It’s a crossroads almost every Christian comes to at one point in their walk: choosing between faith and fear. It’s not that difficult for the more mundane things in life like scraping together your mortgage payment when you’re a little short or overcoming a cold that hangs on too long. But how do you choose faith over fear in serious times of trouble?
Let’s talk about that now.
What Does the Word Say?
As Christians, it’s important that we turn to the Word anytime we have questions.
And the Bible has a lot to say about fear.
For starters, did you know that the words “Do not fear” are repeated 365 times in the Bible? That’s one reminder for each day of the year.
Do you think God wants to drive home that point in our lives?
If you’re having trouble choosing faith over fear for a troublesome time in your life, here’s a five-step plan that helps you choose faith over fear every time.
Step One: Dig into the Source of Faith
The Bible is a great place to look when we need to overcome something in our lives. And fear is no exception. When you want to choose faith over fear in your life, turning to the Bible is the best thing you can do.
But here’s the deal: you need to know the Word to help you choose faith over fear.
Sure, you can look up verses about choosing faith over fear online, but nothing replaces an intimate knowledge of the Word and how to apply it to your life.
If you’re not confidently familiar with God’s Word, try reading a little each day to let it sink in. And don’t forget to ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand it.
Start with the New Testament, and then once you’ve finished it, read the Old Testament. You can find all kinds of free Bible reading plans online like the ones offered at Biblestudytools.com. There, you’ll find almost 20 Bible reading plans, including one that allows you to read through the entire Bible in 90 days.
If you’re new to the Bible and don’t yet know where to turn for inspiration in choosing faith over fear, here are some verses to help you get through the hard times.
Bible verses to help you choose faith over fear
Below, I have a selection of some of my favorite verses to help choose faith over fear:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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."
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’”
“So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’”
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” (Proverbs 3:5-8).
How to use Bible verses to choose faith over fear
When we read God’s word, it allows us to stretch our faith, and that enables us to choose faith over fear almost every time.
We see this in the book of James as Jesus’ brother writes about the hardships we face and what they can do to our faith:
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” -- James 2-4
In other words, that fearful situation you’re facing can allow your faith to grow if you let it. And that’s a great reason to choose faith over fear!
Ready to move on to the next step?
Step Two: Just Do It
The book of James is a great place to learn about overcoming obstacles in our lives with the Word. But the book also contains a warning about only reading God’s word and not taking action on what we read:
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” -- James 23-25
In other words, if you want to choose faith over fear, you have to not only take in God’s word but obey it.
How can you possibly do that in the face of fear?
Because every time you step out in faith, your faith grows. And as your faith increases, that overwhelming fear you’re experiencing shrinks down into a manageable thing. Remember, God is bigger than any fear you face, and His Word equips you with what you need to choose faith over fear every time.
Let’s see what comes next.
Step Three: Don’t Be Quiet
When Jesus was tempted in the desert and facing fear, he didn’t just hide his Father’s word in his heart; He also spoke it out loud. There is power in the Word, and when we speak it out loud, things happen. It’s why Jesus spoke the Word out loud throughout the New Testament.
And it’s why you should practice doing it in your own life, especially when you’re determined to choose faith over fear.
Here are five ways to speak God’s word out loud when you’re trying to choose faith over fear.
1. Pick a verse
Everyone has a favorite Bible verse when it comes to choosing faith over fear, and if you already pinpointed that verse, you should use it as your personal faith-building tool by memorizing it. When you memorize Bible verses, they wiggle down into your heart and stay there. And when you’re in a fearful situation, pulling them out and speaking them out loud can help you choose faith over fear in that situation.
Your Bible verse may be one of the ones quoted earlier in this article, or you may have a special one of your own. It doesn’t matter which verse you choose. Just memorize it so you can quickly access and speak it when trying to choose faith over fear.
2. Share it
If your family is in a struggle together — or even if they’re not — try starting dinner every night with a Bible verse. When you begin a meal with God’s word, you will insert faith into the conversation. You can use your memorized verse, or read a different verse about faith every night.
It’s a way to help your entire family learn to choose faith over fear in all the circumstances of their lives.
3. Create a battle plan
The Bible contains scriptures for every need in our life. Whether we’re trying to choose faith over fear or make a decision in our life, we can find the perfect voice that gives us direction.
A great way to always have these scriptures handy is to create a battle plan with God’s word.
Start by listing every emotion or thought pattern you deal with on a piece of paper, in a journal, or on your computer. And for each one, find a corresponding Bible verse that speaks to it. This can act as your personal battle plan whenever you’re facing doubt, uncertainty, or fear.
4. Make it a tradition
As your family grows, you’re sure to face fears together. Instead of talking about the fear, learn to choose faith over fear as a family. Start by picking a verse together as a family. And then to remind everyone of your family verse, create a framed picture or vinyl wall art.
When the members of your family constantly see the verse in the home, they’ll be ably equipped to choose faith over fear when things are going wrong.
5. Huddle together
Another great way to learn how to choose faith over fear as a family is to study the Bible together. This time of closeness will allow the members of your family to study together, pray together, and when one person is facing fear, quote scripture together that encourages them to choose faith over fear.
Plan a time to study the Word according to your family’s schedule. You can spend a few minutes each morning reading and studying scripture, once a week on a weekend day, or even once a month. Remember, the more the read and study God’s word, the stronger your faith grows.
Step Four: Say It on Your Knees
Some of the Bible greats used God’s word to make their requests known to God. The Bible says that His word will never come back void, and that’s why so many people pray the scriptures. God will always honor his word, and that’s a great thing to remember when trying to choose faith over faith.
For instance, the verse, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight,” can be incorporated into your prayers as you tell God that you are determined to stand strong in the face of fear. The verse will remind you that God says He will make your paths straight.
Step Five: Live It
As we become more familiar with God’s word, we build confidence that He will always do what He says. And this confidence will cause us to live out our faith.
And when we live our faith — instead of just talking about it — it causes people to sit up and take notice. They begin to wonder what you have that they don’t. And when they find out that your faith in God is what gives you that glow, they might decide to learn more about God.
That’s just a bonus for learning how to choose faith over fear!
Are You Ready to Choose Faith over Fear?
God never said life would be easy, but He does promise to be here for us when we need Him. If you’re feeling troubled or facing fear, remember that God has your life in His hands. And He’s a good Father who wants the best for you. Go to his word and follow the steps listed above. Soon, you’ll choose faith over fear and begin walking in confidence with the Lord.
Have you learned how to choose faith over fear in your life? If so, we would love to hear about your faith walk in the comments below!