Fearful Life

December 5, 2011 Comments Off on Fearful Life

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” -1 Peter 3:14

I have come to the conclusion that so many of us (myself included) are living our life in fear of:

  • Relationships– We don’t want our feelings and heart to be hurt again
  • Finances– We are overwhelmed by future payments and past expenses
  • Knowledge– We are ashamed and embarrassed of our actions in the past- hoping nobody ever finds out.
  • People– We are scared of what someone could do to us, what people think of us, and scared of being left out.
  • Death– We don’t know what eternity will be like, we aren’t sure about our eternal destination
  • Responsibilities– Our job demands so much of our time, getting fired, or letting someone down.
  • Loneliness– We are committed to doing whatever it takes to get someone to notice us and keep them close.

But did you know that the one thing we so often times forget to fear is the one thing that controls the very things we fear? God.

We live our life concentrated so much on fearing the evil that comes against us that we forget to fear who God is. God is a loving and powerful God that deserves to be fearfully respected, not feared because He will squash you like a bug. Gods goodness, grace, and mercy is there for all who will receive it and believe Him, but we take it for granted so many times.

We fear the created rather than the Creator.

If you are in this same situation of feeling overwhelmed and fearful of so many things, you aren’t alone. In fact, God knew that it was in our human nature to fear different things.

But remember fear is an emotion, not a lifestyle.

Look at all the bible verses that remind us of Gods constant reminder not to fear because He is with us and loves us:

“Do not be afraid”
Genesis 43:23
Genesis 46:3
Genesis 50:19
Genesis 50:21
Exodus 20:20
Deuteronomy 20:1
Deuteronomy 20:3
Deuteronomy 31:6
Joshua 11:6
Judges 4:18
1 Samuel 4:20
1 Samuel 22:23
1 Samuel 23:17
1 Samuel 28:13
2 Kings 1:15
2 Kings 19:6
2 Kings 25:24
Nehemiah 2:2
Psalm 49:16
Proverbs 3:25
Isaiah 37:6
Isaiah 44:8
Jeremiah 1:8
Jeremiah 40:9
Jeremiah 42:11 (2 times)
Ezekiel 3:9
Daniel 10:12
Daniel 10:19
Zephaniah 3:16
Matthew 1:20
Matthew 14:27
Matthew 17:7
Matthew 28:5
Matthew 28:10
Mark 5:36
Mark 6:50
Luke 1:13
Luke 1:30
Luke 2:10
Luke 8:50
Luke 12:4
Luke 12:32
John 6:20
Acts 18:9
Acts 27:24
Revelation 1:17

“Do not fear”
Genesis 15:1
Genesis 21:17
Genesis 26:24
Genesis 35:17
Exodus 14:13
Numbers 14:9
Numbers 21:34
Deuteronomy 1:21
Deuteronomy 1:29
Deuteronomy 3:2
Deuteronomy 3:22
Deuteronomy 31:8
Joshua 8:1
Joshua 10:8
Joshua 10:25
Judges 6:10 (You shall not fear the gods of the Amorites…)
Judges 6:23
Judges 3:11
1 Samuel 12:20
2 Samuel 9:7
2 Samuel 13:28
1 Kings 17:13
2 Kings 6:16
2 Kings 17:35 (You shall not fear other gods, nor bow…)
2 Kings 17:37
2 Kings 17:38
1 Chronicles 22:13
1 Chronicles 28:200
2 Chronicles 20:15
2 Chronicles 20:17
2 Chronicles 32:7
Nehemiah 4:14 (Do not be afraid…)
Job 21:9 (Their houses are safe from fear..)
Psalm 64:4
Psalm 78:53 (He led them to safety so they did not fear)
Isaiah 7:4
Isaiah 10:24
Isaiah 35:4
Isaiah 40:9
Isaiah 41:10
Isaiah 41:13
Isaiah 41:14
Isaiah 43:1
Isaiah 43:5
Isaiah 42:2
Isaiah 51:7
Isaiah 54:4
Isaiah 54:14?? (you will be far from oppression, for you will not fear..)
Jeremiah 10:5
Jeremiah 30:10
Jeremiah 46:27
Jeremiah 46:28
Lamentations 3:57
Joel 2:21
Joel 2:22
Haggai 2;5
Zechariah 8:13
Zechariah 8:15
Matthew 10:26
Matthew 10:28
Matthew 10:31
Luke 5:10
Luke 12:7
John 12:15
John 14:27 (Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful)
1 Peter 3:14 (Do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled,
Revelation 2:10

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