8 Bible Verses To Calm Anxiety And Give You Peace of Mind

bible verses to calm anxiety

Dealing with anxiety has been a lifelong struggle for me. Although I had no idea I had anxiety when I was younger, looking back, I can see how a lot of what I struggled with was anxiety. As a child, I never wanted to go to school – I always had a stomach ache – and I often went to the nurse’s office because I couldn’t face the emotional struggle I was enduring daily.

I do think my anxiety was a reaction to the bullying I faced daily. However, anxiety is not the reaction I want in my life right now to my current stressful situations.

As a child, I had no idea how to cope with the anxiety I was experiencing. But once I grew up, realized what anxiety was, and became a Christian, I learned how to use Biblical verses to calm anxiety.

However, even as a Christian, there have been many moments in my faith walk where I have had to surrender my anxiety to God and give myself the time and space to process what I was feeling.

When I am struggling with an anxious mind, I am often bombarded with racing thoughts and feelings that seem out of my control. It is hard to ignore them; I am searching for God’s peace and guidance in those moments. 

So, how do we get to that place of peace in times of anxiety?

Reading my daily Bible reading plan and using my prayer journal is always helpful. I usually need to get the thoughts out of my mind in a safe place with no judgment, just processing.

While it is always good to have someone you can process your emotions with, it’s not always feasible, and sometimes it is better to understand what you are thinking and feeling before telling someone else. 

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What is Anxiety? 

I think it is essential to realize the reason you are feeling anxious.

According to Healthline, “anxiety is the body’s response to real or perceived danger.” Healthline also states there are several ways to cope with anxiety during those anxious moments, which include questioning your thought pattern and focusing on deep breathing.

I think these techniques are helpful. During my time of prayer and processing my anxious thoughts, I have found that a lot of what I am thinking either hasn’t happened yet or is something I am worried about happening. When I am in this thought pattern, I often dive into the “what-ifs” of life, and it can send me into a tailspin of anxious thoughts.

Healthline also states that anxiety disorders are when your anxious thoughts last more than 6 months and get in the way of your daily living. Sometimes, when you are struggling with anxiety disorder, it is a difficult situation to get out of your head, and it might be helpful to seek help.

How to Use Bible Verses to Overcome Anxiety

As a Christian, you have even more tools to help you calm your anxious heart. These tools include God’s Word, God’s promises, God’s truth, God’s love, and prayer journaling.

This requires you to know scriptures that will help you calm anxiety and find God’s peace. Sometimes, knowing a verse also requires memorizing the verse, meditating on what God’s Word says, and holding onto those words with faith and hope

It might sound trite to say, “just have faith and hope” in God’s Word. But we must remember that we choose to believe something every moment.

Every thought that comes through your mind is not always realistic, but you decide to hang onto the fear when there is no evidence of what you fear might happen. You are having faith in your fear rather than God’s Word. 

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, it states: 

For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience when your obedience is made full. 

It is crucial for you to question your thoughts and thought patterns and hold every thought captive.

When you realize the power you have over your mind, the thoughts you allow to sit, and the ones you meditate on, you will begin to see that a lot of the anxiety you might be feeling is just a result of thinking about things that may never happen or have very little possibility of happening. 

One thing you should never forget during your faith walk with Jesus is that you get to choose what you think and believe. This is the reality of FAITH, and faith is the foundation of your salvation.

It’s not about wishful thinking; your faith is not blind, nor is it something that will lead you away from God. When your faith is rooted in God’s truth and the promises of God, you can be confident in the thoughts you choose to believe. 

“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Perfect Peace that Passes all Understanding

In my prayer journal, I have a spot where I can write down what’s on my heart. This is usually where I share my worries and fears with God.

Simply writing out that I am afraid of something happening is enough for the Peace of Christ to rule in my heart and mind. God is the perfect One to whom you can surrender all your fears and worries. 

Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

– Proverbs 3:5-6

Tearing down the spirit of fear has been a lifelong journey for me. I have had to surrender my fear of man, fear of making a mistake, and the stressful situations in my life.

The truth is that many things feed our fearful hearts. This is not something to be ignored; there are real threats. But living our lives in fear is not God’s plan. His plan is for us to find our way back to Him and trust Him through the valleys and the mountains! 

One of my favorite bible verses about fear is 1 John 4:18, and it says: 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

“The one who fears is not made perfect in love…” This phrase is convicting to my heart. How can we live a life of love towards ourselves and others if we constantly live in fear?

