be destroyed? No!
a. How do you handle sin, sickness, heartbreak, pain, uncertainty, etc…
b. Do you trust God or do you doubt? Hasn’t He fed you, clothed you, warmed you?
d. Hasn’t He freed you from your sin?
e. God has called you not that He might forsake you, but that He might sanctify you, make you holy, and that you might enjoy Him forever.
f. Because He loves you…very much.
3. Know what he will do? 2 Chronicles 20:15-17; 2 Chronicles 20:22-24
A. The people of Judah did not know what would happen. But they trusted in the Lord.
Please look with me at:
i. v. 15 – Do not fear or be dismayed…for the battle is not yours but God’s.
ii. v. 17 – Stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf (v. 17).
v. These were statements in the future tense. These were God’s words of Promise!!
B. So they people rested, they feared not.
C. v. 30 – So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God gave him rest on all sides
Is God any different now? Are His words of Promise any less true?
• Come to Me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest (Matt. 11:28).
• “I am with you always, even to the ends of the earth” (Matt. 28:19).
• He said that His words will not pass away (Mark 13:31).
• He said that He would raise you up on the last day (John 6:40).
• He said that whatever you asked in His name would be give to you. (John 14:14).
• He said He would disclose Himself to you (John 14:21).
• He said that He would reveal the Father to you (Matt. 11:27)
• And He said He would return in the clouds and that every eye will see Him (Mark 13:27).
Because of who God is and what He has already done for you, you can trust Him even more for the future and have no fear that He will continue to uphold you, love you, and continue His wonderful loving plan in your life. Will you trust Him? How much will you trust Him? How much will you rest in Him? Its up to you.