For many years the enemy had me bound in fear and anxiety. Over the years I struggled to overcome the overwhelming grip of worry and fear. Fear is one of satans most popular weapons that he uses to control our minds and keep us locked up in our homes and lives.
As you can see around you when you go to the grocery store, shelves are devoid of toilet rolls because people are living in worry and fear of what if it all runs out.
As we witness some of the old prophesies unfold before us, we hear news of pandemics, epidemics, conflicts, natural disasters, global warming, persecution of Christians, division in homes and families, increase in violence and crime in our communities, terrorist attacks, fall of stock market exchange and financial markets, economic uncertainty, unemployment, and new diseases. Christian or not, we all tend to live in “what if”, fear for our children’s future as they go out into the world or school, we fear for our families, we fear for our financial future, we worry about what we will eat or drink, we fear for our safety, we live in fear everyday. Yet God allows us to wake up and see another blissful day.
Here are some scriptures that I have myself meditated on to overcome my anxiety and fear and continue to do so even to this day.
Change for me did not happen overnight. I continued to feel anxious and fearful and had to choose each time not to dwell in the fearful thoughts, but to replace it with what God was saying about my situation. I still worry from time to time and still feel anxious and fearful but I now know where it is coming from and do not yield to it. I do not allow it to control me. I turn on my worship, I start my meditation loudly till I dwarf those worry thoughts.
His words are alive, cutting through to the bones and marrow, soothing the soul like a balm to the sore. Like cool waters, it calms our restlessness and quickens our spirit.
Like I said above, I had to ‘choose’ not to entertain worry and fearful thoughts, and it was not always easy, but consistency will help you overcome.
- Choose to assess each thought of fear and anxiety and replace it with one of these below.
- Choose not to allow fear and anxiety thoughts to control your mind and your life- keep yourself busy.
- Choosing to guard your heart by staying away from those people who speak negative fearful things like, “This pandemic will touch everyone, or that it is bad, it will kill everyone, the cyclone is coming…” Instead say, “No, it will not come near me or my household, for the Lord gives his angels to guard me.”
- Choose to focus your mind on the Word of God, say it loud, don’t focus on the news or what the media is saying. limit your media times.
We are all presented with choices, choose Not to Fear; meditate these as many times as you want so that it embeds in your soul and manifests in your spirit.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” – Psalm 94:19
“But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” – Mark 4:39-40
“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
“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” – Proverbs 12:25
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” – Luke 12:22-26
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” – Psalm 118:6-7
“Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7
“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” – Psalm 34:4
“Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue.” – Isaiah 35:4
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” – Psalm 91:1-16
“Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” – Mark 6:50
“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
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” – Isaiah 41:13-14
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” – Psalm 55:22
“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” – Zephaniah 3:17
“ Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” – Mark 5:36
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” – Proverbs 29:25
“Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” – Deuteronomy 3:22
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” – Psalm 34:7
God’s Word is there for us to meditate upon and put into action. It won’t happen unless you say it and believe it. Know in your heart and say it with your mouth the same way as you did when you received Him as your Lord and Savior by faith, that He is with you all the time. His spirit in you will overcome that which He did not place in you, therefore, speak with all confidence and cast out fear and anxiety in Jesus’ Name pleading His Blood over you and your home.
God is greater than the virus and more powerful than the storm. He remains on the throne and He has not fallen asleep on the job. He is mighty and all-powerful. He will never allow you to be forsaken begging for bread (Psalm 37:25). He commanded a bird to feed Elijah (1 Kings 14:4), He commanded a fish to bring in money (Mathew 17:24) He commanded a donkey to talk (Numbers 22:28), He is God, a loving father who cares for you and calls you the ‘apple of His eye’, (Zachariah 2:8).
The peace of God rests on you.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27