Tag Archive | fear

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.’ “

Even Paul had times when he thought he was the only person in the world working for the Lord.  And when people verbally assaulted or berated him for the Gospel Message he likely wished he could just run away rather than stand up to them.  But God showed him in that vision that he wasn’t the only Believer in Corinth…that he needed to keep preaching the Good News despite the attacks…and that God was with him through it all.  For one of the biggest tools in the arsenal of Satan is to make us believe we’re alone and separated from God and others…out there by ourselves without any support.  But we’re not!

Psalm 118:5 ” In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid.”

For many, the bondage of fear stops us from being able to move forward with life.  We long to be liberated from the paralyzing emotions, but feel there’s little we can do to change.  But if we’ll take the time to study a few Scriptures, we’ll discover that God has already made the way for us.  It starts with this verse in Psalms.  When I cry out to the Lord, He answers by liberating me from the terror I’m going through…in other words, setting me free from its control.  And this freedom from fear can only be found in the truth of the Gospel.  For Jesus declares to us in John 8:32, ” If you hold to My teachings, you are really My disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  There can be freedom from doubt and fear, and it starts with the saving revelation of the Gospel Message.

II Samuel 22: 18-20 ” He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.”

These verses come from a Song of Praise David sang to the Lord  after God had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies.  Out of David’s heart came thanksgiving for God’s steadfastness…even in the face of calamity.  And the deep-seated trust David had in God is not only evident here, but elsewhere when he declared, “I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” (Psalm 23:4)  David was able to turn fear into faith by keeping his eyes on God and not his situation.

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

Later in this same Chapter, Jesus repeats these words again, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)  In both verses Jesus is telling us that we have control over doubt, fear, and confusion…”Do not allow (or permit)  your hearts (or minds) to be troubled. (confused and/or terrified) ” He wouldn’t be telling us to do something if it wasn’t possible for us to achieve it.  Now stop and read that last sentence again please!  Jesus is telling us that we all have the direct influence within us to rein in and exercise restraint over fear…but it’s contingent on our trust in Him.  In other words, a troubled heart is an unbelieving  heart.  So our success over doubt and fear lies largely in how we  build our faith in God.  And this confidence in Him only comes by reading the Bible and praying daily…for you can never fully trust a stranger.

Matthew 10:27-28 ” What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 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.”

The work Jesus Christ did here on earth was not some clandestine secretive mission.   Rather, everything He said and did was pretty much done in the public eye.  Was He ridiculed and rejected for it…Yes.  Was He snubbed and scorned by the people…Yes.  Was He misunderstood and mocked often…Yes.  But Jesus persevered with boldness and authority…never backing down from fear of man.  These Scriptures encourage us to claim that same fearlessness and courage so as to not hide our light under a bushel.

Genesis 15:5 ” He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.’ Then He said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ “

Earlier in Genesis, God had promised Abraham and Sarah a child.  ” I will make you into a great nation.” (Genesis 12:2)  But like most of us…they allowed fear and doubt to overshadow their hope and expectations.  For in this verse, God led Abraham out into the cloudless night sky to observe the stars, (they estimate there are 1 Billion Trillion stars in our universe), and then reassured him that his offspring would be as numerous.   God does this for us also.  He can cause a Bible verse to suddenly become alive and take on new meaning…banishing doubt and bolstering our faith in Him.   He can strip away fear and strengthen our trust  by bringing into remembrance all the things He’s done for us in the past.  And just like Abraham, we too can look up into that starry sky and see God’s wonder, power, and majesty…and be assured of His love and faithfulness for us.

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.