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I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

There is a misconception among Believers that the Bible says, “Fear not” 365 times. As a matter of fact, the Bible only says the exact words, “Fear not” approximately 80 times. If you add in other phrases that are similar like, “Don’t be afraid,” “Do not fear,” and “Be not afraid,” you would have approximately 30 more times. Even with this total of close to 110 times, we are told not to fear anything, it is sufficient to cause us to get the point God is making: “Fear not!”

God wants us to be brave because He already knows the outcome. No matter how bleak the situation may seem, we will still be victorious. We fear because we don’t see what God sees. God tells us over and over to trust Him. Most of the time, we fear things because we don’t like feeling out of control. When we let go of the desire to control, fear no longer has power over us. We need to examine why we are experiencing fear and what is going on to cause us to fear.

God tells us so many times, “Fear not,” because He understands we are going to experience fear. Emotions are a gift given to us by God to help us experience life. They are not right or wrong, not fact, not Truth. Emotions are a gauge for what’s going on in our lives; therefore they can be manipulated and used against us by the enemy. God has given us the gauge of fear so that we can determine when we have stopped relying on our Father, when we need to let go of our need to control and learn to trust Him. Surrendering to God is an act of bravery as we stand against Satan, turn toward God, and give our fear over to Him.

Written by Jackell.

Today’s Prayer

Father God, we are going to experience fear at some time in our lives. You created us with the ability to feel the emotion of fear. Just because we feel fear does not mean that fear has to consume us. We have a choice to make when we feel fear. Are we going to Forget Everything And Run (F.E.A.R.) or are we going to surrender our fear and have faith in You to see us through our fears? Thank You for our emotions, and knowing that we can rely more on Your fact than we do on our feelings.

Amen.

Sara Bareilles – Brave

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