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How to Face Fear: 10 Bible Verses To Inspire Courage


Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

1 For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

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You might not know…
King David’s son Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes and the Bible says that he was the wisest man alive, no big deal.

What does it say?
Life is made up of many different seasons. And not just seasons like winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Different seasons of life for different emotions and different responsibilities.

What does it mean?
The Lord created different seasons in our lives to shape us, help us deal, and create us into who He intended us to be. He uses seasons to show us that He is good and can “make everything beautiful for its own time” (verse 11). Seasons (good and bad) are ways for God to capture our hearts and our faith.

What does it mean to me?
God will change the season of life I’m in when He’s ready to change something about me. There are some more difficult seasons, but The Lord just wants me to trust Him through each & every season. No matter what kind of season I’m going through, I can remember that God always promises to make it beautiful in His time.

Everyone feels afraid at some point — whether it’s a gnawing, anxious feeling or a paralyzing phobia. Any change, even positive changes like marriage or a promotion, can prompt feelings of fear. The Bible offers powerful alternatives to those voices, reminding readers repeatedly, “Do not be afraid.” Click through this gallery to find Bible verses to help you overcome fears and anxieties in your life.

I Will Fear No Evil

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

I Will Help You

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)

You Will See The Deliverance

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” (Exodus 14:13)

Be Strong and Courageous

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)

A Spirit of Power and Love

For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid?

The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

The Angel Said To Her

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.” (Luke 1:30)

I Bring You Good News

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)

We Say With Confidence

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can Man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)

Peace I Leave With You

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. (John 14:27)

We could discuss all these. But, I simply want to share beginnings to Truth in your life. Hungry?

Feed on The Word! It behooves the mind that this is less than a drop in the water tanker filled! in our existence.

Amazing that people who lived, in this case Adam and Eve are ‘somewhere’ not physical but in the spirit!

We are within our bodies! We simply ‘rent’ them for a ‘Season’; the season of life!

Seasons Of life

Just as the earth experiences spring, then summer, then fall, and finally winter — your own life cycle has its seasons.

You, like winter, emerge into existence out of darkness.

For the first stage of your life, from the time you are born to about your mid-twenties, you grow and mature.

“The world is your oyster,” as the old saying goes. Naturally, you consume all of the nourishment that the spring of your life has to offer — in the form of mentorship, education, and other formative experiences — in order to prepare yourself for the heat of the next season.

When you’ve grown up, it is time to lay down your seeds and take action.

This is the summertime of your life, the time to be building businesses, developing relationships, and being a warrior out in the world. Usually, this season begins in your mid-twenties and ends in your mid-fifties, give or take a decade.

Who you become, the people you nurture, and the wrok you do in the summertime of your life all contribute to the making of your harvest, or your legacy. In the fall of your life, you reap what you sow.

And just as easily as you emerged, you eventually fall back into the cold of winter.

Do you see? There is a cycle to everything.

7 bible verses About Seasons

Here are seven great Bible verses about the season of life.

Job 14:5 “Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass.”

This reminds me very much of Hebrews 9:27 which says, “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,” and since we don’t know when that day of our appointed death will be, we need to repent and trust in Christ today, while it is still called “today” (2nd Cor 6:2) because tomorrow may be too late (Rev 21:8). God has determined our days and if you haven’t repented and trusted in Christ, Hebrews 9:27 will come before you know it.

Deuteronomy 31:2 “And he said to them, ‘I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in. The LORD has said to me, ‘You shall not go over this Jordan.’”

Even as Moses was 120 years old, he still was not weak or unable to serve God. It was only because Moses disobeyed God by striking the rock twice instead of speaking to it so that the Israelites could have water. Of course, Moses will be in the kingdom just as the other Old Testament saints will be, along with the saints since the time of Christ. Moses finally did “go over” to Jordan, or the Promised Land, but it’s so much better than a land flowing with milk and honey.

Psalm 139:16 “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

As the psalmist says elsewhere, “My times are in Your hand” (Psalm 31:15), and it was God Who determined the day of our birth as well as the day of our death, so even before we were born, amazingly, God has already decided how long we will live and when the judgment comes (Heb 9:27). The above verse (Psalm 139:16) shows that God knew us before we were even born and called us from the womb, like he did Jeremiah, who wrote “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jer 1:5).

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Psalm 104:19 “He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knows his going down.”

God has appointed everything under the sun to be as He has determined and nothing can change it. It would be like humans trying to change summer to winter or make north be south, we just can’t do it, so what God has ordained must come to pass, and this includes whatever happens, good or bad. We know that whatever comes to pass is part of God’s will and always works out for our ultimate best (Rom 8:28). Whatever happens in the seasons of our lives, the glory that’s going to be revealed to us someday will overshadow today’s sorrows, as if they never happened (Rom 8:18).

Ecclesiastes 3:2 There is “a time to be born, and a time to die.”

Solomon understood that time is in God’s hands, meaning He “has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (Eccl 3:11), but we can at least know something, like God determined the day of our birth and the day of our death. We don’t know about things like this. Extremely rare is a baby born on their due date (save for a C-section).

Genesis 25:7-8 “These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life, 175 years. Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.”

If you read enough of the Old Testament, you’ll hear that phrase, “gathered to his people,” meaning that they have passed from this life to the next because, as Jesus said, “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living” (Matt 22:32), meaning that Moses is no gone but just not here anymore. We know this from the time when Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him up to the Mount of Transfiguration where Moses and Elijah both appeared (Luke 9:30).

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

It’s so easy to become discouraged in doing what God has told us to do. Few may even notice that you feed and clothe the poor, welcome strangers, and visit the sick and those in prison (Matt 25:35-36), including the shut-ins, those in orphanages and in nursing homes (James 1:27), but think about this; someday Jesus will say to you “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt 25:23) because as He sees it,“as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40). Moses grew old but not weary, as it says in Deuteronomy 34:7 “Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated.” The season for reaping is coming (Rev 1:7).

Conclusion

I find solace or comfort in the Scriptures, especially the older I get, because I realize that today and this life is a microscopic speck of dust compared to the eternity that’s incomparable, and that consoles my soul. What about you? Have you thought about what happens after death? Are you certain where you will go after you die? Today is the day to settle that question, because you can know. If you have repented and trusted in Christ, Jesus reassures you that, “Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25), so whether you’re about to be “gathered to your people” or to be judged for rejecting Christ (Rev 20:12-15), you will end in only one of two places; heaven or hell. Where you go is up to you.

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