We all feel fear sometimes, but don’t you hate feeling fearful? I know I do. I get so frustrated with myself. I know that God is powerful. I know that He is faithful, so why do I feel the anxiety at times? If I trust Him like I say that I do, if I have confidence in Him, then I want the emotion of fear to be subdued. But I guess if we feel the fear, but don’t let it control us, and we move forward and do what God says to do anyway, He is still pleased when we trust Him enough to do what He says to do in spite of our fears.
Whenever I begin to feel fear, I turn to one of my favorite Bible verses, Isaiah 41:10. In this scripture God says, “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am thy God, I will strengthen thee, yea I will help thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” This “fear not” is so precious to me when I am facing alarming and overwhelming situations. This verse is particularly comforting because God includes several promises intended to dispel fear:
1) God is with you. When we forget that God is with us, the enemy has an open door to rush in like a flood with the spirit of fear. Sometimes we may not feel God’s presence. But He has said in Hebrews 10:13, He will never leave or forsake us. Therefore, I don’t care how you feel. God is with you, and He is watching over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).
2) He’s your God. God wants to remind you that He is in covenant with you. That means that He has taken a solemn oath that He will not break His promise to you, EVER. He loves you dearly, and He wants you to know that because He’s YOUR God, you can depend on Him. He will not let you down.
3) He will strengthen you. Sometimes life just wears us out. When your strength is gone and you feel as if you can’t go one step further, God will strengthen you. He says the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead now quickens your mortal body (Romans 8:11). He will renew your strength (Isaiah 40:31).
4) He will help you. When you call on Him, He will answer you and show you great and mighty things (Jeremiah 33:3). He has promised to assist you when you call on Him. He will rescue you because you are His child and He loves you.
5) He will uphold you. No matter what it looks like, you are not going under. When you pass through the water, He promises He will be with you and the rivers will not overflow you (Isaiah 43:2). He will keep your head above the waters of your circumstances when you are in too deep.
God tells us to “fear not” so many times in the Word. I haven’t counted the number of occasions myself, but I hear that there are 365 “fear nots”, one for every day of the year. So when you feel fear, don’t beat yourself up. God knows that He will ask you to do things that will look completely ominous. That is why He said, “Fear not.” Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and following God’s instructions, trusting and obeying, until you see the results He promised in His Word.
When you felt fear, but moved forward anyway, what happened? Please share your testimony by leaving a comment below.
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