Dealing with Fear

 

Read Closely the Following Scriptures from the NIV translation of the Bible. They deal with the subject of “Fear.” 

The fear meant is not the good kind, but the kind that robs one of life, that walks with a person during the day 

and sleeps with a person at night.  Examine the Scriptures in light of these questions:

 

Where is God when we are afraid?

1.  He is over all things, even our fears. He is the Sovereign One of the universe, he rules, and we know the

     compassionate, active, strong rule as we meet God in Christ. Give attention especially to Rev. 1:17-18, and

     realize the breadth of the “first and last.” He is all inclusive. To hold the keys is to say that he has authority.

 

2.  He is with us. Notice how that is a re-occurring truth throughout these texts (and there are more). Notice

     particularly the 23 Psalm. He walks with us; really the strong sense of this is that he lives with us. 

     Amazing—the Ruler is with us!

 

What does God do when we are afraid as he is with us?

1.  He identifies with us. Look at the texts to see how he does so. And then to, don’t forget the cross which tells how

     he is ultimately willing to identify with us and our need.

 

2.  He helps us to meet, cope, and overcome. The shadow of death (whatever death-like threat it is) may still be there,

     but he walks with us through it (Ps. 23), even death itself (again, Rev. 1). Look to Heb. 13:6: He is our “helper.” 

     He delivers us from the “deadly peril” (2 Cor. 1:10), and so forth.

 

What does He give us?  Here there is a long list. Consider the texts carefully to see the gifts that are ours in the midst of fear.

1.      Peace 

2.      His rod (protection) and staff (rescue) 

3.      Victory, love

4.      Deliverance ( you can complete the list!)

  

Rev. 1:17-18

      “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!

      And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

 

 Ps. 4:8

     "In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety."

 

Ps. 23:4   "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you

     are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

 

Is. 41:10   "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
       I will strengthen you and help you;
       I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

 

Rom. 8:37-39

     "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor

      life, neither angels nor demons,  neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything

      else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

 

2 Cor. 1:10

     "He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope

      that he will continue to deliver us."

 

2 Tim. 1:7

     "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."

 

Heb. 13:6    So we say with confidence, 
      "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can human beings do to me?"