Thirteen months ago I started a new series on my blog and social media entitled #DoNotFear. I wrote about 395 mentions of fear in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
- Read the original post, #DoNotFear 2017 Reading Guide, here.
- Download the #DoNotFear 2017 Reading Guide here.
- Read the series on Facebook here.
“Did you know that there are more than 365 verses on fear in the Bible? In fact, there are 305 mentions of the word “fear” in the Old Testament1 and 90 mentions of the word “fear” in the New Testament.
I don’t know about you, but I have struggled with fear almost all of my life. In junior high, I learned how to pray and take my thoughts captive (see: 2 Corinthians 10:5). In high school, I learned how to read through the Bible and apply it to my life (see: Hosea 6:1-3; 1 Peter 5:10).
Now in my mid-30’s, I decided to listen to the advice from my best friend Jenn and look up all of the verses on fear! It wasn’t until I was all the way through the book of Genesis that I realized the potential these verses had to change my life. Suddenly, I couldn’t wait to take a full year to look up all of the verses, because I clearly had a lot to learn about fear!
If God has made promises to us, including a covenant with Israel—or, in our case, sent His Son to die for our sins—then we can not only trust Him, we can fear God above men. As we learn how to fear God, we are able to move forward in authority and submit to godly leadership.
I love how the Lord shows up on the scene all throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament to speak kindness and comfort His people. From the very first fearful conversation in the garden to the very last glimpse of praise to God in the heavens, I have come to know the Lord in a much deeper way.
Today, if you find yourself struggling with fear like me, you are not alone. I want this to be a safe place for you. We can’t eliminate fear, worry and stress, but we can choose how we respond. It is my hope that each verse on fear will transform your walk with God just like it did mine” (Fearless (6×9) Self-Publishing Template).
Old Testament: Yare’
The Hebrew word yare’ is mentioned 305 times in the Old Testament. Strong’s concordance lists it as H3372. Yare’ means to fear, revere, be afraid, to stand in awe, be awed, honor, respect, to be fearful, be dreadful, be feared, to cause astonishment and awe, be held in awe, to inspire reverence or godly fear or awe, to make afraid, terrify, to shoot, pour.
Feel free to study these verses further on your own or in a small group Bible study. Click on any of the mentions of yare’ below to read the devotional on Instagram. You can also view them on Facebook.
Genesis 3:10; Genesis 15:1; Genesis 18:15; Genesis 19:30; Genesis 20:8; Genesis 21:17; Genesis 26:7; Genesis 26:24; Genesis 28:17; Genesis 31:31; Genesis 32:7; Genesis 35:17; Genesis 42:35; Genesis 43:18; Genesis 43:23; Genesis 46:3; Genesis 50:19, 21
Deuteronomy 1:19; Deuteronomy 1:21; Deuteronomy 1:29; Deuteronomy 2:4; Deuteronomy 3:2; Deuteronomy 3:22; Deuteronomy 4:10; Deuteronomy 5:5; Deuteronomy 5:29; Deuteronomy 6:2; Deuteronomy 6:13; Deuteronomy 6:24; Deuteronomy 7:18, 21; Deuteronomy 8:6; Deuteronomy 8:15; Deuteronomy 10:12; Deuteronomy 10:17; Deuteronomy 10:20; Deuteronomy 13:4; Deuteronomy 13:11; Deuteronomy 14:23; Deuteronomy 17:13; Deuteronomy 17:19; Deuteronomy 19:20; Deuteronomy 20:1, 3; Deuteronomy 21:21; Deuteronomy 28:10; Deuteronomy 28:58; Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Deuteronomy 31:12-13
1 Samuel 3:15; 1 Samuel 4:7; 1 Samuel 4:20; 1 Samuel 7:7; 1 Samuel 12:14, 18; 1 Samuel 12:20, 24; 1 Samuel 14:26; 1 Samuel 15:24; 1 Samuel 17:11; 1 Samuel 17:24; 1 Samuel 18:12; 1 Samuel 18:29; 1 Samuel 21:12; 1 Samuel 22:23; 1 Samuel 23:17; 1 Samuel 28:5; 1 Samuel 28:13; 1 Samuel 28:20; 1 Samuel 31:4
Psalm 3:6; Psalm 23:4; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 27:3; Psalm 33:8; Psalm 34:9; Psalm 40:3; Psalm 45:4; Psalm 46:2; Psalm 47:2; Psalm 49:5; Psalm 49:16; Psalm 52:6; Psalm 55:19; Psalm 56:3-4, 11; Psalm 64:4, 9; Psalm 65:5, 8; Psalm 66:3, 5; Psalm 67:7; Psalm 68:35; Psalm 72:5; Psalm 76:7-8, 12; Psalm 86:11; Psalm 89:7; Psalm 91:5; Psalm 96:4; Psalm 99:3; Psalm 102:15; Psalm 106:22; Psalm 111:9; Psalm 112:1, 7-8; Psalm 118:6; Psalm 119:63, 120; Psalm 130:4; Psalm 139:14; Psalm 145:6
