Fear Sermon Illustrations

Fear Sermon Illustrations

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The saints should never be dismay'd,
Nor sink in hopeless fear;
For when they least expect His aid,
The Savior will appear.

Wait for His seasonable aid,
And though it tarry, wait;
The promise may be long delay'd
But cannot come too late.—Cowper

Fear in itself is a thing not sinful. For is not fear a natural thing and necessary for men's preservation, implanted in us by the provident and most gracious Giver ot all good things, to the end that we might not run headlong upon those dangers which we are not able to encounter, but use the remedy of shunning those evils, which we have not ability to withstand?—Hooker

Fear of God is that holy disposition or gracious habit formed in the soul by the Holy Spirit, whereby we are inclined to obey all God's commands; and evidences itself—

1. By a dread of His displeasure.
2. Desire of His favor.
3. Regard for His excellences.
4. Submission to His will.
5. Gratitude for His benefits.  
6. Conscientious obedience to His commands.—Buck

Mysophobia is fear of dirt.
Hydrophobia is fear of water.
Nyclophobia is the fear of darkness.
Acrophobia is fear of high places.
Taxophobia is fear of being buried alive.
Xenophobia is fear of strangers.
Hemetophobia is fear of blood.
Necrophobia is fear of the dead.
Claustrophobia is fear of confined places.
Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.
Algophobia is fear of pain.
Phtophobia is fear of light—when one prefers dark shadows to the brightness of the sun.

Many have one or more of the fears here mentioned who have learned to fear God and depart from evil. Too few who have acrophobia never learn to fear God and keep His commandments. Many who have some of the fears herein mentioned, give no heed to Christ's words: "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28).

Many fear what man can do unto them but do not fear the judgment hour and judgment issues.

It is good to recall—here and now—what some others have said about fear: "He who fears God need fear nothing else, and he who fears not God needs to fear everything else." "Fear God, and have no other fear"—General Foch. "The fear of God kills all other fears"—Dr. Hugh Black.

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