The next step is all about taking advantage of wonderful, untapped resources. Most people simply don’t realize the treasure that lies at their fingertips. The Bible is filled with practical promises. Any one of them, if we choose to take hold of it, leads to liberation from some tough problem of life.
If I were a person with a fearful spirit, I’d go to the store and buy a package of three-by-five index cards. Then I would turn to certain verses in my Bible and copy them onto the cards. I’d place one on the visor of my car. I’d tape one to the wall of my rest room. One would be slid under the glass of my desk. Another would find a home in my wallet, and I might even tape one to the television remote! I’d type the text in colorful letters on my computer screen so that I’d see it there whenever I walk through the room. I would then be well prepared for the first tingle of oppression from a spirit of fear. I could reach for that Bible verse, read it out loud, repeat it again, and ask God to demonstrate its truth in the battlefield of my heart and spirit.
Are you interested in tapping into that wealth of promises? I’ll give you several, and I suggest you read them out loud and reflect on their vital significance for you.
- Deuteronomy 31:6. “ ‘Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.’ ”
- Psalm 27:1. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
- Psalm 118:6. “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
- Proverbs 3:25–26. “Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.”
- Proverbs 29:25. “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”
The next one is a personal favorite. I suggest you put a big star beside it.
★ Isaiah 41:10. “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.”
Those verses are the best fear insurance you can invest in. Memorize them. Write them out, or print them on cards, and place them in locations where you might be attacked. Let the Word of God fortify your spirit.
And of course, those verses are only the beginning. Read through God’s Word, and you’ll find so many more assurances for times of fear. The inspired writers knew what it was like to be afraid in the ancient world; they had fears we can’t even imagine. Peter and Paul had to face fear. Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, knowing exactly what lay ahead for Him in the hours to come. All of these found their strength in God, and you can benefit richly from their spiritual wisdom. Look up fear in your Bible’s concordance, and then look up afraid.
Take in all these passages, soak in their power, and the next time the devil comes to get a response out of you, you’ll be ready. Pull five verses from the living water just like five smooth stones in David’s pouch, and let them fly! Don’t worry about that fearsome giant; the bigger they come, the harder they fall.
The next step may sound so simple, so basic, that you may shrug it aside. I hope you won’t do that!
David Jeremiah, Slaying the Giants in Your Life (Nashville, TN: W Pub., 2001), 12–14.
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