Fear Not
September 30, 2021

Many things fight for our attention on a daily basis.  What we allow into our thoughts and heart can have long-term positive or negative effects on us. If we allow negativity, worry, and fear to consume us, they can become detrimental physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  For instance, these abundant life thieves can cause chronic headaches, insomnia, and various dilapidating diseases.  Emotionally, they can drain us and suck us dry of joy and energy.  Spiritually, strongholds of paralyzing fear and defeat can keep us in bondage. This is why the Bible commands us to guard our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) states, Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  In additionPhilippians 4:8 (NLT) says, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  I love the following poem called “Watch” that I would have my students memorize. I believe it shows the importance of vigilantly keeping our thoughts and emotions free of the junk that attempts to steal our peace.


Watch your THOUGHTS. They become your WORDS.

Watch your words. They become your ACTIONS.

Watch your actions. They become your HABITS

Watch your habits. They become your CHARACTER.

Watch your character. It becomes your DESTINY. (anonymous)

Guard your heart with these “Fear Not” Scriptures:

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”- Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

“But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.” – Isaiah 43:1 (NKJV)

“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things!”  – Joel 2:21 (ESV)

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32 (ESV)


PRAY THIS PRAYER:  “Father, you alone are worthy of my praise and adoration. You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. You are my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?  You are my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?  Therefore, I release my fears to you.  I exchange my fears for your peace, joy, and love.  I put my hopes and concerns in your hands. Thank you for drawing near to me when I call and reminding me not to fear. In Jesus’ name. Amen.” 

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