God’s word offers much encouragement and Bible verses about fear. Are you facing a fearful or frightening situation? Use these verses for when you are afraid and need to focus on God’s truth.

When Life is Scary

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.10 Bible Verses about worry and stress

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 are about to make decisions for our family, and these decisions have huge consequences. People who don’t know us sit in meetings and courtrooms 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 About Fear

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 types 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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What God Says About Fear

The term “fear not” is stated in the Bible 365 times, which is how many days are in a year.

Scripture verses that contain ‘fear not’ include:

  • Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you”
  • Joshua 1:9 “Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”
  • 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

“What these verses mention, as well as several others throughout the Bible, is God’s viewpoint of His creation’s fear of the unknown or fears heightened by harmful memories of the past.” – Bible Study Tools

What Does the Bible Say about Anxiety and Fear?

The Bible has been a vital part of overcoming anxiety and fear for so many people. God offers us reassurance, hope, and peace in the middle of our difficulty because He is in control of the universe.

God has plans for your life and will bring good from your current situation.

Here are just a few Bible verses about anxiety and fear.

For deeper study, use our 30 day Bible reading plan on anxiety or my new devotion book Fear Less: 30 Devotions for Courage Faith.

“We can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” Hebrews 13:6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5

These verses give us hope and assurance that there is no reason to be afraid or live with anxiety, panic, and constant stress. You can trust God to meet your needs.

What Does the Bible Say about Overcoming Fear?

Once we have learned to put our trust in God, we will not be afraid of things like we once did.

We can be like the psalmist who said with confidence:

“…let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” Psalm 5:11

Is Fear a Sin?

Feels in and of themselves are not sinful. Feelings are neutral.

However, fear can be sinful when you allow it to take root in your life. It is a lack of trust in God and his provision for you.

According to Christianity Today:

“Peter writes, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). The word, “care” comes from the Greek and means: “to throw up or to place upon.” It indicates that the person who is hauling around a burden needs to actively take that burden and relocate it. The Bible spells out clearly the antidote for worrying. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). God commands us not to agonize over problems. Instead, we are to rush our troubles, stresses, and concerns to His immediate attention as He’s always available. And as we ask God for solutions, we do so in a grateful manner, showing we trust that He really will answer our prayers. That’s called faith.”

10 Bible Verses About Fear When You Are Afraid

Here are Bible verses for when you are afraid. Use these to bring you comfort, hope, and peace.

I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

Psalm 116:1-8

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? Psalm 27:1

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. Genesis 50:20

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6

 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. Deuteronomy 31:6

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. Isaiah 41:10

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. Exodus 14:14

The fear of man lays a snare but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. Proverbs 29:25

Fear Less: 30 Devotions for Courageous Faith

Be sure to check out my new devotion book, Fear Less, which includes 30 days of short yet powerful devotions that each take about 7 minutes to complete. Each devotion also includes a helpful video.

What other Bible verses about fear help when you are afraid? Let us know in the comments below.


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