Rosualdo is just an ordinary person with an extraordinary God, who wants to spread God’s words and love through writing articles and poems.
Fear is one of the most troublemakers of life. It will snatch our peace, joy, focus, and even our faith in God. The entrance of fear is the starting point of panic, havoc, and trouble. It will enslave the mind and heart to its stressful power. But God’s word offers the best remedies on how to overcome the terror of fear in our lives. It will provide the best antibodies against the power of fear.
I have selected eight powerful passages in the New International Version of the Holy Bible that will eliminate the venomous fangs of the terrifying power of fear.
1. Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Why do we afraid of the terror of fear if God is with us? Why do we fear if God’s help is always available for us?
The terror of fear will let us feel that God is distant from us. Where is God when I need him? Where is God in my painful sufferings? We sometimes ask these questions. But this powerful promise of God to Israel through prophet Isaiah will exterminate the terror of fear within our heart for his abiding presence and help will escort our journey. The disturbance and panic of fear will not overtake us because he is with us. God’s help will strengthen our weakened and vulnerable spots. His righteous right hand will defend and uphold us. God’s omnipresence will ease the terror-filled heart. The journey with God is a journey that fears not to the terror of fear.
2. 2 Kings 6:16
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Why do we submit to the terror of fear if God’s help and reinforcement are more powerful than the invading fear? Can the terror of fear matched the mighty divine reinforcement?
The terror of fear will let us feel that we are hopeless, helpless, and powerless to overcome its frightening acts. It will tell the mind that you are a defeated foe. Prophet Elisha injects the antidote of strength and courage to his terrified servant when the chariots and horses, and the strong army force of Aram invade and surrounds the city of Dothan. The fearful and scary scenery of terror did not trouble the prophet’s heart and mind because of the divine reinforcement that dwells on them. This powerful passage will suppress the terror of fear by the cure it brings by implanting God’s help and power through his mighty reinforcement. The present and powerful divine reinforcement will always be there to reinforce us. It will strengthen, give courage, rescue, or save, and will give victory against all the forces of evils, temptations, and all forms of testing and trials that will intrude our lives. We can overcome all our wars and the terror of fear through hope, help, and power from the mighty divine reinforcement.
3. Exodus 14:13
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Why we are afraid of the terror of fear if God will fight for us? Can the terror of fear survive if God is fighting for us?
The terror of fear will let us feel that God is neglecting or failing us. It will tell us that God’s plan is not working. It will tell us that God is lying. Moses pacifies the terrifying heart of the nation of Israel when they saw the pursuing force of Egypt in a trap and no way out situation. He encourages them to stand firm and leave the fear that conquers their heart because God will bring deliverance by fighting for them. Israel thinks that God failed to carry his promise for freedom to the promised land for them to settle. But God divides the sea and makes a way out for them to escape from the Pharaoh’s hands. This powerful passage will extinguish the fiery fire of fear coming near to us when God’s hands are fighting for us to bring the comfort of liberation and deliverance. God’s protective, delivering, and mighty hands will keep us safe and secure and will make a way for deliverance when there seems to be no way out in our dark and gloomy conditions. God’s great hands will overthrow the terror of fear and will carry his awesome plan and purpose to us.
4. Psalms 23:4
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
Why do we let the terror of fear’s entrance when the Shepherd of our soul is on guard? Why do we let fear’s terrifying acts rule when the comforting acts are available?
The terror of fear will let us feel that we are vulnerable and defenseless. It will tell us that we are just helpless prey to its venomous fangs. David motivates himself to combat against the terror of fear with the presence of his heavenly shepherd guarding and defending him in the darkest valley of evils and dangers. This powerful verse will unseat the rule of fear in our hearts because the Shepherd of our soul is on our side. He will guide, protect, defend, and comfort us against the unseen dangers, evils, and enemy attacks on the vague and obscure path of life. We can overrule the terror of fear by the comforting rod and staff of our heavenly shepherd providing defense and protection on us.
5. Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Why we are terrified of the terror of fear when God is faithful? Why do we abandon our trust and confidence when God is not leaving?
The terror of fear will let us feel that God is untrue and unfaithful. It will tell us that no support and relief is coming from God when he is silent to our prayers and our sufferings. It will bring the conclusion that God is forsaking and defecting us. Moses motivates the nation of Israel before entering the promised land about the fear of the nations living on the land. God’s faithfulness will abide on them because he will never leave nor forsake them as to how he cared for them in the wilderness for forty years. This powerful verse will devour the terror of fear because of God’s constant faithfulness. God will never abandon or resign to those who trust in him. His faithfulness will never leave nor forsake us in our daily battles and struggles. We can repel the terror of fear by relying and trusting on God’s endless faithfulness.
6. Psalms 27:1
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?
Why we are afraid of the terror of fear when God is our salvation? Why we are scared of fear when God is our refuge?
The terror of fear will let us feel that we are fragile and are not safe. It will tell us that we are a vagabond without a safe dwelling place to live. David courageously declares whom he shall fear since the Lord is his light and salvation, whom he shall afraid since the Lord is his stronghold. This powerful verse will kill the terror of fear by God’s guiding, saving, and safe-keeping activities. God’s light will lead us to the right way, actions, and decisions we make. His salvation will provide consolation and relief to a troubled life. We can live secured and safe in his presence for he is our refuge against any flaming arrows of evil, harm, and danger. We can resist the terror of fear through God’s light, salvation, and safe dwelling place.
7. Luke 8:50
Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
Why do we entertain the terror of fear’s bad news when God has good news? Why do we listen to fear’s stressful voice when God answers our prayers and provide what we need?
The terror of fear will let us feel that bad news will always be our daily bread. It will tell us that we can't receive and have what we need. It will tell us God is not listening to our prayers. Jairus’ desire was the healing of his only daughter which drives him to come to Jesus. Before reaching home with Jesus the bad news that his daughter was dead hammered his heart. But Jesus gives him the powerful assurance to give him victory over the terror of fear, don’t be afraid; just believe, she will be healed. This powerful verse will destroy the foundation of fear through the assurance of God’s words that everything will be alright if we believe. The good news from God will consume the fear’s bad news. God’s answers and provisions will handle our needy and desperate situation. We can uproot the weeds of the terror of fear by believing the good news from God’s words.
8. Romans 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Why do we afraid of the terror of fear if God is for us? Why we are terrified if the greatest power is working on our side?
The terror of fear will let us feel that we are all alone in our battle. It will tell us that no one will be there to support our war. It will tell us that defeat will be the fruits of our crusade. Paul asks the question to the believers at Rome showcasing who can stand against them if the omnipotent God is fighting for them. This powerful verse will demolish the panic of our terror-filled heart because the omnipotent power is fighting on our side at all angles. The battle we face as we obey God’s will for the advancement of his kingdom will be a tough war but we can be sure that we are more than conquers through God’s omnipotent power aiding us. We can repulse the terror of fear coming from the adversary, hardships, and uncertain circumstances by trusting and relying on God’s working and powerful support operating on our side.
The terror of fear in our lives will lose its foothold and stand, and its entrance will be blocked if we inject this powerful antidote of God’s word in our hearts and mind. The frightening results of fear will evacuate if God and his words start to operate. Our continuing trust and reliance on God’s words, promises, faithfulness, love, and power will dissolve the terrifying power of fear.
© 2021 Rosualdo Ponce