The number one instruction that God gives throughout the Bible is “Don’t Be Afraid”. In fact, that instruction shows up in the Bible 365 times! But it’s a lot easier to say than to do isn’t it? Some fears and worries last only a little while and some never seem to leave us. Some cripple us to the point where it affects our health, our relationships, and our decisions. But what can we do to get a handle on our fears and worries? How can we begin to move past them and live the life that God has intended for us? While the first week of this series won’t be able to fix you fears, worries, or anxiety, what God tells us in the Bible may be able to help take some of the sting out of them and give you some room to breathe.
The number one command in the whole Bible: Do Not Be Afraid (365 times)
While today’s teaching will not cure or fix your fears, anxiety, and worry, let’s work to take some of the sting out of it.
These are the words that Moses spoke to all the people of Israel while they were in the wilderness east of the Jordan River. They were camped in the Jordan Valley[a] near Suph, between Paran on one side and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di-zahab on the other.
2 Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai[b] to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. 3 But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt, on the first day of the eleventh month,[c] Moses addressed the people of Israel, telling them everything the Lord had commanded him to say.
FORTY YEARS LATER!!? WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED!?
“Then, just as the Lord our God commanded us, we left Mount Sinai and traveled through the great and terrifying wilderness, as you yourselves remember, and headed toward the hill country of the Amorites. When we arrived at Kadesh-barnea, 20 I said to you, ‘You have now reached the hill country of the Amorites that the Lord our God is giving us. 21 Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!’
22 “But you all came to me and said, ‘First, let’s send out scouts to explore the land for us. They will advise us on the best route to take and which towns we should enter.’
Why did they want to wait? FEAR
“Fear is the confidence that the worst will happen. Fear is the opposite of faith.”
God had told them it was theirs for the taking. Why balk? FEAR
Fear skews reality. It creates a narrative that the worst thing has already happened.
Fear plants a lie in our heart that we believe is true.
Fear believes the circumstances for you are greater than God’s plan for you.
Here you are, facing the same things you’re going to keep facing for the rest of your life.
Does God love you? Does He know what’s next? Is He freaking out? Then should you?
Three questions to help with fear
What you believe will determine how you finish what you’re doing.