Fear Not

I love speaking. It’s one of the number one fears but for me it’s fun and exciting. From Preschool all the way through 5th grade I took speech therapy. We went over every letter in the alphabet. Rr was the most difficult for me. As a child I never imagined myself having a desire to speak in front of a group of people. I was ashamed of my speech problems and embarrassed by the way I sounded. I was made fun of alot. However, as I got older my speech became more clear and I was easier to understand. Now I couldn’t imagine a life where I didnt get to speak. I believe that God freed me from my fear of being rejected by people when they hear me talk. Just as God freed me from that fear, He wants to free each of us from fear itself. Being freed from fear does not mean that we no longer experience the feeling of fear, but it means that we no longer allow fear to dictate our lives. We know that  fear is not from God so why do we allow it to determine the outcome of our day? Fear is actually the favorite tool in the enemies tool kit. 

All that fear will do is drive you back to where you came from and keep you from experiencing all that God has for you. 

Jesus Himself tells us to FEAR NOT. 

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.”

God was telling Joshua not to give up or go back but to press on even in his fear. God wanted Joshua to know that He would give him the courage he needed and take care of Him. 

He’s not telling us not to feel fear but He’s telling us that when we are faced with fear not to run away.  Did you know that we have been set free from fear. 

“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Galatians 5:1 NLT

Being set free from something doesn’t mean the disappearance of it. You might still feel afraid however, just because worry and fear show up does not mean that you have to invite it in to stay for lunch. You have authority over your fear. If you believe that you are set free, take hold of that fear and show it who’s boss. 

“Submit yourself therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Fear has no choice but to go away when we take the authority the Lord has given us over it. 

When I was a little girl my sister and I were staying with my Aunt Sandy. My youngest sister was really sick at the time so my aunt was helping my parents out with my older sister and I. They took us to church, fed us meals, made sure we got to school and helped with homework. My anxiety started really young. I honestly can’t remember a time when I was not worried and afraid. During our daily Bible study my aunt taught me the first scripture I ever memorized. 

“God will keep His angels in charge over me.” Psalms 91:11

Since that day I have learned so many FEAR  SCRIPTURES. In Fact I have this love for looking for every scripture in the Bible that relates to fear. Here are a few of my favorites…

1. 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.”

2. PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

3. PROVERBS 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

4. 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.”

5. JEREMIAH 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

6. PSALM 27:1

“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?”

7. 2 TIMOTHY 1:7

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

8. DEUTERONOMY 31:8

“He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

9. ROMANS 8:28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

10. JOHN 14: 27

Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.”

There are countless scriptures in the Bible on fear. It is said that there are 365. One for every day of the year. I have only found 175. So I’m not sure of this statement. However,  let’s pretend there really are 365 FEAR NOT scriptures. There is a reason God mentions fear so much in His word. He knew his kids, all of us  would be consumed with worry and fear and need a way to overcome. His word is our weapon against ALL fear. His word is the authority that we have over our fear. 

Were you ever afraid of the dark? It was not so much the dark for me as it was something jumping out of the darkness and creeping me out. After turning off the bedroom light I would make a mad dash and leap into my bed so that whatever was under the bed wouldn’t get to my feet. I was 15 at this time. 

Ellie is afraid of the sound of the toilet flushing. She covers the sensor with toilet paper to keep it from flushing while she is on the toilet. 

While we all have that funny childhood fear, fear can be truly gripping too. Fear can leave us paralyzed and unable to make decisions or truly live out God’s call on our life. Fear can make us want to run away. 

So, what do we do when we are faced with fear?

  1. Do Not Run!

When I had to drive on the highway for the first time the other day alone I didn’t drive down the highway saying “I Am not afraid” over and over. That would have been a lie. I was so afraid. But even in my fear I did not pull the car over and refuse to take my child to the hospital because the highway was scary. I prayed and asked God to give me the strength and courage to continue on down the highway. I pressed on even in my fear. I did not run away from the fear.  I showed my fear of who is boss and then I  rewarded myself with Taco Bell. 

Don’t allow fear to leave you paralyzed or send you back from all that you have come from. 

  1. Do it Afraid!

I drove on the highway afraid. Some of you might have to go after that job, afraid. End that relationship afraid. Trust God in His call, afraid. Face the past afraid. Show up to marriage counseling afraid. If God is calling you to it, show up and walk through it afraid. 

 Don’t allow fear to stop you.

 We came to Illinois afraid. We are incredibly  thankful that we submitted to God even with fear in our face. 

I don’t believe God is telling us that we cannot be believers if we struggle with fear. We are human. Fear will come against us in our lifetime but we can still press on in all the things God has for us while afraid. 

  1. Break up with fear

Joyce Myers wrote her own Break up  with fear letter. I love it so much I want to share it with you. 

You can find this letter in her book, Living Courageously, which is so on Amazon. 

You can also download it online at…  http://jmm.co/1sR0itH

After reading Joyce’s  FEAR NOT break up letter I was encouraged to write my own and I pray you will as well. 

I want to also encourage you to make a list of all the ways that God has always come through for you. If we will begin reflecting on God’s goodness in our life we will have no reason to allow fear to hold us back.  

There are four characters in the Bible who dealt with fear and overcame:

  • Moses: The courage to face the past.
  • David: The courage to face impossible situations.
  • Esther: The courage to take a big risk.
  • Daniel: The courage to not give in.

Will we be courageous too? Will we allow fear to stop us or will we show our fear who has control and press on into all God has for our life?

Author: helenarayos2014

Howdy! I am passionate about sharing simple God lessons through everyday real life events in my daily life. I’ve been writing since I was 11. What started off as a way to escape or cope with the uncertainty of life, has turned into a calling. I do believe that God has called me to share what He has placed on my heart with all of you! I recently published a children’s book The Chicks Save Easter. You can find it on amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Chicks-Save-Easter-Helena-Rayos/dp/B086Y6K19M I pray God finds you where you are and you allow Him to take you where He has called you to love and serve Him.

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