There are different kinds of fear. One is the fear we should have for God,
translated "...respect, reverence, piety" by Strong's Enhanced Lexicon.
Another is a fear, or dread that can be paralyzing; this we should not indulge.
Today's passages will primarily deal with the latter type of fear.
Psalm 46:1-2 (NASB) God is our refuge and strength, a
very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth
should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea.
Isaiah 41:10 (NASB) Do not fear, for I am with you. Do
not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely
I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Psalm 23:4 (The Message)
Even when the way goes
through Death Valley,
I'm not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd's crook
makes me feel secure.
Psalm 27:1-3 (The Message)
Light, space, zest
So, with him on my side I'm fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing.
When vandal hordes ride down
ready to eat me alive,
Those bullies and toughs
fall flat on their faces.
I'm calm as a baby.
When all hell breaks loose,
I'm collected and cool.
Matthew 10:28 (NASB) Do not fear those who kill the body
but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy
both soul and body in hell.
1 John 4:18 (NASB) There is no fear in love. Bbut perfect
love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears
is not perfected in love.
Romans 8:15 (NASB) For you have not received a spirit
of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption
as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father! (Note: "Abba" translates as