Tag Archive | fear

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.

Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Fear is a demoralizing force that will stop you in your tracks.  Fear takes your eyes off God and onto to the scary circumstances swirling around you.  Genesis 28:15 tells us, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…”  Just remember, there is no place you will ever find yourself that is beyond the reach of God.

Philippians 1:27-28 ” I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the Gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.”

Declaring the Gospel to those around us can be scary.  We’re afraid of rejection…afraid of adversity…afraid of failure, so hence, we say nothing.  My favorite excuse is, “Someone else will share the Good News with that person…someone like the Pastor, or someone else more experienced than me.”  But there may not be a “someone else” in that person’s life.  For you may be the only one that will ever share the Gospel, or ever say the words, “Jesus loves you” to that person.  I Corinthians 16:13 says, …” we are to stand firm; be men (and women) of courage; and be strong when contending for the faith.”   So how do we overcome the fear of sharing our faith with others?  First realize,  you can never fail, even if you don’t see immediate results.  What you’re doing is planting seed that needs to be watered…maybe by someone else… and maybe an entirely different person will be there to see the harvest.  Secondly, it’s not about you and your abilities or lack there of.  For your dependence should be on the Lord Jesus Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit to show you the way.  So with them in your corner, don’t be afraid, you can do it!

Hebrews 10: 37-38 ” For in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.’ “

The writer of Hebrews is paraphrasing  Habakkuk 2:3-4 in this passage.  He’s stressing that our spiritual walk is made up of  constant, focused, decisions to trust and obey the Lord…even when we can’t see change.  He warns us against retreating or drawing back from trials simply out of  fear.  If you’re in the middle of a storm today,  don’t allow fear to rule your life…don’t hesitate when apprehension rises in your throat…rather make a conscious decision to listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit and walk by faith.

Acts 18: 9-10 ” One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘ Do not be afraid; Keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.’ “

Satan would like us to think we’re out there working for the Lord alone…like the Lone Ranger, isolated and unaided by others.  Satan would like us to be fearful in talking to others about the Lord…not wanting to offend…wanting rather,  to be “politically correct”, even if it goes against the Word of God.  Satan would like us  to keep quiet, not rocking the boat of this modern liberal society.  Satan doesn’t care if we read the Bible or pray…just as long as we don’t do it in public.  But Satan also knows the power of the spoken Word, and what a transformation could take place… if Christians weren’t silent.

Joshua 1:6-7 ” Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous…”

In this scripture, God is commanding Joshua to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land.  To the human mind this was an almost impossible undertaking…moving a vast sea of humanity from point A to point B.  But the Lord is girding up Joshua’s loins so to speak by commanding him to be brave and fearless…to look beyond what he saw  to what God envisioned for them.    The Lord may have a scary scenario coming up this year for you…when He calls, will you step out with the same determination and boldness as Joshua did,  or allow the fear of impossibility  to take over?