Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ NKJV
Years ago I had an individual tell me that there were 365 “fear not’s” in the Bible, one for every day of the year. Imagine that, if it were true but after doing some diligent research I was unable to find 365 and in many versions not even 100. However, that is not a problem because ONE – “fear not” from Jesus is enough right! Although this is some almost worthless information the following has been found:
KJV – 74 “fear not”; 29 – “be not afraid”
NASB – 4 – “fear not”; 57 – “do not fear”; 46 – “do not be afraid”
The word “fear” in all of its forms is only listed 314 times in the original languages, which also includes words translated as terrible, dreadful, reverence, and terrible acts. As per www.blueletterbible.com, we find the following:
NKJV – 129, NIV – 66, NASB – 127, ASV – 148, DBY – 155, HNV – 44, NLT – 38, ESV – 137, RSV – 139, YNG – 115, WEB – 144.
The truth is that if it was in the Bible just ONE TIME that would be enough because as we find in Genesis God only had to say, “Let there be light” one time for it to happen. It didn’t take 365 to cover every day of the year. God said it and that was enough to bring it into existence. What we need to do is “believe” what He says about this and everything else.
As Christians, we DO NOT FEAR or do not have to fear! We have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus and transferred from the kingdom or domain of darkness into the Kingdom of God’s Light and Love! We are more than, conquerors through Him who loved and loves us! He has overcome the World and He lives in our hearts so we are overcomers! We have nothing to fear because God is with us!
I am concerned about the condition of our nation spiritually but not fearful. I am concerned about many things but not fearful. I refuse to allow fear to have dominion in my life because I know that God has promised to “never leave me nor forsake me.”
Fear would be an expression of doubt in the promises of God and I choose to believe His promises! When “fear” raises its ugly head and tries to gain a foothold in my thinking I run to the Cross and look at the finished work of Jesus and fear dissipates.
Worry is a by-product of fear so I choose not to allow worry to have any place in my thinking. I do not try to justify worry or fear by saying “I’m just concerned.” I am concerned about many things but confident that no matter how they turn out God is still God and will be with me through it all and in it all. That brings peace to my heart and gives me the confidence and strength to face each day and all the struggles that that day might contain.
So as you go through this day go with the confidence that God is with you! Walk in freedom, not fear!
May God be with you as you go through your day!