The 20 Verses You Love Most: #18 Fear Not

The 20 Verses You Love Most | Liz Curtis Higgs

Fear can stalk us, linger in the shadows, track us down, paralyze us. Sometimes our fears are nameless, faceless. And sometimes we know exactly why we’re afraid, and who or what we dread most.

Yet God says throughout his Word, “Do not fear.” Can we really live unafraid?

This week’s verse helps us understand a legitimate source of fear, and the permanent solution God offers. Get a steak knife, beloved, because this is some serious meat!

Bible Open to Isaiah 43

But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

How I wish this verse began with, “This is what the Lord says.” We could dive right in and not look back. We could start with the good news, the happy ending, and not worry about what came before—the bad news, the unhappy beginning.

The problem is, our verse starts like this:

But now,…

“And now” (DRA) or “Now this” (EXB) softens the blow, but either way, it’s clear something important came just before our chosen verse.

The last half of the previous chapter—that is, Isaiah 42:18-25—is all about being spiritually lost, utterly deaf, and stubbornly blind to the things of God.

The words in those verses are strong, uncompromising. The kind that make you wince. “You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen” (Isaiah 42:20).

Ouch.

We don’t usually choose such verses as our go-to favorites. They convict, as they’re meant to. They make us see ourselves as we really are. And because of that, they are a generous gift from the Holy Spirit.

We need to know we’re lost before we can celebrate being found.
We need to understand we’re deaf before we can truly hear.
We need to realize we’re blind before we can rejoice at being able to see.

So, the Lord made it plain to his people: “Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!” (Isaiah 42:18)

Why would a loving God speak so bluntly? Because genuine love means helping the person you care about grow.

Gardener Pruning Tree

We can’t grow if we don’t allow the Gardener to prune away the dead branches. And we can’t bloom where God has planted us if we don’t let him examine our unhealthy roots and fertilize them with his Truth.

The Amplified Bible sums up the phrase But now like this: “in spite of past judgments for Israel’s sins.”

Are you thinking, “Hey, I’m not Israel”? If you belong to God, you’ve been grafted in with his people Israel (Romans 11). Be grateful, Paul says, and pay attention. Though this message from the prophet Isaiah was aimed at God’s people exiled in Babylon after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 587 B.C., the truths found here are for all God’s people in all generations, including ours.

Go ahead, Lord. We’re listening.

…this is what the Lord says—

Anytime we spot this phrase in Scripture—it shows up more than 300 times—our hearts are meant to stir with anticipation.

“Here is a message” (KNOX), we’re told, so let’s “listen to the Lord” (NLT) and “see” (VOICE) what he has for us.

…he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:…

Oh, that Jacob. What a troublemaker! A fraternal twin, he entered the world “grasping Esau’s heel” (Genesis 25:26), demanding to have his way from birth. No wonder Jacob means “Supplanter,” “Schemer,” “Wrestler,” “Finagler,” “Deceiver.”

And yet, God loved Jacob. Stayed by his side. Told him, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go” (Genesis 28:15), right after Jacob stole his brother’s inheritance.

Then, after wrestling with him, God changed Jacob’s name, as further proof of his mercy: “You will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel” (Genesis 35:10).

“Deceiver” became “Triumphant with God.” Wow.

That’s the God we’re talking about here, the One who created Jacob the person, then fashioned Israel the people. Whenever we see “the God of Jacob,” it’s a reminder of what a grace-giving Lord we serve.

Now, the good news you’ve been waiting for.

Fearful Woman

“Do not fear,…”

If what we fear is punishment for our sins, God says, “Be not afraid” (YLT).
If what we fear is a life of insignificance, God says “Fear not” (ASV).
If what we fear is losing our relationship with him, God says, “Don’t be afraid” (CJB).
If what we fear is the hell we deserve instead of the heaven we long for, God says, “You must not fear” (LEB).
If what we dread is illness, sorrow, or death, God says “Do not thou dread” (WYC).
If what we fear is loneliness, God says, “You have nothing to fear” (VOICE).
If what we fear is losing anyone or anything dear to us, God says “Be not afraid” (YLT).

“…for…”

Forgive me for pausing on so small a word. But it’s the hinge on which everything swings.

Perhaps a better translation is “because” (EXB, GW, NCV). The Lizzie Revised Version would phrase it, “Here’s why you have nothing to fear.” It’s the reason we’re looking for, the explanation we’re hoping for, the answer to why our deepest fears can be banished forever.

“…I have redeemed you;”

Ah. Because of his mercy and grace and salvation and redemption. That’s why we can put aside our fears: it’s a finished work.

