Perhaps your heart pounds when you walk into a party. Maybe your mind races when you come home and see your spouse talking to an attractive neighbor. Or you might lie awake at night wondering if the next day at work will be the day you have to clean out your desk.
Can you relate? If so, anxiety has a grip on you. Even though it may not feel like it, the good news is that it’s possible to find freedom from anxiety!
There are many Scriptures that give us insight on how to handle our worry and anxiety. Reading these won’t make the feelings go away immediately, but when you can gain perspective and realize that God is there for you, it becomes easier to see your way out of worry and into peace.
Here are 10 Scriptures that will help lead you out of worry…
Jeremiah 31:3 – Know you are loved.
I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Trust God is with you.
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
Philippians 4:6 – Pray about everything.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 – Connect with others.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
Isaiah 43:1 – Realize you belong.
Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.
1 Peter 5:7 – Surrender your worries.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
John 16:33 – Find peace in Christ.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Romans 12:2 – Renew your mind.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Philippians 4:8 – Rethink how you think.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Proverbs 11:14 – Seek wise counsel.
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors, there is safety.
Whether you’ve struggled with anxiety for a few days or a few decades, there’s hope! Overcoming anxiety doesn’t happen overnight, so it will take some work on your part to loosen the grip anxiety has on your life.
You could worry about it, or you could make some small changes in your life today. One simple change you can make is to find a Bible reading plan in the Hope app or the YouVersion Bible App.
What other verses have helped you battle worry and anxiety in your life?
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Kimberlee Bousman is a single mom with two kids and lives in Frisco. She has a Master’s in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary and loves coffee, cooking, and Christ.
Kimberlee is a volunteer contributor.