Isaiah 7:4; Isaiah 8:12; Isaiah 10:24; Isaiah 18:2, 7; Isaiah 21:1; Isaiah 25:3; Isaiah 35:4; Isaiah 37:6; Isaiah 40:9; Isaiah 41:5, 10, 13-14; Isaiah 43:1, 5; Isaiah 44:2; Isaiah 51:7, 12; Isaiah 54:4, 14; Isaiah 57:11; Isaiah 59:19; Isaiah 64:3
Jeremiah 1:8; Jeremiah 3:8; Jeremiah 5:22, 24; Jeremiah 10:5, 7; Jeremiah 23:4; Jeremiah 26:21; Jeremiah 30:10; Jeremiah 32:39; Jeremiah 40:9; Jeremiah 41:18; Jeremiah 42:11; Jeremiah 44:10; Jeremiah 46:27-28; Jeremiah 51:46
New Testament: Phobeo
The Greek word phobeo is mentioned 90 times in the New Testament. Strong’s concordance lists it as G5399. Phobeo means to put to flight by terrifying (to scare away), to flee, to fear, be afraid, to be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm, of those startled by strange sights or occurrences, of those struck with amazement, be afraid of one, to fear (hesitate) to do something (for fear of harm), to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience.
Feel free to study these verses further on your own or in a small group Bible study. Click on any of the mentions of phobeo below to read the devotional on Instagram. You can also view them on Facebook.
“As Christians we constantly face a SPIRITUAL battle. Most often the spirit that attacks us and cripples us is a spirit named “fear”, which is Satan’s first line of attack. If we let fear take a hold of us we often just give up on what we really want, our dreams, and our hopes. It’s why I really feel that God talks about “fear” so much in the Bible (See: 2 Timothy 1:7, John 16:7). With the Holy Spirit, our works will be greater then Jesus (See: John 14:12). SAY WHAT? That’s why, with the spirit of fear, Satan wants to stop us and make us give up because of if we truly understood the power the Holy Spirit gave us, we’d be unstoppable.” -Jenn
“Your posts on #DoNotFear were so encouraging to me this past year. I have been going through some very tough things, and every time I checked in, I knew there would be this wonderful encouragement from God via you, Renee, to not fear but keep my eyes fixed on God. There are still tough times ahead, but I know I don’t have to fear because God is with me. Thanks so much for these posts. They really encouraged me. I am ending 2017 in a much better place than I started. God is so good! Looking forward to continuing along for the ride with you in 2018!” -Deborah
“The #DoNotFear journey with Renee uplifted my hope in this wonderful promise of the Lord. As Renee embarked on this Biblical trip, I noticed her personal strength & balance appeared to be revitalized, recharged.” -Joni
“I have been following the #DoNotFear posts for quite some time now and have been really blown away at God’s timing and anointing on this series. This series has helped me learn that God meets me in my fear and it’s there—in surrender—where He teaches me to trust that He is with me. As I acknowledge the truth of how HUMAN I am and how GOD He is, my fear has been balanced with a renewed trust in His Ways.” -Michele
“For years, I have heard pastors say there are more than 365 Bible verses that talk about fear. Renee is the first author who took me day by day in the #fearnot series. Each day for a more than a year I enjoyed the Hebrew or Greek word study she did with the fear verse of the day. She also included either a personal example or practical life experience that showed me how to overcome fear. I look forward to the day when this #fearnot series is in book form, I will be the first Kindle buyer!” -Anonymous
“When Renee started #DoNotFear I had no clue how much it would bless me and my own journey but, more than that was the blessing of seeing her grow and change. Her transparency and authenticity as she dug deep into the scriptures about how to not fear but, trust in the Lord was a gift. I can NOT wait to see where God takes her next (especially since we get to join her on the journey)!!” -Ronel
“#DoNotFear has been a constant blessing to me. The way the Lord speaks through Renee is such a gift to many. Studying the Bible is such an important part of being a Christian, and unfortunately, sometimes it gets pushed out of my day when I am busy homeschooling my 4 kids and running my busy business. Having a frequent dose of the Bible through #donotfear has been a Godsend. Thank you Renee for boldly proclaiming God’s promises and teaching us about all the different ways God helps us and teaches us through fear.” -Caite
