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Fear Not

Includes courage, trusting, peace and fearing God

1. The Lord tells you not to fear:

Isa.7:4 - Be quiet, fear not, neither be fainthearted

A. God is with you; therefore you should not fear:

Josh.1:9 - Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid...for the Lord is with thee
Psa.118:6 - The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do
Isa.12:2 - God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid
Isa.41:10 - Fear thou not; for I am with thee...I will help thee
Lk.12:32 - Fear not, little flock
(See also Num.14:9; Psa.78:53; Mat.17:6,7.)

B. God is greater than your adversaries, and He will keep you:

1Jn.4:4 - Greater is He that is in you, than he...in the world
Lk.10:19 - I give you power...over all the power of the enemy
Psa.27:1 - The Lord is my light...whom shall I fear?
Pro.3:25,26 - Be not afraid of sudden fear...Lord shall keep [thee]

C. Don't fear people's faces or looks:

Jer.1:8 - Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee
Ezk.3:9 - Fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks

D. The Lord promises you peace:

Job 22:21 - Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace
Psa.29:11 - The Lord will bless His people with peace
Pro.3:24 - When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid
Isa.26:3 - Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee
Jn.14:27 - My peace I give unto you...let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid
Jn.16:33 - In Me ye [can] have peace...I have overcome the world
Gal.5:22 - The fruit of the Spirit is...peace
Phi.4:7 - The peace of God...shall keep your hearts and minds

2. Trusting in God overcomes fear:

A. When you trust God, you don't need to fear anything:

2Ki.6:14-17 - Fear not: for they (God's angelic army) that be with us are more than they that be with them
2Ki.19:6,7 - Be not ye afraid of the words which thou hast heard
Neh.4:14 - Be not afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight
Psa.3:6 - I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about
Psa.27:1,3 - Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me
Psa.46:1,2 - God is our refuge...Therefore will not we fear, though the mountains be carried into the...sea
Isa.43:1-3a - Fear not...when thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee
Heb.13:6 - We may boldly say, "The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me"
Rev.2:10 - Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer...be faithful unto death, and I will give thee crown of life

B. Examples of courage and fearlessness in danger:

Josh.14:12-14 - [Caleb fearlessly conquered the giant Anakims See also Josh.15:13-15; Num.13:28,33; Deut.9:1,2.]
Neh.6:5-11 - [Nehemiah refused to be bluffed into fearing, or into fleeing into the temple in fright]
Dan.3:14-17 - [Three Hebrews fearlessly refused to worship the idol]
Dan.6:4-10 - [Knowing it could cost him his life, Daniel refused to compromise his faith in God]
Jn.19:9-11 - [Jesus refused to be put in fear of Pilate's power]
Phi.1:14 - Many brethren, waxing confident (because of) my bonds, are much more bold to speak the Word without fear
Heb.11:27 - (Moses) forsook Egypt, not fearing wrath of the king
(See also Ezr.8:21-23,31; Acts 4:17,18,29,33; 7:54-60.)

C. Examples of men who refused to fear, though all others did:

1Sam.14:1-14 - [Jonathan and armourbearer attacked Philistine garrison, while everyone else was terrified 1Sam.13:5-7]
1Sam.17:4-11,23-37,48 - [All the armies of Israel were "sore afraid" of Goliath, but David boldly attacked him]
2Sam.23:8-22 - [David's mighty men stood their ground and defeated their enemies despite overwhelming odds]

3. Some causes of fear:

A. A lack of faith and trust in God and His Word:

Mat.8:26 - Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?
Mk.4:40 - Why are ye so fearful? How is it ye have no faith?
Isa.51:12,13 - Who art thou, that thou [art] afraid of a man...and forgettest the Lord thy maker?

B. Looking at circumstances and conditions:

Josh.17:14-18 - [Israelites fearful to attack the Canaanites because the Canaanites had powerful chariots of iron]
Psa.107:23-27 - [Storm at sea] Their soul is melted...at wit's end
Mat.14:30 - [Peter, walking on the sea] saw the wind boisterous... was afraid; and (began) to sink
Mk.4:37-40 - [Storm on Sea of Galilee throws disciples into fear]
2Cor.7:5 - We were troubled on every side...within were fears
(See also Isa.7:1,2)

C. A lack of the Spirit and love of God:

1Jn.4:18 - He that feareth is not made perfect in [God's] love

D. Disobedience to God's Word:

Deut.28:58,65-67 - If thou wilt not observe...the Lord shall give thee a trembling heart...and thou shalt fear day and night
Lev.26:15,17,36 - If ye despise My statutes...ye shall flee when none pursueth...sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them
Jer.6:19,22-25 - I will bring evil...because they have not hearkened unto My Words...fear is on every side

E. Punishment for unrepented sin:

2Chr.29:6,8 - Our fathers have trespassed...wherefore He hath delivered them to trouble (literally: trembling)
Job 18:5,11 - Terrors shall make (the wicked) afraid on every side
Isa.48:22 - There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked

F. Evil spirits:

1Sam.15:23, Thou (Saul) hast rejected the word of the Lord...an
16:14,15 - evil spirit from the Lord troubled (terrified) him

4. What fear can result in:

A. It can cause you to become bound:

Pro.29:25 - The fear of man bringeth a snare
Heb.2:15 - Who through fear of death were...subject to bondage

B. It can cause weakness:

Job 4:14 - Fear came upon me, and trembling...all my bones shake
Isa.13:8 - They shall be afraid: pangs...shall take hold of them
Jer.6:24,25 - Our hands wax feeble...fear is on every side

C. It can sap your will to fight and cause defeat:

Lev.26:36,37 - Ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies
Josh.2:11 - As soon as we heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage
Josh.5:1 - Their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more
(See also 1Sam.13:6,7)

