Fear, Anxiety, Worry.
These are the words that weigh down every one who is trying to focus their life and attention on the things of God. It seems the more determined we are to live a life trusting fully in God, the harder the enemy pushes us down with these three weapons.
We all have those moments, days, weeks, sometimes years, when we just don’t know how we are going to make it. We can feel helpless as we watch people and circumstances spiral out of our control. And our natural tendency is to become afraid, worried, and anxious.
But the Bible assures us that we do not need to be burdened by these things. We can be confident in the fact that when things are out of our control, they are well within God’s control. We don’t need to live our lives consumed with worry about what lies beyond the next step, or how we are going to make it through the next day. We can live in the knowledge that He cares for us and will not let go.
Isaiah 43:1 “But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.””
Matthew 6:25-27 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Psalm 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?”
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Philippians 4:6-7 “6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Joshua 1:9 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”
I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Romans 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”