March 13, 2019

Praying the Promises of God Week 4 – Fear and Peace

Friends, words don’t seem enough to express what fills my heart for the prayers, scriptures and messages you sent. I’ve been overwhelmed by your love and tenderness during this time of grieving.

It’s been a hard, but sweet, time for our family, and the new family God has brought into our lives. It’s never easy to lose a parent, but for Morgan (my daughter’s fiancé) to lose his mom at age 27,  just months before their wedding, it’s been devastating. But, our God has been so very present. The day we were heading to his sweet mama’s visitation, Morgan sent me this text when I reached out to check on Him.

Thank you. I feel His presence around me everyday.

Sweet friends, I know that’s, in part, because of your faithful prayers. Thank you!

This week, I’m sharing Scriptures, and my thoughts, on fear and peace. Two areas in my life where I’ve experienced great struggles. Each time, without fail, praying God’s Word brought freedom and hope.

I pray the same for you as you work through these verses as time allows.

Praying the Promises series by Wendy Blight

Fear

Isaiah 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.”

Psalm 56:3: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 35:4 “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue….”

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”

Deut. 3:22: “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.”

Thoughts the Lord brought to mind …

Do not be afraid, My child. I’m always with you. I will never leave you. I will help you through what you’re walking through and hold you in the palm of My hand.

Know fear is not from Me. I give you My Holy Spirit. In My Spirit, you have access to My power, My love and My mind. My Spirit is stronger than anyone or any circumstances you face. Remember, greater is the One who lives in you, which is Me, than the one who lives in the world.

I am your rescuer and defender! I am your stronghold. So, you should fear NOTHING! I will never leave you or forsake you. Take refuge in Me.

Peace

Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

John 14:27: “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.”

Psalm 55:22: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”

Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Psalm 91:1-2: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Galatians 5:22: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”

Psalm 4:8: “In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

Thoughts the Lord brought to mind …

Don’t let your worries overcome you, My daughter. Pray about each worry. Bring it to Me with a heart of thanksgiving. I will carry your worries for you and, in return, restore the peace that is yours in Me. It’s a peace that will guard your heart and mind forever and always when you surrender every worry to Me.

Cast your cares upon Me. Don’t you know how much I care for you? I will carry them for you. My Spirit, My power, My love will sustain you. Trust Me.

My Spirit lives in you. The fruit of My Spirit fills you. Peace is part of that fruit. Believe My promise. Walk in My promise. Then, you’ll live abundantly in My promise.

I will keep you in perfect peace when you trust in Me. When you keep your eyes fixed on Me. When you stay in My Word.

I pray these Scriptures minister to your heart. If you’re currently struggling with fear and/or peace, or you’ve struggled in the past and come out the other side, leave a comment sharing the Scriptures that spoke to your heart from our post or your own Scriptures that have helped you. Next week, please come back to visit. I’ll announce two names, chosen from the comments left over the last four weeks, to win some fun gifts. 

If you’re just joining in the series, you can catch up here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.

Comments

  1. Martha Parfait says:

    Condolences again! Praying God’s joy will continue to be the families’ strength. Currently struggling with fear and peace. All the scriptures you’ve listed I’ve prayed. Adding to fear 1 John 4:18 & to peace Psalms 29:11. Be blessed!

    • Thank you for sharing your verses on fear and peace. It’s a gift to have a catalog of verses to turn to in our time of need. That Hebrews 4:12 Word is powerful to minister and create change in our dark times.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  2. Carol Yount says:

    What a sweet email full of blessings and promises this morning. I confess I have not been following this Series, but God has perfect timing. I was saddened to hear of your loss at such a tender time. My heart goes out to you all.
    My husband has just been diagnosed with a Thoracic Aneurysm . It is a size 5 and the surgeon operates at 5.5. So being in great shape and condition other than this rarity he is to keep his blood pressure below 120. He has not been able to and as each day passes he has become more distraught about this condition. This entire email is a salve from God. I’m passing it onto my husband. Thank you! My heart is full of love and peace.

