Do Not Fear 365

This is a repost from several years ago. The post was getting a lot of views so I wanted to share it again with a few updates.

It has been said that “Do not fear” is in the Bible 365 times.  I think it was a quote from Facing the Giants, the movie.  That is not literally true.  Many have been searching the web to find out the verses that state “do not fear”.  There are less than 100 that literally say that phrase.  I have compiled, for those who are interested, a list of scriptures that are related to do not fear scriptures.

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I went to www.biblegateway.com and searched for the following words or phrases related to ‘do not fear’: Courage, do not fear, do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, do not be dismayed, take heart, do not worry. NIV VERSION

I also added trust, because those who trust in God will not be afraid.  See Ps. 56 and Ps. 112 for examples of that.

The total for these DO NOT FEAR related scriptures was 233

I looked up deliver, and it is mentioned in the Bible 252 times in one form or another (delivered, delivers, deliverance).  That was too much for me to add, so I will leave that to you to research.  Go to www.biblegateway.com to find those specific scriptures.

That would bring it up to well over 400 scriptures we can carry around with us as promises that we need not fear, because God commanded it, and because he promises we can trust him for our needs.

There is also: Cast your cares, be of good cheer, and other phrases that comfort us and keep us from fear

 

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Release The Pain

Silent Rain

SOFT RAIN FALLS
The Gentle drops of silent rain
Fall upon the golden grain;
The tranquil peace,
The sweet release
Of stress and pain,
This silent rain.

The quiet whisper in the wind
Pursues the children once again.
"Come to me
Rest and eat,"
Says this wind.

Glorious rays of the rising sun
tell us morning has begun.
Joy and praise
Fill this place
We've overcome
Says the sun.


by Terri Byars

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A NEW MORNING HAS BEGUN

Through both poetic and musical verse people have been known to express great emotion. And those of us who listen to the words and/or music have a chance to release our emotions. It helps us come to acknowledge or get in touch with our feelings. The poem I wrote above is symbolic and if anyone would care to input any thoughts, I would love to hear what you think. You can share how it makes you feel, and what you believe the poem means.

Seeking God

In my Christian life many times I find myself going through the day in all IMG_3041it’s busyness and at the end of the day I realize I hadn’t really connected with God.  Even when I do have morning devotional time, the moments with God are sometimes limited to that hour (or 10-15 minutes depending on my schedule) in the morning. But the rest of the day is business as usual. Then I come to the end of the day and wonder why I hadn’t talked to God in several hours. 

When the stress of the day rises, when personalities clash, when bills come, when decisions are made, many times we fail to connect with God at the moment and handle these things on our own.  But there are many benefits to seeking God on a moment by moment basis throughout the day.

Seek God for Joy

One benefit of seeking God that we will always have is the joy of knowing He is right here with us.  Psalms 16:11 states, In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (NASB)  So during the day, when we are going through our plans and activities, knowing that God is there brings us Joy.  He is our best friend.  He brings relief and joy into situations that would otherwise be difficult.  When the child is crying, when demands pursue, when time is limited, acknowledging that God is there available for us relieves some of the stress and replaces it with Joy because we know he will care for us.

Seek God for Wisdom

Moments will come when we have a decision to make.  I find myself making the decision based upon my own knowledge or experience.  Then afterwards I realize I should have asked God first because the decision I made was wrong or just because I would have liked to get His view on the subject before I proceeded.  James 1:5 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (NIV)  So here we see that in all things we should ask God, because we will never have as much wisdom as He does.  He is all knowing and all wise ruler and creator of the universe.  His wisdom will always outweigh ours.  My desire is to remember to seek Him in all my decisions at the time of the decisions.  Not wait until afterwards and ask Him to bless the decision I made without Him.  This is hard for me to remember to do, but it is my desire.

Seek God for Comfort

Stress will come.  It is a part of life.  But God assures us in Psalm 55:22 “Cast  your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (NIV)  At the moment we receive bad news, the moment we stub our toe and feel the pain, if we maintain the habit of seeking God moment by moment, we will instantly feel the comfort of His presence instead of responding with another stress relief option. In my case, this would be grabbing a candy bar or some other form of sugar fix.  For others it may be anger, shopping, gambling, alcohol, and the list goes on.  What a benefit it is, what an improvement it would be to our lives if we seek God for comfort before anything else.  It would improve the quality of our lives.

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There is nothing that we need that we cannot find from God.  He will lead us to the source.  He will show us the way.  He will bring thoughts to our mind that give us insights into our situation.  Those who seek God lack no good thing.  

So why don’t you join me in asking God to accompany you throughout the day, guide you in all decisions and be your comfort in all areas of stress and pain.  Join me in seeking God, moment by moment, day by day.

