God’s word to the fearful

God’s word to the fearful August 7, 2013

Today I simply want to share some Scriptures with you that tackle fear. Obviously fear is closely related to anxiety. In the passages below I will highlight certain phrases that I think are really important. You may need to meditate on these words for months or years, but in time they will reprogram your mind:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7,KJV)

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).

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
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,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday
(Psalm 91:1–6).

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
(Psalm 56:3–4, NIV)

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you
(Deuteronomy 31:6)

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).

But now thus says the LORD,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior . . .
Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you
. . .
Fear not, for I am with you;
(Isaiah 43:1–5).

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. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
(Psalm 46:1–7).

My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me,
and horror overwhelms me.
And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest;
yes, I would wander far away;
I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
I would hurry to find a shelter
from the raging wind and tempest . . .
But I call to God,
and the LORD will save me.
Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice . . .

Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.

(Psalm 55:4–22).

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.
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
(Psalm 34:4–9).

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  • Robert Adam

    I know that my comment is going to be offensive to you good people, and really that is not its intention. I was driven to find you and post a question/comment, it IS genuine and not intended to be facetious or rude, but I apologise in advance. Right, it is said that we are created in Gods image. IF that is the case, then is God an evil, selfish, backstabbing, two faced, lying, thieving, manipulative, cowardly, lazy, untrustworthy and totally useless piece of scum, who thinks the world owes him?? I am, I always have been. I don’t WANT to be, and believe me I have TRIED so hard you would not believe TO change, but, and I am crystal clear on this, God keeps stopping me. Now, can I clarify from here, I am not a confused child, I am FAST approaching my 60th year. I have known ALL MY LIFE I was different, that my train of thought differed from the accepted norm. I have ALWAYS had thoughts that SOMETHING is imminent, but have never seen it. I am a bad husband and father, and a very poor friend to those who try to befriend me. I have never actually SERIOUSLY harmed anyone, but I have never treated people with the respect they deserve either. I HAVE hurt people, not physically, but most probably in so many other ways, undoubtedly. I DO think of ending my own life, but as said before, I am a coward. I talk to God, I ASK what I need to do, I CHALLENGE God as to why I AM this scum. I have ALWAYS been the same. As a child my EARLIEST memory is one of jealousy. THAT is not normal, is it? I do not expect anyone to resolve this, or even to response, but strange as it seems, I KNOW I was supposed to put this here, so IF anyone has anything to say, please do.

    • Joyce Conner

      Hi Robert. When I read your words, I could just see my own name posted there in the same place as your own. And, believe me, this is not easy for me, responding to anyone or anything because of fear, a fear of saying the wrong thing.
      I have suffered from severe depression for many years. My earliest memory is at age five. I will be 50 this October, and as long as I can remember, I have felt like a reject. I’ve never fit in. I’ve always been bullied and teased unmercifully. Even my own parents have thoroughly expressed their disappointment in me. And, yes, I have been receiving treatment for about 14 years.
      I’ve never done really bad stuff. In fact, I have always tried to be “good.”

      That’s what Satan wants. He wants us to think that we don’t need God, that we can make it on our own. But there’s no way that I could carry the burden of my sin and the guilt that I feel.

      I’m actually thankful that you are having this battle. It means that the Devil is losing and is trying really hard to confuse you. He doesn’t need to attack those out there that have rejected Christ. He already has them. But when someone starts searching for the truth, he gets nervous.

      It sounds as if you are measuring what’s right and normal by the world’s standards. That’s the same trick Satan pulled in the Garden with Adam and Eve. He wants us to think we don’t need God. He wants us to try to make it on our own because he knows we’ll fall on our face. He’s tells us, “Oh, you can do it. You don’t need God.” Then, he laughs at us when we fail. He wants your destruction; God wants only good for you.

      The thing is, Robert, that what this world sees as “good” and as “success” is really very different than what true success is. It has nothing to do with what you have or who you are or what you’ve done. True success comes from a meaningful and growing relationship with Christ. I’m not going to preach to you and tell you how you have act…none of that stuff, because I don’t have that authority. I am a sinner just like anyone else. Every single person that has ever been born is a sinner, except for Jesus.