And look how personal God’s promise is! “This is for you,” he says again and again. “I have rescued you” (CEV), “I saved you” (ERV), “I have reclaimed you” (GW), “I have ransomed you” (NLT), “I have bought you and made you free” (NLV).

What have we done? We’ve messed up, big time, as Isaiah 42 makes abundantly clear. Deaf, blind, lost.

What has God done? Paid the price. Redeemed us. Bought us back. The Wycliffe Bible puts it, “I again-bought thee.” Like purchasing something, only to have it stolen from your home, then discovering it at a yard sale, and buying it a second time.

That’s how precious you are to God. He redeemed his own creation.

“…I have summoned you by name;…”

Still on that personal note, God says, “I have called you by your name” (AMP). Called is one of those delicious words with a dozen meanings. You can be called on the phone, called out of a meeting, called on to speak, called to a certain career, called on the carpet, called away, called back, called a coward, or called to order.

Here, we’re called or summoned by a name that God has chosen for us. I named you” (ERV), he reminds us, and he has “given thee the name thou bearest” (KNOX). “I have called thee by thy shem” (OJB), the Hebrew word for “name.”

And what is that name? His.

MINE Written in Sand

“…you are mine.”

Your name is I Belong to Almighty God. Your name is I Am the Lord’s Servant. 

“You are Mine!’” (NLV) God says, and “you belong to me” (CEV). Young’s Literal Translation is simply this: “thou Mine.”

We are his, forever. It’s more sacred than a marriage vow, more lasting than any family name. It’s the ultimate promise from God.

Easy to see why so many of us love this verse:

But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

Now it’s your turn

Several times in preparing this study I’ve had a sheen of tears in my eyes. These phrases are so powerful, particularly the last two lines, which I committed to heart years ago and often include in my messages.

Of these four assurances from God, which one speaks to you, and why?

  • Do not fear
  • For I have redeemed you
  • I have summoned you by name
  • You are mine

Kindly share your thoughts under Post a Comment at the bottom.

I try not to chime in too often—it’s far better if you encourage one another—but you can be sure I read and appreciate every word you post.

Next week, we’ll spend time with a lesser-known Old Testament prophet, as we unpack #17 of the verses you love. I’m learning so much, and pray you are too!

Your sister, Liz

Your Sister in Christ, Liz Curtis Higgs

93 Responses to The 20 Verses You Love Most: #18 Fear Not

  1. Susan April 24, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Thank You sister Liz, Your words are always inspiring. You have a Wonderful day today!

  2. Jenny Benedetti April 24, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    “I have summoned you by name.”

    I grew up painfully shy, without a large group of friends, and feeling lost in the crowd like nobody knew me. As an adult I have often felt unnoticed even by my friends who would mention something that was said or done when I was with them. Sometimes it was even I who had said it!

    That used to bother me a lot. I would jokingly call myself a ninja to hide the sting until one day I realized we are all supposed to be ninjas. We are to work for the LORD without thought of praise or compensation and God who sees in secret will reward us openly. It is that God who knows my name. I am not unknown, unnoticed, nobody. I am His!

    • Phyllis April 24, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      What a message, Jenny. You don’t know me, either, but I take heart with your comments. You are known by the One who counts. He knows YOUR name. PTL

    • Pegge April 24, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      I grew up with many of those same feelings, Jenny. And many of the same experiences as an adult. It’s wonderful to come to the realization that God knows me and loves me and sees me and my worth is in Him.

    • Michelle April 27, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      Last night my thoughts were unknown and unnoticed as I was reflecting on living in an area where it has been hard to connect with others. This has been a great reminder & encouragement that I am known completely by my Creator and Lord. He knows my name & calls me to bring glory to Him.

    • Janine April 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      I can so relate to what you’re saying Jenny. I have often felt the same way – unnoticed and in stealth mode. But as you said, it is God who knows who you are. He definitely sees you, notices you and You ARE His! And He’s proud and tickled of that fact too!

    • Ginetta Petersen May 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Jenny, i know how you felt. I went through the same. BUT HE knows my name, AND that is all the matters.blessings

  3. Vera-Ellen Cook April 24, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    “YOU ARE MINE’ – a gripping, declarative statement of ownership and protective promise. Three words convey identical meaning: “I LOVE YOU.” Comfort and assurance are ours: we BELONG to the Creator, Redeemer, all-powerful God, vaporizing every fear. Reflects Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Amen. Thank you, Lord, lead on…

  4. Susan Stilwell April 24, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    “You are mine” — that nothing can snatch us out of His hand, that every situation is intended to refine us, that He’ll accept us into His presence when we leave this life. What could be better?

  5. Kelley April 24, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Thank you Liz! Sometimes it’s so easy to gloss over something and not let it sink in (especially when we have hubby and kids to tend to, babies to feed, a house to clean…), but stopping and really meditating on who I belong to takes my breath away! Have a blessed week!