    • Oh, Carol, how precious it is the Lord, knowing the cry of your heart, brought you here to meet Him in His Word. I’m honored to be His vessel for you and your sweet husband this morning. Standing with you in prayer. First, for the Lord to root out that aneurysm by the power of His healing hand. And, if He chooses to use a doctor’s hand, He will maintain your husband’s body and blood pressure until the time the doctor is able to to the surgery. Asking for God’s peace to consume his body from head to toe, including every blood vessel, artery and emotion so that the blood pressure remains below 120 and stable. We pray it ALL in Jesus’ name. Please keep us posted. God is good. Always.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

      • Carol Yount says:

        Thank you. Living in Victory. Yesterday we went to pick up our car from the repair shop and the keys were laying in the seat with a small paper under it that had 2 Timothy 1:7. My husband drove that car home and I was to drive back in the car we drove there in. Planned all along. God is speaking directly to my husband. He is working a new thing in him. A man who has always been a strong A personality and being in control of most everything is now learning to trust God in something totally out of his control.

  3. This Scripture is the one I go to most when fear tries to come on me, 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” So glad you shared these Scriptures. I share a birthday with my mom who passed away in May last year, today is “our” birthday. I really needed to read the Scriptures on peace today. Thank you so much Wendy!! So glad that your daughter’s fiance has peace and is trusting in God with the loss of his mom at such a young age.

    • Kat, I pray God is pouring out special blessings today. May one of them be precious memories of your mom and the celebrating you did together through the years. May the giver of life bless you with His presence!

  4. Sandi Kellman says:

    Thank you Wendy these words are like balm to my soul. For the past three years my husband and I have struggled with the prodigal child who is finally returned to us and we are so thankful that our young man is making better decisions it was a very difficult time in my life and I was so thankful for the love of God my community and Alanon last week though out of the blue I developed vertigo and it’s been extremely uncomfortable and I admit it with me to my soul I do believe it’s fall out from all that time and the anxiety has overwhelmed me God has told me it’s temporary and I’m hanging onto that promise it’s very uncomfortable I love Being active and healthy if you pray for me just to keep trusting God and not be afraid I’d appreciate it I’m also sorry for the loss of your future son-in-law so young to lose his sweet mama I pray to God how do you step in and to fill some of those places and hurts but I’m sure you will. Being a mother-in-law and now a grandma to for children is the absolute best medicine in the world next to knowing the Lord I’m sure this next season will bring you great joy God bless you and your ministry

  5. Marian Hindall says:

    Verses Joshua 1:9 and Psalm 46:1 have spoken to me today. I need these verses right now as my future sil is in the hospital and my daughter who is by his side are waiting for answers from the doctors. I will be sharing these verses with her. I know our God, Jehova Rapha can heal Andy. I know it will be His will and His perfect timing. No matter the outcome, God will be glorified.

  6. These are some of the most beautiful words in scripture showing us God’s compassion and love that covers us. I so appreciate, Wendy, for sharing your experiences that prove these scriptures to be true and real.

    Praying for your family and Morgan and family during this time of sorrow. I pray the joy of his wedding to your sweet girl will overshadow his grief for awhile. Hopefully, he will know his mom’s spirit is right there with him.

    Thank you for your thoughts on these scriptures. So helpful.
    Gwen

  7. Candy Marshall says:

    Wendy, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. The loss of a parent at any time is so traumatic but especially I am sure at this time it is even more traumatic. My prayers go out to all of you at this tender time. I am thanking you for the scriptures on fear and peace. My son, after 10 years, has relapsed and given in to an addiction that held him hostage for many years. He has a beautiful family that he is in jeopardy of losing. My fear is so great at the moment that I am not sure what to do, but I will be praying through the scriptures that you have provided and will give this over to my precious God. Thank you Wendy for always providing us with so much truth and the way out of our fear.
    Candy

    • Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promises… Your covering over Your precious daughter Candy. As moms, it’s so hard to comprehend that You love our children even more than we do. You know every detail of her son’s situation. You have begun a GREAT work in him as seen by his 10-year freedom from addiction. The enemy does come to steal, kill and destroy that work. But Jesus, You are sitting at the right hand of God. In full victory. And You are interceding for Candy’s son. You came to give him life. And abundant life. For him and his family. In JESUS’ NAME, break the enemy’s chains… the chains of temptation and addiction over her son… the chains that the spirit of fear is using against Candy. To the spirit of fear, we say NO MORE. Leave this family now in JESUS’ NAME. Renew Your Spirit of power, love and a sound mind on Candy. Bless her with new oxygen in her spirit. In Jesus’ Name we pray and praise, amen. xoxo

  8. Debbie Passow says:

    Thank you for this post. The scripture that spoke to me today is Psalm 56:3

  9. Cynthia Tittle says:

    Thank you so much for this Wendy! It is just what I needed this week. I have been anxious and fearful about a situation and these verses and your words provided such peace to me. God is so good and he is always on-time!

