I have a confession to make. I have a deep-seated fear of bridges. It comes from a place of control and anxiety in me, and when I think about bridges, especially over water, I can feel my blood pressure increase and my pulse rise.
I hesitate to even state the exact fear that I have of bridges and why, but suffice it to say that I have to diligently work on taking my thoughts captive and replacing them with Truth, or allowing the thoughts to come and go without being controlled by them.
It has taken work, and continues to take work, each time I cross a bridge in a vehicle, but ultimately it has forced me to face an aspect of myself that has crept up in many areas of my life. For me, this is the essence of control. I have a desire to control things, and have had to ultimately learn over time to choose to trust God in all things, even the things that I do not understand, which allows me to be free from the fear of the terrible and enjoy the treasures of the day.
21 Essential Scriptures to Help Control Your Fears
The Lord has provided so many wonderful scriptures to help us remember that He is the lover of our souls and protector of our lives, even when it does not feel like it. Not only that, but we have story after story of amazing Bible characters to show us how His Sovereignty is really what matters most, if we can accept that Truth.
In addition, if we can choose transparency and openness, there are so many amazing testimonies of how God allowed a tragedy in someone’s life, which ultimately became the motivator for an amazing journey with Him. God always has a reason for allowing the experiences we have.
When we can focus on this essential Truth, we have a greater ability to accept the events of our lives with anticipation and joy. When we choose to trust and walk in faith of God’s goodness, we experience freedom from the fears of our minds. So, here are 21 scriptures to help in your desire to control your fear. Choose today to walk in faith and turn away from the imaginations of the mind.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41: 10
“Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5: 7
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” ~ Romans 15: 13
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” ~ Psalm 118: 6
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1: 9
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” ~ Isaiah 26: 3
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” ~ Matthew 10: 28
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” ~ Psalm 34: 18
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” ~ Luke 12: 6-7
“He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.” ~ Psalm 112: 7-8
“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5: 1
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.” ~ Jeremiah 29: 11-14
“But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” ~ 1 Peter 3: 14
“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” ~ Psalm 34: 4
“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” ~ Psalm 36: 7
“Whoever 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.'” ~ Psalm 91: 1-2
“He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.” ~ Psalm 23: 3
“Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.” ~ Psalm 16: 1
“Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” ~ Isaiah 50: 7
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Romans 15: 13
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3: 5-6