I experience fear every single day for various reasons. I’ve recently discovered a whole new area of worries, anxious thoughts, and intense fears: motherhood. Each day of caring for my baby is full of fears both small, like potential bumps on the head, and large, such as his overall health. This role comes with many decisions that can have a large impact on his future and the weight of that often leads me to fear.
But the Bible addresses fear again and again. In fact, fear is spoken of over 500 times in the New King James version of the Bible! Perhaps our Heavenly Father knows exactly how much worry, anxiety, and fear would plague our hearts.
And it is just that: a plague. When I find myself overcome with worries, I also find stress, lack of joy, little motivation for life, and overall darkness. This is not an enjoyable place to be in, but how exactly do I stay out of it?
I don’t believe that simply thinking positively, or on the bright side, is a sustainable answer. One can only do that successfully for so long. Instead, I believe in the power of Scripture to aid in the battles of our minds.
I am currently working to gather as many Scriptural weapons as I can in my fight against fear, so I wanted to share a few with you because I know this is a struggle for so many individuals.
10 Scriptures When You Are Filled With Fear
“Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with recompense of God. He will save you.”Isaiah 35:3-4
Lord, strengthen my weak hands and make firm my feeble knees. I am weak under the weight of fear, but I know You are strong. I believe you will come and save me according to Your will. This fear has no power over You.
May the Lord lay His peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) over you as a protective covering amidst the storm of fear you face. He offers you a peace that is unlike any other you’ve imagined to know from the world. This peace is constant. This peace is unwavering. Allow it to flood into your heart and rid you of troubled thoughts and anxieties.
“But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”Isaiah 43:1
As a Christian, you are the beloved child of God. He has bought your with a price and made you into a new creation. Surely He will not leave you after that kind of redemption. He will never leave you nor forsake you ( Deuteronomy 31:8). Your identity is found in Him…not in a situation, an opinion, a struggle, a failure, or anything else. You are His. May this truth fill you with confidence even when you are terrified.
Praise You, Lord for this! You have answered my prayers. You have pulled me out of the darkness. You have brought me into Your glorious light. I can rest knowing that You are God, I am Your child, and there is no need to fear anymore.
“He [the righteous] is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph over his adversaries.”Psalm 112:7-8
May the Lord make your heart firm in the midst of anxiety. May He steady your scared heart. May the thoughts of ‘what ifs’, ‘could happens’, or worst scenarios flee from your mind as you refocus your trust on Jesus.
Rest in the knowledge that your Heavenly Father never leaves you. He is and always will be right there. May you have the eyes to see Him in your situation and feel Him even in the hardest times.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.Psalm 18:2
Stand on the firm Rock that Jesus is. The battle may continue on for a long time, but the Rock will not move. He can be your refuge, your shield, the horn of your salvation, and your stronghold if you allow Him to.
“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
Immense fear can often bring me to my knees or make me want to hide until it is all over. Perhaps you’ve experienced something similar to this. The Lord promises here that He will hold you up with His righteous right hand. Remember this when you feel like free falling.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.””Joshua 1:9
He is here with you. No matter the location, situation, trial, or emotion…He is with you wherever you go.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”Psalm 56:3-4
May He remind you of the grave-defeating power that He possesses. Death could not bind Him, so how much more can He sustain you? Place your trust in Him and walk confidently knowing that man can do nothing to you in the eyes of eternity.
The Bible discusses fear so much more than just the few verses I listed here, so I encourage you to dive into Scripture to find more weapons for yourself. Find the countless accounts of people who went through some very scary times and reflect on how they got through them. There is power in the Word of God in all things, including this battle against fear.
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