  10. Cherie K says:

    I do struggle with fear sometimes, even though I proclaim the Word of God to know He is in control and will never leave me. I go back to Isaiah 41:10 all the time. He will strengthen me and help me!! Thank you Lord for your promises!

  11. Mema Jeanne says:

    Sweet Wendy,
    I am so glad that Morgan felt God’s presence with him during this difficult time of losing his mom.
    My husband and I married when we were 23 and 24. His oldest brother was to be our Best Man in the wedding. He was killed 3 weeks before our wedding!!! It has been 46 years, but the memory is always there. I hurt so much for his parents, him, and his brothers; it was awful. I was not close to the Lord at that time in my life. However, Braxton,s (my husband) parents were godly parents, and the glory of God showed through their grief and pain. My MIL was a real trooper in being involved in every event that we had in those 3 weeks. She was a true testimony of God’s mercy and grace.
    Isaiah 41:10 has been a favorite of mine as it has brought such a calming affect with so many circumstances in my life.
    God’s Word is sooo rich, and I just truly appreciate your sharing It and your teaching as only you can!!! You are a treasure to us all!!
    I have listened to your First 5 teaching of the “Woman of Virtue”, and plan on listening to it more. I love the fact that you are soooooooo rooted and grounded in His Word. I love your voice; it is firm yet so comforting and reassuring.
    You are the bestest ( as my grands say)
    Mema Jeanne

  12. Kristen Barkdull says:

    Fear is such a struggle for me. I play the what if game almost daily. And if I am honest, fear keeps me from really living my life. And it all boils down to a lack of trust in God. I want to be free from the power that fear has over me but I am not sure how.

    • Cindy Fox says:

      Hi, Kristen: I somewhat understand where you are coming from. I am 62, and the past two years have been filled with one physical finding after another – endosocopies, a cystoscopy, vitreous gel coming off my eye leaving floaters and spider webs – the floaters are gone, but not all the webs, melanoma – two spots and one precancerous spot, more skin biopsies, not to mention relationship difficulties that left me first numb and then anxious. Whew! God has graciously taken me through. I find that I need to trust Him with the fears. I don’t really know outcomes anyway, so why not give them to Him and rest. He alone is my hope, my anchor! It’s not always easy. This weekend I am waiting to call for biopsy results – a message was left on my phone to call the office. The office is closed on Friday’s, and I got the message too late to call on Thursday. 😀 So I say, “God, you know what this call is about, and my worrying will not help in the least. I give it over to You. You already know what the report says and know how to handle it. I praise You in the midst as I wait to make the call, and leave the results with You. I hope and pray this helps, precious sister in Christ. May you know that you know that peace of God that passes all understanding and it will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 – see also verse 6) Perhaps each morning you can speak to God when you awaken and give those fears to Him for the day, stop playing the “what if” game regarding fears and play the “what if” game with “What if I truly trust Jesus with this?” 🙂 I just might try that, too! 🙂 Love, hugs and prayers, Because of Jesus!

  13. Susan G. says:

    Thanks for all these beautiful words of life here today Wendy.
    Psalm 91:1-2 is one of my decades old favorites. It’s such a ‘holy’ scripture to me and soothes my soul.
    I love this translation of Isaiah 35:4 too. Praise God, He does come to our rescue!
    These scriptures almost bring tears to my eyes…they are ‘living and active’!
    Knowing the Lord for over 50 years just makes His Word grow sweeter and sweeter!
    I am continuing to pray for your family as well as Morgan’s whole family.
    May His Presence surround you all daily.

  14. Thank you for blessing us with this collection of promises Wendy! God has used many of them in my life in powerful ways. The verse that came to mind for me to share sounds familiar and has been used in my life before, but God seems to be using it yet again.

    Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” At times, I get anxious as I wait for answers and direction. I want to know what comes next and what step I need to take, but lately the Lord has used these words to remind me I don’t need to want these things. He is my Shepherd, and as a daughter of a man who raised sheep for years, I know the Shepherd cares for His sheep. No matter what the future holds, I know the Lord will provide for all of my needs out of His glorious riches. (Philippians 4:19)

    • Cindy Fox says:

      Wow! Thanks for sharing, Jill! This is helpful, as this morning I continue to wait for tomorrow when I can call about what I think is biopsy results. I received a message Thursday afternoon from the dermatologist, and it was too late to call back when I got the message, and the office is closed on Fridays. Oh, my! Well, I have no idea what it is about, but I know Someone who does. 🙂 I am choosing to rest in Him. Thanks for the reminder of Psalm 23, and “I don’t need to want these things.” Oh, my! God is sooooo good! May God continue to richly bless you!

  15. Susan M. says:

    My sincere condolences to you & your family. You are all in my Prayers. Thank you for this lesson, I too struggle with fear & worry. The book of Isaiah is a comfort to me. Some verses that I go to are, Isaiah 40:28-31 & Isaiah 41:10 also. God Bless!

  16. Alana Morgan says:

    Ahhhh, Wendy…every verse you have chosen helps me to breathe deeply and calmly. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    “Owe no one anything, except to love one another. For the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8

  17. I just got done reading a fiction book and it dealt a lot with fear. These Scriptures confirm what I read in the book and especially Deuteronomy 3:22. Thank you for taking the time to share these Scriptures.

  18. This morning during my time with the Lord, I asked Him, “ Lord, am I in bondage to anything?” I believe I heard Him say “fear”. The timing of today’s topic couldn’t have been more precise. Thank you
    . Gotta go, have some meditating to do😀

  19. Thanks once again for sharing scripture verses and your thoughts that the Lord brings to your mind. The thoughts from the Lord are beautifully written and give wisdom,comfort,peace,and encouragement. It is like God is talking to us.The verses that come to mind are in Matthew and Numbers. Matthew 28:19&20 which is part of the great commission – Matthew 28::20 b “and lo,I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen” NKJV These 2 verses I do remember. What comes to my mind is theses are our marching orders to tell and show by our our lives who Christ is,how much He loves them and wants them to be His.It is always been very comforting me to know that “he will always be with us even to the end of the age.” The priestly blessing also comes to my mind. Numbers 6:24 – 26 ” The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” I grew up in the Lutheran church where this was said as a blessing. I will write these verses to others as a prayer for them and to give them His comfort and peace.My favorite part of the priestly blessing is “And give you peace.”

  20. Roberta Nelson says:

    Thank you Wendy for another post filled with such powerful verses. Isaiah 41:10 is one of my verses that I hold onto when I am feeling anxious. I can see my Lord holding me up and I know my strength comes from him. To know that even the small “challenges” in my daily life are important to Him and thar He wants me to be calm is so important to me.

    I am continuing to hold you and your family in my prayers. What a beautiful picture you shared 💖🙏
    Roberta

  21. Amber Paulsen says:

    That is a beautiful thing that your daughter is experiencing God’s presence even through this hard time in life for her and her fiancé. The verse that really spoke to me is Isaiah 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.” I don’t always feel God’s presence and this verse reminds me that He is with me even if I don’t feel Him. Praise God for His powerful Word! I also loved the thoughts that the Lord brought to your mind, very comforting. Thank you, Wendy.

  22. Beautiful friend… thank you for this post. As you know, I’m like you. These are two areas where I constantly need to lean on God’s amazing promises. Learning that fear is not just an emotion, but it’s actually a spirit has been eye opening to me. I love how my husband has said, “If it’s a spirit of fear, it’s probably small, very weak and trembling. It wants its attributes to be contagious. We shouldn’t be afraid of a puny spirit like that, even if our emotions tell us otherwise. We have Jesus’ spirit. The victory is already ours.”
    2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
    So I can use this as a checklist. If I’m feeling weak, unloved, if I’m lacking the 1 Cor. 13 attributes of love, or if my mind is frazzled, that means there is a literal spirit of fear coming against me. So I’m slowly learning to pray against that spirit- whether it’s attacking me or someone else. And to pray for renewal of my soul… for a refilling of God’s spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
    This is a daily struggle for me. I’m so grateful for your post because it brings back to mind all that our Heavenly Papa has guaranteed. He loves us like crazy. I love you and your amazing family… xoxo

    • Cindy Fox says:

      Thanks for sharing with us, Noelle! I like the quote of your husband’s. That is a great word to remember. I also appreciate what you are doing when that puny spirit of fear comes along. 😀 Praise be to God! May He continue to richly bless you. Love, hugs and prayers, Because of Jesus!

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