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There was a time in my life when I was anxious about everything.
Unfortunately, I believe that anxiety is more common than we’d like to admit.
We live in a world that has a tendency to instill fear. Turn on the news and you’ll be bombarded with stories of terrible instances with headlines that will make your stomach turn.
Politics, terrorism, murder, disease…
Those are not fun words, my friends. Those are scary words that have power to instill fear.
For many years, I gave in to the fear and anxiety. I thought about my husband at work, wondering if he’d choke on a chicken bone while he ate his lunch [true story!]. I worried about money, the future, the house, my health, pleasing others.
And it became exhausting.
I wasn’t taking my thoughts captive, but was allowing the exact opposite. My thoughts were taking me captive.
Maybe you know what I’m talking about. Maybe you’ve experienced the weight of anxiety.
If not, consider that your neighbor might be anxious. Your child may bear the weight of fear. Your best friend might carry the burden heavily on her shoulders.
My point is this.
We must be praying on behalf of the anxious. We must be seeking Scripture to comfort and encourage those who feel the heaviness.
We must be taking our thoughts captive so that they don’t take us captive.
Here is a list of verses that will encourage you to do just that. Use the verses in prayer, as well as for regular comfort. Or share them with a friend or child.
A-Z Verses for Dealing with Anxiety
A – A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22
B – …Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
C – Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
D – Do not be anxious, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
E – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; Your rod and your staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
F – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels or demons, not things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
G – God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
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H – Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
I – I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
J – John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
K – Keep your conduct free from covetousness, be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ Hebrews 13:5
L – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15
M – Matthew 6:25-26 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
N – Now may the God of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
O – Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon his name; make his deeds known among the peoples! 1 Chronicles 16:8
P – Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord and he shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.A-Z verses for dealing with #anxiety. Find hope through Scripture here! Click To Tweet
Q – Quench not the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
R – Revelation 21:4 And God himself will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, no more sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
S – So we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ Hebrews 13:6
T – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
U – Understanding is a fountain of life to the one who has it, but the discipline of fools is folly. Proverbs 16:22
V – Victory rests with the Lord. Proverbs 21:31b
W – Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God (I will praise His word). In God I have put my trust. I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56:3-4
X – eXalt the Lord your God and worship at his footstool – He is holy. Psalm 99:5
Y – Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. 1 Corinthians 8:6
Z – Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgements, O Lord. For you, Lord, are most high above all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. Psalm 97:8-9
As you can see, Scripture is full of words, challenges, and encouragement for those of us who are anxious.
How can we use it? We can pray. We can meditate. We can memorize. We can remember in times of distress.
Take your thoughts captive, dear friend, and fight with all you’ve got to believe truth.
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If you’ve enjoyed this post about anxiety, hop over & read a letter I wrote to the anxious.
We’re in it together, friend. Sometimes we just need a reminder of the hope that is already ours in Jesus.