By Rachel @ Christian Mommies
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Anxiety is old as Adam (Genesis 3:10). Nearly every one will have to face life disrupting stress or anxiety at some point, and for some it will become an immense challenge.
As I dealt with panic attacks, I was desperate for scripture to sow into my head, heart and soul to heal my anxiety deeply, from the inside out. The following verse came to mind, "My child, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh" (Proverbs 4:20-22 ©English Standard Version). I inclined the ear of my heart to some of Jesus's direct quotes:
I also began the habit of regularly remembering the 30+ verses quoted below, and reading Psalms daily. (The Book of Psalms addresses anxiety a lot!) Relieving my anxieties wasn't an instant process. Sometimes anxiety's tendency to fuel doubt made it very hard to hold to scriptural truths, but over the course of a year these verses started to come alive, bubbling up inside of me whenever I needed a reminder.
"I will NEVER, NO, NEVER leave thee, NO, NEVER forsake thee" (Heb. 13:5). In the original text there are no less than five negatives put together, to emphasize God's promise in this verse!
Even to the very end whether you are around for this: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea..." (Psalm 46:1-2; See also Matthew 28:20), or you go by divine appointment, that is, a believer's death (Psalm 116:15, Romans 14:8), He is with you always.
Not only can you count on God's presence (whether you "feel" Him there or not), you can count on Jesus's intercession (Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1, John 17:20-23). You can also count on His mercy, even as your "foot slips" the Lord upholds His children (Ps 94:18). He who saved us on the cross can certainly keep those who come to Him from falling (Jude 1:24).
Nothing can loosen His almighty grip: "...in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:37-39; Also see John 10:27-29).
One of the hardest faith lessons is to be like a little child (should be), counting on his/her parents and not worrying about "adult" things. Humble yourself like a child, having absolute faith in your Daddy regarding all these big, potentially worrisome "Adult" issues and what ifs. Our earthly parents may have not had their act together, and that may make this process harder, but our Father is infinitely reliable to lean on, even for the biggest, baddest what ifs we cook up in our imagination. Count on His grace being enough in any situation.
"My future is in your hands..." (Psalm 31:15a ©New Living Translation)
"My grace is all you need..." (2 Corinthians 12:9a ©International Standard Version)
"The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need." (Psalm 23:1 ©New Living Translation)
"Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10 ©New American Standard Bible)
"And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You." (Psalm 9:10 ©New American Standard Bible)
"But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you..." (2 Thessalonians 3:3a ©New American Standard Bible)
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5 ©International Standard Version)
"No temptation has overtaken you that is unusual for human beings. But God is faithful, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Instead, along with the temptation he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to endure it." (1 Corinthians 10:13 ©International Standard Version)
"He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken." (Psalm 62:6 ©English Standard Version)
"What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee." (Psalms 56:3 King James Bible)
"There is, perhaps, no exercise that, on the whole, strengthens us as much as praising God." - C. H. Spurgeon
"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." (Philippians 4:8 ©New American Standard Bible)
"Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you." (Psalm 116:7 ©New International Version)
"Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God." (Psalm 43:5 ©Holman Christian Standard Bible)
To "Rejoice in the Lord always!" doesn't come naturally per se. In my experience it is like a muscle. Your thankfulness muscle needs willful flexing, or it will atrophy. One of the most powerful ways to praise God is to remember and declare what the Lord has done, not just in your life personally, but overall. The oral traditions and holidays of scripture were to give remembrance and glory to God, and to help believers keep their heart fixed on God. Praise isn't all poetic words and sung tunes, genuine praise is defined by originating from a heart of thanks to God, and awe towards Him. It may be expressed in many ways.
(You may follow our Project Gratitude on Pinterest for some ideas to lead your heart toward being more thankful!)
I recently read Randy Alcorn comment, "How often have you heard people say, 'I grew closest to God when my life was free from pain and suffering'?" We are certainly not promised a trial free life, but we are promised a victorious one. God can turn our "ashes to beauty", our "bitter leaves into sweet honey", and "take back the years the locusts have eaten".
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." (John 16:33 ©New Living Translation)
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (Romans 8:28 ©New Living Translation)
"I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him" (Psalms 62:1 ©New Living Translation; See also Psalm 37:7, 40:1; Lamentations 3:26)
"He heals the broken hearts and binds up their sorrows." (Psalm 147:3 ©Aramaic Bible in Plain English)
"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." (Colossians 3:2 ©New International Version)
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ©NIV)
"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." (1 Peter 5:7 ©New Living Translation)
"I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears." (Psalm 34:4 ©New American Standard Bible)
"In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears." (Psalm 18:6 ©New American Standard Bible)
"For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry, 'Abba, Father.'" (Romans 8:15 ©King James 2000 Bible")
"You came near when I called you, and you said, 'Do not fear.'" (Lamentations 3:57 ©New International Version)
"When my anxious inner thoughts become overwhelming, your comfort encourages me." (Psalm 94:19 ©International Standard Version)
"Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled." (Romans 15:4 ©New Living Translation)
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all." (2 Thessalonians 3:16 ©New Living Translation)
"In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:6 King James Bible)
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." (Philippians 4:6 ©New Living Translation)
If you're a Pinner, and you have a favorite anxiety related verse that I haven't mentioned, I welcome you to comment here.!
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