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Threats of fear invade anyone’s heart. It will shake the courage within the deepest chamber of the soul. The panic and anxiety from this threat will inject the heart and mind to create chaos inside. Troubled life will be the outcome of its relentless invasion and dominion. But the threat of fear will only rule and reign if we let it enter and control the battleground. The right and fearless response are necessary to counteract and overcome the terrifying threat of fear.
In my previous article, 8 Powerful Bible Verses Against The Terror Of Fear, showcases the powerful and potent passages to achieve victory over the terror of fear. This article will showcase the powerful and fearless response of the men and women of God against the threat of fear intruding and facing their lives. I have selected 6 powerful Bible verses of fearless response to the threat of fear from the New International Version of the Holy Bible.
1. Daniel 3:16-18
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve can deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Do we have the courage as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego exhibit?
The fear of death is threatening the lives of the three faithful worshippers of God when they defy the edict that all the nations and people in the empire of Babylon will bow down and worship the image of gold set up by the king when they hear the music and the musical instruments played. Violators will be thrown into the blazing furnace. They responded fearlessly against the terrifying threat of fear and death. Faith and courage fueled their words to accept the necessary thing regarding the action and decisions they have made to show their faithfulness to God. They believe that the omnipotent and faithful God will bring deliverance from the fiery fire of death. Even though the deliverance will not come to them they will remain faithful to their God and will not serve and worship the image of gold. The three fearless and faithful worshipers of God value God more than their lives.
As a believer and worshiper of God in doing his will, and by showing our constant loyalty to him, we will experience persecution, opposition, and threats coming to the world even from the seating authority used by the adversary. Satan craves and desires for worship (Matthew 4:9), so he is using the threat of fear and death to divert our worship from God to him through idolatrous worship. But if we hold on to our faithfulness to God we will respond fearlessly to any threat just like the courage of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Our lives are already in the hands of God so we must trust the faithful caretaker of our lives. Fear will have an entrance if there is doubt about God’s help and action in challenging circumstances. God gives us not the Spirit to make us slaves so that we will live in fear again ( Romans 8:15). Fearless response in faith and the presence of God will bring deliverance and victory to us. Faithfulness in God will be revealed in times of threatening fear and death. Do we value God more than our lives? The unstoppable worshipers will not be shaken but will respond fearlessly against any threat in their lives. Can we respond fearlessly to any threat of fear as what the three worshipers of God?
2. Acts 5:29
Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!
Do we have the bravery as the apostle's display?
The apostles are facing bad and bitter threats coming from the chief priests and Jewish leaders for proclaiming the good news of salvation and the Messiahship of Jesus. Facing the Sanhedrin for a second time after defying the warnings, threats, and after the arrest and the miraculous escape from prison, the unconquerable servants of God relentlessly fasten themselves to obey the will of God than to the words of the threatening Sanhedrin. They fearlessly respond we must obey God rather than human beings, rather than the dangerous threat of arrest, imprisonment, flogging, or even death.
In life, as a Christian or a believer of God, we will encounter threats and risks when we walk on to the way of obedience to God’s will. Threats coming from the men of authorities will not be strange happening to us to prevent the advancement of God’s kingdom through the proclamation of the gospel of the Lord. Satan will block and hinder the light of the word of God by using effective blockades and threats to any obedient servants of God. But if we entrust and surrender everything in the mighty hands of God, we will respond fearlessly against the threat of fear as what the apostles did. Obedience is a sign of love to the Lord (John 14:15). And love must continue to exist and work in our hearts even in times of threats and dangers. Do we love God? Can we respond fearlessly to any threat to show our love to the Lord as what the apostles did?
3. Esther 4:16
“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Do we have the courage as Esther demonstrates?
The brave and fearless woman of God responds fearlessly against the terror and threat of fear and death. Esther face a double threat of death from the annihilation plan of the enemies of the Jews and from the violation of approaching the king without being called. Esther walks in the graveyard of the threat of death with courage sacrificing her life for her people. Perishing did not shake the love in her heart to rescue and deliver her nation to the venomous fangs of death. Staying in the comfort zone in the palace will not shield her to escape from the devastating plan of the adversaries, so she fought and overcome the terrifying threat of death in reaching the king. She lost not her breath as the king let her live by allowing her to touch the gold scepter as an escape from the death penalty and succeeded in her plan to save her people from destruction.
