Fear can be described as a strong emotion caused by an awareness of something threatening or dangerous. Most recently there has been so much fear within conversations in our community, state and country. With the uncertainty of so many things happening, I feel the need to reach for truth in the midst of this panicking fear that has risen. Here are 7 bible verses that call us to have faith over fear and to look to our Almighty God for strength and reassurance!
1. Psalm 34:4
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” – Psalm 34:4 ESV
I chose this verse purposely to be the first verse. In this Psalm King David’s writing describes his actions of turning away from sin and returning to the Lord for direction, wisdom and comfort. He proclaims that he was fearful and his fears were indeed taken away once he looked to the Lord and repented and refrained from his sin. It is so important in times where we maybe fearful that we look to God for answers just as King David did. The very first thing God wants us to do is repent and come to Him. When I first sought out God, He delivered me from so many fears but it only began with confessing my sins and making Jesus my Lord and Savior. I encourage you to read the entirety of Psalm 34, its very powerful and prophetic!
2. Matthew 6:34
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:34 ESV
We are so long term orientated, looking to the next day, week, year that we are not present in the current moments of life. Today I can say I am so much more present with today than tomorrow. Looking past today builds anxieties of uncertainty when we focus on all the future days ahead instead of the current one God has given us. In this chapter from the book of Matthew, Jesus reassures us that not even the birds worry about where they will find food and what the next day will bring, for God provides for them, so why would He not provide for you? You are much more valuable! Have faith that the Lord our God will provide what we will need and not to fear what lies ahead.
3. 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.” – Joshua 1:9 ESV
When we are called by God to take on what seems impossible, God reassures us to trust in Him just as He commanded Joshua. God pointed out that Moses, the one who went before Joshua and lead His people through the wilderness and down many uncertain paths was obedient and considered righteous. God never left his side. God’s promises are never broken and that is what God was pointing to Joshua as he was taking on this calling of leading His people. He was frightened and unsure yet God’s promises and love can never fail!
4. 2 Timothy 1:6-7
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:6-7 ESV
I just love this scripture! The Spirit which dwells within us believers holds the same power that raised Jesus from the dead! The Holy Spirit is there to empower us to places where we could not tread without it! We are called to entrust and to call on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us, thus fanning that small flame into a powerful fire! To allow the fear of anything that lies ahead to dissipate and allow that light to shine in these dark times.
5. 1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” – 1 John 4:18 ESV
The “love” portrayed by the world is not the love God has shown us and continues to show us. When the world depicts love, it often comes with stipulations, ultimatums and is enclosed in a box. But God’s love is perfect, out of this world and eternal! And until we know this perfected love which only comes from God, we do not know true love. So come to Him, He is calling each one of us to Him so the love He has to offer will cast out all fear that comes from this world.
6. Romans 8:38-39
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39 ESV
Romans 8 holds a special place in my heart. It is a chapter I am looking to fully memorize because if you are able to know this chapter from beginning to end, you can encompass so many truths as to why you stand out in this world and why you should invest all your hope fully in Jesus Christ! There is nothing here or within the heavens that can separate the love God has for me because I know who my Savior is! This casts out all fears and doubts because this love is an eternal love that cannot be shaken, praise God!
7. John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27 ESV
I chose this verse to close with for a reason. Jesus spoke these words to His disciples as He prepared them before He left. He knew what He was about to endure. The cross, God’s wrath upon Him has he took on all the sin of the world and His ascension into heaven. Here He was telling His disciples even though He was getting ready to leave, His peace can wash away the worries, fear and doubt they were experiencing because His peace isn’t of this world! That is because Jesus although He dwelt among us a man, He was fully man and fully God! Jesus’s words should give us comfort during this time because His words are of God!
This article only contains just a few verses that are within the bible that allow us to focus on our faith over the fear. If you are struggling right now please reach for your bible, bring your troubles and fears to God and pray before you read. God will bring you to the words you need to hear and will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you through His word. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pray for you individually.