Seek God First in all you do

Our Problems Disappear

where-all-problems-go-away-true-story-⚽👌-7856435We all need a place to escape sometimes.  For some of us it is a soccer game, as in this picture here.  For others it is something a little (or a lot) more destructive, such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, and the list goes on.  

What are we escaping from?

We escape from  work, family problems, financial problems, heartache, health problems, etc.  Problems are many times the focus of our attention because we are drawn to what hurts at the moment.  It’s like when we stub out little toe; we grab our toe and moan until the pain subsides.  Likewise, most of us focus on our problems or pain until it goes away.

What is the real problem?

The real problem is not work, the family, finances, heartache, or heath, etc.  It is our focus.  What is our focus.  I have found that the more I focus on myself, the more problems I seem to have.  I am always concerned about what I want, how I feel; and I complain about what is not perfect and who is not doing what I want.  

Change of focus

So where should our focus be?  Many times in my life I have felt my focus being pulled away from my own problems when I see another bigger problem out there somewhere.  Out in the world, in my community, or among my friends.  When I see a catastrophe like war, tsunamis, or poverty  or when I see a friend get evicted from their home or someone I know loses a family member, that is when my problems seem to disappear.  In the light of major catastrophes or serious problems all around me, my problems seems to be a trivial matter.  So the problem is not my situation.  It is my focus.  It is my response to my problems.  Do I sit and sulk?  Do I worry and complain?  Do I have a pity party and wonder when I will get my way, when my kids will finally behave, when my bills will ever get paid?  If so, I end up worrying and becoming depressed.  However….

 Focus on Jesus

If I focus on Jesus, first of all, I know He has the answer and with Him I can get through the problem.  My problem may not actually disappear, but I do not worry about it because “Papa” will take care of it and see me through it.

Focus on others

Prayer is a wonderful thing.  When I pray for myself, I can focus on Jesus and know he has my problems in His hands and will fix everything until I feel okay again. When I pray for others, I get my focus off of myself and realize that I am not alone in my battles, pain, and heartaches.  

When I see what is happening in the world I still know that God is sovereign and is not up there wringing his hands wondering what to do.  He has it all under control. Sure, He gave some authority to us and commanded us to take charge of things on Earth, but He is there to help us if we ask Him.  

JOY

I once heard the definition of Joy as Jesus Others Yourself.  That is what our focus should be.  Jesus first, others second, and ourselves last.  We are here to Worship God.  That is our primary focus.  Then we are also here to love others.  Sometimes our focus should be on them more than ourselves.  Philippians 2:3 says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”  We should thing of others needs.  Although we should not neglect ourselves, we should just realize that when we put others first at times, our problems seem smaller or even non existent as we focus on something else.

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STOP THE PAIN!!

PainLady I was talking to a nurse today who told me many patients proclaim, “I didn’t know it would hurt this much” when they come out of surgery.  And they expect to be medicated until the pain is completely gone.  But it is not always safe to be medicated that much.  Sometimes we just have to live with some pain until we are healed.  Medication is only to alleviate some of the pain, not necessarily to totally remove it.

That’s the way it is with our emotions too.  Sometimes we want to totally get rid of the pain of rejection, depression, anger, hatred, emotional pain of abuse, etc.  And that’s why I believe addictions are so much of a problem today.  Whether it is gambling, drugs, alcohol, shopping, eating, watching TV or whatever one chooses to escape from the pain, many of us have succumb to addictions.  I know I have my moments of trying to escape the pain of this world.  How can we solve this problem?

Know That Pain Will Come, it’s a Promise14aae7048c09c0c60020fb1dc4196650

We were told there was going to be pain.  Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.  Jesus was a man full of sorry and He has grieved because of the state of man’s soul who has not trusted in Him. He told us that we should be ready for pain and sorrow.  That means I should not expect to be happy every day.  I have joy because Jesus is with me, supporting me through difficult times, but it is not always fun or easy or pleasant.

Know That There is a Solution,  It’s also a Promise

Jesus said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  He is always with us.  He will never leave.  He wants to carry our burdens.  The bible is full of verses that comfort the soul.  The greatest comfort is knowing that this fallen world is only temporary.  One day I will pass on into the spiritual realm and live life with Jesus face to face.  This world will pass away, but the love of the Lord lasts forever.

Learn to Live with Some Pain

Knowing that there will be pain helps me expect it and prepare for it.  Knowing that it is temporary lets me realize that I won’t be in pain forever.  Also as I grow older, I know that physical pain is a part of life.  I seldom take pain medication.  I just live with it for a while.  I know it’s going away eventually, when He comes to take me Home to Heaven.

