Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The other day I was watching a program on Daystar and the pastor was speaking about fear. He rattled off a ton of scriptures that all speak to the fears that we humans have and will encounter in this journey. The Philippians quote was the one that stuck with me, for whatever reason – all of the others are equally as powerful and encouraging.
The word “fear” occurs 400 times in 385 verses; a verse a day I’d say! Of these, the majority are found in the Old Testament (Torah). As you can see in the list below the verses containing fear in the New Testament start with:
1 Cor 16:10 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
and end with:
Rev 19:5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
1. (Gen 9:2 — Deu 28:58)
2. (Deu 28:66 — 2Ch 14:14)
3. (2Ch 17:10 — Psa 34:7)
4. (Psa 34:9 — Pro 3:7)
5. (Pro 3:25 — Isa 51:7)
6. (Isa 54:4 — Hag 2:5)
7. (Zec 8:13 — 1Co 2:3)
8. (1Co 16:10 — Rev 19:5)
There are two types of fear referenced in the bible: the fears that man holds about life and what occurs to him as a human being, and the fear of YHWH. In the first we are told not to fear and given encouragement.
In the second we are told to fear YHWH, but this blog primarily will speak of why we should not fear for a single thing, not one itty bitty thing!
In life we encounter many fears and most of them, thankfully are internalized and end up never happening. There are other fears in our life when we are actually threatened, say by a robber or a mugger on the street. Our adrenaline pumps and we get an extra boost of energy, turning into the fight or flight mode. Fear is surely a gift from Creator in such circumstances; a fear very present and in your face and because it is real we are equipped with extra by Creator to deal with it.
When We Live In Future We Invite Fear In
Fear that is in our mind about things that might happen is crippling and sometimes immobilizes us.
When most of what we fear appears to originate in the mind, it can also make us sick. When our minds are frozen on a potential event or unforeseen threat, our entire body becomes its focus. We cannot think about anything else. Perhaps we stop doing our daily routine, not eating properly or exercising. Fear then becomes the instigator of bad health because we are not taking care of our bodies.
We may make ourselves so sick that we cannot face going to work and we compound our difficulties and challenges. If we do not go to work then our finances start to suffer and our worries increase. It is a terrible catch 22 situation.
We are frozen in our focus on the potential fear, and in that tunnel vision we have neglected and even abused every other aspect of living life. That initial might not even happen fear has managed to grow and fester, adding additional fears: we get sick, we worry about paying the bills and taking care of the family.
When Life Happens Do Not Fear
We are all challenged at one time or another in our lives and it is from these challenges we emerge stronger and better, receiving gifts that allow us to reach back with arms extended to help the next person who will come along, who will follow in our footsteps and we can encourage, just as those who have gone before us have been our encouragement and added strength, enabling us to take that next step.
Years ago at a women’s Christian conference in Hamilton, Ontario, a word spoken by the preacher took root in the soil of my heart. It was something from Psalms or Proverbs (I’ll check it out) that spoke about blessing and goodness being in my life. I took it to mean that as I walked forward in this life, I would also receive goodness and blessings in my life, because I walk with the Lord.
I am learning that the truth of that word was that this is to be my legacy, and slowing I believe the how is being revealed to me. I have managed to live through and thrive four years of nothing but challenges, and recently another was added, which I may (or may not) write about at another time. With each challenge, the third being more difficult than the second (you know how it goes), I know that had I not been through and risen above the second, I would not have had the strength for the third; and so on.
Walking home the other day with a bit of bad news I was actually smiling and think I even chuckled wondering what marvellous miracles that my best friend who supports me in all things, Yeshua, has in store for me. This morning during meditation I found myself walking along this beautiful path with Yeshua, my left hand in his right hand, and feeling the energy of his strength and peace flowing through me like the warm waters of a bubbling brook kissed by sunlight. I was so happy, but most of all so peace filled.
I said to myself, “I AM Peace,” and I heard Spirit say, “Yes you are.”
Fear’s Antidote – Light Dispels Darkness
These are a few scriptures that I have heard repeatedly in my head and heart when unnecessary concerns come bubbling up into my mind. It is easy to say, “Yes Lord. Here they are, take these burdens from me.” The hard part is leaving them in His most capable and loving hands!
I am always trying to tell YHWH what I think should be done, or taking it back and trying painstakingly, fruitlessly through my own human and flawed efforts. My efforts sometimes work, but the fixes are usually temporary, or sadly not at all. I have learned that in patient waiting and going about daily living, without expectation of “when” or “how” things will be done, I am living a more peace filled life.
An example is a conversation I had with a brother a few days ago, about what I am doing (i.e. career path), where I will be living, etc. I freely admit that my old way of life and living was to immediately react to situations that caused me pain, which when possible included running away, moving. Four years ago when my brother took his life I immediately wanted to get to he** out of Dodge, but knew I must and would stay because I needed the healing.
Part of the healing included being offline for over 3 years and therefore more time to read and write, meditate and do healthy things – including of course crying, screaming and being pi**ed off at my brother.
It was solely the love of Yeshua and Spirit’s direction to things to read or listen to that helped me through that process. I had fears about “what am I going to do?” In all of this I knew I was safe and that all is well. Besides my brother’s sudden passing, there were long ago issues that came to surface that needed hearing and clearing. I guess you could say it was three years of Spring Cleaning to make way for the new growth, the new birth.
The following verses are taken from Psalms and Proverbs as they are poetry and so easy to recall.
Psalm 14:5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
Psalm 27:1 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: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
Psalm 31:11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
Psalm 31:13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Psalm 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Psalm 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Psalm 78:53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Proverbs 3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
CLOSING NOTE: I started writing this blog earlier this morning. I just went to a bible site to look up some scripture and the bible verse of the day is Phil 4:6-7 in the NIV. This blog was surely meant for someone besides me and I am so very grateful. NIV version reads: