Tag Archive | fear

Ezra 3:3 ” Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices. “

The Jewish exiles were returning to their country from Babylon.  And even though they were fearful of the foreign people around them…they went about rebuilding and re-establishing the Temple in Jerusalem.  The biggest obstacle any Christian has to overcome in this world… is fear of the world.  We’re afraid of what others will think…we’re scared that we might offend someone…we’re fearful we’ll be taken the wrong way.  The exiles might have been afraid…but God had given them direction and His blessing, and so they started rebuilding.  So when the Lord calls us to do His work, we too need to move forward boldly, not allowing fear to hinder us.

Job 19:8 ” He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; He has shrouded my paths in darkness.”

It’s part of life here on earth…trials, illness, and loss are inevitable.  Jeremiah 8:15 sums it up very well how  we can feel at these times, ” We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there was only terror.”  In these fearful, confusing times we long for the light at the end of the tunnel…but all we see is darkness.  “He has blocked my way so I cannot pass…”  In this verse, the Hebrew word for blocked is gadar – which means to build or heap up stones to make a wall.  We sometimes do feel walled in or blocked off… but know God may be also protecting you from unseen evil you know nothing about.  In those dark times, we need to put all our trust in the Lord and wait for the storm to pass.

Matthew 10:28 ” Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. “

To paraphrase Isaiah 8:12-13, Do not follow the ways of the world…do not accept the world’s viewpoint…do not fear what they fear.  For their fear is based on the temporal…of secular and fleshly concerns only.  But as Believers, we have the blessed assurance of eternal life,  so there is no fear of death its self.  For it tells us in I Corinthians 15:42-44, ” So will it be with the resurrection of the dead.  The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”  The world may kill our physical body, but it can’t take our soul.  For only Satan has the power to devastate both body and soul in the place of the lost and condemned.

Isaiah 41:13 ” For I am the Lord, your God, Who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

Let’s say you land in a foreign country, having no knowledge of the city or its language.  But there waiting for you is the leading dignitary.  He welcomes you and then informs you that he personally will be escorting you around the city.  All the pent-up fear and anxiety within would melt away as he guided you to his official car…for you would feel safe and secure with this help.  The world is a scary place to live today, and we all feel like foreigners in a strange land.  But God is like that dignitary…offering His hand in support and encouragement. Calming and assuring us that He is there to help.  For anything can be faced with trust in the Lord…anything.

John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.”

Why do some decisions come easier than others?  And why are there times when we are so indecisive and timid we can’t pull the trigger on anything?  John 14:27 tells us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  For it’s when we allow our emotions to rule us, we walk around, wringing our hands and crying, “Woe is me!”  over the smallest decision.  Couple that with fear of the unknown, and it’s amazing we  make choices at all.  Major life decisions will face all of us, but it’s only after seeking God’s counsel first and receiving His peace that we can confidently make the best choice.

II Samuel 22:2-3 ” The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior – from violent men You save me.”

God is our only reliable stronghold in the world today.  He is the fortress we can retreat to when fear over takes us.  He is our rescuer when wickedness and oppression take the very breath from us.  For  God is the only rock we can put our absolute trust in…the only refuge we can run to for safety.

Acts 26:16 ” Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of Me and what I will show you.”

This is what the Lord said to Saul, (later Paul) on that hot and dusty Damascus road.  When we are born again, we have a glimpse of what the Lord has in store for us…visions of the work He wants to accomplish through us.  But suddenly fear and doubt take over,  for the visions are so large and we feel so small and inadequate.  That’s when we need to take a look at this Scripture again, for the Lord says that He was with Paul not only then,  but would be into the future… revealing to him more as Paul obediently moved forward.   So much, that later in his ministry, Paul proclaimed in Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”   Please remember this, you too can do all things through Him that gives you strength.