Why is it so hard to be still and know that He is God? Honestly, for me, it is because I am afraid. I know I know, there are hundreds of Bible verses about fear not, but Y’all, fear is a living breathing force in my everyday life.
I’m not proud to admit that, but God revealed it over the past few weeks learning to be still. For each and every time He said “be still,” I said, “but God…” Can you relate? As we move forward in understanding how to be still we are now going to face the enemy of stillness in our lives. Fear.
Why Study Bible Verses About Fear Not While Learning How To Be Still?
Over and over again we see that when God said, “Be still,” He was saying, “Trust Me.” I really thought I trusted God but I am not good at being still. This reveals areas where I am honestly not trusting God.
Why study these Bible verses about fear not? Because God says a lot about fear and if I don’t understand where God stands on this issue I will be destined to repeat the same destructive patterns my whole life.I hope you will follow along as we dig into each of the 13 Bible verses about fear not – God's Promises to Be Still and Not Fear! Click To Tweet
Why Can’t I Trust God?
I am afraid. Do you live with fear? What kind of things are you afraid of?
- Loss of loved ones
- Lack of Control
Those are just some of my fears.
Now listen, these are not ridiculous or unfounded fears. Each and everything on my list of fears comes from a real place in my past or present. These are hard things that have happened in my life and I am afraid of the hurt being repeated.
Why Do We Have To Re-Learn Trust?
Can we trust God when he allows hard things in our past, present, and future?
I was crying with a friend last week about this. It’s not like God hasn’t had to teach me to be still before. We’ve been here before, God and I, and I can’t believe I am here again… doubting, fearful, anxious.
Every time a storm comes into my life I wrestle with fear over trust.
- Where I really doubted God even cared about us.
- My first miscarried
- Losing a baby caused me to struggle with fear and being still.
- I was anxious and could not be still.
- My parents’ divorce
- We were back at it again.
- My best friend committed suicide
- I wrestled yet again.
- The church split
- Dear friends and trusted mentors turn on each other I literally ran from God.
- More miscarriages
- More fear.
- A difficult Marriage
- Tested my faith and trust in God in more ways than I ever imagined.
- A Child With Special Needs
- Pushing the limits of my patience and faith.
- Financial hardships
- Send me back to that place of fear.
- Chronic Illness that brings chronic pain
- I am struggling to be still and trust God.
What God Says About Fear?
What are the hard things that cause fear in your life right now?
As I’ve wrestled with God over these fears I rationalize them in order to hold onto them. They feel like a real part of who I am. Can you relate?
Long ago I asked questions like:
- What verse in the Bible says you have no fear?
- and What does the Bible say about fear not?
- What does God say about fear and anxiety?
- How many times is fear not in the Bible?
After years of studying this topic, I learned that the Bible tells me (repeatedly) that God does not give a spirit of fear so those fears are not of God. The Bible also tells me that God gives us a spirit of Love.
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
God’s love, His perfect Love, casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
Fear is the opposite of Love.
Receiving and walking daily in God’s love requires faith in God, trust in God to release those fears. And we can rest in that because honestly, God loves us!
Even knowing God loves me, I wrestle with fear. No wonder God repeats the message with so many Bible verses about fear not!
How Many Times Does the Bible Say Fear Not?
Is do not be afraid in the Bible 365 times? The first time I heard that number I was shocked, but fear really is mentioned hundreds of times. Goes to show you how well God knows us!
Actually, the Bible mentions fear over 400 times (here are 7 Verses on fear to gain victory in your life from Flourishing Today).
That gives me hope. You are not crazy to be afraid, you are just human! And We can have hope to overcome fear!!!!!!!!! We can use these Bible verses overcoming fear with success!
God talks about fear over 400 times in the bible. 365 of those times He says something like: Fear Not for (because) I Am… He then goes on to name a part of His character that we can claim every single time we are afraid. Y’all those are living breathing promises we can write out, meditate on (if not memorize), and claim, (hold God too) when the hard things come!
We. Can. Claim. God’s. Promises. Every. Single. Time. We. Are. Afraid.
What Does the Bible Say About Fear Not?
We have established that there are hundreds of Bible verses about fear and worry, so how did I narrow down 13 Bible verses about fear not to study? These Bible verses all come with a promise to claim.
There are even more Bible verses about worry and stress, but I need hope more than inspiration or encouragement with the issue of fear.
What Does God Say About Fear and Anxiety?
The topic of fear and anxiety often cross and can be a bit confusing. As a person who struggles with clinical anxiety and PTSD, I don’t want to confuse the issue.
You can struggle with fear and not anxiety and most anxiety is not actually based on fear. To learn more about Biblical anxiety and how I work to overcome it through prayer and Scripture read this.
I have to admit up front I am partial to the promise, “so do not fear for I am with you.” It comforts me that God never leaves us in the midst of so many trials. As we read through these promises today I just want you to slowly let them sink into your heart.
You can trust God and give Him the fear as you claim these promises – Bible verses about fear not!
Do Not Fear Because God Hears You
“God heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.” Genesis 21:17
Fear Not For God Is With You
“The Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; Do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham.”” Genesis 26:24
Do Not Fear Because God Saves You
“But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.” Exodus 14:13
Fear Not For God Delivers You
“But the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.” Numbers 21:34
Do Not Fear Because God Fights For You
“Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.’” Deuteronomy 3:22
Fear Not Because God Is Greater Than Your Enemy
“So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2 Kings 6:16
Related: The Enemy’s Plan Against You
Do Not Fear Because God Will Not Fail You
“Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” 1 Chronicles 28:20
Fear Not For The Lord Is For You
“The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6
Do Not Fear Because The Lord Is Your Strength And Help
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’” Isaiah 41:10 &13
Fear Not Because The Lord Redeems You And Calls You By Name
“But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” Isaiah 43:1
Do Not Fear Because The Lord Will Cover Your Shame
“Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.” Isaiah 54:4
Related: Living Free From Shame and Guilt
Fear Not Because The Lord Adopts You
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”” Romans 8:15
Do Not Fear Because The Lord Has Done Great Things For You
“Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, For the Lord has done great things.” Joel 2:21
Will you Join Our Study Through These 13 Bible Verses About Fear Not?
While there are over 400 mentions of fear in the scripture, these 13 Bible verses about fear not speak directly to our topic of how to be still. We can be still when we release our fear to the One who truly is trustworthy!
Maybe another time we can look over the list of 365 do not fear Bible verses together. That would be an amazing Bible study!
I hope you will follow along as we dig into each of God’s promises to be still and not fear!
A Prayer To Fear Not And Be Still Before God
Jesus, I love you,
I know that Your love casts out fear but Jesus I still have fear. Help me let these Promises and truths from scripture sink in deeper, becoming part of who I am. Teach me to Be Still in Your perfect love, Trust you and let go of these fears.
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