4 Antidotes to Fear (in Troubled Times)

Here in Melbourne, Australia, hot days can be interrupted by sudden storms.
Ominous clouds begin to gather.
Then, when it’s just about upon us, the first sign of the storm arrives. [1]

  • Before the rain comes, there is a sudden rush of wind

The Wind of Fear

In Australia, there have been few cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)up until now.
Yet, as the threat of global pandemic deepens, a wind of fear has rushed throughout our nation.

  • It’s become of the subject of every second conversation, and the hot topic of news and media
  • It is evident in our supermarkets, where supplies of basic items have been stripped and aisles stand empty

What is this initial wind of fear?
It is the fear of lack—and specifically, lack of supply.

Fear of lack of supply, is the response of those who believe they are bereft of a supplier.

And a supply line. [2]

But your Father wants you to know that He owns every resource in heaven and on earth.

You can have security in Him—in the Fatherhood of God.
He has not, and will not, abandon you!


The Crazy Storm

There’s a phrase I have been hearing a lot recently: “It’s crazy.”
It’s a statement we use, when there is mayhem and people are responding erratically.

It reminds me of the time, in Matthew 14, when Jesus told His disciples to go to the other side of the lake.
But on the way, a storm blew up.

That boat was their source of income; it was their livelihood.

It was their transport—their means of getting to where they were going.

Now, violent winds were buffeting the boat.
Not only was their boat under threat, but their lives were in danger.

To put it in our Australian vernacular, it was crazy.
But it was about to get crazier.

For that’s the very point, at which Jesus approached, walking on the water.

In that moment, their Rescuer was near.
And yet, they cried out in terror.


In the Middle of the Mystery

God's Antidote to FearRight now, the experience of many of us, is similar to that of the disciples in the boat.

At the start of 2020, we had a dream, we had a vision. We were on our way somewhere. But a storm has blown up. And now, this year looks very different than it once did.

But wait, look—there, in the middle of the mystery and the mayhem.

Faith is alive.
Life is a Person.

You realize that God has not left you; Jesus is with you. He is for you. He is for your family, He is with your loved ones.

And Jesus knew that this storm would unexpectedly appear, all along.


4 Antidotes to Fear

You may be hearing a lot of the same news reports we are about the Coronavirus.
But in the midst of whatever storm you may be facing right now, be encouraged by these 4 “antidotes” to fear:

1. The Antidote of Jesus’ Presence

“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (Matt 14:27)

When Jesus climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

It’s an antidote to fear—this awareness of His Presence in our lives, our homes, our work, ministry and every part of our lives.
It stills our hearts and silences the storm.

Fear of lack, is a sign of an orphan mindset, but Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:18)

Pause, breathe, know right now He is with you.

The awareness of Jesus Presence in your “boat”, is a powerful antidote to fear.

Declare today, “Jesus is with me in the midst of the storm!”


2. The Antidote of God’s Word

“And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So [Jesus] said, “Come.” (Matt 14:28-29, NKJV)

God’s primary antidote to fear, is the truth of His Word. [3]

When we make the Bible the source of our truth—our “news”—we will live in assurance of His supply.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” (Psalm 23:1 NIV)
“I always have more than enough.” TPT
“I shall not want.” NKJV

“The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever. In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.” (Psalm 37:18-19 NIV)


3. The Antidote of Receiving Grace

Jesus said, “Come!” and Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on the water towards Him.
But after a few steps, Peter gave way to fear.

As Peter was falling, strong arms reached out to him. And instead of sinking, he found himself held up by grace.

Even when you forget—and for a time, your eyes, ears and heart are turned towards the storm.
Like Peter did, you momentarily fall into fear.

Hear Jesus say, “Right now, Beloved! This gift is for you.”

“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” (John 14:27, TPT)

Peace gives us the courage we need to face this global storm, and to roar in the face of pain.

Peace frees us to love.
And when we are moved by love, we will no longer be motivated by fear.

This peace is not something we earn or deserve, or try to produce.
It’s a gift we receive.

Declare, “I receive peace! I have courage and love on the inside of me. God’s grace is sufficient and I will stand in this storm!”


4. The Antidote of Wonder

“And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matt 14:32-33 NIV)

In our day, God is releasing another antidote to fear.
It’s unexpected, but powerful.
It is wonder, that leads to worship.