  6. Judy Fairservice April 24, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Thanks Liz. We, in our city have lived with fear and earthquakes for over two years. I live in Christchurch New Zealand. I had forgotten those lovely verses in Isa. 43. But we lived that truth of being servants of The Lord. We experienced his protection and comfort. My best verse is 2 tim 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. That was such a help to me as the quakes rumbled on. I didn’t like them, I felt nervous when they came in case I fell. I can’t get up. But, I knew our lives were safe in our Fathers hands. What joy to know we are his.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 24, 2013 at 10:54 am #

      Dear Judy, I visited your beautiful city in 2009 (before) and again in 2012 (after). On that second trip, I was so undone, seeing all the devastation, that I couldn’t talk as we drove up and down the streets. Hugs to my Christchurch sisters and brothers as you stand firm in Christ.

  7. Michelle Wintrow April 24, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    After years of struggling with self worth and identity, every time I am now reminded that I am HIS is refreshment to my soul! Thank you for the reminder, Sister!

  8. Liz Kelly April 24, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    What a good verse for this day! I was talking to my daughter on my ride into work this morning…she lives in Germany with her young family. They had just had an incident with a German landlord and was distraught over what to do. To do the right thing might mean they loose money and have to move from their nice house…it always the unknown that makes us fear. As I reminded her of all the times past I made the wrong choices BECAUSE of fear…the only choice is to do the right thing and trust the Lord. Oh it is so easy to say and yet so very hard to walk it and give up that fear to the Lord. “Fear not…thou art mine.” It shouldn’t be us that fears anything but those that mess with the children of the One True King! God is sooooo AWESOME! Just the thought that He has chosen me…called my name…redeemed me…is mind blowing and puts me to tears so often. I am His…I am…I am…I truly am a beloved child of our Lord…Lord help me to believe this with every part of my being…Lord you are so good to me. I am going to send her this verse right now and pray that she is able to walk in the light of His Truth too…God bless you Liz for sharing with us!

  9. Brenda Cronin April 24, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    I have redeemed you is such a powerful statement. To know that God has picked us up out of the miry clay, washed us and cleansed us, bought us out of the slave market, lavished His great love upon us. .

  10. Melanie April 24, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Fear Not!. I can’t remember when I didn’t fear. I have been a believer for over 30 years and I really don’t remember not being afraid of something. Which is such a huge burden. The guilt that comes with that fear. Why do I have such a lack of faith that I am gripped with fear. I have really set my goal for this summer to over come this fear. It’s time.

  11. Megan Wilson April 24, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    What a great verse to read especially on my birthday! I suffer from anxiety, so it is always a good thing to be reminded God says not to fear. With His help my anxiety is getting less and less for I am His child! Love you Liz and if I never meet you here, I will surely be looking for you in Heaven! ♥

  12. Rhonda April 24, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    I too have let fear and worry dictate in my life at times. One of my favorite verses is a Psalm that says “What time I am afraid I will always trust in thee.” This verse resonates the same truth, don’t fear, don’t worry because God is indeed in control. Oh God help us with our human frailites. Liz I do so enjoy your messages. Thank you for your work.

  13. Carol April 24, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Liz,
    Thanks for this Word today. It really spoke to me this morning as I feel a little like a clanging cymbal today…
    I’m most grateful that I am HIS… forever…
    May God continue to bless you with insights that heal and nurture His kingdom.

  14. Carol April 24, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    How can I choose one of those phrases that speaks to me? They all do. God is constantly teaching me that I need to trust Him and not fear this old world and what it brings. I love to be reminded that He has redeemed me, that I belong to Him and calls me by name. How could I respond in any other way than to trust Him with all I have. God is sooooo Good!!!!

  15. Diane April 24, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Thanks for reminding me how much I love this verse. As I read I sobbed, no little tears but a flood of tears. I just recently attended Women of Joy in Sevierville, TN. I am inspired. I have had a close walk with God for some time but now He is taking me to a new place. It is undescribable. I can only sob. Thanks for the humor, insight and love in your books. I am reading Rise and Shine daily. Getting ready to read Embrace Grace and going to buy the DVD to Girl Still Got It. Now that’s another story I love Ruth. God Bless You!

  16. Carlee April 24, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I love “you are mine”. As I age, and my earthly family grows smaller, I am assured of belonging to a much larger family. He chose me from the beginning of time. I am so grateful.

  17. Karen April 24, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Dearest Sister Liz, thank you for such a wonderful study this morning! What a timely message! There is so much fear in this world today coming from all sides. The Word says that man’s heart will fail because of fear. And I will admit, at times I have fear. Now I will remember those words “You are mine” every time fear tries to creep in. Thank you again for reminding me! I truly hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!

