Overcome Anxiety: 10 Bible Verses about Releasing Worry, Stress and Fear

by Jen on March 2, 2011

overcome worry, anxiety and stress in faithAnxiety can become a state of torment.

It’s easy to feel scared when we’re faced with uncertainty and phantoms. It’s uncomfortable, unknown, lurking… it shines a light on how little control we have over a situation and holds it there.

I’m no stranger to this feeling.

Dealing with anxiety used to cause me sleepless nights. I used to feel lost in the world to deal with my thoughts, worries and fears. The mix often lead to panic, nausea and stress.

Like many, many others, I dealt with it alone.

And like many others, I looked for peace in anything outside of me. Counseling. Distraction. Routines. Chaos. Relaxation. Meditation.

Even though I thought I was stuck with the worst of the worst when it came to dealing with stress, God showed me the way out.

Have you felt God’s presence and call to return to him? If so, keep reading.

Overcome Anxiety with Truth

When I stopped running from God, I found a love so pure, so real and so TRUE, that it filled something in me that was lost, empty and scared to death. When I embraced Jesus Christ as my savior and thanked him for dying for my sins — and believed, truly, that he died for my sins — I realized there was no turning back.

The truth is, God is in control. He goes with us into our darkest hours. We have someone to turn to, someone more powerful than anyone and anything on earth. Whatever we fear, whatever we’ve done and whatever has been done to us… we have a place to go and seek wisdom.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Overcoming anxiety means facing fear with truth, especially when we admit ultimate truths and pray for help to go from there. Pray for truth to rule your life in the name of Jesus Christ. It’s not always easy because we live in a world of lies.

Most of us don’t know what to do with the situations we find ourselves in. We get stressed, and the truth gets fuzzy.

This is a great translation of James 1:5-8:

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who ‘worry their prayers’ are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.

Overcome Anxiety with Faith

Trusting God with your life is not as easy as it sounds. Once upon a time I had no idea what that even meant. I thought it was enough to go to church sometimes and pray, even if I wasn’t sure my prayers were being heard.

But putting total faith in God requires us to let go of what we think we know and let him handle it.

Once we desire a spirit of truth, we trust that he will steer us in the right direction according to his will. In faith we know that God’s will is the best way for us, even when we do not understand it.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I can look back at some negative situations in my life and see good in them — God was refining me and building trust. At the time they felt excrutiating, but now I see the errors. When we don’t have God at the center, the world competes for that spot, and that’s when we become deceived.

1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast all of our anxieties upon the Lord because he cares for us. It requires faith to take a situation to God — in all its ugliness and darkness — and lay it at the foot of the cross, trusting fully that he will work to heal the situation.

And in these moments, our faith can grow. It’s not comfortable, but transformation takes place. James 1:2-8 tells us:

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Overcome Anxiety with Thanksgiving

Feeling thankful during a flash of anxiety sounds counterintuitive, but it’s exactly what allows us to embrace the truth (God is in control), grow in faith (I’m giving this to you, Lord. Please help.) and remain joyful in miserable moments (Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philip. 4:6)

In the past if I felt worried about something, I would feel a sense of dread. The downward spiral would either take over or not… and I wasn’t always sure which way that would go, or why.

Now when I feel tempted to worry, I say a silent prayer in my heart like this, “God, please help me to have the mind of Christ right now. I need you.”

God works in our lives and does MIRACLES. I have prayed about situations and have seen God change the outcome — prayed for help in times of tension and have seen God clear the air. My husband and I have prayed together for friends and family and saw people healed, relationships mended, spirits renewed and the list goes on and on.

God is faithful and he wants the best for us. When we trust that, we do not need to fear evil.

I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)”

God offers the kind of healing that goes to the soul — it goes straight through us into the darkest of the dark.

For anyone who has ever dealt with stress, worry or anxiety, you know how tormenting it can be when it grabs hold. Without God in control, we are left vulnerable for torments to grab a hold of us.

Let God be the one who grabs hold. I’m praying to die to myself day after day, sometimes even moment after moment, so that God can prevail in my life.