BE OF GOOD CHEER!!

Look at the stars

I love this quote I found online.  I believe this to the very core of my being.  There is light!

Looking around at the world today and all that is happening in the news, we will notice a lot of bad; there is a lot of hatred, sorrow, terrorism, etc.  We will notice people who don’t care any more.  There is more financial stress, more destruction, and more illness, and the list goes on. Many people can grow cold and uncaring or just become immune to all the evil in the world.  What was once devastating or shocking to society years ago will be acceptable or ‘normal’ today.  Take divorce for example.  It is very commonplace today, but a couple hundred years ago, if someone were to say they were getting divorced, they would probably be either shamed or pitied greatly.  Now it is much more acceptable.

In a world growing cold, immoral, or uncaring I can find myself becoming judgmental.  It’s just not the way it used to be.  More and more of what is acceptable now was immoral 50 years ago.  It is very easy to focus on what is bad in the world.  The news, for example has mostly stories of terrorism, war, and crime with only a short human interest story at the end.  There is a way I’ve learned to stop being so sorrowful and disappointed concerning the world system.

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Look at the stars

The more darkness there is, the more stars I can see.  I can go out to the country and see an image such as the one here.  A  multitude of stars in space.  There is darkness all around, but so many stars to enjoy.  If I keep my head up instead of down, I can see more light instead of darkness.

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In the city, with all the lights, buildings, and cars, there is much less light in the sky.  It’s easy for me to be so distracted by the action, people, and things around me that I no longer see the stars.  The world is in the way.  Even when I do look up, the stars are much less noticeable.  Most of them are dimmed in the midst of the lights of the world.

Look to God

god-is-light-in-him-there-is-no-darkness-at-all-quote-1ddf4ec73a44f86ca71ac6d1320605afeThese two verses say it all.  “God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5.  and “Set your mind on thing above.”  Colossians 3:2.  If I keep looking up, if I look at the stars in the night sky instead of the darkness itself, I can see light.  There is still good in the world.  There is still happiness. God is teaching me not be so negative.  Do not see the glass half empty.  Do not look only to the faults in the world.  See the small points of light in the midst of darkness.  Focus on the positive.

Like Carrie Hope Fletcher said, “Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it. There’s no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars.”  See link above for more information on Carrie Hope Fletcher.

How to Change Worry to Peace and Freedom

Worry happens when we take on a responsibility that is not ours.

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Jesus told us that we should not worry. Philippians 4:6-7 in the New Living Translation says “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

1 Peter 5:7 says  Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Jesus wants all our cares.  That is why he came.  He came to walk beside us and carry our load.  

We worry about our children

When our children are small and live at home, we don’t tend to worry about how to feed them, how their diaper is going to be changed, or how to carry out our basic responsibilities toward that child.  We have been given the ability to do these things because it is our responsibility and God gives us the knowledge and strength to carry them out.  When our children grow up and move out of the house, they start making their own decisions and choices.  They are no longer under our chain of command and are no longer our responsibility.  We can counsel them when they ask or help them when they need help; but, ultimately, they are now under God’s chain of command and if we start to worry, it’s because we have no control over the situation.  It is not ours to control so God has not given us that ability, strength or knowledge.

We worry about finances

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When we worry about finances, that is also taking on a responsibility that is not ours.  The bible says in Philippians 4:19 that God will supply all our needs.  So ultimately it is His responsibility, not ours.  That does not mean we sit back and wait for someone, sent by God, to hand us all the money we need to life.  Our responsibility is to ask God to supply our needs then listen to His plan of action.  He will tell us where to work and how to earn an income.  Our responsibility is simply obedience to his Word, spoken or written.  Once we obey, He honors and blesses us.  

We worry about the future.

called-to-be-loved-26-638So, we cannot control our grown children, we cannot control our finances (our trust is in God, not money or our present economy), and we certainly cannot control our future.  It has not happened yet and we never know what is around the corner, but God knows and He works all things together for our good.  Most things we worry about that concern the future will either never happen or they will be things we can handle and eventually walk out of victoriously.

So what are we to do?

Just live like a child.  Again referring to Jesus’ teachings, He told us to come to Him as little children.  Have you noticed how happy little children are?  They know they cannot buy their own food, or dress themselves, or take care of even their most basic needs.  But they trust their caregivers to care for them.  All they need to do is come when called and let their caregivers hand them all that they need.  That is what our Savior can do for us.  He will hand us all we need as long as we live for Him and obey His leading.  And no, our parents will not always hand us everything we want.  They know we need to eat our veggies and protein, not only sweets.  So, also, God will not hand us all we WANT.  Only what we NEED.  Trust in Him.  Let go.  Be free.