  18. Angela Coon April 24, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    My Favorite is “You are Mine” and that is the reason I do “not fear.” Because I belong to Him, He is with me through any trial, sickness or fear inducing situation. His love is above, below, before and behind me (Eph 3) protecting, providing, empowering, giving wisdom, guiding, Knowing the extravagant dimensions of His love enables me to push through any fear. Whenever fear hits the pit of my stomach, I remember His faithfulness to see me through in the past and I know He will do it again!! Just because I’m His!

  19. Heidi April 24, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Thank you. I am His. No matter what.
    Love you Liz!

  20. Anneke V April 24, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    ■Do not fear

    I’m quite stressed right now, so it’s a relief to hear that I don’t have to be afraid!

  21. Linda Meckel April 24, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    So appreciate this Bible Study. I’m always blessed by it. I have many times let fear take over even though I know I can trust God completely. That scripture is such a great reminder to me. It is easy to not hear or to be blinded by circumstances in life, but what a wonderful promise He gives us!

  22. Donna April 24, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    You are mine.. what a calming statement. That means to me He has me right where I belong in His hands.

    Then why oh why can I not remember to “not be afraid”.

    I struggle like you Melanie with some kind of fear or low level anxiety quite often. I want to remember to always rest assured knowing that I am His and nothing can take that away from me, ever.
    thanks Liz.

  23. Phyllis April 24, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Liz, you are certainly used by God. Reading all of these responses allows all of us to understand just how much we ALL need God daily, and your reminders help so much. Thank you. (Such small words, but so heartfelt.) Sending these messages out weekly helps so many. How wonderful of you to take time to minister like this. Be blessed knowing you have touched so many for the Lord. The Word lives!

  24. Joan Monson April 24, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    “For I have redeemed you.” This reminds me that no matter how I have messed up, I am a redeemed child of God.

  25. terri chapman April 24, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    i am His…precious words to marinate in as i focus on not fearing…xo

  26. Nikole April 24, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Liz, thank you so much for this study! I’m loving every minute of it. I love how you are using different translations to convey the meaning of each word, each phrase. Because of your study, I’m hiding God’s Word in my heart, and it stays with me through the week. I look forward to Wednesdays!

    It was through a shimmer of tears that I read the four assurances from God, but the last one really hit home. I am HIS. Thank you for reminding me!

  27. Karen April 24, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    While I was growing up my parents had a collection of Bill and Gloria Gaithers’ albums that were played often at our house. The Gaithers would often explain the background or significance of their lyrics. I can still hear Gloria talking about the words to “Because He Lives”… ” What would happen if we really believed what we say in church? God says, ‘I love you! I know you and I love you!’ It can change your life!” They go on to sing the chorus of that song.

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
    Because He lives, all fear is gone;
    Because I know He holds the future,
    And life is worth the living,
    Just because He lives!

    A life that claims this promise is not a life of fear. It’s only when we lose our grip on this that we are fearful.

    • Judy Fairservice April 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      Thanks for the reminder of that great chorus Karen, … Because he knows the future…life is worth the living, just because he lives. That’s the hope we need here in Christchurch NZ – it’s a great encouragement. We used to say ‘we don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future’. No need for fear.

  28. K April 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    You will never know how much I needed this particular lesson on this particular day. This is a verse I memorized several months ago, because fear is something I struggle with a lot. At this time I am facing some possible life changes – good things, things that I have prayed about for quite a while, but I am terrified. Terrified of the changes, terrified that it is not what really wants, and terrified that it IS what God wants but b/c of my fear I will remain in a paralyzed state and miss the blessing he has. The phrase “You are MINE” brings me to tears. It serves as a gentle whisper from the Holy Spirit that as I pray and keep my life submitted to HIM, keep my heart in tune with His, keep my ears tuned to His voice, that He will guide me, protect me from things that are not from Him, and lead me in the way I am supposed to go. Thank you, Liz for this timely reminder.

    • Lisa K April 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your stuggles, K…we, as a Christian family, can pray for you, that God would help you fear not, that He will assure you that He is with you, that He call you by name to personally comfort you, and that He remind you that you are indeed His, for eterniity, no matter what. Praying this verse in particular for you today! God be with you!! And thank you, Liz (if I may be so bold as to call you by name!) for your reminder today!

      • K April 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

        Thank You, Lisa for your prayers! I love being a part of the family of God where we can interceede for sisters we have never even met!

