Antidotes to Fear and Worry
Fear and worry are getting more and more prevalent in the present world situation. We fear getting sick, losing our jobs, not being able to pay our bills, what the future will bring, how we’ll manage in our retirement and old age, and on and on. This page offers some antidotes to fear and worry.
Encouragement from the Bible
The Bible exhorts us to fear not / do not be afraid more than 70 times. Below are a few examples from both the Old and New Testament, giving reasons why with God in our lives, we have no need to be afraid of worry.
Isa 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isa 41:13 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.
Isa 43:1 But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
Isa 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isa 43:3 For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. …
Lk 12:22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
Lk 12:23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
Lk 12:24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
Lk 12:25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Lk 12:26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Lk 12:27 “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Lk 12:28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
Lk 12:29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
Lk 12:30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
Lk 12:31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Lk 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
Lk 12:33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
Lk 12:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jn 14:27 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.
Exhortations to James Padgett
James Padgett, the medium through whom Jesus and other Celestial spirits communicated some amazing truths contained on this website, was not immune to fears, worries and doubts. Here are some of the exhortations he received in the early months of his ministry that can be helpful to us as well.
Be true to yourself, as I have told you, and you will soon be in God’s Love and favor. Do not let worries or disappointments keep you from seeking His Love, and believing that He is waiting to enfold you in His arms of mercy and love, for He is not only waiting but wants you to call on Him. Do not let the thought that He is afar up in the heavens cause you to think that He is not always near you anxiously waiting your call. (November 30, 1914 – Helen / Ann Rollins)
Make your daily life one of prayer and aspirations, and you will see that what I have told you is not only true, but you can make it a part of yourself. You have only to let your desires turn towards God, and He will meet you more than half way, for He never sleeps or closes His ear to the supplications of His children; and those who have sought Him with an earnest and repentant wish, and longing desire of the soul, know that He has always responded to their call. (November 30, 1914 – Helen / Ann Rollins)
You must not be so despondent. Pray to God and he will bless you. Try not to let the things of the material kind keep you from loving God. You are not doing right by thinking so much of the troubles of earth life. Trust in God. He will take care of you and you will not be left alone to worry over those things which will soon pass by. Give more of your thoughts to God and believe more in His love and care, and he will help you more than you can comprehend. (December 5, 1914 – Ann Rollins)
Try to let your heart receive more of His Love, for He is always ready and waiting to bestow His Love upon you. He is the one lovely Father for you to long for and keep with you in all your thoughts and aspirations. Do not let the worries of life keep you from loving and believing that He wants you to become one with Him in Love and Grace. He is not only waiting for you to let His Love flow into your heart, but He is [continuously] knocking at the door of your heart, that you may open and let Him enter. (December 12, 1914 – Ann Rollins)
You are too much worried by what you think of your earthly affairs. So I want you to let these things pass from you entirely as I cannot give you the thoughts that I desire you to write, until you are wholly free from your earth cares. Be more faithful and you will be more in condition to do as I desire. (December 17, 1914 – Jesus)
You needed to give up all your worries and learn to trust God for all your wants. He will take care of you in every way, and you will not lack for anything that is right for you to have. So, do not worry anymore and you will not only be happy but will be successful in all your efforts of a material kind. Yes, do that and you will feel like a man out of prison, for cares and worries are the things that make a man captive. His love will set you free indeed as Jesus says and he knows. Be true to God and to yourself and you need not care what the future may bring, for it will bring everything which the Father knows to be for the best. (December 25, 1914 – Helen)
I am here, Jesus. You are my dear brother, and I will tell you what I desire you to do at this time. You must not let the worries of your business life keep you from giving your thoughts to God in worship and in prayer, and from believing in me and loving me as your friend and teacher, for I am; and wish only to have you do those things which will make you more at-one with the Father and love me more. (December 25, 1914 – Jesus)
Let me tell you now that no matter what you may think will happen to your business affairs and work, I will look after you and remove all obstructions so that, as I say, you will soon be able to commence your duties. (December 25, 1914 – Jesus)
You are very near the Kingdom as your grandmother says, for you have a faith that will soon bring you so close to God that you will not let worries or the things of earth trouble you very much. Give all your thoughts to God and to His Love and you will soon realize that only His Love is necessary for you to become a very spiritual man and one whom the Master will soon use to carry out his work of teaching the people what truth and love are. So do not hesitate to give yourself to God unreservedly and without doubt. (December 27, 1914 – Helen)
Do not let the things of earth keep you from getting more of your Father’s Love and Grace in your soul. Be steadfast in your faith and you will not want for anything that will enable you to become His true son and my own loving disciple in spreading the glorious tidings of joy and peace to mankind. Your love is now so great that you will soon be at-one with your Father and receive from Him the outpouring of His love and the Pentecost of His Holy Spirit. Be a man that will not let anything of earth or heaven keep you from doing the work which I have set before you to do. I am your true helper and protector, and you will not suffer for want of anything that will make you free and happy. Be more earnest in your efforts to obtain the great boon which your Father has promised to give you, and you will not be disappointed. (January 5, 1915 – Jesus)
So do not doubt any more. You I have selected and you will be my true disciple and messenger of truth. You have my help and love to the fullest, and no man can take it from you. In all eternity you will be with me. God answers your prayers because you have faith and are my own disciple. So continue to pray and He will hear you and answer your prayers. No, only believe and trust Him – He will never forsake you or let you want. You must love God with all your heart and soul and mind and your neighbor as yourself – this is the great commandment. So observe this and you will be happy and free. (January 12, 1915 – Jesus)
You have great faith and I am somewhat surprised at it myself, but you have it, and God hears and answers your prayers. You must continue to pray and believe. You must not doubt that I am with you and wrote to you; neither must you doubt that I can help you in every time and need. (January 13, 1915 – Jesus)
And concluding with a Bible passage in the same vein:
Phil 4:19-20 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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