Do Not Fear

Do Not Fear

Do Not Fear

By Steve Backlund

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

There are at least 365 “fear not” verses in the Bible. Every day we have the opportunity to reject fear and stir up what we have within us: power, love, and a sound mind. Declarations are one way to stir these up:

  • I am strong and powerful in Christ, and I courageously release supernatural breakthrough wherever I go. 
  • I am incredibly loving, and my love is changing the lives around me and influencing nations. 
  • I have a sound mind, therefore I walk in peace, decisiveness, wisdom, and hope. 

Here are more verses to read (out loud if you are able to) that will stir up courage and victory.

So do not fear, for I am with you;

do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Psalm 56:3

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.

Joshua 1:9

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 41:13

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 118:6

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

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

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:4

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me.

John 14:1

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Romans 8:15

Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

Luke 8:50

Though an army besieges me, my heart will not fear; though war breaks out against me, even then I will be confident.

Psalm 27:3

“Do not be afraid.” God repeatedly tells us this. I believe right now you are receiving grace from Him to overcome fear like never before and to help others do so as well. 

President Franklin Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” 

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Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.

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