- The bible tells us in many places to “fear not” or a variant such as “do not be afraid”. God is in control in every area of life He is leading us and guiding us.
- The words “fear not” appear in the KJV of the bible in 74 instances.
- Christ said, “Do not worry.” (Read Matthew 6:25 – 34)
2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. (Amplified Bible)
- Fear has no place in our hearts as believers!
- Read Romans 8:15
- Consider our status as “joint heirs” with Christ, our sense of His love for us (Read: 1 John 4:18)
- Read Ephesians 3:17 – 19
- We have a spirit of power! I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ! (Philippians 4:13)
- We have a spirit of love! (Romans 5:5)
- Through the Holy Spirit we have a sound mind. Strong’s Concordance says that “sound mind” here is discipline and self-control. We also have the promise of peace (John 14:27).
Meditate on these bible verses and incorporate them into your prayers. This will cause fear to dissipate.
- Father I thank you that I do not have a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power of love and a sound mind!
- Father I thank you that I have the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ according to his promise and I receive this peace right now in this situation that I face.
- Abba Father, I thank you for your love for me and pray that I may have a fresh revelation of this love and of the knowledge of my place as a joint heir with Christ. I know that you go with me into this situation with me right now. In this knowledge let me not be fearful but bold and full of wisdom and a sound mind!
May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, indwelling your innermost being and personality, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been deeply rooted and securely grounded in love, be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints God’s people the width and length and height and depth of His love fully experiencing that amazing, endless love; and that you may come to know practically, through personal experience the love of Christ which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience, that you may be filled up throughout your being to all the fullness of God so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself.
This word is so full and covers so many facets:
1) Because of our faith, we humbly look to Jesus in every situation of life. We know that He is greater and more powerful and is the key to master every situation. He is the one true way and answer to all that life brings. He loves us with an everlasting and faithful love, great is His faithfulness. He alone provides and brings strength, energy and power through His in dwelling in our hearts. In and of ourselves we are lost, but with Christ we are more than conquerors, we are in fact the victors!
2) When we look to Jesus and Him alone, we personally experience the never ending love of Christ and the Father in our heart, soul and mind. This love is perfect and it casts out all fear. The key is to see the risen Lord and His power and might, not the circumstance that we face.
3) Since God is love the more we experience His love for us, the more Gods presence and power expands in our life. Never feel you are alone or forgotten, turn to His word, turn to Him in prayer, turn to Him in thought and meditation, and see Him answer in a powerful way!
Isaiah 54 is such a beautiful chapter of the bible. It displays God’s heart for us once we enter the new covenant made possible by our Lord Jesus. Because of Jesus we are loved, we have peace and our Father promises never to be angry with us. Consider Isaiah 54:9-10.
Isaiah 54:9-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me,
As I swore [an oath] that the waters of Noah
Would not flood the earth again;
In the same way I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
Nor will I rebuke you.
“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My loving-kindness will not be removed from you,
Nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,”
Says the Lord who has compassion on you.
Ephesians 3:17-18Amplified Bible (AMP)
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love];
Thought and Meditation: “I declare that we will experience God’s faithfulness over our life. We will not worry or doubt, only trust. God will not fail us.”
- Worry is a negative/satanic force in our lives.
- Other words for worry are: anxious, troubled, fear.
- Fear is the root. Jesus said that to worry is a waste of time (Matthew 6:25-31).
- Anxiety, and fear will cause us to loose our focus on Jesus, in times like this our decisions and thinking can become clouded and we can make the wrong choices. The Israelite People made the wrong choice when Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving instructions from God and the Ten Commandments. In the 32 Chapter of Exodus we can read how they built the Golden Calf and made plans to return to Egypt. Rather than wait and trust they devised their own plan.
- The cause of worry and fear is a failure on our part to trust in God.
- We fail to understand and focus on how much God and Jesus loves us (1 John 4:18)!
- A reliance on our works (works of the flesh) and not Gods work.
- Trusting God allows us to enter a place of perfect rest and peace. This is a place where we can enjoy our life in all circumstances, guided by him and waiting upon him (Hebrews 4:9-11).
- This does not mean we are passive in our life.
- How do we learn to trust in God?
- We focus on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). Focus on His love for us! Focus on the power and might and greatness of his sacrifice and how it makes us whole in all areas of our life!
- Jesus invites us to follow Him and to leave a life of worry! Matthew 11:28-30 (Message Version) says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
- Meditate on his word/focus on His promises. Meditate on the 23rd Psalm or other scripture. Declare the promises of God over your life.
- Be comfortable not knowing the answer or outcome. What we know is that we are in God’s hands and that God knows the answer and is guiding our course.
- Focus on the good in our life.
- We can come to a place of disappointment when all we focus on is the problem or situation. It becomes even bigger than it is in this way. We no longer see the grace and blessing in our life which often far outweighs the difficulty.
- Prayer- we need to ask God. James 4:2 (NLT).
- We also shouldn’t underestimate the power of prayer (James 5:4).
- Will we worry?
- Are we going to worry or praise and worship God? Worship and praise leads us into God’s presence. Worry allows the enemy to torment us.
- Are we going to worry or have faith and trust in God?
- Are we going to worry of obey God’s word and trust in his promises?
- Are we going to worry or be a blessing in someone’s life? When we help others we sow a seed into the kingdom, which brings us joy, peace and refreshment.
Isaiah 41:8-20 New International Version (NIV)
“But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,
9 I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 “All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies,
you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothing at all.
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.
14 Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob,
little Israel, do not fear,
for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15 “See, I will make you into a threshing sledge,
new and sharp, with many teeth.
You will thresh the mountains and crush them,
and reduce the hills to chaff.
16 You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up,
and a gale will blow them away.
But you will rejoice in the Lord
and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
17 “The poor and needy search for water,
but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the Lord will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
18 I will make rivers flow on barren heights,
and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water,
and the parched ground into springs.
19 I will put in the desert
the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set junipers in the wasteland,
the fir and the cypress together,
20 so that people may see and know,
may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
How beautiful when we accept Christ into our lives, that our Father’s word from Isaiah is over us. Often circumstances of life can overwhelm and discourage. Sometimes even our own actions can cause this. Remember what the Apostle Paul said, “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:14-15). Paul had the same battles that we have every day. He even struggled with his own thoughts and actions. But how does Paul finish this chapter. It is the same thought that we need to focus on when we get discouraged, when we fear the future or are troubled. “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25). Focus today on the finished work of Jesus over your life, believe that your sins and shortcomings are remembered no more! Do not be paralyzed with fear and condemnation, but focus on Christ and His beautiful future for you. Remember that the promises of God cover you today and everyday and that God has you in the palm of His hand.