We all have experienced fear, from mild uneasiness to stark terror. There are circumstances that bring about sleepless nights, stomach aches, and loss of concentration. Think about what some of those things are for you.

What exactly is fear? Fear is a feeling of anxiety or dread concerning the outcome of something or that your needs or desires will not be met.  

It can be caused by a myriad of things.  It can be ignited through people, circumstances, experiences, hardship, illness, death, loss, pain, the recollection of the past, the unknown of the future, or the stirrings of our imagination.

The Problem with Fear

There is a big problem with being fearful. It is a form of disobedience to God. Numerous times throughout Scripture we are told not to be afraid.

When we let fear take over we are disobeying God by believing something other than what He has said in His Word. I always come back to Philippians 4:8 where Paul tells us to think of things that are honorable, true and right. When we worry about something that has not happened yet we are not thinking about something that is true, are we?

When fearful things happen and we let it paralyze us we are not believing what God has told us in His Word.

Why Don’t We Need to Fear?

We find our answer in Isaiah 41:10:

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am YOUR God.

The reason we don’t need to fear is because God is our God. This is so very important because this means that He is also our help. And what will He help us with?

I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

He will give you strength to make it through the toughest, darkest, and scariest times. Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed and plain tired, ready to give up. It is during this time that He will hold us up by His own hand.

His arm is omnipotence. ‘In the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength’ (Isaiah 26:4). His is an arm that can never be broken! Out of this clasp—we can never be taken. – J.R. Miller

When fear tries to take control of your life, preach Truth to yourself. Remind yourself that you are held in the arms of a God who has no limits to His power, compassion, kindness, and help.

     But now thus says the LORD,  he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
Isaiah 43:1

Looking to Jesus,



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Jen Thorn

Jen Thorn

Jen Thorn grew up in Germany and then spent her teenage years in Africa, where her parents were missionaries. She moved to the United States for college and attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where she met her husband. They have been married for twenty-two years and have four children. Jen lives in the suburbs of Chicago, where her husband is the pastor of Redeemer Fellowship. Jen is passionate about theology and the connection to daily living.

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