Personal Bible study on overcoming fear

devotion on fear

Fear can be an ongoing challenge, can’t it? So is anxiety. Some time ago, I wrote a blog post chock full of scriptures on dealing with anxiety as a Christian. Undoubtedly, fear and anxiety are two feelings we all are confronted with at one time or another. They are sort of similar, don’t you think? In fact, I think fear and anxiety are first cousins, don’t you? That’s why I wanted to share some of the ways I think through it and manage it. That’s why I wrote this short Bible study on overcoming fear in your life.

This Bible study on overcoming fear is designed to provide comforting and practical guidance grounded in scripture.

In this post, let’s explore various passages that address fear and anxiety, delving into their meanings and implications.

By examining examples from the Bible, such as the courage of David facing Goliath, and the comforting words found in Psalms, we’ll discover how trust in God can diminish our worries and ease our anxiety.

Let us also ponder the concept of God’s protection and presence in our lives, emphasizing that we are never alone in our struggles.

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Fear is a natural response even for us Christians.

God created the inclination to signal danger and prompt caution.

In another context, fear can sometimes be a motivator pushing you to do something or be something better.

For Christians, fear can also remind us that we need to trust the Lord.

In the Bible, there are numerous instances where individuals felt fear but were reassured by God’s presence and promises.

For example, Isaiah 41:10 says, “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.”

This verse highlights the comfort and support you get from trusting in God, even when you are afraid.

This is a good one to write down or schedule to appear on your calendar.

Recording scriptures is a great act of commitment and will help you remember them.

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Fear can prompt growth

As you go through this Bible study on overcoming fear, remember that fear is not always a bad thing.

See, as I mentioned, your fear can lead to your personal growth and a deeper relationship with God.

It can drive you to seek God more earnestly because you’re scared out of your wits!

Fear can also inspire you to pray more fervently, and read the scriptures more thoroughly.

When you’re going through a trial, you rely on each of these to just make it through the day.

The blessing is that each one can help you find peace and reassurance.

Do you see why fear is not always an awful thing?

It can be part of the trials that bring you closer to the Lord and build faith muscles.

Christian Sister, if you take anything from this Bible study on overcoming fear, please take comfort in knowing your fear does not make you a bad Christian.

Bible study on overcoming fear

Fear + Christian Woman = Reality

When I read about some of the amazing men in what is called the “Hall of Faith” or Hebrews 11, I often ask myself, “Was he or she afraid?”

You know they absolutely had to be afraid!

Psalm 56:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Psalm 56:3 English Standard Version (ESV)
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Again, the greatest of Christians had to be frightened.

Think about it!

God called them to do “big” things! He’s also calling us to do things that require us to exercise our faith as well.

Be clear about it. It’s safe to say that every person in the pantheon of faith—from Abel to those “wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground” (Hebrews 11:38)—must have experienced some form of fear.

I know I keep repeating this, but I think it is important you realize it.

So many television preachers present testimonies of being steadfast and always spiritually brave.

That’s great. But, everyone is scared sometimes.

Now, that is clear, pray this prayer when you are afraid.

Christian Prayer for When I Am Afraid

Heavenly Father,

“When fear overwhelms me, I seek Your presence. Your Word assures me in Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.” Grant me peace and courage to face my fears, knowing that You are always with me.

Blessed Jesus, I call upon Your name for strength. In John 14:27, You said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Let these words resonate in my heart and calm my spirit.

Lord, I cast my anxieties upon You, trusting in Your divine protection and love. Help me to remember Isaiah 41:10: “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.”

Empower me to stand firm in faith.

May Your Holy Spirit fill me with confidence and assurance. Romans 8:15 reminds me, “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.'”

In Your mighty name, Jesus, I pray.

Amen.

Bible study on overcoming fear

A huge disclaimer!

While I intend to make you feel better about feeling fear in this Bible study on overcoming fear, I don’t want you to embrace it.

That’s not God’s will for you.

Grab your Bible

Read 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Reflect: This verse tells me that fear isn’t something God wants me to live with. Instead, He equips me with power, love, and a clear mind. How does this truth change my perspective on fear?

Personal Reflection: When I think about the fears that creep into my life, I realize they’re often based on lies or doubts. This verse encourages me to replace those lies with the truth of God’s power and love.

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Faith in Jesus

In my humble Bible study on overcoming fear, I encourage you to allow faith to guide you through your hard, fearful seasons.

Choose faith over fear.

Trust God and do whatever you have to do…in spite of the “it” is.

Faith (or trusting in the Lord) is clearly the cornerstone of pleasing God and accomplishing anything for Him.

This Bible study on overcoming fear is designed to help you see God’s provision for you and challenge you to see the danger in fear.

What danger? The danger of falling short or displeasing Him.

Hebrews 11: 6 (NASB) confirms such because it clearly states:

 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Joshua 1:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Leverage your faith in Jesus

Reflect: Knowing that God is with me and will strengthen me gives me peace. How can I remind myself of His presence during fearful moments?

Personal Reflection: In moments when I feel alone in my fears, I can pause and remind myself that God is right there with me. I can say a quick prayer or read this verse aloud to feel His comforting presence.

