Did you know that anxiety calming scriptures are found all throughout the Bible?
Our heavenly Father wants us to walk in his peace (see John 14:27). Sadly, the cares of the world often threaten to drown out the peace of God.
How do we exchange stress, anxiety, and worry for peace?
Meditating on God’s Word can help us fix our eyes on Jesus instead of fixing our eyes on our worries (see Hebrews 12:1). When our eyes are fixed on Jesus, we cannot simultaneously focus on our fears and worries.
God’s Word is a weapon, and focusing on the Word helps us keep our eyes fixed on the Lord. Additionally, when we learn to view anxiety as a prompt that sends us running to Jesus, we can turn the enemy’s weapon against him.
Instead of being paralyzed and overcome by anxiety, anxiety becomes the prompt that leads us closer to the Lord!
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Anxiety Calming Scriptures
The Bible offers hundreds of Truths to help us overcome fear, worry, and anxiety. We can move from anxiety to peace by reading, meditating on, praying over, and speaking God’s Word.
Let’s look at seven anxiety calming Scriptures to help us find peace amid anxiety.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9 (ESV).
When anxiety threatens to overwhelm us, the promise at the end of this passage offers strength: God is with us wherever we go.
God is with us in even the most overwhelming situations. He is with us on the first day of new jobs, in hospital rooms, and as we look at our uncertain futures with trembling knees. We can be strong and courageous because our great God has gone before us and will never leave us.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
God calls us to cast our cares onto him. He knows that our cares can feel like heavy burdens, and he wants us to heave these cares into his trustworthy hands.
In times of anxiety, imagine yourself heaving the weight of your worries onto God. His strong hands are waiting to lift these cares and help you stand on the firm foundation of his love.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
Fear, worry, and anxiety are closely linked. When these emotions arise in our souls, we can remind ourselves that we don’t put our trust in worldly systems or human strength.
Our trust is in God. We can trust him to protect us, and we can trust that nothing will reach us without passing through his protective arms first. When trouble does come into our lives, God promises to use it for our good and his glory (see Romans 8:28).
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
We find peace by keeping our minds fixed on the Lord. Most of us are tempted to dwell on whatever happens to be our greatest worries at any given moment. Instead of dwelling on our worries, we find peace by dwelling on the goodness of our trustworthy God.
We might remind ourselves to return our focus to Jesus by wearing a certain piece of jewelry, listening to worship music, or setting the timers on our phones to ring and remind us to pause and pray.
Remind yourself to focus on the Lord, and fixing your eyes on his presence will help you find peace in anxious moments.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34
Some of us spend much of our lives worrying about the future. Instead of worrying about what lies ahead of us, our loving Father reminds us that each day has enough trouble of its own.
God is not asking us to plan for the future with worried hearts. Instead, he invites us to embrace today. He is present with us at each moment, and he wants us to rest in his presence.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Before he died on the cross to pay the price for our sins, Jesus granted peace to his disciples. We can claim this same peace when our circumstances feel frightening. Jesus does not want us to live with fearful, troubled hearts; instead, he promised us abundance and peace.
Memorize this verse and speak it when you feel afraid. Ask Jesus to surround you with his peace as you lean into his trustworthy arms. He is waiting to shroud you with the peace that passes understanding.
“So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” Hebrews 13:6
We don’t need to fear other people because the Lord is always with us. Do you feel anxious about someone else’s opinion? Are you worried about someone who feels like an enemy? Are you afraid of how a situation at work is going to turn out?
Remind yourself that nothing will reach you without going past God first. When God does permit a trial, he holds the power to use it for redemptive purposes. Rest in this as you remember that you are walking with the King.
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God wants to use his Word to calm your anxious heart. You might examine these anxiety calming Scriptures and memorize the Scripture that touches your heart. When anxiety arises within you, speak God’s Word.
We don’t need to be paralyzed by fear and anxiety. Jesus offered us peace, and we claim this peace by speaking his Word and standing on it.
Additionally, consider writing these verses on notecards and placing them around your home, in your vehicle, or on your desk at work. Put them where you will see them, and speak them out loud when you feel anxious, fearful, or worried.
God is waiting to transform your life and bring you peace in even the most overwhelming and anxious seasons. He goes before you, and he loves you. Receive the gift of his peace, and you can face any situation knowing that he is with you.