Amazing Bible Verses About Overcoming Fear and Worry in Your Life
It's not easy dealing with fear and worry in your life. It can even come to a point where what you fear and worry about is all that you seem to think about. But as believers, we know that this should not be the case. Nothing should take preeminence over God in our minds.
And in fact, this is what you need to do to overcome fear and worry- keep God in your mind. Keep His thoughts in your mind. Keep the awareness of His presence in your mind. For He has promised to keep you in perfect peace as your mind is stayed on Him.
So what I've done is I've put together some bible verses about fear and more specifically on overcoming fear and worry down below. But, I've also followed those up with a powerful article that will take you through the steps of overcoming fear which are:
1. Being Bold and Courageous - You choose to have them, and then as you act with boldness and courage, the more boldness and courage you'll find that you receive!
2. Overcoming fear and worry with love - This will lead to more boldness and courage as you'll soon discover.
But here are the bible verses on overcoming fear and worry. I'll see you after for the life-changing article.
Bible Verses On Overcoming Fear and Worry
“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
“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
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” -Psalm 55:22
“Immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'” - Mark 6:50
“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
More Bible Verses on Overcoming Fear and Worry
“Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” - Isaiah 35:4
“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
“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
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Matthew 6:34
Now that we've shared a few bible verses, there's a video by Dr. Frankie L. McLean JD and after we'll continue with the article.
Boldness and Courage are two must-haves for the Christian who intends to shine brightly in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Every woman and every man on a mission for God must be willing to stand up and be counted. God favors the bold and courageous in Him."
Be Bold and Courageous
Yes, boldness and courage are two important must-haves for Christians who intend to run and fulfill the visions that God has given them for their lives in Christ. But, so many when they come up against opposition back down and give up. But I want to encourage you that we are not of the type that backs down.
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1)
Let’s access the boldness that you need to defy the world’s low expectations and step into God’s plan and purpose for your life in Christ. But, in order to do so, I must first help you to see what’s available to you.
Are you ready? Let’s go.
The Bible on Overcoming Fear and Worry: Laying the Foundation.
You know, sometimes I believe that we as Christians, sadly, sometimes lose sight of Jesus, and lose sight of His presence in our lives. He, in fact, says that apart from Him, we can do nothing. But many of us still fall short with regards to this revelation, not fully understanding its implications in our lives. You see, Jesus didn't leave us orphans. He didn't leave us destitute. In fact, He has not left us. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
How has He done this?
He has done this by sending His Holy Spirit to dwell within us and to take up residence within us. This is why He encourages us in John 15 to abide in Him even as He abides in us. You see, after salvation, as you know... comes working out our salvation.
It doesn't mean that we obtain salvation by works. No.
But what it does mean is that we have to submit our lives to God to allow Him to reveal Himself through us to truly give us the life that He has promised us... Life and life more abundantly. It’s as if salvation is a package, and working out our salvation is the pouring out of the contents of that package.
The Lord wants to show Himself as The Almighty in your life
You see, that's why Jesus came. He said that the enemy comes only to kill, to steal, and destroy but He(Jesus) came to give us life and life more abundantly. (John10:10)
The Life that He came to give us His life- His abundant Life. And it is for this reason that the Word of God declares that the gift of God is eternal life. It is God who takes up residence within us when we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of our lives.
This is why the scriptures declare that it is God in us, or the Holy Spirit in us that causes us to will and to do (Phil 2:13). You see, God wants to give you of Himself. If God did not spear His own Son, How much more would He give you all things. (Romans8:32)
But what many have forgotten is that we have to obey God; we have to trust Him. We've got to keep His commandments. These are His commandments: that you believe in His Son Jesus Christ, whom He has sent and love one another as He has loved you (1John3:23).
Do you understand How much God loves you?
Do you understand that God sent His Son, Our Lord, and Saviour Jesus Christ into this world so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John3:16)? Do you understand that Jesus knew all that He would have to endure for you, but did it anyway (Heb12:2)?
Knowing the difficulties that He would face, and all the persecution, and scoffing that He would have to go through, He still went through with it. He saw the many that would be freed from the bondage and wages of sin.
And He chose in His Love to swallow up death in His act of love; laying down His life and taking it back up again (John 10:18), for He is the resurrection and the Life. Praise God. And He lives within us. (John 14, Colossians 1:24)
Our Lord Lives Inside Us. This is How We Can Be bold and Courageous During Trying Times!
Do you know the boldness that He had? Do you know the courage that He had? Can you feel that on the inside of you?!
Jesus had some courage there! And He wants you to have it!
Jesus was in the garden. He had asked the disciples to come up with Him. Knowing that His hour had then come to be glorified, He went off by Himself to pray. He prayed three separate times, asking the Father that if there was some other way, let it go that way, but knowing that He is the Way, and the Truth and The Life said, “not My will, by Thine will be done. (Luke 21:41-43)" He was going to be handed over to death. Despised, persecuted and mistreated by those whom He came to save. Beaten, mocked, lied upon, spat at, ridiculed, ostracized. But, He still pressed on.
And because of His sacrifice, because of His boldness to do what God, Our Father told Him to do, we now have life in His Name.
He brought us out of bondage. He released us from the grip of fear. He reconciled us to God. And He lives within us. And He is calling us to have this same boldness and this same courage that He had. He is calling us to say, not my will but Thine will be done.
He is calling us to love Him and keep His commandments- to love one another as He has loved us. Do you know that love? He says, “No greater love has any man than this than a man lay down his life for His friends.” (John 15)
This is the same kind of love that He is daily teaching us to have. God is so awesome! And I say this because He has given us the blessing of sharing in Christ’s sufferings so that we could be part-takers of everything that He is- so that we would be where He is and behold His glory!
