But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Luke 5:8-11 (ESV)
What greater things does Christ have in store for us, put the fears and cares of this world behind you and boldly follow Him.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:9-11 (KJV)
Our fears turn to joy when we embrace the good news.
Did you ever notice that Linus drops his security blanket while sharing “what Christmas is all about” in Charlie Brown’s Christmas? Even more curious is the point in the speech he does so. Just as he utters the words “Fear not” from Luke 2:10 ~ “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” I believe this was a deliberate point that Charles Schultz was making, to drop those things of the world we cling to and embrace the good news!
Watch for it at about the :39 second mark – Fear Not!
We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live.
Luke 1:74-75 (NLT)
By God’s grace we are commissioned to serve Him with a fearless spirit of obedience and a confident attitude knowing, that we are secure from the fear of evil.
The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord has blessed you and is with you.” But Mary was very startled by what the angel said and wondered what this greeting might mean. The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has shown you his grace.”
Luke 1:28-30 (NCV)
God’s grace is a special gift that we do not deserve. No matter who is against us, God is for us, do not surrender to unbelieving fear.
But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.”
Luke 1:13 (NIV)
We are comforted in knowing that our prayers are always heard.
He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Now—on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”
Mark 16:6-7 (MSG)
Do not dwell on sorrowful times or things of the past, but rejoice and believe in what is ahead. Remember that Christ goes before us to prepare a way.
When you hear about wars and stories of wars that are coming, don’t be afraid. These things must happen before the end comes. Nations will fight against other nations, and kingdoms against other kingdoms. There will be earthquakes in different places, and there will be times when there is no food for people to eat. These things are like the first pains when something new is about to be born.
Mark 13:7-8 (NCV)
When it seems like your world is crumbling around you, take comfort in knowing you possess heavenly security.
They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are an honest man. You are not afraid of what other people think about you, because you pay no attention to who they are. And you teach the truth about God’s way. Tell us: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?
Mark 12:14 (NCV)
Though others may take issue or be offended, we will boldly speak God’s truth and give our adoration and ourselves to Him.
But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; 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.” Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished,
Mark 6:49-51 (NASB)
Cry out to Christ when darkness and clouds are present. His comforting voice and presence are enough to provide courage and calm the storm.
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of the synagogue leader. They said, “Your daughter is dead. There is no need to bother the teacher anymore.” But Jesus paid no attention to what they said. He told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Mark 5:35-36 (NCV)
The treatment for anguish and fear is faith. We rest on the promises of Christ and depend on Him to do what is right.