  29. Emily S. April 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    This verse actually gives me goose bumps, mainly because I see connections to two of my favorite Bible heroines: Ruth and Esther. Just as Boaz redeemed Ruth, Jesus redeems me from a life of poverty, fear and loneliness; just as the only way Esther could achieve anything would be to overcome all odds and have the king remember her name from among the hundreds of women he had and summon her specifically by name, God remembers mine and summons me to His side.

    It reminds me that even though I feel insignificant and small and worthless and alone, God has a plan for me that is just as wonderful as the plan He had for Ruth and the plan He had for Esther. I am not alone; I am His, and He is always working in the background for my good, even when all seems lost.

    • Amy April 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

      Amen sister! Your words resonate with my soul. May the Lord give us eyes to see and hearts to remember this truth. May we soak it deep into the core of our souls that joy and hope always overflow.

  30. David Krueger April 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    I have summoned you by name. You are mine. These are the verses that resonate with me because I’ve always felt or known God had a plan for me…and others. I didn’t always listen but still…I am His. Thanks for your inspiring words for us.

  31. Janée Ackermann April 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I am His!! And might I add, He is mine!!!! Nothing could be more reassuring and also astounding. That I belong to Almighty God. That just blows my mind.

  32. Redabell Stroup April 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    For me, two phrases are so closely linked it is difficult to separate them. “For I have redeemed you” & “You are mine” are especially wonderful to hear & know they are true. To know that even with who I was and what I’ve done, the Creator of ALL loves me & desires me in such a way I am “as a pearl, bought at great price”! (Matthew 13:45b) I identify the garage sale analogy you used about buying back what was already His. Because I accepted Jesus & was baptized at 13, when I ran away from Him (for those 40yrs in the Far Country) I was actually taking away what was no longer mine…I “stole” myself. Then after time in a world that took what it wanted, and where I had given much of myself to be accepted…….. I found myself used up & lost on a table of discount discards. God showed up, recognized my beauty as His creation through the filth & tarnish and “redeemed” me. WOW…now THAT’S love! A love like in the book of Hosea, a love that’s true & everlasting………. a love like no other! Thank You God for your love, and for your willing vessel, Liz, that shines your light into our darkness with new revelations of insight into your word. In Jesus name, Amen

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 25, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      I totally identify with those Far Country years, my sister. God is beyond good to buy back the broken and bruised and make us brand new in him!

  33. Julie Sunne April 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    “I have summoned you by name” is so powerful. The Lord is looking straight at me. He cares enough to not just point and say, “Hey, you!” He loves and redeemed Julie and Liz and Sally and Sherri and David and the list goes on and on. Now what reason do we have to fear? Praise be to God!

  34. Teresa Warren April 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    I have summoned you by name. For me to think God has called me he has a plan for me excites me. I have been been called with a purpose

  35. Susan Sudhoff April 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    This was the verse I chose as my favorite for too many reasons to list here! Is there a “print friendly” version? I would love to keep this to re-read as needed. 🙂

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

      Susan, if you don’t receive my weekly studies via email, I hope you’ll sign up via the box in the right hand margin of this web page. Those emails are quite easily printed. Otherwise, you’ll need to do a wee bit of cut and paste to transfer this post into a document. So glad you were one of the many who chose Isaiah 43:1 as your favorite!

  36. Linda H April 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Wow! Loved the list under fear not…so many are this girl. I don’t have to fight those battles on my own. The battle has already been won, I am redeemed. Thank the Lord He chose me. Liz you amaze and encourage me. You so blessed me this past weekend at Women of Joy in OKC. It was such a highlight to meet you in person.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 25, 2013 at 8:16 am #

      I loved meeting you too, “Linda H.” :>) And encouraging our sisters in Oklahoma City. Thanks for the encouragement…and the hug!

  37. Esnath Ndlovu April 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Thank you Lord for the assurance that you know my past but you do not hold on to it but have redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus

  38. Janet April 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    The phrase “I have summoned you by name” is stunning–especially with the pictures and explanation you added. “What is the name God called you? MINE!” Oh! Sheen of tears for sure.

    I learned years ago to look closely when I am fearful, that the enemy is trying to keep me from something by making me afraid. Throughout the Bible, whenever God is present, He says, “Fear not!”

  39. Diana April 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I recently learned that the cancer I was diagnosed and treated for last year is back. It’s a very rare cancer that requires extensive surgery and a very unusual treatment. This is VERY SCARY. So you can imagine how encouraging it is to read studies that remind us not to fear – not because things aren’t scary, but because they are! We are reminded that we need not fear because we have a God that is bigger than the fears and the problems facing us. And oh how comforting to know that He knows us by name and to read that that He calls us His. Thank you for this study.

