15 Powerful Bible Verses to Help With Crushing Anxiety

🌺  Written by Brittany Ann

What does the Bible say about anxiety? More than you think!

Whether you occasionally worry a bit more than you should or your anxiety is debilitating, you don’t have to simply grin and bear it.

The Bible is full of hope and encouragement for anyone struggling with fear and worry today.

 

What Does the Bible Say About Anxiety?

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While the Bible doesn’t specifically address chronic anxiety as a medical condition, the Bible portrays common anxiety, fear, and worry as normal human emotions that offer us an opportunity to rely on God.

The Bible does not say that anxiety is a sin, nor does the Bible say that we are sinful for experiencing anxiety, worry, fear, or depression.

Instead, when we study the Bible, we find that God’s Word contains several examples of famous Bible characters who struggled with fear, worry, and anxiety as well as several encouraging Bible verses for anxiety that we can use to strengthen, encourage, and uplift us today.

Please see a medical professional if your anxiety is moderate to severe, interferes with your daily activities, or doesn’t get better on it’s own.

 

1. Psalm 94:19

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When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.

This Bible verse doesn’t speak of anxiety as something rare or shameful, but rather a normal fact of life.

It also demonstrates that God can help us with our anxiety, trading our fear with peace and joy.

 

2. Psalm 139:23

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“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

Even the famous King David (who was called a man after God’s own heart) had anxious thoughts.

And rather than hiding them from God, he brought them TO God for help. We can do the same today.

 

3. Philippians 4:4–7

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“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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.”

These Bible verses instruct us to bring our fears and worries to God for help.

God isn’t surprised or upset by our anxiety, worry, or fear. He wants us to come to Him!

 

4. 1 Peter 5:8

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“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Probably the most popular (and comforting!) Bible verse for anxiety, this Scripture verse reminds us that God loves us, He cares for us, and we can take all of our anxiety, worry, and fear to Him, knowing He cares about everything we’re going through.

This is a great Scripture verse to memorize!

 

5. Matthew 6:25–34

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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

While this Scripture passage doesn’t mention anxiety specifically, if you’re wondering what Jesus says about worrying, this famous passage (from the Sermon on the Mount) definitely applies as well.

In the kingdom of God, we can trust in the Lord to provide each day.

 

6. Proverbs 3:5–6

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“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.”

This Bible verse reminds us that we can trust in God with our fears, rather than trying to solve, fix, or figure everything out ourselves.

He has all the answers we need, and His way is always right. Our lives go much better when we do things God’s way.

 

7. Matthew 11:28–30

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

In this famous Scripture passage, Jesus invites his listeners to find their rest in Him when they are “weary and burdened”—which sounds a lot like anxiety to me!

This verse is also a great reminder that God doesn’t place a heavy burden on us. If you’re feeling weighed down by pressure today, it isn’t coming from God but the world.

 

8. 1 Timothy 1:7

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“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

This passage speaks directly to fear and how it can make us shrink back. Paul writes this reminder to Timothy that the power of the Holy Spirit is with him and he does not have to give in to a spirit of fear.

Wouldn’t it be great to trade in your fear for power, love, and self-discipline? That sounds like a great trade to me!

 

9. Deuteronomy 31:6

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“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

This verse, an encouragement from Moses as he speaks to the Israelites about facing their enemies, is helpful for anxiety because it is a reminder that God goes with us wherever we go and whatever we face.

Joshua faced an enemy nation and overcame with God’s help. Surely we can face whatever we’re dealing with today as well.

 

10. Joshua 1:9

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a pattern in these Bible verses for anxiety: God will be with you.

These verses aren’t saying it’s a sin to be afraid — it’s not. Rather, they’re a gentle reminder that we don’t have to worry. God’s got this!

 

11. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

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“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”

Paul closes his encouraging letter about standing firm under trials with a reminder that peace comes from God and can be accessed through prayer. What a great remind to share with a friend!

 

12. Hebrews 13:5–6

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“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

‘Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.’

So we say with confidence,

‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?’

In these Bible verses, the Hebrew writer reminds people to be content and not to worry, with references to Deuteronomy 31:5 and Psalm 118:6–7. These would also be great verses to memorize, whether in part or in whole.

 

13. Romans 8:37–39

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“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In this powerful section concluding Paul’s words about living freely and confidently in the Holy Spirit, Jews and Gentiles alike are reminded that nothing separates us from God’s love, and we all, therefore, have nothing to fear or be anxious about.

 

14. Psalm 23:1–4

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“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.”

These famous words are some of my favorite Bible verses for anxiety because of the imagery they provide of God as a shepherd, who we know lays down his life for the sheep. There’s a reason many people memorize this beautiful and very comforting passage!

 

15. Psalm 62:1–3

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“Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

Fortress, refuge, and shield imagery in the Psalms are powerful when addressing fear and anxiety because it reminds us that we have shelter in a force so much stronger than anything the world can throw at us. What a powerful reminder against fear!

 

How to Hear God’s Voice Clearly

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Wish you could hear God speaking to you? You can!

Here are six step-by-step tips you can use today to help you hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you loudly and clearly.

How to Hear God’s Voice Clearly

 

The 10 Most Confusing Things Jesus Ever Said or Did

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Think Jesus is always polite, meek, and mild-mannered? Think again.

While we know that Jesus is perfect love in human form, he did say many things that are hard for us (as humans with limited understanding) to wrap our heads around.

I hope, that when we get to Heaven, we’ll be able to ask him, “What did you mean by that??” but in the meantime, here are 10 questionable things Jesus said or did that still cause us to scratch our heads in confusion two thousand years later.

The 10 Most Confusing Things Jesus Ever Said or Did

 

 

 

 

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Brittany Ann is an ECPA bestselling author and founder of Equipping Godly Women and Monetize My Ministry. She’s also a Christian speaker, podcaster, and conference host. Her work has been featured on numerous TV, radio, and online ministries, including CBN, MSN, Christianity Today, Evangelical Alliance, Patheos, Crosswalk, and more.

Gina Poirier

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Gina Poirier is a happily married mom of five, stress management coach and writer who helps overwhelmed, exhausted moms find peace and purpose in the everyday. You can find her at her website, GinaMPoirier.com.

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