It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with life’s challenges, and even as Christians, we may find ourselves worrying, and facing anxieties and fears. The good news is all in the word – and that is that we don’t ever need these negative emotions to be a part of our lives. God’s word shows us how to overcome fear in all circumstances of life. Take note of these 8 powerful scriptures, and see how to apply them effectively.
- Psalm 34:4 “I prayed to the Lord and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.”
Prayer is essential to wellbeing. It allows us time to give thanks to the Lord and to call out to him for all our needs. Just as is written in this Psalm, so too can you call out to the Lord, no matter your circumstances. Call out to God and tell Him what you are anxious about. The best part is that you can be confident He will answer you and free you from your fears. When we pray effectively, we should believe that God hears us and that we are released of all worries.
- Mark 5:36 “…Jesus told him (Jairus) ‘Don’t be afraid, just believe.’”
Mark recounts how a concerned father named Jairus approached Jesus to heal his daughter. While Jairus was waiting for Jesus, a messenger came to tell Jairus that his daughter had died. This would be devastating news to anyone, and cause anyone to lose faith. Yet, Jesus turned to Jairus and said the words quoted above: don’t be afraid, just believe.
Jairus trusted Jesus, and obeyed His order. He didn’t allow fear to enter his mind or his heart. When Jesus arrived to where Jairus’ daughter was, He declared that the girl was not dead, but only sleeping. He demanded that she rise, and she did! Look at the miracle that came from having faith instead of fear. If we can apply faith to all situations rather than fear, these same miracles can be performed in our lives.
- Psalm 91: 5-7 “You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”
This awesome scripture says it all! No matter what terrors day or night hold, it’s nothing for us to fear. If you live in fear or trauma of violence and sickness, you’ll find this scripture particularly comforting.
- Psalm 94:19 “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
Allow God’s consolation to fill you with joy, and put even the greatest anxieties at bay. Consolation is only another word for comfort. It’s evident from this Psalm that God comforts us in all situations. We know all the benefits of having a friend we can lean on in times of need, somebody who can just hug us and tell us it is OK.
This scripture tells us that God lets us know it’s all OK, and everything is going to work out. His comfort is the greatest of all, because when God says it’s going to be OK, He is not deceiving you. Surely He knows exactly how all things work out, especially for our benefit – and that is what should fill our hearts and soul with joy.
- Proverbs 12:25 “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.”
We often wonder how to conquer fear with drastic measures and huge life changes. However, more times than most it is the simplest things that make the biggest difference. Proverbs 12:25 is the perfect scripture for remembering this, and applying it to our lives. Embracing even small acts of kindness will make us happier, lighter people. Remember, this can work both ways. Always take a moment to be kind and cheer somebody up, even if you aren’t going through the best of times yourself.
- Proverbs 29:25 “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”
Sadly, we are sometimes filled with dread or feel intimidated by mere men. It could be living in fear of an abusive partner, worrying about somebody’s manipulations at work, or just the negative attitudes of certain people in our lives who may rob us of our joy. The word is clear though – it’s not godly to fear people, and doing so will only trap us. It will keep us stuck in a bad situation.
The only way is to be freed of this is to put God before all things, to trust in His authority over men. What do we have to fear of man if we know that God is in control? Nothing! This is what frees us.
- Philippians 4: 6-7 “Do not be anxious in 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.”
The power of gratitude is undeniable. Wonderful things happen when we come to God to praise Him and give Him our thanks – even in times of anxiety. The simple action of being grateful for all God’s blessings in our lives already brings His great peace over us.
Take another look at the scripture: we should make our requests known to God, pray, and be thankful. The scripture doesn’t go on to say that God’s peace will fill us ’once our requests are met’. No! It goes on to say that God’s peace will be on us simply from making our requests known, praying, and being thankful.
The even better part is that this peace transcends all understanding and safeguards us. So even when peace seems impossible, even when you are in the midst of chaos, God’s peace is yours to claim.
- 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.”
You can always count on God’s love for you no matter how low or difficult things might seem. God knew full well that life would be filled with obstacles that would be difficult for us to face, but he also gave us the clear solution for all these things: to cast our worries on Him, and be free!
We are too weak, too imperfect to manage these things on our own. When we hand our problems over to God, we can rest assured that all things will work out accordingly. How? Because we know that our problems are now in the hands of someone who is perfect enough and strong enough to solve any worry we may have. Greatest of all, God does this because he loves us.
The best thing any of us can do to overcome fear is to always turn to God. These scriptures have a common message that teaches us invaluable lessons. It doesn’t matter what we are facing because God loves us, He is perfect, and He will care for us. They teach us that even in times of trouble, we should pray and be grateful. They also show us that even when we are experiencing troubling times, peace and joy are completely possible through God.