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What Does the Bible Say About Fear?

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What does the bible say about fear? Consider this and your response to the following question, sweet friend. How are you handling the worldwide fear and panic right now?


Are you succumbing to the fear or are you choosing to believe the promises of Almighty God that he has everything in control?


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Now, do you know as Christians we are commanded NOT to be afraid time and time again in God’s word? However, I realize this can be easier said than done at times. With this in mind, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty on what does the Bible say about fear?


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What Does the Bible Say About Fear?


Recently I watched a sermon from Pastor Greg Laurie. His sermon was about the Antichrist, Armageddon, and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. From the beginning of the sermon, he puts everything in perspective as far as the countries recent events. In my opinion, His sermon is crystal clear and I will link it below so you can watch it as well.



Greg said, and I quote… “As born again followers of Jesus Christ, if you have read the last chapter in the Bible…WE WIN!” Amen!


Greg also states that you and I can rest in this fact, and NOT fear, with the recent events happening in our country, as long as we have put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, by faith alone, through grace alone, and not by works.


I wholeheartedly agree with Pastor Greg’s statement! As a matter of fact, good has come from being isolated such as digital worship. Many have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives!

Also, none of the recent events, such as the coronavirus has come as a surprise to God. God isn’t sitting on His throne questioning the following…


  • “How did this happen?”
  • “How have things gotten so out of hand?”

God knows the beginning, the middle, and the end, and everything will go according to His perfect plan and will. God only wants you and I be not afraid and not fear.


How many times does the bible say do not be afraid?


During my research on what does the bible say about fear, I knew God’s word states fear not, do not be afraid, be not afraid, etc…but I had doubts about believing it was as much as the reference’s kept pulling up in the google search box.


According to many searches, it states do not fear etc…in the Bible 365 times, once for every day of the year. Needless to say, I went digging to find out if this is indeed correct. I will list numerous verses on what I found according to the ONLY source that truly matters!


So, with numerous scriptures reminding you and I not to be afraid, why do we allow fear to take over? In all honesty, it’s due to many reasons.


  • Worry of the unknown
  • Uncertainty of the future
  • Anxiousness with so much division
  • And many more!

Speaking for myself, fear was such a big factor in my life for so long, old habits are hard to break. Breaking the spirit of fear was something, and believe it or not, continues to be something, I have to constantly fight against.


What Does God Say about Fear?


In the scriptures, God repeatedly commands His people “do not be afraid, trust, and rely on Him even in the midst of uncertainty.


Sweet friend, this is NOT a suggestion. God’s word doesn’t say “if” you do not want to be afraid but rather it states clearly…DO NOT BE AFRAID!


Consistently reflecting on what God’s word clearly states about fear is a reminder for me, as much if not more, than it is for you.


To NOT fear is an instruction and a command from our Heavenly Father on how we are to handle the circumstances surrounding us and our lives.


In other words, if you and I are approaching fear in any other form it’s an act of disobedience to a Holy Perfect God.


Can you say OUCH?


I hate admitting that but it’s the truth nevertheless. Talking about driving home the importance of what does the bible say about fear, right?


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What is the right kind of Fear?


The kind of fear in the Bible you and I should have is the fear of God. In all honesty, every individual should have a healthy fear of the Lord.


That being said, do you understand how this is completely opposite to the spirit of fear? Let’s continue with God’s word now broken down into individual chapters.


BIBLE VERSES ABOUT FEAR: INDIVIDUAL CHAPTERS IN THE BIBLE GUIDE


The kind of fear I’m referring to is about what does the bible say about fear and living in fear of the unknown. So, I have given you the difference between the two types of fear.


I hope you can distinguish fear of the unknown future and replace it with the right type of fear. Let’s dive into God’s word now!


What Does the Bible Say About Fear…?


Genesis


After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” Genesis 15:1


And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Genesis 21:17


And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.” Genesis 26:24


And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son.” Genesis 35:17


He replied, “Peace to you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has put treasure in your sacks for you. I received your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them. Genesis 43:23


Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. Genesis 46:3


But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? Genesis 50:19


So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:21



Exodus


And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. Exodus 14:13


Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” Exodus 20:20


Leviticus


I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land. Leviticus 26:6


Numbers


Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” Numbers 14:9


But the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people, and his land. And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.” Numbers 21:34


Deuteronomy


You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment, is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’ Deuteronomy 1:17


See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’ Deuteronomy 1:21


Then I said to you, ‘Do not be in dread or afraid of them. Deuteronomy 1:29


But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not fear him, for I have given him and all his people and his land into your hand. And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.’ Deuteronomy 3:2


You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you.’ Deuteronomy 3:22


You shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt. Deuteronomy 7:18


“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Deuteronomy 20:1


And shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them. Deuteronomy 20:3


Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6


It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8


Joshua


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 1:9


And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear and do not be dismayed. Take all the fighting men with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, his city, and his land. Joshua 8:1


And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of them shall stand before you.” Joshua 10:8


And Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous. For thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.” Joshua 10:25


And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them, slain, to Israel. You shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire.” Joshua 11:6


Judges


And Jael came out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Turn aside my lord; turn aside to me; do not be afraid.” So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. Judges 4:18


But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.” Judges 6:23


1 SAMUEL


And about the time of her death, the women attending her said to her, “Do not be afraid, for you have borne a son.” But she did not answer or pay attention. I Samuel 4:20


And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. I Samuel 12:20


Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life. With me, you shall be in safekeeping.” I Samuel 22:23


And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this.” I Samuel 23:17


The king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a god coming up out of the earth.” I Samuel 28:13


2 SAMUEL


And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” 2 Samuel 9:7


I Kings


And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first, make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 1 Kings 17:13


2 KINGS


Then the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So he arose and went down with him to the king. II Kings 1:15


He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” II Kings 6:16


Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled me. II Kings 19:6


And Gedaliah swore to them and their men, saying, “Do not be afraid because of the Chaldean officials. Live in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you.” II Kings 25:24


I Chronicles


Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed. I Chronicles 22:13


Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished. I Chronicles 28:20


II CHRONICLEs


And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s. II Chronicles 20:15


You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.” II Chronicles 20:17


“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. II Chronicles 32:7


Nehemiah


And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14


JOB


You shall be hidden from the lash of the tongue, and shall not fear destruction when it comes. Job 5:21


Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. Job 11:15


Their houses are safe from fear, and no rod of God is upon them. Job 21:9


Psalm


I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. Psalm 3:6


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


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


Though an army encamps against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arises against me, yet I will be confident. Psalm 27:3


Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:2


When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56: 3-4


in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11 


He led them in safety so that they were not afraid, but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. Psalm 78:53


You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day. Psalm 91:5


The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6



PROVERBS


If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24


Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, Proverbs 3:25


Isaiah


And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah. Isaiah 7:4


“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. Isaiah 8:12


Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you as the Egyptians did.


“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2


The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid. Isaiah 17:2


Say to those who have an anxious heart,  “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Isaiah 35:4


Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me. Isaiah 37:6 


Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”


Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 


For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13


Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 41:14 


But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.


Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east and from the west I will gather you. Isaiah 43:5


Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you. Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. Isaiah 44:2


Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it. And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.” Isaiah 44:8


“Listen to me, you who know righteousness the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the reproach of man, nor be dismayed at their revilings. Isaiah 51:7


Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. Isaiah 54:4


In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.


Jeremiah


Do not be afraid of them for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 1:8


Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.” Jeremiah 10:5


He is like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8


“Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid. Jeremiah 30:10


Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, swore to them and their men, saying, “Do not be afraid to serve the Chaldeans. Dwell in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you. Jeremiah 40:9


Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the Lord, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand.


“But fear not, O Jacob my servant, nor be dismayed, O Israel, for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity.
Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid. Jeremiah 46:27


Fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord, for I am with you. I will make a full end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but of you, I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.” Jeremiah 46:28


Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful at the report heard in the land, when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, and ruler is against ruler. Jeremiah 51:46


Lamentations


You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’


Ezekiel


Like emery harder than flint have I made your forehead. Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.” Ezekiel 3:9


DANIEL


Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. Daniel 10:12


And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” Daniel 10:19


JOEL


Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things!


Fear not, you beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and vine give their full yield. Joel 2:22


Zephaniah


On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. Zephaniah 3:16


Haggai


According to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not. Haggai 2:5


Zechariah


And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong.” Zechariah 8:13


So again have I purposed in these days to bring good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah; fear not. Zechariah 8:15


Malachi


“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.


MATTHEW


But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:20


“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Matthew 10:26


And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28


Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31


But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27


But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” Matthew 17:7


But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. Matthew 28:5


Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Matthew 28:10


MArk


But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” Mark 5:36


For they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Mark 6:50


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Luke


But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. Luke 1:13


And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Luke 1:30


And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10


And so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men. Luke 5:10


But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” Luke 8:50


“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. Luke 12:4


Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:7


Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32


JOHN


But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” John 6:20


“Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” John 12:15


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27


ACTS


And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid but go on speaking and do not be silent. Acts 18:9


And he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Acts 27:24


HEBREWS


So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 


I PETER


As Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. I Peter 3:6


But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:14


I John


There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18


REVELATION


When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last,


Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10


In closing on What Does the Bible Say About Fear?


Studying the Bible gives us much insight when it comes to bible verses about fear doesn’t it? In all honesty, when I look back at my own life, I see God’s steadfast protection, presence, and His neverending faithfulness for me, even when I did not deserve it.


We must learn to be still and not fear! Always remember and keep in mind, to overcome fear we must cry out to God and He will give us His peace.


I sincerely pray that you find these Bible verses about fear comforting and reassuring not only due to the fear of the unknown but even more so with all the recent events and diversity happening right now.


May we find ways to bring unity with one another. But may we not forget there is also hope in the midst of the chaos as well. God uses all things for His glory and kingdom purposes.


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