    • Dee Bright April 24, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      Diana, I’m recovering from bypass surgery so I empathize with your recent news. Health concerns can be so overwhelming and uncertain in so many ways. I felt the Lord gave me Psalm 16:8, 9 the night before my surgery and I share it with you: “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.” I’ll be praying for you.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 25, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      Lifting you up in prayer right now, Diana. Asking God to wrap his arms of mercy and healing around you, to comfort and assure you of his presence. He’s got this, dear sister.
      “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
      “‘I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 30:17

  40. Kim April 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Oh this came at just the right time. My mom battles fear and I now have the words to speak to her to encourage her. THANK YOU! Personally that I am HIS! This is my foundation & basis for all I think, do, & speak.

  41. Jeannine April 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    You are Mine. I have spent my life not feeling like I fit in. I am taller than most women (and not model thin), I was never popular, and now, by the world’s standards, I am no longer young. I am joyful that the Lord not only invites me to his club but makes me his. He has marked me (Ephesians 1:13) and written my name on the palms of his hands (Isaiah 49:16). I have a permanent membership in the best club in the universe!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 25, 2013 at 8:24 am #

      To everything you’ve written, sweet Jeannine, I can say, “Me too” and “Amen!”

  42. Christina Anderson April 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    I thought this lesson really applied to me. I have spent most of my life being , as my daughter teases me, afraid of “Mr. What if”. My mom instilled this fear in me since she was constantly worrying about all the things that could go wrong. As I’ve grown older I am learning more and more to trust God with everything in my life.

  43. Marge April 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I AM REDEEMED !

    That song comes to mind, “I’m redeemed by love divine, glory, glory Christ is mine. All to him I now resign, I have been redeemed.”

    My life has been wonderful since Christ redeemed me. It hasn’t been perfect, it has had disappointments, trials, struggles, heartaches etc. However, knowing that he plans my path (I need to stay on it) and he walks beside me and he listens to me (even when I am grumbling) I can trust him for today, tomorrow and all eternity no matter what comes my way.

    Thank you Liz for reminding me how great God’s redeeming love is.

  44. Robyn @ a bird in the Father's hand April 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    This IS one of my fav’s! Love all the different translations you included in the exegesis, Sister. It is indeed the comfort of knowing I’m His that dispels all of my fears. Even the ones that come back every day. His reminders are even stronger than no-name’s! I’m so thankful!
    Love you, Lizzie!

  45. Terri Trumbo April 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Fear not… He tells over and over. Once I really embraced that truth I was able to get through my husband being in Iraq in 2003. I am His, there is no better feeling in the world, as a mom to 3 almost grown children and having already lost my parents, I am His, He called me by name. Feeling beyond blessed, thank you for sharing Liz.

  46. Becky Blackstone April 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Thank you so much for this devotion. I am in EMT (Emergency Medical
    Technician) school and we are soon starting to go on ambulance runs as
    students. I feel God called me to be a volunteer EMT in the small town
    my husband and I are moving to this summer for our retirement. But I
    have been fearing that I will not be able to remember what to do. Or I
    will freeze at the scene of a bad accident. I intend to pray this
    verse as I enter the ambulance to go out on a run.

    • Karen April 25, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      Becky,
      My husband is a volunteer firefighter and former EMT. Thank you for your heart and service to your community! You are truly putting hands and feet to your faith.

  47. Amy April 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    You are mine are the words I love to hear. I belong. I fit. I am desired and wanted. The Lord knows everything about me. He knows the depths of my sins and loves me the same. In His arms we always belong. I am His and He will NEVER let me go. Praise be to the Lord Jesus whose blood was shed that I may have a FOREVER home and a forever family.

  48. Sue April 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    “Do not fear”…..My husband of 30 years died suddenly 3 months ago tomorrow. Since then, The Lord has proven Himself to be faithful to His promises over and over. I can look back over the months preceeding my husband’s death and see the things God was putting in place to make this walk less difficult. I now know there is nothing I cannot handle when I trust in Him who promises to order our steps, supply our every need, carry our burdens, and give us peace beyond our understanding. And I know He is equipping me to minister to other women who find themselves in my situation. He and His promises are trustworthy, so we have no need to fear!

    • Linda H April 25, 2013 at 6:30 am #

      Sue, lifting you up to the one who loves you so much! Asking for His peace and comfort to surround you today!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 25, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Praying for you today, Sue, on this difficult anniversary. I’m also praising God that he went before you, has provided for you, has given you peace, and is equipping you for ministering to your sisters in Christ. So good, so good. You are loved and you are indeed HIS.

