Are you aware that in the Bible, the words “Fear Not” or “Be Not Afraid” are written 365 times? That is a daily verse for every day of the year, isn’t God just so good to remind us in His Word daily, to not fear, but trust? And in just several of the verses I want to take a look at in this blog post, I want you to take note of a theme that’s just absolutely incredible, and was huge blessing to me.
Remember the story of Zechariah, he was in the temple, as a priest his job was to burn incense and the angel of the Lord came to him and:
And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. -Luke 1:12-13
And think of Mary, the mother of Jesus, the angel of the Lord appearing to her:
But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. -Luke 1:29-31
Think of the shepherds in the fields, heeding their flocks of sheep and Suddenly there was a bright light, the Glory of the Lord:
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. -Luke 2:10-11
My Brother, my sister have you caught the theme yet? Each time they were told, “DO NOT BE AFRAID” or “FEAR NOT”, it was followed with good news! Amazing good news that would radically change their lives! And as I read these passages I felt the Father speak to my heart, “Child, do you realize that so many times because of the fear in your life, you miss out on the incredible things I want to show/do in your life?”
Recently on a day that I was really struggling with fear, it was about to paralyze me, and I was crying out to the Father to help me and He brought this verse to my mind immediately:
“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
Once again a powerful message of Good News!
So whatever you are facing, may I challenge you with something? What message is the Father wanting to speak to you when you are feeling afraid? He is a loving Father who loves you so much❤