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5 Bible Verses For Anxiety (With Journal Prompts)|How to Overcome Fear

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Most Powerful Bible Verses for Anxiety to Overcome any Situation or Emotion

Are you searching for the perfect Bible verses for anxiety to help you overcome your fears, worries, stress, or control your racing thoughts? Meditating on God’s Word, spending some time writing our thoughts and prayers, in a journal, we can draw closer to Him and find comfort, peace and healing.

When our anxiety is intense and feels as if every nerve ending in our bodies will never shut off, including in our minds, we can become emotionally exhausted. It can lead to depression, physical health problems, family problems, work problems, and a host of other negative life circumstances.

Although I am a therapist, I have struggled with depression most of my life. I lacked self confidence,

1. Love casts out fear – 1 John 4:18, NKJV

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love

One of the hallmarks of anxiety is fear and the Bible verse that always comes to my remembrance about fear is 1 John 4:18.

When we are fearful, we open a door for the enemy to walk in. And when he walks in, he plays all kinds of games inside our heads, which results in racing thoughts, difficulties sleeping and interferes with our relationships with others. Fear robs us of our peace and our joy. That is not showing love, although. The enemy doesn’t love us, He hates God and will do anything and everything to distract us from fully submitting ourselves to God.

But, the enemy only has as much power as we allow him to.

God is omnipotent and omnipresent: He sees all things, hears all things, and is everywhere 24/7. Pray for Him to give you peace, and to kick the devil outside, slam the door and to seal it shut.

This scripture about fear says that there is no fear in love. The enemy provides us with nothing. He takes it away. When we give in to our fears, rest assured the enemy is present, but we can overcome fear by trusting God, having faith, praying, and knowing God is in control. God casts out our fears through our prayers, through our praise and worship, and by following God’s Word.

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2. Clear your mind and calm racing thoughts – 2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

One of the most difficult things for me when I have anxiety is racing thoughts. They never shut off. It is like a train. Once they start, they just do not stop. They are loud, noisy, and take up so much space inside my head I cannot hear anything else. When I lie awake at night, my thoughts just run. Sometimes, there are so many thoughts that they sneak inside my dreams and wake me up in the middle of the night.

It becomes difficult at time slowing down my thoughts and sorting out what is real and what isn’t. I know when my thoughts are racing and I feel scared and like a bundle of nerves, I have to pray. Not only do I need to pray, but I need to be in a quiet place. I have to ask myself questions like “how real is this” or “how do I even know this is true?”

How to calm your racing thoughts meditating on God’s Word

God gives us clarity when we are still, quiet, and remember that all of these thoughts are not what He wants for us. It still goes back to the fearfulness.

Writing down our thoughts in a notebook, a bullet journal, or any other kind of journal helps draw us near to Him, to feel His embrace, and to bring us peace and comfort. Our minds can be the devil’s playground, but God’s Word reminds us the torment that stirs inside of our overactive minds and imaginations is not His will for us.

10 Christian journal prompts for anxiety and depression during hard times:

  1. What am I afraid of right now?
  2. Where is this coming from ?
  3. What do I believe about God’s love ?
  4. What are my fearful thoughts?
  5. How are these thoughts contributing to my anxiety right now?
  6. What would God tell me right now if I could hear His voice?
  7. Look up 5 other Bible verses for anxiety and write them down. Reflect on them every morning before you start your day and also at the end of the day.
  8. What do I notice about myself when I reflect on other Bible verses for anxiety ?
  9. Which Bible verses for anxiety do I seem to think about the most and in which situations do I think about them most ?
  10. How does thinking about Bible verses for anxiety help me when I feel fearful ?
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How to pray to clear your mind

Pray and ask God to slow your thoughts down and give your mind peace. Take some time for yourself and meditate and write down your thoughts in a journal. I have to work on this myself. I used to write down all of my thoughts. What I found in doing that is often times, I begin focusing on positive things.

By focusing on positive things, you will find that you will be less irritable and your concentration will improve. This is a solution to a problem and when we focus on the solutions, we are not focusing on our fears. The situation around you may not be changing, but with God’s help, at least you can feel better and your responses will be too.

When it is storming outside, we stay inside. We clear up the clutter while it’s raining, thundering and lightening. Think of your prayers, journaling, and positive thoughts as a way of cleaning out the clutter while you are in the midst or your life storm.

Some things to consider in your journaling and your prayers:

  • What is the source of my thoughts?
  • What does God’s Word say about my specific thoughts?
  • Is this God, me or the enemy?
  • Do my thoughts give me peace?
  • Since God hears all of our thoughts, what is he hearing in yours?
  • Reflect upon James 4:7. What are your observations, how can you apply these scriptures, and how will you incorporate them into your prayer life?

3. Eliminate fear – Matthew 6:34, NKJV

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble

Some Bible verses do not just come right out and say the word anxiety. This one is about having an attitude of gratitude and living in the moment we are currently in. It is about faith and understanding that God is going to provide us When we worry about tomorrow, it makes it difficult to appreciate the things we do have. Right now, with the coronavirus and all of the media, the people who are not adhering to social distancing, the rising numbers of cases and deaths, it is difficult not to think about tomorrow.

The most difficult part of that is that none of us can predict what tomorrow will bring. We all woke up one day and life was different. Our lives as we have known it have all changed. For you, there are even more challenges and I know none of you signed up for this.

