Anxiety is something we all face from time to time. Our worries eat at us, keep us awake at night, and steal hours (or days) of joy from our lives. Needless to say, it isn’t good for us to be worried all the time. (And medical science would agree with me.)
Anxiety hinders our relationship with God. When we’re worried about our daily lives, we become ineffective for the Kingdom. We grow so focused on ourselves that demonstrating selfless love towards others becomes an impossible task. Not only that, but anxiety demonstrates a lack of trust in God to take care of us. We not only hinder our relationship with our Father, but it also says to the world that our Father can’t be trusted. (And we all know that He indeed CAN be trusted!)
So when the enemy tries to convince you that you have something to be anxious about, here are a few truths and promises to help you combat his schemes.
10 Bible Verses for When You Face Anxiety
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:31-34 (NLT)
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. – Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27 (NIV)
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. – Psalm 4:8 (NLT)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9 (NASB)
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. – Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? – Luke 12:24-26 (NLT)
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)
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