FACING THE FEARS THAT RUIN RELATIONSHIPS
50 Days of Transformation –Part 5
Pastor Alba, September 14, 2014
HOW OUR FEARS RUIN RELATIONSHIPS
“God called to Adam, ‘Why are you hiding?’ Adam said, ‘I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’” Gen. 3:9-10 (LB/TEV)
“… they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness” vs. 7a (NLT)
“So they sewed fig leaves to cover up themselves.” vs. 7b
“Then they hid from God among the trees.” vs. 8
“Then Eve said, ‘The SNAKE tricked me into eating!” Gen. 3:13 (TEV)
The result of their sin:
“… You’ll have yearning for your husband, but he will lord it over you…” vs. 16 (NJB) “… he will dominate you …” (Ber)
THE ANTIDOTE: Love! Learn to live in God’s love.
“Wherever God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out all fear.”
1 John 4:18a (NCV)
“It is the thought of punishment (negative consequences) that makes a person fearful.” John 4:18b (NCV)
“Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins— even those you do in secret. Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless. your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, and your darkest night will be brighter than noon. Then you’ll rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry!”
Job 11:13-18 (CEV)
o I’M FULLY ACCEPTED.
“Jesus made us acceptable to God.” Titus 3:7 (CEV)
o I’M UNCONDITIONALLY LOVED.
“My love for you will never end says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:10
o I’M TOTALLY FORGIVEN.
“There is NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus!” Rom. 8:1
o I’M CONSIDERED EXTREMELY VALUABLE.
“You’ve been bought and paid for by Christ’s death.” 1 Cor. 7:23
“Accept one another just as Christ accepted you.” Rom. 15:7
“Love never stops being patient,
Love never stops believing,
Love never stops hoping,
Love never gives up!”
1 Cor. 13:7 (GW)