Fear Not


--Includes courage, trusting, peace & fearing God


1. The Lord tells you not to fear:

                Isa.7:4     Be quiet, fear not, neither be fainthearted

A. God is with you; therefore you should not fear:

                Josh.1:9  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong & of a good courage; be not afraid...for the Lord is with thee

                Psa.118:6                The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do

                Isa.12:2   God is my salvation; I will trust, & not be afraid

                Isa.41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee...I will help thee

                Lk.12:32  Fear not, little flock

                (See also Num.14:9; Psa.78:53; Mat.17:6,7.)

B. God is greater than your adversaries, & He will keep you:

                1Jn.4:4    Greater is He that is in you, than he...in the world

                Lk.10:19  I give you power...over all the power of the enemy

                Psa.27:1  The Lord is my light...whom shall I fear?

                Pro.3:25,26             Be not afraid of sudden fear...Lord shall keep [thee]

C. Don't fear people's faces or looks:

                Jer.1:8     Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee

                Ezk.3:9    Fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks

D. The Lord promises you peace:

                Job 22:21                Acquaint now thyself with Him, & be at peace

                Psa.29:11                The Lord will bless His people with peace

                Pro.3:24  When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid

                Isa.26:3   Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee

                Jn.14:27  My peace I give unto you...let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid

                Jn.16:33  In Me ye [can] have peace...I have overcome the world

                Gal.5:22  The fruit of the Spirit is...peace

                Phi.4:7    The peace of God...shall keep your hearts & minds


2. Trusting in God overcomes fear:

A. When you trust God, you don't need to fear anything:

                2Ki.6:14-17             Fear not: for they (God's angelic army) that be with us are more than they that be with them

                2Ki.19:6,7               Be not ye afraid of the words which thou hast heard

                Neh.4:14 Be not afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great & terrible, & fight

                Psa.3:6    I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about

                Psa.27:1,3               Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me

                Psa.46:1,2               God is our refuge...Therefore will not we fear, though the mountains be carried into the...sea

                Isa.43:1-3a             Fear not...when thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee

                Heb.13:6 We may boldly say, "The Lord is my helper, & I will not fear what man shall do unto me"

                Rev.2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer...be faithful unto death, & I will give thee crown of life

B. Examples of courage & fearlessness in danger:

                Josh.14:12-14        [Caleb fearlessly conquered the giant Anakims--See also Josh.15:13-15; Num.13:28,33; Deut.9:1,2.]

                Neh.6:5-11             [Nehemiah refused to be bluffed into fearing, or into fleeing into the temple in fright]

                Dan.3:14-17           [Three Hebrews fearlessly refused to worship the idol]

                Dan.6:4-10             [Knowing it could cost him his life, Daniel refused to compromise his faith in God]

                Jn.19:9-11               [Jesus refused to be put in fear of Pilate's power]

                Phi.1:14  Many brethren, waxing confident (because of) my bonds, are much more bold to speak the Word without fear

                Heb.11:27               (Moses) forsook Egypt, not fearing wrath of the king

                (See also Ezr.8:21-23,31; Acts 4:17,18,29,33; 7:54-60.)

C. Examples of men who refused to fear, though all others did:

                1Sam.14:1-14         [Jonathan & armourbearer attacked Philistine garrison, while everyone else was terrified--1Sam.13:5-7]

                1Sam.17:4-11,23-37,48          [All the armies of Israel were "sore afraid" of Goliath, but David boldly attacked him]

                2Sam.23:8-22         [David's mighty men stood their ground & defeated their enemies despite overwhelming odds]


3. Some causes of fear:

A. A lack of faith & trust in God & His Word:

                Mat.8:26 Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?

                Mk.4:40  Why are ye so fearful? How is it ye have no faith?

                Isa.51:12,13            Who art thou, that thou [art] afraid of a man...& forgettest the Lord thy maker?

