Extinguishing The Spirit Of Fear

A few weeks ago, I was asked a thought-provoking question: what do you think is the biggest problem young people struggle with and what do they most need?

It’s obviously a huge question with many possible answers, but my initial response came quickly – that the biggest problem they face is anxiety, and that what they most need is the peace and security that can only be found in Jesus.

I don’t think that’s just true of young people either. Fear and anxiety seem to be issues for many of us, and living through a global pandemic for almost two years certainly hasn’t helped the situation. We badly need reminders of God’s truth, power and sovereignty to help us navigate our way through the continued uncertainty, so I was pleased to hear that Devotable were producing a new book with devotions on this very topic.

It is entitled “Extinguishing The Spirit Of Fear: 30 Devotions To Battle Fear And Anxiety,” and I was encouraged to have one of my own devotions selected to be included in the book.

It is available to buy now at Amazon on these links: UK, US (either as an ebook or a print copy) and it may be a helpful Christmas gift for someone who struggles in this area!

I thought I’d also share some of my other favourite Bible verses, books, songs and quotes to fight against fear as well as some of the other blog posts I’ve written on the topic.

Bible Verses

“I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”” (Isaiah 41:9-10 NLT)

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” (Psalm 91:1-4 NLT)

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)

Books

Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado (you can read my review here)

The Worry Book: Finding A Path To Freedom by Will van der Hart and Rob Waller (you can find it here: UK,US)

Songs

I Will Carry You by Ellie Holcomb

Made Me Glad by Miriam Webster

By The Grace Of God by Bethel Music

Previous Blog Posts

Hope For Anxious Times – another collection of songs, verses and quotes

Can Worry Add To Your Life? – part of a series looking at some questions Jesus asked

Why Should I Fear?

It Is I, Don’t Be Afraid

Quotes

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” (Corrie Ten Boom)

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” (Corrie Ten Boom)

“Fear is a self imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love.” (Rick Warren)

“Fear may fill our world, but it doesn’t have to fill our hearts.” (Max Lucado)

What about you? What helps you to fight against fear and anxiety? Feel free to share your favourite verses and quotes or any book or song recommendations in the comments.

Linking with: Inspire Me Monday, Tell His Story, InstaEncouragements, Let’s Have Coffee, Recharge Wednesday, #HeartEncouragement Community Link-Up, Grace & Truth

10 thoughts on “Extinguishing The Spirit Of Fear

  1. I’m agreeing with you, Lesley. Fear is everywhere and is Satan’s delight. Thanks for sharing all these resources. ‘God hasn’t given us the spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind’ has been a healing stream in my life.

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  2. Congratulations, Lesley! I think anxiety is a big factor for us all these days. A couple of my favorite books on the subject: Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest by Edward T. Welch and Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves by Trillia J. Newbell. I’m currently reading 100 Best Bible Verses to Overcome Worry and Anxiety, and it seems pretty good.

    A couple of favorite verses: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4). And “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul” (Psalm 94:19–some translations says anxieties instead of cares). “I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling” (1 Corinthians 2:3–helps to know that even Paul felt this. But he goes on to talk about speaking in the power of the Spirit).

    Spurgeon: “Cares are manifold; therefore, let your prayers be as manifold. Turn into a prayer everything that is a care. Let your cares be the raw material of your prayers, and, as the alchemists hoped to turn dross into gold, so do you, by a holy alchemy, actually turn what naturally would have been a care into spiritual treasure in the form of prayer. Baptize every anxiety into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and so make it into a blessing.”

    Betty Bender: “Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.”

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  3. Congratulations, Leslie! I would agree, anxiety is a huge problem with young people today—as well as it’s companion, loneliness. Social media doesn’t make either one better. Only Jesus can fill our lonely places and give us a spirit of courage to fight anxiety.

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  4. Lesley, I appreciate you sharing this book! Satan does use fear to keep us from God; it can be so wearying fighting that battle! Both my husband and youngest daughter struggle with fear and anxiety on a regular basis. I will be checking this book out for them! Thank you!

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