So let’s declare that we will not be entranced by news reports, held captive by media-fueled fear, or gripped with uncertainty.

  • Instead, we will be captivated by Jesus, by Who He is, and by the ways He moves
  • And amazed by Him, we will worship

And that worship, in the midst of the storm—will rise.
It will be a sign.

In the midst of empty churches and stadiums; amidst breaking hearts, there is another wind that is sweeping the globe.

A wind of faith and worship.
Jesus, the Master of storms is here.
And the Comforter has come.

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth… I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16,18)


Notes:

[1] This is the second post on this theme of “Storms” in 2020, the first one is here: There is a Miracle in Your Storm

[2] See “How to Access Your Heavenly Supply Line”

[3] More Bible verses for meditation:
We can declare,
“We will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.(Psalms 91:5-6 NIV)

And, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim 1:7, NKJV)

The Bible tells us that Jesus is present with us, and beyond that, we are located in Christ (Eph 3:3).
Declare, “I am hidden in Christ! This is my GPS; this is my fixed location. He is my strong tower and my Hiding place.” (Prov 18:10)


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What other antidotes to fear have you experienced? How has the current situation been affecting your region?
I’d love to hear from you! Share with us in the comments box on the blog.


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60 thoughts on “4 Antidotes to Fear (in Troubled Times)

  1. Iwenekhai Moses

    The situation in my region is really not funny. And the government of my country is really not doing anything to improve it…
    The major concern of my life now is how to finish my Bible school. I have a call into the ministry, I find my way to the Bible School, but, how to continue and finish it is one thing that really beats my imagination.
    I am financially constrained. I shall not be ungrateful if there is anything you can do to help me continue my school.
    I really appreciate your words of encouragement all these years. Thanks and may God richly reward you.

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  2. Roland Marchman

    Hi Helen how are you I’m fine trusting God I thank for your encouraging words just want to let you know that everything you been speaking has been on point like fear is turning into faith we know all things work together for them that Love GOD stay in the faith we know God is on our side we exalt GOD and not trouble praise GOD

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  3. Hedwigh Johnson

    Hi Helen

    My region and country is so overwhelmed with fear. There is an extraordinary atmosphere, a quietness which I was also sharing with my family and prayer partners. Especially young ones are only realizing now as the school had to be closed for 30 days immediately, from today.

    We continue trusting God and believe in His words that He will never leave nor forsake us. God is with us amidst this epidemic.

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      I love your closing words, Hedwigh, they remind me of Psalm 46
      1 God is our refuge and strength,
      an ever-present help in trouble.
      2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
      and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
      3 though its waters roar and foam
      and the mountains quake with their surging.

      4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
      the holy place where the Most High dwells.
      5 God is within her, she will not fall;
      God will help her at break of day.
      6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
      he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

      7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
      the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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  4. Bill Cuatt

    Helen,greetings in His name I enjoy your posts.With this latest “crisis” I believe as long as we fully trust in the promises written in the word and focus on Christ alone we as believers will come thru the storm

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  5. Gladys

    Hi Helen thank you so much for this it’s true many people are full of fear the Lord says in Isaiah 41:10 fear not I am with you…..so this too shall pass as prayer warriors we just need to keep on standing in the gap cause devil wants to infuse fear on people’s minds in the whole wild world now it is time for us as prayer warriors to say Isaiah 54:17 no weapon formed against everyone that shall prosper Lord Jesus was wounded and crucified so that everyone can see and know in Luke 1:37 whatever is impossible with men with God is possible but by Lord’s Jesus stripes we are healed this too shall pass in Jesus name the devil is under our feet and longtime defeated on the cross

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  6. Gloria Ndlovu

    Hi Helen
    Thank you so much for the words of encouragement. Your words always come at the right time. We thank the Spirit if God in you that leads you into giving us the irght word at the right time. May the Lord richly bless you.

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  7. Anthony Isaac Kofi Arthur

    We have 7 cases of it, and any social gathering is bound, that means churches cannot meet the worship God, unless home cells. Businesses are not going on, cost of living has risen so high. Unnecessary expenditure on nose masks, gloves, sanitizers etc.

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  8. Mildred Uwachi

    This is a very piece of encouragement in this current situation when people are in a panic. Yet to those who trust in the Lord He will with them. Let’s depend on him He will protect us and shall see his glory Psalm 91

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