B. Looking at circumstances & conditions:

                Josh.17:14-18        [Israelites fearful to attack the Canaanites because the Canaanites had powerful chariots of iron]

                Psa.107:23-27        [Storm at sea] Their soul is melted...at wit's end

                Mat.14:30               [Peter, walking on the sea] saw the wind boisterous... was afraid; & (began) to sink

                Mk.4:37-40             [Storm on Sea of Galilee throws disciples into fear]

                2Cor.7:5  We were troubled on every side...within were fears

                (See also Isa.7:1,2)

C. A lack of the Spirit & love of God:

                1Jn.4:18  He that feareth is not made perfect in [God's] love

D. Disobedience to God's Word:

                Deut.28:58,65-67   If thou wilt not observe...the Lord shall give thee a trembling heart...& thou shalt fear day & night

                Lev.26:15,17,36     If ye despise My statutes...ye shall flee when none pursueth...sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them

                Jer.6:19,22-25         I will bring evil...because they have not hearkened unto My Words...fear is on every side

E. Punishment for unrepented sin:

                2Chr.29:6,8             Our fathers have trespassed...wherefore He hath delivered them to trouble (literally: trembling)

                Job 18:5,11             Terrors shall make (the wicked) afraid on every side

                Isa.48:22 There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked

F. Evil spirits:

                1Sam.15:23,            Thou (Saul) hast rejected the word of the Lord...an

                16:14,15  evil spirit from the Lord troubled (terrified) him


4. What fear can result in:

A. It can cause you to become bound:

                Pro.29:25                The fear of man bringeth a snare

                Heb.2:15 Who through fear of death were...subject to bondage

B. It can cause weakness:

                Job 4:14  Fear came upon me, & trembling...all my bones shake

                Isa.13:8   They shall be afraid: pangs...shall take hold of them

                Jer.6:24,25              Our hands wax feeble ...fear is on every side

C. It can sap your will to fight & cause defeat:

                Lev.26:36,37          Ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies

                Josh.2:11                As soon as we heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage

                Josh.5:1  Their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more

                (See also 1Sam.13:6,7)

D. It hinders you from witnessing or standing up for your convictions:

                Mat.26:56               Then all the disciples forsook (Jesus), & fled

                Mat.26:69-74         [Peter, fearful, denied that he knew Jesus] (See also Mk.14:66-72; Lk.22:54-60; Jn.18:16,17, 25-27.)

                Jn.7:13    No man spake openly of Him for fear of the Jews

                Jn.9:22    These [evasive] words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews

                Jn.12:42,43             Many believed on Him; but did not confess Him...for they loved the praise of men more than praise of God

                Jn.19:12-16             [Pilate, fearing the Jews, gave in to their demands to have Jesus crucified]

                Jn.19:38  Joseph...a disciple, but secretly for fear of the Jews

E. It can cause you to disobey God:

                Num.13:28,31-33   [Jews refused to invade Canaan for fear of the giants] (See also Num.14:1-5; Deut.1:26-28.)

                1Sam.15:24             I have sinned...transgressed the commandment of the Lord...because I feared the people

F. It can cause mental torment & anguish:

                1Jn.4:18  Fear hath torment

G. Fear can even cause sickness & death:

                Lk.21:26  Men's hearts failing them for fear

                (See also 1Sam.14:15,16; 28:5.)

H. If not checked, fear can get a grip on you:

                Psa.48:6  Fear took hold of them, & pain, as a woman in travail

                Psa.55:5  Fearfulness & trembling are come upon me, horror hath overwhelmed me

                Jer.6:22-25              Anguish hath taken hold of us...fear is on every side

I. Unchecked fear can become extreme:

                Lev.26:17,36          Ye shall flee when none pursueth...sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them

                Deut.28:66,67        Thou shalt fear day & night, & shalt have none assurance of thy life

                Job 18:11,14           Terrors shall make him afraid on every side...shall bring him to the king of terrors

                Psa.53:5  There were they in great fear, where no fear was

                Pro.28:1  The wicked flee when no man pursueth

J. Fears can materialise & become real things:

                Job 3:25  The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me

                Pro.10:24                The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him

                Isa.66:4   I will choose their delusions...bring their fears upon them

K. Fear is contagious & can affect others:

                Deut.20:8               What man is fearful? Let him go...lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart

                Judg.7:3 Whosoever is fearful & afraid, let him...depart

                (See also Judg.7:19-22; 1Sam.14:12-16.)