We turn to Him and say, “I need you Lord” and he is there, holding us as we manage to put one foot in front of the other and make it through another day.

True peace, true courage and true love comes from God. The Lord Jesus Christ died for us so that we would be set free from the evil of the world. Nothing can win against the one who conquered death. Keep in mind:

  • Psalm 56:11 says, “in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
  • For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.(2 Timothy 1:7)
  • And if you’re still worried about what tomorrow could bring: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt. 6:34)

Resource (worth a read):
The Life You’re Fighting For by James Robison

Related Posts:
Survive Stress: 7 Tips from the Bible
Dealing with Anxiety: What the Enemy Doesn’t Want You to Know

When has the Lord helped you overcome worry? How did it turn out?

{ 74 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer Johns February 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Hannah — My natural tendency is to not act when I’m stressed and overwhelmed also, but I find that when I push myself to go ahead and do what needs to be done, even though my feet are moving like cement blocks, I feel so much better and my mind doesn’t have to think about any more. And remember to keep praying God’s will for your school path too… He opens the right doors!

Tom and Linda — Thank you for dropping by! God’s word brings me the peace I need even my hardest battles… glad you feel the same :)

Megan that’s awesome to read you are trusting in your faith more and more over the tormenting thoughts and feelings! I just posted something about if anxiety means we’re not trusting God here: http://goingbyfaith.com/does-anxiety-mean-youre-not-trusting-god/ Praying for you!

Jeff — Thanks for your update; we will keep you in our prayers and post your request on the GoingByFaith facebook page. Battling anxiety and worry in faith means holding on to the truth, over and over again however long the battle lasts.

Andrea — I totally understand you. Whenever I feel like my nerves could take over a good time (a birthday party, etc.) I focus on the verse Isaiah 44:8 “Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” He is bigger. He is greater. He has the power to save.

Loise March 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Thanks for sharing this truth. And I do agree if you choose to keep going and do what must be done, that feeling of anxiety will go away. You just need to put away those negative thoughts out of your mind. Also believing that things will go better, it will, for the Lord desires us to triumph over fear. Because trusting Him will push us with courage and faith to make it.
[Thank You God for this day!]

Tal March 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I really enjoyed reading and reflecting on this article. I have found strength and determination from this read. Thank you for presenting. God Bless

Sandip Chandekar April 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Thanks a lot Jennifer for sharing this….truly came at the right time when I needed it. You had written this in the year 2011 and I am reading this in 2013, wonderful how God uses his people from the corners of the earth to be a blessing to one another. Please do keep me in your prayers as I go through a situation which i wont define as a ugly(but it is really good that you did, as it connected very well to me) but as an opportunity of increasing my faith….

Sharon April 11, 2013 at 12:04 am

Thanks for this. I am struggling daily with fear and anxiety and most of the time I don’t know what has triggered it. I wake up with nausea,have bouts of extreme hunger or nausea and feel panicky. I am trying to trust in God – spending time daily listening and singing to worship music, praying, sharing encouragement to others on facebook. I don’t know what to do. I know and believe God will deliver me I am just really weary and broken and don’t know how much longer I can endure. Something within me keeps pushing me not to give up – I will declare victory in Jesus name!

Renee April 17, 2013 at 9:02 am

Please pray for me and my grandson… we are in a custody battle to keep him being around an un-safe enviroment. God has told me that I will have a praise report. I’m a new christian and am trying so hard to pray and have faith like I should… But, the fear and worry of not know what will happen next or what to expect is a battle for me. Please pray.. Heavy Heart, Renee

Ramon May 1, 2013 at 3:17 am

I came to this sight because although I’m a Christian im super stressed and I don’t want to be. My mom was diagnosed with cancer and at first I was good stayed in prayer and felt peace, but recently I have negative thoughts and tons of anxiety. I know God has everything under his control but I just want to feel it. If anyone read this please say a prayer for my mom so that she gets through this. GOD bless.

Monica Garcia May 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I love the verses about trusting God n have faith on him every day . When i have problems God is there like a best friend n cleaning my tears with his precious hand i love these incredible God that he doesnt live me. LOVE U GOD!!!!!!!!!!!

