Guess what? There’s good news! You no longer have to fear your doubts! God is very capable of handling all your doubts… just like He was with Peter. God’s word is full of bible verses on doubts and fears!
Remember the story in the Bible where Jesus was walking on the water and the disciples thought He was a ghost? I’m sure you do, but if not, here’s my paraphrase:
Peter yelled out to Jesus, “I want to come walk on the water with you”…And Jesus said, “Come on out of the boat and walk with me.”
The part that’s not really spoken much about in this story is the fact that Peter actually had the courage to step out of the boat…AND in the middle of a storm! Wow – I’m not sure I would have had the courage to do that! Would you?
Peter did it AND I might add, without fear or doubt! His eyes were fixed on Jesus. At that moment, Peter truly walked on water! What a claim to fame, only he doesn’t get much praise for it.
What Peter is mostly known for in this story is how he looked away from Jesus, from his lack of faith and how he allowed the doubt to take hold of him.
There is a huge lesson in this for us. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we can accomplish so much more than we can imagine. The Bible says with faith we can move mountains or walk on water. But, when we take our eyes off of Jesus and focus on our obstacles, like the storms or the winds that blow on us, they cause us to fall.
Letting Go Of Our Doubts And Fears
Letting go of our doubt and fears and fixing our eyes on the Father is a process, but it’s life-changing. This event, I’m sure, would have been life-changing for Peter and forever after, Peter could claim that he walked on water. He could speak about this miraculous experience (and he had witnesses to back up his story), but Peter could also speak about how his doubt caused him to sink.
The same faith that Peter had is available to you and me. With faith, we can let go of our doubts and fears and let Jesus lift us up. He’s waiting to help us take our next step, to get out of the boat, whatever that may be.
This may sound way too simple to be true, but please know that you don’t have to have it all figured out immediately. It’s a lifelong journey of learning and growing and letting go of our doubts. When Peter got into the boat that night with the other disciples, he had no idea what was about to transpire. He didn’t know he was about to encounter a storm or walk on water.
We don’t know what will transpire for us in the near future either, but we do need to be ready to take action. That’s where Peter shines. He was not afraid to take action. When the opportunity presented itself, he didn’t question whether or not he should trust Jesus. He immediately seized the opportunity and he got out of the boat. So let’s remember that we need to let go of our doubts, take action, and keep our eyes focused on Jesus, knowing that He will be with us to lift us up wherever we go just like He was with Peter.
If you’re like me, it’s so often my thoughts that distract me and cause me to doubt. I begin to overthink things or I think about how things could go wrong and this causes me to miss the opportunities that come my way.
Have You Ever Missed Out On Something Good Because Of Your Doubts?
Or have you ever let your thoughts prevent you from taking action?
You may have heard that we have between 50,000 to 80,000 thoughts going through our minds Every Single Day! It’s crazy to think that our minds are capable of so many thoughts, but the sad truth is that the majority of our thoughts are actually keeping us from accomplishing what we set out to do.
Here’s an astounding fact: The National Science Foundation says that approximately 80% of our thoughts are negative!
It’s no wonder we struggle. All these negative thoughts are causing us to doubt and our doubt is causing us to sink, just like Peter. It’s time to refocus and set our eyes back on Jesus, the Master of the Seas.
Take Your Thoughts Captive
So how do we refocus?
Scripture calls us to take our thoughts captive and to focus on good things.
To refocus we must take our thoughts captive. Our negative thoughts need to be replaced with good thoughts centered on Christ.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
This next verse is our blueprint and tells us exactly what to focus on.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
When we think about the good things that God calls us to dwell on, our doubts dissipate and we have the courage and confidence to move forward. We can get out of the boat with the confidence of the Master.
It’s like this: Your thoughts are like blocks in the mind – they are either stumbling blocks or building blocks, so choose wisely! Thoughts are very, very powerful and the right thoughts will eliminate your doubt.
Here are some powerful Bible verses on doubts and fears.
Bible Verses On Doubts And Fears
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.James 1:6 (NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to 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 (NIV)
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.Matthew 21:21 (NIV)
He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?Luke 24:38 (NIV)
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”Matthew 14:31 (NIV)
Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.Mark 11:23 (NIV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.James 1:5-8 (NIV)
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!Mark 9:24 (NIV)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.John 20:27 (NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”Jeremiah 29: 11-13 (NIV)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”Mark 11:22-25 (NIV)
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.Romans 10:17 (NIV)
For we live by faith, not by sight.2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
Conclusion on Doubts And Fears
The bible always amazes me with how it talks about whatever we need to hear right now. Hopefully these bible verses on doubts and fears have met you where you are. Use these bible verses on doubts and fears whenever you need, them because you no longer need to fear – God is with YOU!
I know this is often easier said than done, but God gives you the power to overcome your doubts and fears with these bible verses.
God knows everything, and His word is alive and active! You can go ahead believing that!