March 29, 2017

Whom Shall I Fear? Learning to Battle Fears and Worries with Scripture

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Sometimes we walk through our everyday lives with different fears and worries. God asks us to seek Him out, not just when we're anxious or afraid, but all of the time. Of course, when we need a little extra encouragement or peace of mind, there's nothing like opening up the Bible to see what the Lord has to say about fears and worries.


The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?Psalm 27:1



There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18



But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened."1 Peter 3:14



Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?Luke 12:26



Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.–2 Corinthians 1:3-4



"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?Matthew 6:25-26



But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.– Luke 21:14



Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.– Matthew 6:34



Here are two of my very favorite verses on what God tells us about fear:



Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Philippians 4:6



For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.– 2 Timothy 1:7

(I actually prefer the KJV of Timothy 1:7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.)


Of course, when I find myself really needing to put the armor of God on, there's always one particular area of the Bible that I read first, and that is Psalm 91:


Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”





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4 comments:

Lexie said...

Thanks for the reminders!
- Lexie
mommyhomemanager.com

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're most welcome, Lexie! :-)

brendashandmade said...

This is great, thanks! I had a rough subbing day today and needed to hear these verses. I also like the KJV of 1 Timothy 1:7. I put Scriptures on notes for my daughter's lunch. I'll have to save your post so I can refer to it when I need a verse for her before a tough test.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're very welcome, Brenda! I am sorry to hear that you've had a rough day, but I'm glad that this post could speak to your heart. I hope things get better for you. I will be sure to keep you in my prayers. I know some days can be difficult, and we sometimes need a little reminder from God.

By the way, that's wonderful that you put scripture notes in your daughter's lunch. I am sure she really appreciates it!

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