5. How to have peace & freedom from fear:

A. Trust in the Lord:

                Psa.23:4  Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me

                Psa.31:13,14           Fear was on every side...but I trusted in Thee

                Psa.56:3,4               What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee. I will not fear what flesh can do unto me

                Psa.56:11                In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid

                Psa.91:2,5               The Lord is my refuge...[I shall] not be afraid for the terror by night

                Psa.112:7,8             He shall not be afraid...heart (trusts) in the Lord

                Isa.26:3   Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee

                Mat.10:28               Fear not them which kill the body...but fear (God)

                Jn.14:1    Let not your heart be troubled...believe in Me

                Phi.4:7    The peace of God...shall keep your hearts & minds

                1Jn.4:18  There is no fear in love; love casteth out fear

B. Trust in God's Word:

                Psa.119:165            Great peace have they which love Thy law: & nothing shall offend them

                Pro.1:33  Whoso hearkeneth unto Me...shall be quiet from fear

                Pro.3:1,2 Let thine heart keep My commandments...peace shall they add to thee

                Isa.48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river

C. Remember that God is with you & will not fail you:

                Deut.1:29,30          Dread not, neither be afraid of them...God goeth before you, He shall fight for you

                Deut.20:3,4            Let not your hearts faint, fear not, & do not tremble, neither be ye terrified...for God goeth with you

                Deut.31:6               Fear not, nor be afraid...God... will not fail thee

                Zech.8:13b             Fear not, but let your hands be strong

                Mk.5:36b                Be not afraid, only believe

D. When others with you are afraid:

                Isa.8:12b                Neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid

                Isa.35:4   Say to them that are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, fear not: behold, God...will come & save you"

E. Seek the Lord for deliverance from fear:

                Psa.34:4  I sought the Lord, & He heard me, & delivered me from all my fears

                Psa.64:1  O God...preserve my life from fear of the enemy

F. Forsake your sins:

                Job 11:13-15          [Pray to God &] put (iniquity) far away...Then shalt thou ...be steadfast, & shalt not fear

G. Rebuke the devil & the spirit of fear:

                Jam.4:7b Resist the devil, & he will flee from you

                1Jn.4:18  There is no fear in love; perfect love casteth out fear

H. The solution--the Holy Spirit & faith:

                Acts 4:29,31          Behold their threatenings...grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy Word

                Heb.11:33a,34        Who through faith...waxed valiant in fight


6. The only One you should fear is God:

A. We are commanded to fear (reverence) God:

                Josh.24:14a            Fear the Lord, & serve Him in sincerity & in truth

                Psa.19:9  The fear of the Lord is clean (Compare with Pro.29:25)

                Pro.3:7    Fear the Lord, & depart from evil

                Eccl.12:13               Fear God, & keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man

                Isa.8:12,13              Neither fear ye their fear...let Him (God) be your fear, & let Him be your dread (See also Isa.57:11)

                Lk.12:4,5 Be not afraid of them (men)...I will warn you Whom ye shall fear: Fear Him (God)...yea, I say, Fear Him

                Heb.10:31               It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of...God

                (See also Mat.10:28)

B. God's blessings on them that fear Him:

                Psa.25:12                He that feareth the Lord...shall He teach in the way

                Psa.31:19                How great is Thy goodness...for them that fear Thee

                Psa.34:9  There is no want (lack) to them that fear Him

                Psa.103:13              The Lord (has compassion on) them that fear Him

                Psa.147:11              The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him

                Pro.1:7    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge

                Pro.9:10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

                Pro.14:26                In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence

                Mal.4:2   Unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings

                Lk.1:50    His mercy is on them that fear Him

                Acts 10:35             He that feareth Him...is accepted with Him

                Rev.11:18               Reward Thy servants, & them that fear Thy name



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