The world is filled with unwelcomed circumstances: a frightening diagnosis, financial setbacks, unmeetable deadlines, irreparable relationships, global pandemics, wars and rumors of wars, food insecurities, and more. If not careful, these things can cause one to become frozen in fear.
Regardless of the source of your fear, the Bible offers believers of Jesus a plethora of examples of people who have faced paralyzing challenges and overcame their fear through visions, faith, promise from our Lord.
Moses overcame the fear of facing his past. Moses fears began in Egypt, a place he ran away from after being labeled a murderer. He was motivated to go back to Egypt by God’s vision of working through him to save his people, the Jews.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” God said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” (Exodus 3:11-12).
Moses acquired bravery and boldness because God promised that he would be with him through this journey. Moses’ bravery motivated the Jews to follow his example during the Red Sea experience to escape the Egyptians.
David overcame his fear of the Philistine giant, Goliath, by focusing on the times God delivered him from the paws of the lion and the bear. This gave David the courage to defeat Goliath even though he was a young lad and Goliath was a warrior from his youth now a grown man. He had an unshakable confidence that God would deliver him against Goliath. Through faith and a slingshot, God gave him victory.
And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”  And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.”  And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!” (I Sam17:32-33, 37)
Esther risked her life to persuade her husband, King Xerxes, to thwart the plans of Haman to kill the Jews in their country. She was encouraged by the faith, taught by her uncle Mordecai, that she would be fulfilling the call to save God’s people.
“Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)
All three examples show where people just like us faced dire consequences, but instead of allowing fear to grip them, they relied on the true and living God. We have that same God; and through his word, we too can be victorious over fear. Below are a few fear-canceling verses to empower us in conquering fear in every area of our lives because God is with us.
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” (Psalm 34:4–5)
“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)
“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)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” (Psalm 46:1–3)
“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” (Isaiah 41:13)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (Luke 14:27)
“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day.” (Psalm 91:4–5)
Faith Challenge: This week, focus on a fear-breaking verse each day and watch how our God liberates you to victory.