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, we are told over and over again to Not Fear 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.
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Over and over again we see when God said Be Still He was saying Trust Me. And I thought I trusted God but I am not good at being still.
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.
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. Click To Tweet
- There was a time of homelessness, where I really doubted God even cared about us.
- When I miscarried my babies I struggled with fear and being still.
- After the divorce, I was anxious and could not be still.
- When my parents divorced we were back at it again.
- After my best friend committed suicide I wrestled yet again.
- When the church split and I saw my dear friends and trusted mentors turn on each other I literally ran from God.
- More miscarriages brought more fear.
- A difficult Marriage has tested my faith and trust in God in more ways than I ever imagined.
- Financial hardships send me back to that place of fear.
- Now I have a Chronic Illness that brings chronic pain and I am struggling to be still and trust God.
What are the hard things that cause fear in your life right now?
As I’ve wrestled with God over these fears I rationalized them in order to hold onto them. They feel like a real part of who I am. SMH even to write that. Can you relate?
What verse in the Bible says you have no fear?
But 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.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
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 you!
Is do not be afraid in the Bible 365 times?
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!!!!!!!!!God talks about fear over 400 times in the bible. 365 of those times He says something like: Fear Not for (because) I Am... Y'all those are living breathing Promises we can hold God too when the hard things come! Click To Tweet
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 hold God too when the hard things come!
We. Can. Claim. God’s. Promises. Every. Single. Time. We. Are. Afraid.
So I pulled together 13 Promises to Be Still and Not Fear
Be Still and do not fear because God hears you
Genesis 21:17 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.
Be Still and do not fear because God is with you
Genesis 26:24 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.”
Be Still and do not fear because God saves you
Exodus 14:13 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.
Be Still and do not fear because God delivers you
Numbers 21:34 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.”
Be Still and do not fear because God fights for you
Deuteronomy 3:22 Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.’
Be Still and do not fear because God is greater than your enemy
2 Kings 6:16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Be Still and do not fear because God will not fail you
1 Chronicles 28:20 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.
Be Still and do not fear because The Lord is for you
Psalm 118:6 The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?
Be Still and do not fear because The Lord is your strength and help
Isaiah 41:10 &13 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.’
Be Still and do not fear because The Lord Redeems you and calls you by name
Isaiah 43:1 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!
Be Still and do not fear because The Lord will cover your shame
Isaiah 54:4 “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.
Be Still and do not fear because The Lord adopts you
Romans 8:15 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!”
Be Still and do not fear because The Lord has done great things for you
Joel 2:21 Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, For the Lord has done great things.
I hope you will follow along as we dig into each of God's Promises to Be Still and Not Fear! Click To Tweet
A Prayer as we Start claiming God’s Promises to Be Still and Not Fear
Jesus, I love you,
I know that Your love casts our 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.