Confronting Fear Face To Face

 

If you’re a Christian woman fighting fear, I feel your pain.

Yet…..

 2Ti 1:7 God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Although everyone’s fears are somewhat different, in the hands of God they can become very powerful tools to teach us faith, trust, and endurance. When we understand this we can work with God to build these characteristics as he molds us into His image. 

 Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hands.

 Jesus Christ was tempted in all points as we are, and has left us a fine example as to how to deal with our trials.  In the account of Satan versus Jesus, we find a common thread running through them.

 What weaponry did Christ use to defeat his foe?

 THE FACE OFF

 Satan:  If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

 Jesus:  It is written man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

 Satan:  If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Jesus: Mt 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

 Satan:  Again, the devil took him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them.  And said unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Jesus:  Mt 4:10 Then said Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Did you notice the common thread in Christ’s responses?  He mentioned It is written in all three temptations.    He went back the OT, using Bible verses to combat Satan.  He used the mighty words of the Bible to hold His battle ground.

During some tough trials in my life, I found it tremendously helpful to use Christ’s example of using scriptures to counter the fears that I faced.

Here is a sample list of fears and some of the promises of God you might use to give you hope and as armaments as you wage war against fear.  My husband does this by printing out the verses that he finds helpful and then tacks them next to his computer where he can see them everyday.  It has been very helpful in battling his fears. Try this with the particular fears that affect you personally, countering them with the promises of God:

 FEARS AND PROMISES

Money Worries:  Ps 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. Psalm 4:10, Matthew 6:31-33

 Worry About Being Alone:    God sets the lonely in families.  Hag 1:13, Ex 3:12, Psalm 145:18, Psalm 68:6

Worry About Not Being Perfect:  John 6:37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  Ps 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Worry About God’s Love For You:  Ps 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  John 16:27, John 3:16.

Worries About Trials:  James 1:3-4 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  Matt 24:13, Matt 19:26, Romans 8:38.

Worries About Relationships:   Ps 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.   Pr 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

 Worry About Being Comforted:   Isa 66:13 As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you.  John 14:16-18.

Worry About Abandonment:  Heb 13:5 For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Worry About Wisdom:  Jas 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.

 Worry About Christian Endurance: Psalm 48:14, John 6:37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 Worry About Depression:  Mt 11:28-29 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  Job 33:28

Worry About Worrying:  Ps 29:11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:11, Heb 13:6, Psalm 65:22, Psalm 55:22, Isa 41:10-14.

 I found all these verses above by using a Bible tool called Power Bible, a CD that has the entire Bible along with concordance.  There are different versions of the Bible on the disk, i.e. King James, New King James, New International Version, American Standard, Bible in Basic English, Revised Standard, Modern King James, and many more.  I use the search button to put in key words, i.e. fear, anger, depression, and all the scriptures in the Bible that use these terms come up. This version costs $19. There is a free Bible help available  called E-Sword.  This would greatly help you in your studies. Of course, there are also hardbound Bible concordance that you can purchase at your local Bible book store. Here are two links that you can find these Bible helps.

 http://www.powerbible.com/

Free:  http://www.e-sword.net/

Teaching your young children key promise verses through memorization will better equip them for life’s challenges.  I tacked verses around the perimeter of our kitchen as my children were growing up.  They would recite them and receive a reward, something as simple as a sticky star.  This also teaches our children  that they will be rewarded throughout their life for trusting in God’s promises.

My prayer is that some of you can use this same method.  I would love to hear how YOU have overcome or are overcoming your fears.

For Today: Let’s use the Bible as a means to counter the attacks of fear that so often plague us. We can live more joyfully with the confidence that God’s word is sure, everlasting, and able to strengthen our faith more every day.

Remember, your Heavenly Father has made you a promise.

…For He, God Himself, has said,
I will not in any way fail you
nor give you up
nor leave you without support.
I will not, I will not,
I will not in any degree leave you helpless
nor forsake nor let you down.
Assuredly not!

 Hebrews 13:5

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  1. Great post, Mom. Thanks for sharing all of the Scriptures with us.

  2. When you’re in doubt sometimes it’s all about diving into the fog and facing your fears…

    • Yes, you are absolutely right. But it takes the strength of God to dive sometimes, and scriptures can certainly give you courage. He is able! I appreciate your words of encouragement! 🙂


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