Faith in Jesus manifests in various aspects of one’s daily life.

Here’s a look at how it can be seen:

  1. Prayer and Worship: Even when you are afraid of what life will bring, you still begin and end your day with prayer, expressing gratitude, seeking guidance, and maintaining a relationship with God.

    Worship through song, scripture reading, and attending church services are also common practices.
  2. Perseverance Through Trials: Faith in Jesus provides strength and hope during difficult times. Believers trust in His plan and find peace knowing they are not alone in their struggles.
  3. Personal Growth: Commit to growing in your fearful times. Ask yourself, “What can I do now to ensure I have a testimony of God’s faithfulness at the end of this?”

Prayer to walk in faith:

I want to be the woman of God you want me to be. Help me remember that my fear stops me from obeying you and makes it hard to please you.

Father, I want you to be happy with me because I know that even if I’m afraid, you will reward me when I obey you. I’m comforted knowing you always have my back and will take care of me.

I have no need to fear because you are with me.

In Jesus’s name,

Amen

What is the enemy of faith?

In my opinion, worrying is the water that extinguishes the fire of faith.

Listen to this quote by a great woman of God:

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” -Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom was a prominent Christian whose family helped many Jews escape the holocaust.

Her quotes are profound, cutting through logic and natural wisdom. They have a way of seeping into your soul and illuminating God’s divine wisdom and promises.

You know she had to be scared at times.

You know, worry crept into the recesses of her life…at times. 

The problem is not the worrisome thoughts; the problem is entertaining them. 

After you worry, what will soon follow is full-blown, paralyzing fear.

Turn Fear into Trust

Consider Psalm 56:3: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Reflect: Trusting God can be challenging, especially when fear feels so strong. What steps can I take to build my trust in God?

Personal Reflection: Building trust in God takes practice. I can start by recalling past instances where He has been faithful. Journaling these experiences can serve as a reminder of His trustworthiness.

Prayer for Strength Against Worry

Heavenly Father,

I come before You today with a heart full of worries and anxieties. Life often feels overwhelming and burdens weigh heavily on my shoulders. I ask for Your divine strength to stand firm in the face of these challenges.

Please grant me the courage and the fortitude to overcome my fears.

Lord, help me to trust in Your plan and to have faith that You are in control. Remind me that no problem is too big for Your mighty hands.

Fill my spirit with the peace that transcends all understanding, so that I may rest in Your love and not be consumed by my worries.

Let Your light shine through the darkest moments, guiding my way and dispelling every trace of anxiety.

Teach me to cast all my cares upon You, knowing that You care deeply for me. May I find solace in Your presence and draw strength from Your word.

Help me to lean not on my own understanding, but to acknowledge You in all my ways, confident that You will direct my paths.

Surround me with Your angels and fortify my heart so that I can face each day with renewed hope and resilience.

Thank You, Lord, for being my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.

I place my trust in You now and always.

In Jesus’ name, I pray.

Amen.

Experience God’s Peace through Prayer

Read Philippians 4:6-7: “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.”

Reflect: Instead of letting fear take over, I can turn my worries into prayers. How can I make prayer a regular response to fear?

Personal Reflection: When fear strikes, I can take a moment to pray, telling God exactly what I’m afraid of and asking for His peace. Keeping a list of prayer requests and answered prayers can help me see how God is working in my life.

Psalm 34:4 New International Version (NIV)
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

Closing Prayer: ” Thank you for answering me, Heavenly Father, and setting me free from this fear. I have no reason to fear because you will protect me. You are faithful and your love will keep me and secure me.

That’s it.

That’s my Bible study on overcoming fear.

I pray it blessed you in some way.

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Additional Scriptures about Fear:

Isaiah 41:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Philippians 4:6-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 41:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 “For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’

Psalm 23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the [d]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 [g]Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord [i]forever.

John 14:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
14 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.

Jesus doesn’t want us afraid.
Mark 6:49-50 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
49 But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 for they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and *said to them, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.”

Psalm 56:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere man do to me?

Psalm 31:19-22 The Message (MSG)
19-22 What a stack of blessing you have piled up
for those who worship you,
Ready and waiting for all who run to you
to escape an unkind world.
You hide them safely away
from the opposition.
As you slam the door on those oily, mocking faces,
you silence the poisonous gossip.
Blessed God!
His love is the wonder of the world.
Trapped by a siege, I panicked.
“Out of sight, out of mind,” I said.
But you heard me say it,
you heard and listened.

Luke 12:6-7 English Standard Version (ESV)
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Genesis 15:1 English Standard Version (ESV)
15 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”

Exodus 14:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.
This verse makes me say “YAY-YUH!”

Isaiah 43:1 English Standard Version (ESV)
Israel’s Only Savior
43 But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.

Andy Stanley has a way of breaking things down so skillfully. Check out this sermon.

1 Peter 5:6-7 English Standard Version (ESV)
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Matthew 10:28 English Standard Version (ESV)
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

1 Corinthians 16:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Thanks for taking the time to read my Bible study on overcoming fear. I pray it blesses you.

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