“This world makes most people shutter in fear, but author and Certified Christian Life Coach Renee Fisher makes us BRAVER, stronger, better, and more courageous as she boldly walks alongside us so that we #donotfear, rather we BELIEVE and LIVE the promises of God she shares and equips us with.” -Pam
“Insecurity wrapped itself around me early on suffocating any hope that I would ever fulfill my writing dreams. But Renee Fisher came along and everything changed. Her calm reassurance and creative ideas have helped me move past the fearful lies that kept me stuck. One of the best things I’ve learned from Renee is that it isn’t about me at all but about those that I can help. Thank you for making me braver and opening my eyes to the lies.” -Cindy
“In 2017 I took a huge leap and it was full of fear of the unknown. How awesome God was to bring me not only a wonderful coach, but one who was already doing a series called #DoNotFear. Along with Renee’s encouragement, her posts spurred me on when fear crept in. Each one an infused reminder of where my confidence resides. Renee’s vulnerability and honesty as she experienced “ah ha” God moments, brought excitement and anticipation of new revelation of God’s promises. Even when she experiences her own times of fear and uncertainly with her anxiety, she stuck to it, and relied on the TRUTH of where our strength comes from.” -Linette
“The world would say, ‘timing is everything’ but God’s Word says ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…’ Ecc 3:1. Certainly 2017 was an appointed time as Renee Fisher released her Do Not Fear series.
My heart was greatly encouraged with every post and with every new scripture as I learned the truth about fear and faith. I’m so grateful for God’s perfect timing and how He used Renee to bring me, well-prepared into a new season and a new year. In 2018 my #OneWord is BRAVE! Thank you, Renee. I’m confident He will complete the work He began in me as He used you to prepare my heart.” -Diana
Special Thanks & How to Study the Bible
(2) A5 Planner & (3) Ink Well Planner Inserts – The planner is no longer being sold, but I continue buying inserts for it as it has become my favorite way to track my daily quiet times. Each week I would write down the list of verses and check them off as I go.
(4) Single Column ESV Journaling Bible – This is the second time I read through my ESV Journaling Bible. It was so much fun to date stamp every #DoNotFear verse while making notes in the columns as well as my planner before writing a post on Instagram and Facebook.
(5) eSword – I love their free software. I have it on my iMac, MacBook Air, and iPhone. I used their user-friendly Interlinear Bible to look up each verse in the Hebrew and Greek to uncover the meaning of each passage.
(6) Unsplash – As a long time blogger of more than 10 years, I have never been so amazed and humbled by the beautiful and free photos on Unsplash. I would never have been able to put together a 365+ picture devotional series without the help of the world’s most generous community of photographers. So much so that I became a contributor to give back!
(7) Canva – Once a week I’d create the set of posts for the week ahead so that on the day of I only needed to upload the photo from Unsplash before downloading the image to my phone so that I could write the #DoNotFear devotional and post it on Instagram and Facebook.
The #DoNotFear series was a LOT of work, and I wouldn’t have been able to finish the #DoNotFear series without all seven things.
Since this was the first time I ever used the Interlinear Bible to study the Bible to look up the Hebrew and Greek words, I didn’t realize until later on in the year that there are more than 395 mentions of “fear” in the Bible. To exhaust every mention of the word “fear” in the Bible I would have needed to include the different tenses of yare’ and phobeo seen below for a total of 550 mentions in the Bible!
- yare’-2 with 63 mentions in the Old Testament
- yir’ah with 45 mentions in the Old Testament
- phoberos with 3 mentions in the New Testament
- phobetron with 1 mention in the New Testament
- phobos with 44 mentions in the New Testament
What I Learned
What started as a passion project to look up verses on “fear” in the Bible hoping God would deliver me from anxiety became so much more. When God showed me, that He wasn’t going to heal me of anxiety, but that He had other plans and promises for me—I despaired.