The sacrifice and courage of Esther depict what our Savior did on the Calvary to provide salvation to the lost humanity. What fueled Esther and Jesus to face the threat of fear and death? It is the love that resides in their heart. If love is the vital and motivating factor in our Christian walk we can walk with the courage to face any threat of fear as what they have done. Staying in our comfort zone won’t make glory to God but by showing love and compassion to the needy even the cost will be pain, suffering, and death. The size and form of Esther’s heart are not dissimilar to our own. If we love and care for our neighbors we must love and care for them as we did to ourselves (Matthew 22:39). Do we love our neighbor as we love ourselves? Can we respond fearlessly against any threat to show our love to our neighbors as Esther did?
4. 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.
Do we have the determination as Hezekiah exhibit?
The fearless king of Judah responds fearlessly against the mighty force of the Assyrian invasion. He vaccinates the people with the confidence and courage he possesses to avoid discouragement. He encourages his people that there is a greater power, the mighty arms of the Lord to help and fight on their side. The invading threat of fear did shake the faith and confidence of Hezekiah in God. Judah defeats the invading enemy by the powerful reinforcement of God.
The threat of fear will invade our peaceful and joyful moments in life to bring troubles and to snatch our focus on the will of God. But we can fearlessly respond to its threat through faith and confidence in God’s help and support as Hezekiah did. Satan will not let us stay focus to fulfill the great commission by spreading God’s word and love to the world. He will distract and disturb us using the terrifying threat of fear to bombard our lives. God’s powerful arms will always fight for us to protect, rescue, and provide victory. Romans 8:31 declares if God is for us who can be against us? The threat of fear will test our faith and trust in God’s assistance and aid. Do you believe that God will fight for you? Can we respond fearlessly against any threat to show our trust and confidence in God as Hezekiah did?
5. Acts 21:13
Then Paul answered, "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
Do we have the boldness as Paul expresses?
Agabus, a prophet from Judea came to Caesarea and show what will happen to Paul in Jerusalem. He took Paul's belt and tied his hand and feet with it and said, The Holy Spirit says, In this way, the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles. All who heard this pleaded Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. But Paul fearlessly responds to the threat of fear that he is ready not only to face jail but also to face death for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul’s life is full of bombardment from hardships, threats, and prison in proclaiming the gospel of salvation to the Gentile world. The Jews, are always the primary adversaries of Paul, now going to Jerusalem to face the great and powerful adversaries, the Jewish leaders. The brave apostle of the Lord fearlessly faces his opponents to defend the truth and his conviction in the gospel.
No Christian, living in faith and obedience to God live without foes. To hinder the good news of salvation, our enemies will use threats to distract us. But we can fearlessly respond to any threat coming to us by showing our boldness and faithfulness to the name of the Lord as Paul did. Facing our adversaries is the best time to witness and stand God and the truth. Courage to face the threat of fear for God’s cause is far more pleasing to God. Do we love to stand for God? Can we respond fearlessly to the threat of fear to stand for God as Paul did?
6. 1 Samuel 17:45-47
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
Do we have the bravery as David exhibits?
A Philistine war champion with a gigantic appearance named Goliath challenge the army of Israel for a representative warrior to fight for him. The loser nation will serve the winner nation. The challenge terrified Saul, the king of Israel, and the whole army of Israel. No one dares to volunteer to fight Goliath until David enters the scene. A shepherd boy without war experience fearlessly volunteers to fight the Philistine champion. Goliath despise, cursed David with his gods, and threatened him to give his flesh to the birds and wild animals. But David fearlessly responds to him with courage and faith for the battle belongs to the Lord. David defeated Goliath by just one stone sank into Goliath’s forehead from his sling.
The Christian life is full of challenges threatening our daily walk with God. It will hinder, demoralize, and frustrate our plan to please and glorify God. But we can respond fearlessly with faith and courage as what David did against Goliath. Obstacles and difficulties in life will always challenge our faith in God. We need God’s strength and power to stand and face the threat of fear challenging us. We only need to believe and not be afraid for the battle belongs to God. He will help us to gain victory against any gigantic problems and obstacles in life. Do we have the strength and power to stand against any threat? Can we respond fearlessly to any threat of fear as David did?
The threat of fear is inevitable but we can overcome it through our fearless response with faith and courage from God. Victory will not come if we let fear control the battleground. We have to stand and face it bravely with the help and aid from our faithful God who will always be there to fight for us. If we fight for God he will fight for us.