Do not fear for I am with you;
do not be anxious: I am your God …
Why Christians Should Never Fear
Children of God are exhorted throughout Scripture to be not afraid. This would make sense for the believer because if we truly trust and believe in God, then what would we have to fear? As Scripture rightly records: “If God is for us, who [dare] be against us?” (Rom. 8:31)
There are certainly many things in life that could give us cause for concern — i.e. bad news, our finances, family issues, health, politics, the list goes on. If we allowed it to, fear, worry, and concern could grip our lives every single day of the year, all day long. This is precisely why we’re commanded throughout Scripture to fear not 365 times — one time for each day of the year!
To be clear, the Bible is not telling us that we won’t have cause for concern. Quite the contrary actually. We are told that in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33). But as Christians, as children of the Most High God, we do not have to fear the trouble that will come because He is traveling with us.
Our Lord is a good God and He is our Vindicator, our Father in Heaven, and has final say over everything that happens — both good and bad. When we activate our faith and trust Him in all things, blessings abound because we in essence say to God: ‘Lord, no matter what comes my way, I trust in You.’ This kind of faith gives God the ‘green light’ to come into our lives and do what He will for the greater good. That kind of faith opens the door for maximum blessing in our lives.
As Christians, we must remember that we can do nothing in our own strength: “apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). So we must allow God to do all things through our faith.
The key to not letting fear and worry take over is to not expect perfect situations this side of Heaven. If Scripture tells us that on earth we will have trouble, we will have trouble. So rather than fear what we know is going to come (troubles!), trusting Our Father in Heaven who is all-knowing and all-good to fight our battles is paramount to ‘putting our money where our mouth is’ as People of God — we must have faith and trust in Him. We must fear not.
Think of it this way, if we call ourselves Christians saying that we believe in Almighty God but then turn around and worry about everything what are we really saying? What we’re saying is that we don’t trust God. But if when the storms come we say instead “Jesus I trust in you” and leave worry aside, we’ve now enacted our faith — and faith is the key to a peace which transcends all understanding. The key to all blessings.
So what we must do
So as with any discipline in life, building faith and courage takes practice. We must work at it daily through prayer, prayerful meditation on Holy Scripture, spending time with God, etc. It is also wise to hang around other strong and faithful like-minded individuals who will help build your faith especially when you’re feeling downtrodden.
If you are feeling worried and anxious today, take a few moments to prayerfully meditate on the following Bible verses. But don’t just do it today. Work on building your “faith muscles” everyday so that when the stormy waves come in, you’ll have the courage to do what Peter did — step out of the boat into the stormy seas, and right into Jesus’ arms in total peace and trust. Remember, with God every battle receives the victory.
Child of God, if He is for you … who dare be against you?
5 Powerful ‘Fear Not’ Bible Verses for Meditation
Do not fear for I am with you;
do not be anxious: I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will help you;
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
“I [the Lord your God] will never desert you,
nor will I ever abandon you,”
so we confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?”
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Be strong and courageous,
do not be afraid or in dread of them,
for the Lord your God
is the One who is going with you.
He will not desert you or abandon you.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The Lord is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
See also Psalm 91 – the strongest Psalm for Protection
Prayer for strength and courage
Give me courage,
for perhaps I lack it more than anything else.
I need courage before men against their threats
and against their seductions.
I need courage to bear unkindness,
I need courage to fight against the devil,
against terrors and troubles, temptations,
attractions, darkness and false lights,
against tears, depression, and above all fear.
I need Your help, dear God.
Strengthen me with Your love and Your grace.
Console me with Your blessed Presence
and grant me the courage to persevere
until I am with You forever in Heaven.
In the Name of the Father, and the Son,
and the Holy Ghost. Amen.