Fear Not

It has been observed that there are at least 365 “fear not” scriptures in the Bible.  One would have been enough, should have been enough.  However, He said it to us over and over again hoping that in whatever circumstance of life we find ourselves, we would hear and know the “fear not” falling from His voice over us.

Fear is a common experience for all of us.  It has a paralyzing effect on creativity, sensitivity, and accomplishment.  The prophet Elijah had seen prophets slain, fire fall, and had prayed down a storm.  Yet, when fear took dominion of his inner kingdom, he panicked, became depressed, went into seclusion, lost control of his thinking and became defensive in his praying.  Fear resulted in His misdirection.

Perhaps the best antidotes to the devastating attack of fear is a good dose of a “fear not” every day.  There is not time and space here to share 365-plus promises, but I can share a few of my personal favorites:

Isaiah 35:4:  “…to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not . . . “

Isaiah 41:10:  “Fear thou not; for I am with thee…”

Exodus 14:13:  “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…”

Luke 12:32:  “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”

Hebrews 13:6:  “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Psalm 37:1:  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?”  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 27:3:  “Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear.”