Romans 8:31-39 (NLT)31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Solomon, the wisest man that has ever lived wrote that wisdom begins with the fear of God.
Proverbs 9:10 (NLT) Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
Fear of God isn’t the emotion that usually comes to mind when we think of fear. That emotion is fright, which is a sudden intense feeling of fear. Synonyms of this type fear are fearfulness, terror, horror, alarm, panic, dread, trepidation, dismay, nervousness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, perturbation, and disquiet. The fear of God is a reverential respect of God’s power and glory. Fear of God is the result of His love for mankind and the grace that He has given to those who, in faith, believe on His Son, Jesus Christ.
Other than the fear of God, we are commanded to “fear not”. We are commanded to “fear not” because God of the many promises He made to those who believe in Jesus, have confessed Him as Lord and Savior, and been “born again”. He’s promised to protect them, to provide for them, and to give them eternal life with Him.
Today there are many reasons to fear and doubt (which comes from fear); the economy, bad reports from the doctor, serious illness of a loved one, death of a loved one, global unrest, terrorist threats, and hopeless predictions from political prognosticators ….. I could go on and one.
Fear is also one of Satan’s strongest weapons and he uses it against us in spiritual warfare. Worry, anxiety, and fear can overwhelm us and paralyze us or control every move and decision we make. (See The Mind is the Battlefield in Spiritual Warfare).
There are 365 references to "fear not"” in the Bible. One “"fear not"” for everyday in the year. More specifically, in the context of instructing us not to be afraid of circumstances, or to not fear following a command or instruction of God, the phrase is used about 80 times. Other phrases that would be equal to "fear not” like; “do not be afraid, “do not fear”, or “be not afraid” appear about 30 times.
The important thing is that the fact we are told to not fear anyone or any circumstance other than God Himself, so many times, means it’s very important. God commands us to not fear.
God will not fail you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (ASV)6 Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be affrighted at them: for Jehovah thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
God will not forsake you.
1 Chronicles 28:20 (ASV)20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed; for Jehovah God, even my God, is with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until all the work for the service of the house of Jehovah be finished.
God will help you.
Isaiah 41:13 (ASV)13 For I, Jehovah thy God, will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, fear not; I will help thee.
God knows you by name.
Isaiah 43:1 (ASV)1 But now thus saith Jehovah that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel: fear not, for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine.
God can do marvelous things.
Joel 2:21 (ASV)21 fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice; for Jehovah hath done great things.
God did give not us a spirit of fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 (ASV)7 For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.
God will give us peace.
Philippians 4:6 (ASV) In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Christ is the First and the Last
Revelation 1:17 (ASV)17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as one dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying, fear not; I am the first and the last,
Fear Not: He’s In Control
by Max Lucado, from Fear Not
We need to hear that God is still in control. We need to hear that it’s not over until He says so. We need to hear that life’s mishaps and tragedies are not a reason to bail out. They are simply a reason to sit tight.
Corrie ten Boom used to say, “When the train goes through a tunnel and the world gets dark, do you jump out? Of course not. You sit still and trust the engineer to get you through.”
Next time you’re disappointed, don’t panic. Don’t jump out. Don’t give up. Just be patient and let God remind you He’s still in control.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. — John 16:33
Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. — Romans 8:38 NLT
They cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. — Psalm 107:19
You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. — Psalm 59:16
You may be down to your last paycheck, solution, or thimble of faith. Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.
They’re talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming, breakouts of al Qaeda cells. Some demented dictator is collecting nuclear warheads the way others collect fine wines. A strain of Asian flu is boarding flights out of China. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror.
But Jesus doesn’t want you to live in a state of fear. Nor do you.
He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you can hide. His truth will be your shield and protection. You will not fear any danger by night or an arrow during the day. — Psalm 91:4-5 NCV
I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? — Psalm 118:5-6
Excerpted from Fear Not by Max Lucado.