D. It hinders you from witnessing or standing up for your convictions:

Mat.26:56 - Then all the disciples forsook (Jesus), and fled
Mat.26:69-74 - [Peter, fearful, denied that he knew Jesus] (See also Mk.14:66-72; Lk.22:54-60; Jn.18:16,17, 25-27.)
Jn.7:13 - No man spake openly of Him for fear of the Jews
Jn.9:22 - These [evasive] words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews
Jn.12:42,43 - Many believed on Him; but did not confess Him...for they loved the praise of men more than praise of God
Jn.19:12-16 - [Pilate, fearing the Jews, gave in to their demands to have Jesus crucified]
Jn.19:38 - Joseph...a disciple, but secretly for fear of the Jews

E. It can cause you to disobey God:

Num.13:28,31-33 - [Jews refused to invade Canaan for fear of the giants] (See also Num.14:1-5; Deut.1:26-28.)
1Sam.15:24 - I have sinned...transgressed the commandment of the Lord...because I feared the people

F. It can cause mental torment and anguish:

1Jn.4:18 - Fear hath torment

G. Fear can even cause sickness and death:

Lk.21:26 - Men's hearts failing them for fear
(See also 1Sam.14:15,16; 28:5.)

H. If not checked, fear can get a grip on you:

Psa.48:6 - Fear took hold of them, and pain, as a woman in travail
Psa.55:5 - Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, horror hath overwhelmed me
Jer.6:22-25 - Anguish hath taken hold of us...fear is on every side

I. Unchecked fear can become extreme:

Lev.26:17,36 - Ye shall flee when none pursueth...sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them
Deut.28:66,67 - Thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life
Job 18:11,14 - Terrors shall make him afraid on every side...shall bring him to the king of terrors
Psa.53:5 - There were they in great fear, where no fear was
Pro.28:1 - The wicked flee when no man pursueth

J. Fears can materialise and become real things:

Job 3:25 - The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me
Pro.10:24 - The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him
Isa.66:4 - I will choose their delusions...bring their fears upon them

K. Fear is contagious and can affect others:

Deut.20:8 - What man is fearful? Let him go...lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart
Judg.7:3 - Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him...depart
(See also Judg.7:19-22; 1Sam.14:12-16.)

5. How to have peace and freedom from fear:

A. Trust in the Lord:

Psa.23:4 - Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me
Psa.31:13,14 - Fear was on every side...but I trusted in Thee
Psa.56:3,4 - What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee. I will not fear what flesh can do unto me
Psa.56:11 - In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid
Psa.91:2,5 - The Lord is my refuge...[I shall] not be afraid for the terror by night
Psa.112:7,8 - He shall not be afraid...heart (trusts) in the Lord
Isa.26:3 - Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee
Mat.10:28 - Fear not them which kill the body...but fear (God)
Jn.14:1 - Let not your heart be troubled...believe in Me
Phi.4:7 - The peace of God...shall keep your hearts and minds
1Jn.4:18 - There is no fear in love; love casteth out fear

B. Trust in God's Word:

Psa.119:165 - Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them
Pro.1:33 - Whoso hearkeneth unto Me...shall be quiet from fear
Pro.3:1,2 - Let thine heart keep My commandments...peace shall they add to thee
Isa.48:18 - O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river

C. Remember that God is with you and will not fail you:

Deut.1:29,30 - Dread not, neither be afraid of them...God goeth before you, He shall fight for you
Deut.20:3,4 - Let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified...for God goeth with you
Deut.31:6 - Fear not, nor be afraid...God... will not fail thee
Zech.8:13b - Fear not, but let your hands be strong
Mk.5:36b - Be not afraid, only believe

D. When others with you are afraid:

Isa.8:12b - Neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid
Isa.35:4 - Say to them that are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, fear not: behold, God...will come and save you"

E. Seek the Lord for deliverance from fear:

Psa.34:4 - I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears
Psa.64:1 - O God...preserve my life from fear of the enemy

F. Forsake your sins:

Job 11:13-15 - [Pray to God and] put (iniquity) far away...Then shalt thou...be steadfast, and shalt not fear

G. Rebuke the devil and the spirit of fear:

Jam.4:7b - Resist the devil, and he will flee from you
1Jn.4:18 - There is no fear in love; perfect love casteth out fear

H. The solution the Holy Spirit and faith:

Acts 4:29,31 - Behold their threatenings...grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy Word
Heb.11:33a,34 - Who through faith...waxed valiant in fight

6. The only One you should fear is God:

A. We are commanded to fear (reverence) God:

Josh.24:14a - Fear the Lord, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth
Psa.19:9 - The fear of the Lord is clean (Compare with Pro.29:25)
Pro.3:7 - Fear the Lord, and depart from evil
Eccl.12:13 - Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man
Isa.8:12,13 - Neither fear ye their fear...let Him (God) be your fear, and let Him be your dread (See also Isa.57:11)
Lk.12:4,5 - Be not afraid of them (men)...I will warn you Whom ye shall fear: Fear Him (God)...yea, I say, Fear Him
Heb.10:31 - It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of...God
(See also Mat.10:28)

B. God's blessings on them that fear Him:

Psa.25:12 - He that feareth the Lord...shall He teach in the way
Psa.31:19 - How great is Thy goodness...for them that fear Thee
Psa.34:9 - There is no want (lack) to them that fear Him
Psa.103:13 - The Lord (has compassion on) them that fear Him
Psa.147:11 - The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him
Pro.1:7 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge
Pro.9:10 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
Pro.14:26 - In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence
Mal.4:2 - Unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings
Lk.1:50 - His mercy is on them that fear Him
Acts 10:35 - He that feareth Him...is accepted with Him
Rev.11:18 - Reward Thy servants, and them that fear Thy name

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