      Some days I wonder if I’ll get through. My health is quite bad, and pain is everyday norm. However, I do not consider it the true norm. But someday, when I get to go HOME, I’ll get to be with Jesus, I’ll never hurt again, and I’ll get to be with those that I deeply miss. And it’ll be forever. That is the true norm.

      When you spoke of us being created in God’s image, it is true; we are. But when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, that brought a curse onto all of mankind. And, no, it wasn’t God’s fault. No, He didn’t tempt them. But God didn’t want puppets. He wanted to have a real and meaningful relationship with His creation, so He gave us free will. And certainly He knew they would mess up; that’s why, before He ever created this world and all that’s in it, He had already made provision for anyone (including you) who would accept His gift of eternal life. You see, THIS world isn’t what it’s all about. Everything of this world will pass away. And all of us will either go to spend eternity with our Lord, or into hell if that’s what we choose; and it is our choice. He allowed His only Son, pure and perfect and sinnless, to leave the glory of heaven. He sent Him to a place filled with sin and pain and suffering, which goes against His very ways, since He is perfect and sinless. If it isn’t love that He sent His only Son to earth to die on a cross in order to defeat Satan, just so we could still have a chance to be with Him in heaven eternally??? I don’t know what is.

      I have for so long considered myself a loser, “scum,” as you have put it. But, if you stop and think about it, (and He has to sometimes remind me) that means we are saying to God that He screwed up. We are telling God that He created something that’s worthless and no good. Just because we’re not perfect (yet) doesn’t give us the right to tell God that He messed up, because He doesn’t mess up anything.

      Robert, I know I’ve done a lot of talking, and I hope in some way, somehow it has or will help. YOU are worth it. God loves you sooooo much! Remember, He died for YOU! You are just as important to Him as anyone else. And, you know what? I used to feel guilty about talking angrily to God. Then, one day I read that it was okay, because at least there was communication going on with Him. He understands. There’s nothing you have gone through or ever will that He doesn’t get. That’s some of what the “created in His image” thing is about. He gets it. He’s the best friend you can ever have. Don’t worry about what others say or think or do. Just focus on God. He’s the ONE thing that nobody can take from you. And don’t measure youurself by the world’s standards. When you accept Christ as your Saviour, YOU are a child of THE KING!

      You said, “I talk to God, I ASK what I need to do.” Well, sometimes He speaks through His children. So here it is, Robert: turn it all over to Him and let Him carry it. He doesn’t care where you’ve been or what you’ve done. It’s not about that. If you want true peace in your life, get on your knees and sincerely pray. Tell him that you believe on Him. Tell Him that you know you are a sinner and that you know you can’t change by yourself. Ask Him to forgive you and wipe your slate clean. Tell Him that you believe that He sent His Son, Jesus to die on the cross, was buried and that He arose the third day. Ask Him for His gift of eteranl life. At that moment you will be transformed into a new man. I don’t mean some magical event. I mean you will be made His child and your soul will be guaranteed entrance into heaven. You will be born again. You will be saved. Your name will be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and will NOT be removed. These aren’t my promises; they’re His. And God NEVER renigues on His promises.

      Then, get into His word. Read, even if you don’t understand right away. Just stick with it and ask for wisdom and understanding. And don’t worry if you make mistakes. He’ll forgive if you ask. Seek out people that are His. so that you can get the support you need.

      Oh, and by the way, you should expect, yes, I said EXPECT your issues to be resolved. I’m not saying that every minute of every day will be a bed of roses. But I am telling you that things are always better when you have Jesus by your side. And when you pray, before you say anything else, praise Him. And always expect, EXPECT the best, ’cause that’s all He has to offer. I’d much rather have a bad day with Jesus by my side than a so-called good day without Him.
      I think it was good that you “KNEW you were supposed to put this here.”

      I’ll be praying for you, Robert. I really hope this helps you in your decision to choose life and love.

      • Robert Adam

        Thank you, thank you, you truly wonderful person Joyce. I have read and re read your message, and I see more in it than you can know. I took my time in replying because I kept coming back to read you again. I am so thankful that you took the time to answer, I truly am, and I say ( please do not be offended ) I actually love you for taking that time. I am not through this, not even started, but if it does not sound stupid, the very fact that someone responded as you did, and did not abuse me, has given me hope. I am not a good man, but I do not now doubt that God MIGHT help me, so long as I try to help myself. Thank you again Joyce and may you have all that you need and I KNOW you deserve. You have been like an Angel to me. I truly mean that. I am NOT going to say God bless you Joyce, because as far as I am concerned, you do not need it from me, he already does.

