How much hope do you have?
Let me ask it another way…
How often does fear overwhelm you?
Believe me, I understand your struggle because I spent years living with oppressive fear and anxiety. All it took was a “what if” whisper for me to spend hours trapped in a circle of fretful thoughts.
But we’re talking about hope today; so, why am I asking about your struggle with fear?
Because hope is the antidote to fear.
It is believed that Psalm 11 was written while David was running from King Saul.
Saul was jealous of David’s growing popularity and he wanted him out of the picture. So David’s advisers urged David, the anointed future king, to run for his life.
But David’s response was to trust in God…
I trust in the Lord for protection.Psalm 11:1
So why do you say to me,
“Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!”
I’ve learned that David was absolutely right. When the enemy taunts me with fear and my human weakness tempts me to run and hide, the Lord has shown me that I can trust in Him to watch over me.
A number of years ago, during an overwhelming season of fear, I grabbed my Bible and spent every free moment reading—Genesis through Revelation—I pressed into God’s Word of Truth! And through His Spirit, the Lord showed me that He always has been, is today, and always will be greater than my fear.
The writer of Hebrews penned…
God has said,Hebrews 13:5b–7
“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.”
So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper,
so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?”
Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God.
Think of all the good that has come from their lives,
and follow the example of their faith.
When our situation feels fragile and the enemy fills our thoughts with doubts and fear, we can speak the truth in faith both to the enemy and to our hearts…
“I trust the Lord for protection!”
Faith in the Lord gives us hope. And hope is the antidote to fear.
5 Verses to Help You Remember that
Hope is the Antidote to Fear
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm,Hebrews 10:23
for God can be trusted to keep His promise.
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,Psalm 62:5–6
for my hope is in Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
I cried out, “I am slipping!”Psalm 94:18–19
but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.
When doubts filled my mind,
your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,Psalm 146:5–6
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
There is one body and one Spirit,Ephesians 4:4–6
just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all,
who is over all, in all, and living through all.
A Prayer to Live with Hope the Antidote to Fear
Lord God, thank you for giving me the gift of faith in Jesus. It is by Your grace alone that I am able to KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE You—my Heavenly Father, my Savior, my Ever-present Helper. Thank you for giving us Your Word to guide us with Your absolute TRUTH. Thank you for Your promises that fill us with hope.
Please forgive me for the times I let the enemy of my soul fill my thoughts with doubt and fear. Forgive me for not taking Your promises to heart and for not using them to fight fear-filled spiritual battles.
Thank you for Jesus’ example that showed us how to use the Sword of the Spirit, Your Word, to fight off the enemy’s temptations and lies.
Please help me. Help me faithfully run to You in prayer. And by the power of Your Spirit, help me hold Your Word in my heart that I might be prepared to fight and reject fearful thoughts the moment they arise. (Ephesians 6:17)
Please increase my faith. “I believe, Lord. Please help me overcome my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24) Please be my source of hope . . . hope that fills me with peace and joy. (Romans 15:13) Please give me an eternal perspective that I might remember that this is just a season to bring me closer to You. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
I love you, Lord. I believe You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I trust Your promises. I put my hope in You. Amen.
Are you ready to live without overwhelming fear?
Run to the Lord. Take His Word to heart and turn to Him in prayer. Trust His promises. Ask Him to fill you with hope.
Because hope is the antidote to fear.
And finally, this is my prayer for you today…
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. 2Thessalonians 2:16–17
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