Over the last few years, the media has bombarded us with stories about 9/11, the Iraqi War, the bombings in London, Madrid, and Saudi Arabia, international terrorism, dirty bombs exploding in one of our cities, nuclear bombs for North Korea and Iran, the tsunami in Indonesia, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, earthquakes in California and along the New Madrid fault, avian bird flu pandemics, illegal immigration, famine in Africa, AIDS spreading all the world, increased sunspot activity, rising gasoline and natural gas prices, a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and finally the dire consequences of supposed global warming. No wonder people are fearful.
The word of God tells us however not to fear!
Do not fear for I am a shield to you-Genesis 15:1
Do not fear, I am with you-Genesis 21:24
Do not fear, stand by and see the salvation of the Lord-Exodus 14:13
Do not fear or be dismayed-Deuteronomy 1:21
Do not fear or be dismayed. Be strong and courageous-Joshua 10:25
I am your Lord, your God; you shall not fear-Judges 6:10
Peace to you, do not fear-Judges 6:25
Do not fear, I will do what you ask-Ruth 3:11
Take courage, fear not-Isaiah 35:4
Do not fear, I am with you-Isaiah 41:16
Fear not, peace be unto you, be strong-Daniel 10:19
Fear not but let your hands be strong-Zechariah 8:13
Fear not them which kill the body but not the soul-Matthew 10:28
Fear not for your prayers are heard-Luke 1:13
Fear not because I bring you good tidings of great joy-Luke 2:16
Fear not; believe only-Luke 8:50
Fear not for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom-Luke 12:32
Fear not, behold the King Cometh-John 12:18
Fear not, I am the First and the Last-Revelation 1:17
Remember, brethren that “God has not given us the spirit of fear but of peace and love and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7We are told that near the end ,“you will hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified for these things must take place first…nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom and there will be great earthquakes and in various places plagues and famine and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven…when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies…and there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars and upon the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear…” Luke 21:9-11, 20, 25-26
But do not forget brethren that as Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we should rejoice at these terrors because:
“When these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near!” Luke 21:28.