I got stuck in May reading through Nehemiah.
My health crash from going off my anxiety medication combined with the realization that God said “no” was too much for me to bear—so I stopped posting.
Twenty-three days later I made a choice.
“For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.’ But now, O God, strengthen my hands” (Nehemiah 6:9, ESV).
I finished, not because of what God could do or not do for me, but because of who God is.
This is one of the most important blogs I have ever written because it speaks to the healing of my heart more than my flesh, which still cries out to this day!
We have to be careful what we fill our minds and hearts with—even good things.
For instance, one of the books that did not make my Best Books of 2017 was You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons. I happen to be reading this book when I thought God was healing me of my anxiety like He has healed Rebekah. She writes a glowing account of her panic attacks being healed in Jesus name using her platform to write a book with a major publishing house.
If I’m honest, this book was a HUGE stumbling block for me. So much so that I had to throw it in the trash.
Of course, I am happy for Rebekah.
Of course, I want to be healed like God healed her.
Friends, what happens when God says “no?”
I am living proof that God is still good even when life doesn’t turn out how you had hoped, expected, or even prayed for. I have been praying for the last twenty-five years that God would heal me of anxiety. Maybe one day He will, but I have learned like Paul that my “thorn in the flesh” is to keep me humble because of the many gifts God has given me—including the gift of writing.
One of the things God showed me a few years ago when I was at Bethel Church in Redding, CA at a prophetic conference was that my anxiety actually started the day God called me on Monday, March 22, 1993. It wasn’t until this year that I wondered if the same happened to Saul on the road to Damascus when he was blinded by the light from heaven. Paul’s “physical eyesight was blinded so that he could begin to see spiritually.” (Live Dead Joy).
I would not have the gift of writing if it weren’t for my anxiety.
I journaled my heart out to God for over a decade before God showed me that He was turning it into a ministry. Some of you may not know this, but I went to college to become a high school math teacher. But God had other plans.
I wouldn’t have it any other way, but I still pray for healing.
I still ask God for help with my anxiety.
I hate being weak and feeling vulnerable daily. I can’t do it in my own strength. I need God’s help to get me through. It’s God who makes me brave. It’s God who has turned my biggest wound into a ministry for others who are hurting. Here is my missions statement that I wrote in 2003 while living in San Antonio, TX:
“My writing has become a single resolution, both from God and out of the desires of my heart. To further develop my writing into becoming a prophecy to an unbeliever, causing him or her to fall down on their face and worship God” (1 Corinthians 14:24-25).
Another thing God showed me while going through this series was the power of confession.
While off my anxiety medication, God showed me the power of confession and how to cultivate it so that when I am back on my medication I can remember the sense of urgency that I lose when things are going well.
I’m so glad I didn’t get stuck focusing on my weaknesses and the fact that God said “no.”
I’m so glad that Nehemiah changed everything for me.
I’m so glad I made a choice to cultivate my relationship with God above all else.
Finally, I learned that the Hebrew word for “season” means “the appointed time.”
I won’t share too much because I already wrote about in a blog entitled The 4 Spiritual Seasons. Here are some of the things I learned.
If you are in a winter season I want you to know your words are not dead.
If you are in a spring season I want you to know that your words are planted.
If you are in a summer season I want you to know that your words are ripe.
If you are in a fall season I want you to know that your words are harvested.
After much prayer and laying #DoNotFear at the feet of Jesus, I have decided NOT to pursue turning this series into a book. I am like David who thought the Lord said “go ahead” only to realize that too much blood had already been shed. Friends, this series has become a burden and I do not have the strength to finish.
If God could raise up one woman, Maggie Winterton, to take over DevotionalDiva.com when I released that website/ministry over four years ago—then God can certainly raise up another Solomon to take over this series and turn it into a book for all to read.
2017 was a holy and cleansing year for me. God did heal me, but not how I expected. After reading the final #DoNotFear verse in Revelation 19:5, I have chosen the word “roar” as my #oneword365. In the Greek, “roar” means “voice.” I look forward to using my “voice” in 2018 to coach you on how self-publish your book and find your voice. Because it matters. Because, if God has called you, then you need to use your voice and not be afraid. Stay tuned for more.
To God be the glory.