Janessa June 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Thank you so much for the encouraging words. Just 10′ ago I fell into a panic mode, totally scared after hearing the news that my application to transfer my study from Communication to Psychology has been rejected. I have changed my major so many times and this time I really feel it’s right for me but turns out the application was not successful. However, my Uni agreed to try one more time so that’s a good news. I felt really lost and confused just now but thank God for His words in this time of troubles. Im praying and trying to get all negative thoughts out of my mind to trust that God is in control and He will turn the situation around. It’s amazing how God guided me to go on google and come across your post. Thank you so much. God bless you.

Geoff Smith June 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Here is something hopeful, Im remembering back to when I was in early school, 6 or 5, when I brought a favourite toy from my house to show and tell. A little green glow-in-the dark dragon that me, my sister and parents had lovingly dubbed “Duddly the Dragon”, after the tv show. As I made my way on to the bus that afternoon after school I found that I had lost the poor toy somewhere at school and it was not on my person, neither in my book bag nor in any pocket I had. I was deeply despaired, me and my sister loved that toy and it would be sorely missed.

Ive always had a deep sadness whenever witness to loss in potential, and I was over come with grief inside. While boarding the bus, I thought hard about how the situation could be solved. My Dad had always told me that praying to God whenever I felt any kind of stress and asking Him to take on my burden would surely have me saved, so I did just that. I thought about it and took it a step further. I said a short prayer in my head that God have Dudley found and brought back to me and my family, knowing that even if Dudley were not found, I would still be protected from the despair. I then committed to praying the Lord’s Prayer for the whole bus ride home, over and over again in my head. I truly tried to honor Our Father in my words, I tried not to think about Dudley.

I got home and began to tell my Mom about my day while getting situated in the house. I got to the part where I lost Dudley, and there was brief panic, but as I turned around my Mom was saying, “what are you talking about? Dudley is right over there” and there he was, lying on the ground in the middle of the living room. Thanks be to God.

I thought to myself, I’m sure if I told any adults they wouldn’t believe, so I kept it to myself, and to this day I am convinced that God saw the innocence in me and made it so Dudley got home with me some how, so that my faith could be forever renewed by this moment. I know this may sound silly, but now, as an adult I still can remember, and feel a lot of stress go away.

I hope this story can help everyone who reads it, I have told it from the heart.

May God bless you all and save you from all anxiety. Amen.

ladyriece June 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Thank you for this promises. Really needed it at the moment. My family lost our mother three years ago. Dad is recently planning to remarry and us kids are so filled with fear and anxiety of the future and what it holds. We are claiming these promises and committing the unknown future to a God who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and allowing Him to take control of what comes our way.

christina June 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

God is good i believe that. thank you very much this helped i trust in the lord and i know he will grant me great things because our god is a god of wonders . Anxiety will not take control of my life for the lord is with me and he will lead me to greater things. may god bless you for everything on your website was helpful!

poepli July 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I was sitting aat home talking to myself till I googled for reaadings on how to overcome confusion stress and anxiety and came across this page… Praise th Lord.

Throughout my life there has beesn a lot of turmoil. I grew p in a happy home for a while and had all I desired even my siblings were jealous at times as was I of them also. When I was only 8 that’s whaen all went crazy. My dad left us. I remember that day. For some reason I didint go to school and my dad insisted I stay. If I didn’t feel well.

He waited for everyone to leave. I went into the main bedroom where I found him packinng a suitcase. He asked me to help and I remeber handing him his sweater it was my favourite it was an aramis white sweater. I said ‘here dad just incase it gets cold’ . He told me he was going away for a while and he would be back soon and told me he would always be intouch. I watched my dad leave that day with all hope he wold be back soon.

Days went by months and years… A lot was going wrong things I never could never understand as a child. Our furniture would get repossesed and we had to move houses a lot. I remeber my mum had to sell her car and we had to use public transport, there was six of us each still in school till this day I don’t know how my mother managed it all..

