“Hold on a minute,” I gasped as I pushed myself upright again. Repositioning my end of the load, I followed my husband into the spare bedroom where we let the heavy box thud to the floor. We made it–but I knew I had tweaked my back with my stumble-up-the-stairs technique. Fighting fear, I swallowed ibuprofen, grabbed an ice pack, and waited for the muscles in my back to unclench.
I was grateful to discover the injury was minor, but surprised at the way fear moved on in and took up residence in my mind. The what-ifs and the memory of past injuries became my present-moment reality. For me, fear can be like a muscle that clenches at the slightest provocation, causing me to forget how God has graciously carried me through hard days in the past.
God is a very present help in time of need, but he is not in the business of granting grace for troubles that haven’t happened yet! When my mind veers into worry, I am striking off into territory that’s none of my business. Three verses set an agenda for relaxing my fear muscle and fighting fear by leaning into the power, the love, and the sovereignty of God.
When my mind veers into worry, I am striking off into territory that’s none of my business. Three verses set an agenda for relaxing my fear muscle and fighting fear by leaning into the power, the love, and the sovereignty of God.Tweet
Three Scriptures to Fight Fear
1. When You Fear Your Own Weakness
Fear not, for I am with you;Isaiah 41:10
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
My fear of injury is not groundless. I’ve done my time on medication and an icepack, in bed and in pain. Worst of all, I’ve experienced the limitations of restricted movement. My physical weakness, however, is more than met by the spiritual strength and upholding of a God who promises to meet me in my weakness, to be my helper through the claustrophobia of the slow healing process.
When God spoke this promise to his people Israel, they were surrounded by nations who were experiencing God’s judgment, and their own future looked pretty bleak. Even so, God’s reassurance came to them in this promise of restoration.
2. When You Fear the Loss of Something You Cherish
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”Philippians 3:8
Loss of independence.
Loss of family, friendships, livelihood, ministry opportunities, clear thinking, fill in the blank yourself.
What comes to mind when you read this verse? Most crucially, can you join Paul in concluding that the loss is inconsequential compared to the sustaining presence of Christ in your life?
3. When You Fear the Future
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”Psalm 32:8
Whether it’s a decision that needs to be made without a clear, visible path or simply a nagging sense of dread over an uncertain season, battle unbelief with the knowledge that God is more interested in guiding his children than we, typically, are in following him. Even on an uncertain trajectory, you travel with God who has never once been surprised, who may lead you through periods of tremendous stress for your growth and his glory, and who faithfully comes alongside you in your anxiety.
What verses have helped you to fight fear?
God has provided his word as a comfort and also as a weapon in the battle against anxiety. Let’s use the comment section below as a gathering around truth. Maybe the verse(s) you share will be the exact words another reader needs on this particular day!
Go now in grace and peace,
God has provided his word as a comfort and also as a weapon in the battle against anxiety.Tweet
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