We all have times when we feel fearful.
Whether it’s stepping out to do something new or facing something daunting, we will feel fear at some point.
I believe that’s why God gave us so many scriptures to “Fear Not”.
Although fear is a feeling, it’s also a spirit.
Why is that important to know?
Because when you know what you’re up against, you know how to battle.
So often I’ve tried to fight fear in the flesh.
In the midst of an attack, I tended to be overly focused on getting rid of the anxious feelings rather than battling the fear itself.
I knew if I wanted to succeed in battling fear, I’d have to develop a plan that fought the spirit and not just the feelings.
This realization changed my battle plan!
One of the ways we can battle fear in the spirit is through declaring God’s promises. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). When we hear God’s words coming out of our own mouths we are claiming them as our own and convincing ourselves to believe what we are speaking.
7 Promises for When You Feel Fearful
God has not given us a spirit of fear
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
When fear begins to rise up, this is one of my go-to scriptures. Because God has not given me a spirit of fear, I’m declaring it can’t consume me! He has given me a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. What power do I have? The power that raised Jesus from the dead is in me, giving me victory over anything that comes against me. Whose love do I have? His perfect love that casts out every fear. Why is my mind sound? I’ve been given the mind of Christ, which is in perfect peace. These are the promises I’m declaring when I claim this verse during times of fear. You may have to repeat it multiple times a day, but that’s ok! The more you speak it, the more you’ll believe it!
God is with us
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortal do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. Psalm 118:6-7
God is always with us. Even when we feel alone, He is there. Our feelings don’t change who God is. He is faithful and promises to never leave us or forsake us. Knowing this allows us to look in triumph on our enemies. Whether it’s fear, depression, worry, addiction; whatever it is, we can see ourselves as victorious because God is with us!
God is our Deliverer
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Isaiah 35:4
Whatever we’re facing, God can handle. He is bigger than our fears, our circumstances and anyone or anything that comes against us. We can boldly declare Him as our Deliverer. This is a verse you can personalize and declare for yourself.
God is our strength
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. Isaiah 41:10
When fear convinces us that we aren’t strong enough to handle whatever comes our way, we can be confident in the Lord. It is by His strength that we are saved. He holds us up in His hand, keeping us safe from whatever seeks to destroy us. This is one that I memorized and declared over myself frequently.
God is our Father
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
Through the sacrifice of God’s Son and our acceptance of Him, we are adopted into God’s family. We are His children. We are set free from the bondage of fear. When we feel fearful, we can cry out to Him and He will answer us.
God is our Refuge
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
What is a refuge? It is a place of shelter from storms or danger and a place of hope. When we are in trouble, we can run to Him and He will protect us.
God is our Defender
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14
Many times I want to fight on my own behalf when I feel threatened. God has given me this promise countless times during times of crisis….especially when it pertains to relationships. Be still. It’s the last thing I want to do when I feel like I’m being taken advantage of or attacked by someone. I want to defend myself and clear my name. Because this fear can be subtle (fear of manipulation or being taken advantage of) we don’t often see it coming. Yet God promises that if we will only be still, He will fight for us. How can we be still? Holding my tongue, prayer, and seeking Him as my mouthpiece are a few I’ve been practicing!
All of these promises are ours in Christ. When God gives us a promise He is faithful to follow through. It may be helpful to write these down on scripture cards and keep them close by until you memorize them. I did that for years! I still have some around my house on mirrors. When we surround ourselves with the Word, we are preparing ourselves to fight in the spirit.
Have you been fighting fear in the flesh or the spirit? Beginning to claim these promises is the start to a new battle plan to eradicate fear in our lives. As we speak the Word, we can be sure God is acting on our behalf.
**You can check out the rest of the Battling Fear Series HERE.**