  49. hilary adams April 25, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    ” who am I, that the Lord of all the earth would care to know my name- would care to feel my hurt.
    who am I that the Bright and Morning star would choose to light the way for my ever wandering heart.
    I am a flower quickly fading. here today and gone tomorrow. a wave tossed in the ocean a vapor in the wind
    Still you hear me when I’m calling, Lord you catch me when I’m falling and you’ve told me who I am
    I AM YOUR YOURS.”
    wonderful words from Casting Crowns

  50. Kathy April 25, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Good morning! “I have called YOU by name” and ” you are mine”. That is what keeps me going on days that are hard. I know I am His and I have nothing to fear. I feel The Lord close and know that I know.

  51. Denise April 25, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    I came into this world unwanted, unloved and devalued. As I grew up Ionging to be treasured and loved. To be called by the Lord of the universe as His own has been so profound in my heart. To find my worth, unconditional Love, extravagant love through Christ has literally changed my life. With that kind of love over me I shall not fear! Thank you Liz for your ministry. I have known you as my sister in Christ since the first time I met you.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 30, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      Reading your comment, I think of Christine Caine’s book, UNDAUNTED, in which she describes being “unnamed, unwanted, and unqualified.” God has worked so powerfully in her life to redeem all the hurts of her early years and is using her in magnificent ways to minister to the body of Christ. I rejoice that the Lord has done the same in your life, dear Denise!

  52. Peggy S April 25, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Okay, this is the 2nd time that God has shown me that I am a part of Israel, His Chosen Ones. I love, love, love it when God is showing me something and repeats it. Usually at least 3 times, I’m a little thick-headed. Thank you for your ministry, Liz!

  53. martha April 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    In these uncertain times with so much we could fear, it’s wonderful to know God’s Peace and feel His Arms supporting us and whispering to us…”don’t be afraid…you are Mine. “[email protected]

  54. Darlis April 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Having grown up with a name that people don’t generally get the first time they hear it, I loved the explanation that was accompanied by the sand photo: MINE!
    What a lovely, simple, meaningful name! Thank you, God. Bless my Sister, Liz, for studying Your Word and sharing encouragement in such meaningful, practical ways.

  55. em April 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Hello Everyone!

    What an awesome verse that so beautifully unwraps my understanding of God in a new way.

    I don’t know about any of you, but when I’m afraid of something…. more loss, more grief, more of the same HARD- God’s response here isn’t the one I was hoping for. But after a closer look, I believe now that God’s response is exactly what I need to hear.

    When I hear God say these things, this is what I think He means by it… I wanted to share that with you:

    I created you – This is who I am to you. I am your creator.
    I formed you. – This speaks to the intimacy of My relationship with you. We are close. I formed you.
    Don’t fear. – You have a choice. To fear or not to fear. Don’t. And this is why:
    I have redeemed you.- This is what I’ve done for you. This is your story.
    Called you by name. – Yes, you. You specifically. I know your name.
    You are mine. – You have a home. You are safe. I am committed to you. I am attached to you. You belong to me. I am responsible for you.

    These statements He is declaring over me all have to do with who He is, what He has done for me, what I am to do, who I am, and most importantly, who I am TO HIM….

    These words speak directly to some deep darkness in my heart.

    There’s a sense of not belonging, not having a home… When you’ve experienced loss in a really deep way. When you’ve carried grief never knowing how you could actually live through it. When you had so much taken and so much fail…. these verses, these lines of Love just kind of wash it all away. Like the war is over.

    He absolutely extinguishes all fears.

    I feel covered. Loved specifically. Watched over. Very safe.

    From that place of safety there is so much confidence.

    From that place of safety- debt, insecurities, fear of the future and all the unknowns… it all just melts away. Because the One who created me and formed me- Redeemed me, called me by my name, and I belong to Him.

    As a mother, I often have to council and bind up the wounds

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 30, 2013 at 8:49 am #

      Bless you for sharing what God is showing you through this verse, Em. So much, in so few words! And what strength they give us through bad times and good.

  56. cherrie April 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    They all are comforting. But the most stands out is “You are mine”.
    Knowing that God has filter everything thru His hands. Trails have been going on in my faimly’s life. Two funerals, husband with heart prolbems etc, but this verse has been very refreshing. Thank you Liz

  57. Becky Frith April 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    God calls me by my name! He has a special name for me and had known me all my life! I am redeemed because I called out His Name, repented of my sins and asked for His Love and Guidance! He promises He won’t ever forget me or be too busy to talk when I call Him, in love or need. Thanks again Liz, for a sweet reminder of how much we owe to our Lord.

  58. Francine Adjei April 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    I find so much comfort and joy in this verse. I have spent my entire life trying to find where I belong. I do not have the right words to describe how AWESOME it is to know that I belong to God!!!

