Are you facing a fearful or frightening situation? Use these 10 Bible verses of encouragement for when you are afraid.
When Fear Happens
Have you ever had the feeling where you wake up feeling good, then you remember something terrible that’s going on in your life and the awful realization of it washes over you all over again?
That’s how I felt this morning.
A horrible sense of stomach-sinking panic flooded over me about a current life situation.
I tend to use sleep as an escape from stress sometimes, but it’s almost worse when you have the reprieve that sleep brings, and then you have your problem come rushing back at you once again when you wake up.
We are in the midst of a move across the country from Colorado to New York, and the irony is I’m not so afraid about the move. While stressful, I’ve been able to handle that.
This fear comes from a situation we are dealing with in trying to access care for our son with special needs.
People in high places make decisions for our family, and these decisions have huge consequences. People who don’t know us sit in meetings and court rooms and decide what will happen to my son and to us. These decisions will change our lives for the next months and years.
The stress could easily become overwhelming. These are the times I find myself turning to God continually for help.
Bible Verses for Encouragement
This morning I rolled over and pulled my phone close to look at Bible verses I had been reading last night. These verses have been a source of strength to me over the last days.
I’m incredibly thankful for Christian friends who pray for me, encourage me, and continually remind me of God’s promises. Do you have these type of friends in your life? You need them.
Whatever fearful life situations you are facing, may these verses bring peace and strength to you, as they have for me.
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10 Bible Verses of Encouragement for When You Are Afraid
I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my pleas for mercy.
2 Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”
5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
6 The Lord preserves the simple;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return, O my soul, to your rest;
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
8 For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling;
9 I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7
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.”
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.
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,
1 Peter 3:13-14
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
What other Bible verses of encouragement help when you are afraid?
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