Fear is a lie. 2 Timothy 1:7 says: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (NLT.) This verse states that God does not speak in the language of fear. But the devil does. And the devil speaks in the language of lies: “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44.)
How do we combat fear? With truth. And where do we find truth? In God’s Word. Jesus Himself used Scripture to fend off the devil when he was tempted by him in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-11.) If you don’t have God’s Word in you, you’re nothing more than a white flag waving in surrender. As useless as a man on the battlefield without a weapon.
My church once handed out bookmarks with some common fears and corresponding Bible verses speaking to those fears. I found it immensely helpful, and thought I’d recreate that bookmark for you all here. I encourage you to type these up and place them somewhere where you can be reminded of God’s truth constantly. If you don’t find your fear on this list, find a verse that does and bring it forefront to your mind whenever the devil tries to bring up that fear again.
Here are some common fears you can apply truth to using God’s Word:
1) God is mad at me.
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor repay us according to our iniquities.” (Psalm 103:8.)
2) The economy is never going to turn around.
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9.)
3) I am always going to be lonely.
“…And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20.)
4) Our marriage is never going to get any better.
Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26.)
5) We are always going to be poor.
“The Lord remembers us and will bless us. He will bless those who fear the Lord, both great and lowly.” (Psalm 115:12-13.)
6) God can’t forgive what I’ve done.
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:9.)
7) I hate my body and there is nothing I can do about it.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it.” (Psalm 139:13-14.)
8. God couldn’t love me.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39.)
9) I’ll never find anyone to marry.
“God places the lonely in families.” (Psalm 68:6.)
10) I am a huge disappointment to God.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10.)
11) I can’t change because I’ve been this way too long.
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13.)
12) My kids are just going to get in trouble and rebel like I did.
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6.)
13) All the good paying jobs are gone.
“The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.” (Genesis 39:2-4.)
14) I shouldn’t try new things because I’ll probably just fail.
“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.)