        • Joyce Conner

          Hello Robert.
          I was so glad to hear from you. Your words are so kind. But, I am no Angel, either. It took me many years to accept being “human.” What I mean by that is that I am my own worst critic. But I finally let it all go. I realized that I couldn’t be perfect…yet. None of us are. And you know what? That’s okay. I thank the Heavenly Father that He sent His only Son to cover all of my mistakes. If not for mercy, we would all end up in hell. But, Jesus is kinda like our lawyer. On judgement day, for those who have accepted His gift of salvation, He’ll stand with us at the Father’s judgement seat, and tell Him that He has taken our place. He died for us, so that we could go free.

          I have thought of you often, and I will continue to pray for you, that God’s peace will cover you, that His joy will replace your sadness and pain, that He will help you to understand His comfort and His love. You are no different than anyone else. In fact, because you have humbled yourself and know that you are a sinner this is the first step to coming out of the valley. We are all on this journey. Thank God that this is not our final home. It’s really quite simple, my friend. Just trust Him. Everyday, when you awaken, talk with Him, just like we’re talking. Just tell Him honestly what you’re feeling and ask Him to show you the way. Ask Him to walk with you each day. He is still in the miracle business. Everytime a baby is born, everytime a plant grows, everytime a raindrop falls, every breath we take — It’s all because He made it this way. He will NOT let you down, Robert. He really does love you. I have been let down by people. We all have. I have let people down, too. But, He’s the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. People change, but He does not. All of the sins that are accepted in our day and age are still wrong, no matter what is “acceptable” to people. But, these sins are just as forgiveable as those of thousands of years ago.

          Robert, He’ll carry you when you need it, and He’ll always stay with you. All you have to do is trust Him. It has nothing to do with what you do. It has to do with what He did when He died on the cross to conquer sin and death so that we could live. Read His word each day. Pray each day. He will transform your life. I really believe that. You are so loved, Robert. I sure am glad He brought our paths to cross.

          I want to thank you for being an encouragement to me, too. When I have had rough days, I have thought about you and the things we have talked about, and it has helped me. Depression and pain are a very real part of my life. But if I have suffered all of this so that God could help someone through me, even just one, it will have been worth it. I so hope that you will continue to seek God. It’s the only thing in this life that really counts.
          God bless you, Robert. And feel free to pray God’s blessings on me, because I want all He has to offer, and I hope you do, too.

          Do keep in touch.
          Sincerely, Joyce

          • Robert Adam

            Hello Joyce, I wonder if you remember me? We exchanged a couple of messages ten or so months ago, and you were SO kind and helpful to me, if you are still about, I would like to update you? Be safe, Robert.

          • Joyce Conner

            Hello Robert. So good to hear from you. So sorry I took so long to respond. My computer crashed, and it took about a month to get a new one. Please do update me. I have been thinking about you and would love to know how you are. Sincerely, Joyce

    • Phil Mason

      Hello Robert, as human beings we all possess those less than admirable qualities such as jealousy, selfishness and disloyalty etc. Don’t beat yourself up…to be human is to be flawed. But as human beings we are also capable of the good stuff such as love and kindness. Your capable of this good stuff too! You have a profound conscience and you are very honest- see there is two great qualities already. Fear brings out the bad qualities in people and makes us act selfishly in a desperate bid for self preservation. Choose love over fear and the good qualities that are in you and all of us will flow more freely. Stop convincing yourself that you are a bad person because your honesty and conscious proves otherwise xx

  • Mandy Johnson

    Hi Robert, thanks for posting your comment. As you can see, Adrian is taking a blog-break until September. I am sure he will want to interact with you on this question. To very briefly answer your question, God is good, loving and perfect. He loves you and created you to be in relationship with Him. Maybe the reason you can’t change is because none of us can change by ourselves. Only God can change us. May I give you a challenge? Try reading Romans? (If you don’t have a Bible, you can read it online here: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%201-16&version=NLT).