Being full of fear stops us from walking in the victorious life that God desires for us to have. The dictionary defines fear as – “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger” ; ”anxious concern” ; “profound reverence and awe especially toward God” and “reason for alarm”. Merriam-Webster – fear
I have learned that my feelings are fickle – they are in constant change and like a boat on the ocean, they come and go with the waves. We tend to feel a vast assortment of feelings everyday. Some of the feelings we are well aware of and some we don’t even realize are there. There are feelings that are more pleasant to sit in and there are some that not only make us uncomfortable, they also have a tendency to immobilize us. When our feelings start to immobilize us we end up getting stuck in those feelings. This then prevents us from living in the fullness of life that God has for us.
Have you ever been full of fear? Has fear held you back from moving forward in your life? Has the fear held you captive and as a result you limit yourself to the opportunities that come your way?
There are so many different types of fears. We can fear people, places, animals and things. Some of us fear failure and some us fear success. We can also fear both fear and success simultaneously. Living in fear is exhausting and we tend to lose all hope.
There comes a time in our lives that we have to make a choice to work through our emotion of fear or risk never moving forward in our lives. Often times when we are full of fear it is a result of past memories, lies other people have told us that we then believe and our own insecurities. Another explanation of living full of fear is believing the lies of the enemy.
The Bible calls Satan our enemy. It also calls him a thief. God gives us the following encouragement in His Word:
”The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” John 10:10 ~ Amp
What does being full of fear look like?
Living full of fear doesn’t always mean that you are scared of something that you can actually see like people or physical circumstances in your life. Often living in fear is a state of our mind that controls all aspects of our lives and hinders us from moving forward.
What Does God Say About Feeling Fear?
God’s Word has oodles of scriptures that can help us when we are full of fear. In His Word you will find golden nuggets of truth that when applied will help lead you to living a victorious life. I want to share with you 25 Bible Verses that teaches us about fear:
Deuteronomy 31:8 ~ “It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” – AMP
2 Timothy 1:7 ~ “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” – AMP
John 14:27 ~ “Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” – AMP
Psalm 56:3-4 ~ “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” – NIV
Psalm 94:19 ~ “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me.” – AMP
1 Peter 5:6-7 ~ “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].” – AMP
Psalm 18:2 ~ “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and the One who rescues me;
My God, my rock and strength in whom I trust and take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower—my stronghold.” – AMP
Isaiah 35:4 ~ “Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” – NLT
Luke 12:22-26 ~ “Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” – NLT
Psalm 27:1 ~ “The Lord is my light and my salvation— Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life— Whom shall I dread?” – AMP
1 Chronicles 28:20 ~ “And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.” – NKJV
Mark 4:39-40 ~ “And He got up and [sternly] rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still (muzzled)!” And the wind died down [as if it had grown weary] and there was [at once] a great calm [a perfect peacefulness]. Jesus said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith and confidence [in Me]?” – AMP
1 Peter 3:13-14 ~ “And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” – NKJV
Romans 8:28 ~ “ And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.” – AMP
Psalm 118:6-7 ~ “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can [mere] man do to me? The Lord is on my side, He is among those who help me; Therefore I will look [in triumph] on those who hate me.” – AMP
Joshua 1:9 ~ “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – AMP
Philippians 4:6-7 ~ “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – NKJV
Psalm 34:4 ~ “I sought the Lord [on the authority of His word], and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.” – AMP
Hebrews 13:5-6 ~ “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” – NKJV
Psalm 46:1 ~ “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – NIV
Romans 8:38-39 ~ “ For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – NKJV
Deuteronomy 3:22 ~ “Do not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who is fighting for you.” – AMP
Isaiah 41:10 ~ “‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’” – AMP
Romans 8:15 ~ “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” – NKJV
Isaiah 43:1 ~ “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.” – NKJV
Further Resources For When You Are Full Of Fear
In addition to applying the above scriptures to your life I have also written the following posts to help you with feelings of fear:
The following books are great resources to read about overcoming fear (click on the links):
The Power of Praying Through Fear Book of Prayers
By Stormie Omartian
Imagine Your Life Without Fear, Booklet
By Max Lucado
Breaking the Fear Cycle
By Maria Furlough
I want to encourage you to end your scripture reading time with prayer. If you would like some guidance in this I have left you the following prayer:
Thank you for Your Word and the truth that is in it. It has encouraged, edified and challenged me. Your Word propels me to grow and it leads me to a more victorious life when I take heed to it. There are so many times that I have allowed fear to immobilize me. I ask for Your forgiveness in not trusting You.
Please place Your Word deep within my heart and help me to go to it when I find myself full of fear. I know that fear does not come from You and that it is Your perfect love that casts out all fear. Today I surrender all the fears that I have been holding on to and I lay them at the cross. In return I pick up Your Word and thus enrich my faith. Help me Lord to not stumble and fall. Help me to do things afraid as I know that You are always with me. —- In Jesus’ name ~~~ Amen
Keep Pressing Forward
Surrendering our fear to God is not always easy, especially if we have been full of fear for a long time. Learning to let go of our fear and do things afraid is challenging. It is often a process and doesn’t always happen overnight. I want to encourage you to keep seeking God and connecting to Him. This connection with Him will help build up your faith and dissipate your fear.
Remember that He loves you and in His love is grace, mercy and protection.
My prayer for you: Lord, I ask that you keep your daughter/son as the apple of Your eye; Hide her/him under the shadow of Your wings ~ Amen (Psalm 17:8)
Are you or have you been full of fear? What has helped you “do it afraid”? I would love to hear from you and pray for you.
Be blessed 💞💞💞
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