Verses About Overcoming Anxiety As Christians
An estimated 40 million Americans are suffering from anxiety.
And while there should be no Christians counted in that number I know for sure that there are (I am one of them).
Why shouldn’t any Christians that struggle with anxiety?
Because Jesus told us about a million different times not to be anxious ( give or take a few times).
Yet so often we still can’t overcome the constant worry and doubt that plagues so many of us.
So I thought it would be good to have a devotional and remind ourselves of 5 major things Jesus said about overcoming anxiety.
Let’s Define Some Words First…
What Does Anxiety Mean
Now before we start looking at the scriptures where Jesus talked about anxiety, let’s look at the definition of some of the words that are most related to anxiety that will be discussed in these scriptures.
But why do we need to define these words?
These are the words in these passages that are most related to anxiety.
1.to disturb the mental calm and contentment of; worry; distress; agitate.
2.to put to inconvenience, exertion, pains, or the like:
3.to cause bodily pain, discomfort, or disorder to; afflict:
4.to annoy, vex, or bother:
5.to disturb, agitate, or stir up so as to make turbid, as water or wine:
—verb (used without object), trou·bled,trou·bling.
1.to put oneself to inconvenience, extra effort, or the like.
2.to be distressed or agitated mentally; worry:
1.to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.
2.to move with effort:
—verb (used with object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
1.to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.
2.to seize, especially by the throat, with the teeth and shake or mangle, as one animal does another.
3. to harass by repeated biting, snapping, etc.
—noun, plural wor·ries.
1.a worried condition or feeling; uneasiness or anxiety.
2.a cause of uneasiness or anxiety; trouble.
1.feeling fear; filled with apprehension: afraid to go.
2.feeling regret, unhappiness, or the like:
3.feeling reluctance, unwillingness, distaste, or the like
Now that we know what these words mean, this is what I want you to do.
Read Scripture Like This To Help You Overcome Anxiety
Take the definition of the word and plug it into the scripture as you are reading it.
For example, when you read “Do not let your hearts be troubled” in John 14:1 also read it as “Do not let your hearts be distressed” or “Do not let your hearts be agitated or pained”.
Or when you read “Why do you worry about clothes” in Matthew 6:28 also read it as “Why do you torment yourself about clothes?”
Doesn’t this verse take on a different meaning when you insert the definition of the word worry?
We often act as if worry should be a natural part of life but is tormenting yourself natural or healthy?
Of course not! And yet that’s what worry essentially is.
And Jesus says don’t do it.
Reading these scriptures like this will give you a new perspective on anxiety and worry.
I hope it will help you realize just how disruptive they are to your lives.
What Does Jesus Have To Say About Anxiety?
1. John 14:1-4
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; Believe also in me.2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?
26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!
29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.
30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me,
31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
“Come now; let us leave.
“25 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?
26 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?
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
30 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?
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
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Conclusion: Did You Try Reading These Verses Like I Mentioned To Help You Overcome Anxiety
Did you try inserting the definition of the “anxiety words” as I call them into the verses?
If you didn’t, please go back and try and see if it doesn’t give you a whole new way of looking at these scriptures and worry in general.
I want to leave you with one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard on worry and anxiety.
It was delivered by an English pastor named Andrew Wilson.
It’s one that I think about often when I am filled with anxiety. Andrew’s words will pop into my head and help me rethink whatever it is I am worried about.
Do You Want More Help In Your Battle Against Anxiety? Here are Some Free Resources For You
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Scripture meditations for overcoming anxiety
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