"Equipping God's People to Reap the Harvest"
How can we handle our fears? By believing God's promise. It's in the Bible, Isaiah 41:10, NKJV. "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
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When fearful, remember God. It's in the Bible, Joshua 1:9, NKJV. " Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Keep faith! What is there to fear if Christ is with us? It's in the Bible, Matthew 8:26, NKJV. "But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm"
We need not be afraid of God. It's in the Bible, 1 John 4:16-18, ESV. "So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love."
The Christian life is not one of fear - it is God's desire to give us the kingdom, not keep us out. It's in the Bible, Luke 12:32, NKJV. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom"
We do not need to fear natural disasters. It's in the Bible, Psalm 46:1-3, TLB. "God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble. And so we need not fear even if the world blows up, and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam; let the mountains tremble!"
Do not be afraid of people. It's in the Bible, Hebrews 13:6, TLB. "That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, 'The Lord is my Helper and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me.'"
Do not be afraid of nations or governments. It's in the Bible, Deuteronomy 7:21, TLB. "No, do not be afraid of those nations, for the Lord your God is among you, and He is a great and awesome God."
Don't be afraid when you face persecution for what is right - the power of men to harm you, is not greater than how much God cares about you. It's in the Bible, Matthew 10: 28-31, NKJV. "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
It's in the Bible, 1 Peter 3:13-15, NKJV. "And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. 'And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.'"
We don't have to fear the future. It's in the Bible, Psalm 112:7-8, ESV. "He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries."
Even if God leads us into dark valleys, there is nothing to fear because He is with us. It's in the Bible, Psalm 23:3-4, NKJV. "He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, 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"
God gives us power, not fear. It's in the Bible, 2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV. " For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
Christ can give us a peace that replaces our fears. It's in the Bible, John 14:27, NKJV. "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
If we are God's, there is nothing to fear when we are face to face with trials. It's in the Bible, Isaiah 43:1-2, NKJV. "But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.'"