Every day of my life has been marked by fear, and God is always working on my heart to be fearless in a world with very real threats and dangers.

But I get to choose whom I have faith in, and God’s truth has not failed me yet. While it is not easy to live fearlessly and make fearless choices, I am always leaning on God’s mighty hand and purpose for my life. 

“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”

– Arthur Somers Rache, American author.

Here Are 8 Verses to Calm Anxiety and Will Give You Peace of Mind

Opening the Word of God is an excellent step in this journey to calming your anxiety. Along with processing your thoughts and emotions through journaling and using your prayer journal to share your heart and needs with The Lord.

When you understand anxiety, you will see that your thoughts and what you choose to focus on matter.

So here are 8 Biblical verses to help calm your anxiety and give you peace of mind when you focus and meditate on the truths outlined in the Bible. 

All scripture is taken from the World English Bible. 

“In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 4:6-7

The peace of God will guard your heart and your thoughts. This powerful verse reminds you of God’s promise to those seeped in prayer. It also gives you insight into another tool you can use to overcome anxious thoughts: gratitude. Focusing on thoughts of gratitude and focusing on God’s goodness will bring healing to your mind. 

“Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient.”

– Matthew 6:34

I love this verse because Jesus gives us practical instructions about how to deal with our worries. He also acknowledged that today will not be easy, but focusing on today is enough.

When you focus on today, you can address the difficult times and tribulations you are going through.

An example of this is worrying about your finances when everything is going OK. Jesus also addresses this in the Lord’s prayer, Matthew 6:11, “Give us today our daily bread.”

It is difficult to walk in faith and fulfill God’s purpose for your life when you are afraid about what may or may not happen tomorrow. 

“In the multitude of my thoughts within me, your comforts delight my soul.”

– Psalm 94:19

This is an encouraging word for anyone who has struggled with racing thoughts. I know when I am going through an anxious moment, I often feel like I can’t stop my thoughts or find my footing emotionally or spiritually. But when I stop what I am doing and shift my focus to reading God’s Word and prayer, it comforts me in those moments. 

“Casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.”

– 1 Peter 5:7

It might sound too simple and irrelevant to tell God how you feel. But writing out what you are feeling, especially what you are afraid of or worried about, is how you cast your worries onto Him.

I don’t know if you’ve ever told your fears and concerns to someone else only for them to brush it off as nothing or if they didn’t fully understand what you were struggling with.

However, God truly cares for you and what is causing you pain. HE WANTS TO HELP YOU.

Sometimes, it takes faith to believe God is for you and not against you. But if you have faith and cast all your worries on Him, you will see He is a reliable help in times of trouble. 

“Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.”

– Isaiah 41:10

The mighty hand of God is much greater than what you face in this life. God’s love brings good courage to our anxious hearts and minds. Finding the strength to stand when everything seems settled on shaky ground and looking to God is one way to help you overcome the fear and worry that might be causing your anxious thoughts. 

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, I give to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.”

– John 14:27

Another message from Jesus is to let go of fear and embrace the love of God. The recompense of God for those who release worry and fear is peace.

Peace is the opposite of anxiety. Jesus has gifts for you that will help you through your daily life. Jesus is The Lord of Peace. 

“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

There is no doubt that this life will have moments of pain and tough times, and there will be moments where our anxiety will be justified.

Remember, anxiety is the natural response to real or perceived danger. There will be real danger in some seasons, and you will have to walk through the valley or the shadow of death. But this verse reminds us that we are not alone no matter what and can always lean on God for comfort. 

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily 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.”

– Matthew 11:28-30

God is so kind, and this verse is a kind word. If you want the peace of Christ to rule in your heart and mind, then this is the verse for you to remember.

His burden is light, and His yoke is easy. If you are experiencing anything but peace, it’s time to give it all to Him and lean into the power of faith in the God of Hope. 

Remembering His Word to Overcome the Inevitable of Life

Clinging to a good word from God is essential to walking out the life He has called you to. I truly believe God will use your pain, fear, and anxiety to help others and to further His Kingdom.

While I think we would all like to throw anxiety out and never think of another anxious thought, we need to understand anxiety and anxious thoughts are not going anywhere; they are built into our being, and this is how God created us.

So anxiety has its place in life, but God has an answer to all the anxious thoughts and emotions you might be feeling at this moment. 

Further Reading About Overcoming Anxiety and Finding Peace:

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

– Mother Teresa

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