  59. Ruth April 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    Do not fear. This past year has been a huge time of faith and trusting for my hubby and me. We have seen our family hurt and suffer, we have seen work disappear and money along with it. We have hurt as a couple and kept going knowing that God has the answers we so desperately seek. Do not fear are words of comfort simply because I realise that even when life seems a calm sea there is usually a storm of some sort underneath and the only answers that matter and help come from God. I need him now as much as ever before and his constant reminder to me is Do not fear, I am with you, I will bring you through the storm. He will deliver, of this I am assured. I can’t see it yet but I know that he will. Even though I do worry and fear at times, with him constantly reminding me of his love I can rest and hopefully not fear 🙂

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 30, 2013 at 8:46 am #

      Your trust in God shines through your words, Ruth. “I can’t see it yet but I know…” are strong words of faith. I am so glad you can hear his assurance, “Do not fear.”

  60. Nancy Teal April 27, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    You are Mine. I started life as daddy’s little girl. Then at 8 my mother died and my father turned over my care to family members. I have always struggled with wanting to relive the pride I used to hear in my father’s voice when he introduced me. Even though my Father was still around he wasn’t involved. So I tried to filll that need every wrong way. Two failed marriages and many failed relationships, I am now overjoyed to say that I finally happy. If God sends me a husband great. If not then I am free to go and do what he calls me to do without added complications. I am His and that is all I need.

    • Janine April 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

      That’s lovely Nancy – you are still Daddy’s little girl. And He adores you!

  61. Janine April 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    You are Mine
    I always felt ignored, insignificant, blending into the background of life, but now I can say this: I am not hidden from You. I am not ignored. I am not unnoticed by You. Not just a wallflower. You will dance with me forever and ever, every time. You’ll search for Me until You spy me in the crowd because You know I’m there. And You’ll find me.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 30, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      Thank you for letting us quietly eavesdrop on your prayer to the Lord, Janine. Yes, yes, yes.

  62. R. Breitwisch April 30, 2013 at 2:08 am #

    I am reading this at one a.m. With tears streaming down my face. God planned that I would not read this last week. This is the third night I have been unable to sleep. After 20 years in ministry I am feeling so full of fear it is overwhelming. Thoughts of suicide have floated through my head as the devil is openly attacking me in every area of insecurity I have. I am clinging right now to the thought that I am redeemed and my past sins, past life do not hold me, nor do they make me who I am with Jesus. I am redeemed!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 30, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      I am SO sorry you’ve been unable to sleep, beloved. You are redeemed, absolutely. There is nothing the enemy can throw at you that God can’t catch and pitch back at him on your behalf. Rest in God’s love. Rest in God’s forgiveness. Tell the enemy to take a hike. And perhaps, as God leads, you might want to speak with a doctor about some of you physical and emotional symptoms. Chemical imbalances can wreak such havoc on our bodies. There is no shame whatsoever in taking meds for depression or anxiety. They are a healing gift from God. Praying for you today!

  63. Rebecca Gray April 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Since the day of my son’s death, the day he took his own life, I have found myself in sadness…afraid some days that the old me will not return. No, the new me will not return, but now I feel that a new and improved me will emerge. I know whose I am… I know my son is with Jesus because he had a personal relationship with his savior… so much so, that’s where he wanted to be and went running into His arms that dark day in January of this year.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs April 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

      Oh, Rebecca. I believe I speak for all your sisters here when I say how grieved we are to think of your loss. Beyond comprehension, really. And yet the Lord is clearly comforting you as only he can. Providing assurances. Giving you his perfect peace. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. Praying for you now as I post this…

      • Rebecca May 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

        Thank you, Liz. Sometimes I seek answers to the whys … but I know that “all things work together for good for those who love the Lord.” Perhaps the answers to the whys will never be answered, but I can rest on the promises of our Lord.

  64. Ginetta Petersen May 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    Its hard to choose one part the speaks more. It ALL says so much. I need to be reminded how much MY Lord loves me, even when I am weak and feel less than what He made me to be. Even when I feel i have disappointed my God, He still loves ME and works to bring ME back to the place HE made ME for. And that is something I should not be afraid of. He continuely picks me up through his Word and his childen. God is SO good.

  65. Marcy January 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Praise the Lord Sister Liz,
    I thank you in the sweet name of JESUS, for the reassurance of our purpose here on this earth. I have some deep issues, and a lot of times, I don’t know who I can turn to release my pain and anguish. Until, three years ago, I was asleep in my room,( early morning) I heard God call my name. I awoke suddenly, and looked around my room, I was scared. I called my husband, but I knew it wasn’t his voice. I haven’t heard from the sweet Lord, as of yet. Tears stream down my face daily, because I long to hear from him again. My spirit knew it was Jesus, yet I called my husband, I am so ashamed. I am hoping he was preparing me to know his voice.

    Pray for me,
    Sister Marcy

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