How to be Bold and Courageous
We have to love, and in so doing exhibit His love to the world by laying down our lives for others so that they may see that the love that is in Christ Jesus is also in us. This kind of laying down our lives kind of love gives boldness. And what am I talking about really? I'm talking about your motto being, “Not my will be done, but let Your will be done in my life, Father.”
I'm talking about us forsaking our pride, and our selfish desires for fame, and prestige and all of that for the purpose of the ministry of reconciliation, where as ambassadors of Our King Jesus Christ, we reconcile others to God, as though God was making appeals through us (2 Corinthians 5:20). So when I talk about boldness, that' s the kind of love that is required to back it up.
The Word of God declares that the righteous are as bold as a lion, but the wicked flee when no one pursues. Because of what Christ did on the cross, we have now become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).
Again, God doesn't speak to us by what we see, but by the Truth, His Word. So we are the righteousness of God. And as the righteousness of God, we are as bold as a lion. In the face of adversity, we still pursue. In the face of trials, we still pursue. In the face of darkness, we speak God's Word, and the Light overcomes the darkness. We are not phased by what we see, for in all things we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus our Lord. Greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world (1John4:4).
In these times, it is important for me to mention again to you that in all things you are more than a conqueror. And that's in all things. Your finances and health are not excluded!
Your marriage, and also your work are all included in you being more than a conqueror.
In all things, you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus, our Lord. To highlight this quality of boldness in you, I want you to turn with me in your Bible to the book of Joshua. Now, the boldness that was displayed in Joshua is just a shadow of the boldness that we have in Christ, but I'll use it to highlight some key features of boldness.
Overcome Fear and Worry: In All Things You Are More Than A Conqueror
Joshua was Moses' minister.
And when Moses' died, God called Joshua to go and bring His people into the land that He had given them. He had called Joshua to bring the people across the Jordan to the land that He promised them. What is remarkable is that God spoke to Joshua to be strong and courageous three separate times.
(Excerpts Taken from Joshua 1:6-9)
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Now, let's look at where the boldness and courage that God spoke over Joshua's life came into play.
Joshua sent out two men - two spies - to go view the land, Jericho. The city Jericho was on the land that God had given the Israelites, and so the kingdom of Jericho would have to be dispossessed and the land given to the children of Israel. Joshua had a great task before him. The city was fortified with walls all around it.
“How would they ever get in?” may have been the question that everyone was asking.
But the Bible declares that all things are possible with God. We know that.
And Joshua knew that the impossible was doable.
It was very doable, and as we know, it was done.
But, it took some boldness and courage in sending those spies into the enemy’s camp. Joshua had to consider the men's families, and, the Israelites’ well-being for the king of Jericho could have captured the spies, interrogated the men, found out the Israelites whereabouts and made plans to destroy them before they even got a chance to advance!
But, as a wise leader, overcoming fear and worry, Joshua sent the men to gather the information that would help them conquer the city of Jericho.
So, Joshua showed boldness and courage in sending the spies into the enemy’s camp. And as we read from the chronicle of this event, God used Rahab to hide and protect the spies from harm. As a result of Joshua's boldness and courage, in taking charge and sending them, the spies he sent developed a boldness, and courage as well.
You can read about it here in Joshua 3:23-24:
“So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that things that befell them: And they said unto Joshua, 'Truly the Lord hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.”
Joshua also displayed a great deal of boldness and courage by speaking to the people what the Lord was saying.
They knew Moses talked with God, but they needed a bit more to believe that God spoke to Joshua as well. They needed to see the signs.
They needed to see Joshua walk in the same portion that Moses walked in. And this is what the Lord God spoke to Joshua, “This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee (Joshua3:7).”
God demonstrated His power. Hallelujah! But Joshua had to be bold and courageous in order to overcome his fear.
Joshua I'm sure had to face the laughter and the scoffing of the people. But he followed through.
He blasted past the fear of not being enough because he knew that his God had equipped him and that God was with him. So he said what the Lord told him to say anyway.
Not only did he declare that the Lord would drive out from them the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and Jebusites - which was a hefty chunk - but Joshua told them that the waters from the Jordan river would be cut off from the waters that come from above as the priests carrying the ark of the covenant place their feet in the Jordan.
The Lord told Him, so he declared it. It didn't matter to Joshua what they would think of him. He said it anyway, and they made their move to cross the Jordan just as the Lord had commanded.
“And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest.) That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon a heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaraetan; and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho. And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.” (Joshua 3:14-17)
Overcome Your Fears and Worries: Use Boldness and Courage.
And you know what happened after they crossed completely over..., (the priests included)? The waters returned and flowed as they did before the priests stepped into the water. And not only that! The fear of the Israelites crippled the enemies' camps.
“And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of the Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel.”(Joshua 5:1)
Every act of boldness cripples the enemy.
Did you know that the children of Israel were mighty in the sight of their enemies? And this was not because of their strength or their power but by the Spirit of the Lord God Almighty.(Zech 4:6)
In fact, the king of Jericho made sure that the city was locked up- nothing went out and nothing went in. In other words, they were running scared for their lives!
“And the Lord said to Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.” (Joshua 6:2)
The Lord told Joshua, “And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of ware, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, and the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.” (Joshua 6:3-5)
Can I tell you something? It all happened exactly as God had said it would. But it required boldness and courage.
You have access to this boldness and this courage. And even to a greater measure, because the boldness and the courage that the Lord Jesus Christ will give you is His. That's right. He will give His boldness to you when you ask Him, seek after Him, and enter into the secret place where God has every spiritual blessing available for you in Christ Jesus (Psalm91:1-2, Ephesians 1)