Fear - what the Bible Says

Fear - what the Bible Says
Healthy fear is good. Fear often keeps us safe, stopping us from doing reckless things. Fear can also keep us from experiencing the life God has planned for us. Irrational fear is debilitating and enslaves many.
This partial list from the Internet shows fears that cause some of us to laugh while causing others to nod in agreement.

  • Flying
  • Being alone
  • Crowds
  • Public speaking
  • The dark
  • Germs
  • Clowns
  • Snakes
  • Spiders
  • Falling
  • Flowers
  • Music
  • Open spaces
  • Small spaces

  • As told in Deuteronomy, the Israelite nation prepared to cross the Jordan and move into the land their God had promised them. It was a land of abundance, where life would be good. Moses wouldn't be going with them but appointed another leader. Moses had cared for the people, petitioned the Lord for them, and led them through the hardships of the desert. Now they were going into unknown territory without him. In the year 1406 B.C. Moses said, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified… the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
    The Israelite nation was a fearful people. They had shown it in the past and now would be heading into uncomfortable circumstances. People haven’t changed much since they crossed the Jordan. Today, we are a fearful society, afraid for our safety, of unexpected experiences, of abandonment, crime….the list goes on.

    God hasn't changed. He still says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid.” He repeats his promise again and again, in the book he wrote for us—the Bible.

    In Psalm 91, God promises to care for those who dwell in his protection. “You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day” Psalm 91:5 ESV

    In about 680 B.C. Isaiah spoke for the Lord, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 ESV

    Over 1400 years after Moses assured the Israelites, Jesus commanded “Do not be anxious about your life” (Luke 12:22)

    Peter wrote, “Cast all your anxiety upon the Lord because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:5-6)

    Jesus promised, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 ESV

    You may have heard the Bible says “Do not fear.” 365 times—one for every day of the year. I didn't find this to be true in any translation. However, if you go to God in prayer every day, his Holy Spirit will tell you, “Do not fear. I am with you always” every day of the year.
      Are you fearful?
    • Search for “fear not, or do not fear” in your Bible. Write God’s words of assurance on the inside leaf of your Bible, in a journal, or notebook.
    • Pray, repeating God’s words.
    • Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of these words throughout the day.

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