Dealing With Anxiety As Christians – Helpful Scriptures
The following are some scriptures and context to help us deal with anxiety that creeps into our daily life.
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)
Anxiety is a serious struggle that everyone faces at some point in their lifetime. No matter what your situation may be, anxiety makes it several times worse by planting seeds of fear and doubt in your mind. Anxiety can be crippling; but for those of us who are in Christ, it doesn’t have to be. Through Him, we have a kind of hope and peace that the world could never give us.
So why do we tend to be anxious? Anxiety is rooted in the basic concept of uncertainty. We worry only because we don’t know the future, and that uncertainty causes us to imagine the worst possible outcome every time. Peace, however, is understanding that while we don’t know what the future holds, we know who holds the future. We can try all we want to try and change the direction we’re headed, but there always comes a point where we have to simply trust that God has a plan, and that plan is good.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Regardless of what we go through in this life, God is using it to shape us into the faithful followers He has called us to be. We can’t always change our circumstances, but we can change our attitudes and reactions. Of course, it is far easier said than done to remain calm when the storms of life rage all around you. Yet Jesus Himself said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world“ (John 16:33).
To be of good cheer does not mean that we have to be happy all the time. It means staying positive in the midst of sorrow. It means remaining faithful, knowing that the joy awaiting us in eternity is far greater than our present suffering. Some steps you can take to lessen anxiety include confiding in Christian mentors you trust, meditating on scripture, and staying constant in prayer. Now, we’re only human; we are bound to fail time and time again. For those of us with severe, chronic anxiety, our condition may not just go away overnight. It may be something we battle all our lives. But, filled with the hope of Christ, we can rest assured that the battle has already been won at the cross. We can live by the victorious words of Joshua 1:9: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
The Bible verses referenced from the King James version are here to help you overcome the fear and worry that may be present in your life. At times we need to remind ourselves of the scriptures we read in order to control our mental state. It is helpful to manage day-to-day stress and the times when we have that feeling of panic coming on. These anxiety related scriptures from the Bible are a great cure in time of need providing a calming state through the word to give us that sense of peace.