How to Deal with Fear by Joy Showunmi

Everyone has moments when they are fearful of things. Whether it is a new job or exams, it is so important to remember who you serve and who is in control of your life and future if you allow him to be.

Here are some reassuring bible verses which explain why we do not have to be afraid and how we can overcome fear when we find ourselves facing it.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”   2 Timothy 1:7

“But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”   Deuteronomy 31:6

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

“Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:36

Whenever you are fearful about any situation, say these verses of scripture aloud and boldly into your atmosphere. Go one step further by personalising the scriptures. For example, if your name is Sally, say the scriptures this way:

Isaiah 43 verse 1 says “But now, this is what the Lord says to me… Fear not Sally, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; Sally, you are mine.” So I do not fear because God has redeemed me; He has summoned me by name; I am His.

Personalising the scriptures helps you to internalise them, and walk in the realisation of what the Word of God says about you. God bless you. Fear not!

Joy, a Literature and Journalism student writes from Chester, United Kingdom

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