Facing Fear

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. – Deuteronomy 31:6

If you do an Internet search with the words “Bible verses about fear” you’ll get plenty of returns with Bible-specific sites that offer plenty of scripture verses with the word ‘fear’ in them. Quite often, the first and most verses displayed come from the book of Psalms in the Old Testament. I want to call to the reader’s attention that Psalms is in the Old Testament. To me what is key to consider here is the fact that nobody had encountered Christ in the flesh at this point in human history and had heard His message of salvation through grace and the blood of Jesus. Assurances weren’t made to believers in the manner in which they are in the New Testament and the law was in full effect at the time. Yet, despite that, considering the numerous attempts and failures of people who wanted God’s approval, there were those whose confidence in God’s love for them showed through and was a tremendous source of strength in overcoming fear. God has always shown Himself to be true to His people, knows their hearts and provides victory through faith. Consider the following verses from the book of Psalms:

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? – Psalm 118:6

How much more can we be assured of the love of God? We now know what a sacrifice He has made in Jesus. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. – Romans 8:15

Please don’t be a slave to fear. When it pops up, turn to the scripture and friends in the faith to be reminded of the sacrifice of Jesus and the power you have at hand in the presence of the Holy Spirit. It would be such a shame to see a believer turn their back on the One in whom all fears should be laid to rest.

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