There is saying floating around on social media sites that says something to the effect of, “The words ‘fear not’ appear 365 times in the Bible, so live every day without fear!” And while you should live every day without fear, this statement is is completely false, and not at all biblical!
We were both excited and curious as to the validity software this message, so we decided to take a deep dive into Scripture. What we found is that the exact phrase “fear not” is not mentioned 365 times, that phrase is really only said between 80 and 100 times. Where did 365 come from? Well, many people take verses such as Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing…” to mean be scared or fearful of nothing, so when you include synonyms and all of the Bible verses that command “do not be afraid,” you can get to that 365 (and then some)!
Regardless of the actual number times it appears, it is clear that God does not want us to be afraid, apprehensive, anxious, or live in a state of fear. Living in this state is paralyzing, and hinders you from fulfilling God’s purpose for your life here on the earth. Searching Google gives you list of memory verses and snippets of verses to fight fear, but how about we try something different?
Memorization is a good start, but we want to read, absorb, and actively apply the word. Let’s get our study on, shall we? *winks*
10 DAYS OF NO FEAR!
Day 1: Genesis 15:1
Day 2: Genesis 46:3
Day 3: Deuteronomy 31:8
Day 4: Haggai 2:5
Day 5: Joshua 1:9
Day 6: Psalm 23:4
Day 7: Daniel 10:19
Day 8: 1 Samuel 12:20
Day 9: Hebrews 13:6
Day 10: 2 Timothy 1:7
For the next 10 days, get your notebook ready to engage in the “10 Days of No Fear” Bible reading plan. We will follow the “SOAP” study method, which stands for the following:
Scripture: Write out the entire passage of Scripture, including the reference (book, chapter, verse and the version of the Bible you’re using).
Observations: Examine the text and write what about it stands out to you. Feel free to do read above or below the verse and/or break out your concordance! Really dive in!
Application: Think about how to apply God’s word to your life in a practical way. Make an action plan. Create a set of goals. Think of actionable items that you can do to with the word you just studied.
Prayer: Respond to God’s Word with your own words. Pray about what you’ve read, and use Scripture as the basis for your prayer. Thank God for what you have received from the passage. It doesn’t have to be deep! Think of it as your diary to God.
Let’s walk through an example together:
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 14:13 (NLT): “But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. Just stay calm.”
OBSERVATION: In this verse, Moses gives encouragement to the Israelites as they flee Egypt. At face value, this a reason to cue the music and cut your step! Here’s what we mean …
The enemy I see today is NOT the one that I will ever see again! I just need to stay calm and let God fight for us!
APPLICATION: Regardless of the situation, we need to move out of the way and watch the Lord work! Take my hands off! For any situation that causes alarm, stop, pray, and wait for instructions from God and sometimes even more important than waiting for the instructions, is to FOLLOW them once they are revealed.
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, I first want to thank You for Your continuing guidance and for providing answers to everything I could ever ask in Your word. I thank You that the enemy I see today will be seen again and that You will fight for me because You love me. I thank you that You will rescue me from whatever is attempting to consume me. I ask You to help me stay calm and bring this verse to my remembrance in difficult times. I love You and will forever give You, praise, honor, and glory! In Jesus name, Amen!
These are our thoughts; please feel free to walk through the verse and do your own SOAP!
Now, while we are absolutely going to encourage a strong prayer life, we are also a strong advocate for seeking help if you need it. If you feel that your fear is so overwhelming that it is causing you to not be able to function or you have heightened anxiety or bouts with depression, then please seek the help of a counselor, therapist, pastor or even a trusted friend. Share with them what you are feeling and what you think may be the cause of it or the fact you have no idea what’s causing it. It’s good to be vulnerable. You do not have to feel that you are alone. If you’re not ready to go the route of counseling or don’t feel like it’s necessary, then do the Bible study with a group of friends, share your thoughts with each other, and pray together.
Happy reading, and remember, “the Lord is your strength; you have no reason to fear!” (Paraphrased Psalm 27:1.)
Takhia Gaither Stuckey
Takhia Gaither Stuckey is a married mom of three, teacher, curriculum writer, professional developer, and blogger. She is also a graduate student pursuing a doctorate in psychology. She loves the Lord and studying God’s Word as well as encouraging and uplifting others. Takhia enjoys writing, reading, and sharing all that she learns with others. Follow her at takhiatheteachher.com or IG: @takhiatheteacher