The Bible says over and over again, “do not fear” and “do not be anxious,” but that’s easier said than done, isn’t it? Thankfully, the Bible doesn’t stop at that simple statement. When it comes to fear and worry, God doesn’t tell us to “just stop it.”
What’s your number one strategy against fear? Take a look at the one reason God gives us over and over again:
Genesis 26:24 “And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham's sake.”
Deuteronomy 1:29-30: “Then I said to you, ‘Do not be in dread or afraid of them. The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you.
Deuteronomy 20:1 “When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you.
Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Joshua 1:9: “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.”
1 Chronicles 28:20: “Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.
2 Chronicles 20:17: “You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”
Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Isaiah 41:10: “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 43:1-2: “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
Jeremiah 1:8: “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 42:11: “Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the Lord, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand.”
Jeremiah 46:28: “Fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord, for I am with you.”
Haggai 2:4-5: “Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts, according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not.”
Matthew 14:26-27: “But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, ‘It is a ghost!’ and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
John 20:39: “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
Philippians 4:5-6: “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything.”
Hebrews 13:5-6: “He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”
In response to our fear, notice that God does not give us a formula, a 3-step plan, a procedure, or a self-help manual.
He gives us Himself.
In the vast majority of instances, when the Bible tells you not to fear, it goes on to say that God will do something for you. He will intervene. He will fight for you. He will justify you. He will provide for you. He will be with you.
So what's your strategy?
Remember He is with you. Acknowledge Him. Talk to Him. Interact with Him. Thank Him.
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