Fear is crippling and hinders all areas of life and growth. Anxieties, panic, worries and apprehensions are all forms of fear.
What does God say about fear and how can we overcome it?
1. Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…”
We shouldn’t fear evil or the demonic powers at work. All things are submissive to God. Don’t fear the future or things to come. We know that this world is certainly falling apart rapidly, but God’s hand upholds His children.
2. Psalm 118:6 – “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Don’t fear people. God made man and is able to overcome anything on our behalf.
3. 1 Chronicles 28:20 – “…Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you…”
No matter what your situation is or who you are surrounded by, do your best and know that God is with you, to help you, give you strength and command your steps.
4. Hebrews 13:5-6 – “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.”
Don’t worry about money or bills or possessions or food. Don’t worry about anything and learn to express gratitude for what you do have.
5. Isaiah 54:4 – “Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.”
When God forgives, He does so-completely. Don’t worry about your past or what you’ve done. If you have asked for forgiveness, move forward and don’t allow the enemy to use it against you any longer.
What can we do to overcome fear?
1. Know that God already knew you before you knew yourself. He knew what you were going to do long before you did it…the good news: that’s why He sent His Son to die for your sins! You will never surprise God or shock Him.
So, if you have repented and asked for forgiveness, let the past go and know that God loves you immensely regardless of what you have done and He is no favor of persons. He doesn’t look at you ‘differently’. His love for you is eternal.
2. 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
Exercise the gifts God has given you. He doesn’t expect you to be ran over by the enemy. You have authority through Jesus Christ! Exercise and practice love, self-discipline and the power that God has given you. It’s available if you are willing to use it.
3. Psalm 115:11 – “You who fear him, trust in the LORD– he is their help and shield.”
Fear in this instance doesn’t mean ‘to be scared of’, but rather, ‘have reverence for’. Respect God, obey Him and listen to what He is telling you. Tune your ears to Him. As you do this, you will realize that He has you in the palm of His hand and that He is helping you.
4. Psalm 56:3-4
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.”
Trust God! A relationship is based on trust and in this case, we need to trust God. He wants you to place your worries and concerns in His hands because believe it or not, God enjoys taking care of things. It’s His specialty.
5. 1 Corinthians 16:13 – “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”
Stand up for the truth and exercise the strength that God has given you. He is your strength.
6. 1 John 4:18 – “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
God doesn’t have an agenda to destroy you or tear you down. He isn’t waiting around the corner for the right time to execute judgment and punishment.
He loves you…genuinely loves you and cares for you. He wants you for Himself. Get to know God more and come to understand His great love for you. It is more than you could ever imagine.