For some of you, anxiety is a new thing. If you are like me, anxiety has been an ongoing life challenge. Long and withstanding mental health conditions right now may seem much worse. But, God is in control. We have to let go of our control and trust that His plan is going to result in wonderful blessings.

“Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” means today’s troubles are enough. When we think about tomorrow also, especially when we just do not know, we are adding on extra worries that make us worry even more. We can lighten our load by not picking up and carrying anything extra. Right now, we all have a lot on our plates.

Journal prompts about uncertainty for the future

Journal prompts about uncertainty for the future

  • What are some things that I am grateful for today?
  • What are some things that I am picking up and carrying with me today that is making my load heavier?
  • What are some things I can let go of to make my load lighter?
  • What are things I can do today to activate my faith in God?
  • What are things I can do today to become more patient, understanding, and know that God will provide?
  • In what ways has God shown His faithfulness to me?
  • Reflect upon a time when you felt afraid during uncertain times and God provided for you.

I remember at the beginning of the year, I had promised myself that I was going to have an attitude of gratitude. It was difficult when I was going through difficult times to really think of something. But, when I reflected enough on it, I always was able to come up with something. It is not going to change what is going on in the world around you, but it really can make you feel better. I had no anxiety or depression for about 2 months solely by having an attitude of gratitude.

In your prayers, no matter how difficult it may seem, pray to God and thank Him for all of ways He has provided for you.

4. God is a superhero and His superpowers give strength – Phillipians 4:13 NKJV

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

This is one of the very first scriptures I ever memorized and let me tell you, I have a horrible memory but this, for sure, is one I know and think about every time I want to give up.

I came across an Instagram PSA by Diddy the other night who was talking about superheroes. I do not know the exact words he used, but it was something on the lines of “who does not want to be a superhero” and that superheroes all have superpowers.

When I thought about his comment, I could not help but be reminded of this scripture. I am not sure about you, but at times I get emotionally weak and drained. Many of us are in situations right now where we are feeling weak, tired, emotionally exhausted, and wonder if we are even going to make it.

Call on the name of Jesus. When you do, it will ignite the Holy Spirit, the most powerful superpower of any superhero that has ever existed. It will give you power, strength, energy, joy, a positive mindset, and you will be able to complete things you never thought you could.

Ask Him to give you the superpowers you need to survive when you just feel like you cannot take it anymore. Cry out to Jesus and ask Him to have mercy on you. Surrender all of your control and lay it at His feet. Tell Him how you feel. Tell Him you cannot make it without Him and let the superpower of the Holy Spirit guide you. Let Him fight this fight for you. You definitely don’t have to do it alone.

5. Do not worry – Luke 12:22-26, NKJV

Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?

Jesus tells us not to worry about any material things. If we cannot pay bills, He is going to provide. Our lives are much more than working everyday and collecting a paycheck to pay our bills and be comfortable. He provides for us even when we think we have nothing. No matter what situation we are in throughout our lives, He will provide.

Unless you have truly experienced going without and surviving it all, it is hard to imagine not being able to pay that light bill or rent and still having electricity and a home.

I can tell you from personal experience, this is true. At the time, I really was a non believer. I had so much trauma in my life that I was angry and felt like God did not even love me. I blamed Him for all of it.

For a year, I was homeless. I slept in parks in my car, slept in the rain, and many times had nowhere to go. I was raising a child who at the time was 2 years old which made it even more difficult for me.

However, one night, I just couldn’t go on anymore.I had nowhere else to look but up. I cried out to God and I cried and begged Him to please help me.

And He did. It is now almost 30 years later and I have a Master’s Degree, a successful career, and have survived it all to tell you about it. My reason for sharing this is to tell you God WILL make a way out of no way. If He pulled me out of the gutter and blessed me with my life, He will do the same for you. He has not just done it once or twice. He has done it a million times.

God loves you and He values your life. He values who you are. When we worry, are fearful, lose our confidence, lose our strength to carry on, cannot sleep, feel irritable, paranoid, feel nothing but emotional pain, we cannot give up hope.

If you are experiencing depression or anxiety that is interfering with your daily functioning, please seek professional help. There are many faith based therapists and finding the good therapist is not impossible if you know how to begin your search.

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Leave me a comment, or send me a message on my contact page and I will keep you in my prayers.

God bless.

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4 thoughts on “5 Bible Verses For Anxiety (With Journal Prompts)|How to Overcome Fear”

  1. Thank you for this post, especially since I am a Healthcare Worker myself. I have felt the stress and fear especially while at work despite my faith in God so it good to read your words that bring me back to what i should put my focus back on, and fear not.

    1. nancy.richardson

      I understand. Although I cannot begin to imagine what it is like for you being in your situation, I understand what it is like to be in situations during my career where I have felt completely helpless. I understand so much what it is like to need to make ethical decisions and have my hands tied because of a lack of resources. It made me feel trapped in a box. The anxiety made me feel panicky at times. I also understand what it is like to have to fear for the life of my child, or my granddaughter or my clients. I share that only so that you can know, I have been there. And it has been during those times, I have had to dig really deep inside, have faith, and give all of the control to Him. It is not easy but my reminders are always how He has always been faithful. He has always brought me through. Everytime. Now is the time more than ever, when you are in a situation where you have absolutely no control, to trust in him more than ever. I will keep you in my prayers. God will take care of you. Thank you for you dedication and for your sacrifice. For that, God will show mercy. <3 God bless.

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