My dad had moved to south africa he woukd call from time to time and we even visited he would tell us all was ok and nake it seem as though my mum was in the wrong as I never understood why she was always angry…

I went through high school with a few embaressing moments where I’d be pulled out of classes cause my mum didn’t pay the fees, I would be mad at my mum.. Ooh I got into all sorts of trouble and my could bearly keep up with us! Our 1st born fell pregnant and moved out to stay with her then boyfriend she said it was to get away from it all. It was tough even the teachers asked how many houses we have with the cahnge of address every other month..

I was sixteen just finished my exams and found out – was pregnant. The guy I thought loved me told me to go to hell. My mother embraced me and let me stay she said she couldn’t think of anything better. I have a beautiful baby girl she’s 13 now. Through all that time it all made sense. My mum was left with us and my dad had left her with a lot of debt and the time my dad was arrested when we wre kids was cause of fraudulent stuff. Which explained all the lavish stuff we used to get. It was hard on my mum people would talk and gossip but she kept moving.

God is real he is there and the reason I say this is because there were times the most hardest and difficult but he saw us through.

When my angel was 3 I met the most amazing man who embraced me and my flaws we were together for 5 years and we broke up coz of distance he had to go back overseas but he still helps where he can as he loves my kid as his own despite our diufferences…

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Now at 30 am in south africa with a valid permit have a job that I do not like. Have applied to so many other places and been rejected. My daughter goes to high school next year and what I earn is bearly enough. I thank God still everyday He watches over all of us and always makes a way. – believe the Lord will show me the path that he will guide me and give me what I ask. Delay is not denial and patience and faith will work.. I often ask how ,when why… I suffer from stress andd anxiety my blood pressure is so high at times I can’t keep going but the Lord keeps me moving. I’m on treatment for it and ask God everyday to bless us all…

My mum was recently retenched and she is the one who looks after my daughter. It just got worse and the anxiety and stres sucked me in even more. She tells me not to worry and tells me whwen in doubt pray… She drops my daughter off at scool and picks her up. I send all I can from time to time.

I could write a whole book about my life which I dubbed from riches to rags.. God put me here for a purpose and I believe he will never put me through something I can’t handle… The best is yet to come! And after reading this I can truly say our Saviour will deliver us and redeem us…! I know its a long story but I have a lot more to share.

But thank you for all the readings and I will continue praying for truth strength annd favor. I am not the every sunday church goer but I trully believe in our 4avoiur and Creator…

Friends I thought were true turned on me. At times I feel like packing up and giving up. But I know God has a paln for me. He will show me success. He has brought me this far and the journey continues…

Pray for me as I wiull for you and may the Lord continue to showr us all with blessings and show us favour…

Laura August 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I sent this to my email. I have terrible anxiety about being somewhere unfamiliar; like being lost alone. Traveling tests my boundaries to the point of physical illness. I have the opportunity to fly across the US for a work related conference and I am horrified to go. I hate flying and I hate new places and crowds of people and..and…and…. I found this article full of inspiration. I am going to need a lot of inspiration to go on this trip and to keep me healthy before and during the days gone. I need God to hear me 24/7. I will be taking up a lot of prayer bandwidth from now until the end of November.

Jen November 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

First, I’m praying for each and every one of you. If you read this and if any of the comments here touch you as they have me, please pray for our brothers and sisters! Please pray that God will strengthen their walk and faith in Him so that they can see fear for what it is… and not for what it tries to make us believe. We believe in God!

We are all tempted, and even today, over 2 years after writing this post, there are temptations to feel anxiety. But I know God’s word, and if a fear is tempting me to believe it, I look to God’s word… what does Bible say about it? What did Jesus teach us about it? The Lord dispels fears quickly!

In an earlier comment, #Sandip wrote that he sees battling anxiety as an opportunity to increase his faith — that is awesome!! I have thought about that so many times since reading his comment back in April. When we trust in God over the fear –over and over again — we rely on faith alone, and He is right there with us, giving us the spiritual strength and courage we need to walk through the fire. Only with His Spirit do we walk through the fire and not get consumed. Thank you Lord.

Essie January 19, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Thank you so very much for sharing your story. Since I turned 40, I have been having panic and anxiety problems I searched google and came across your page. It has been a comfort to me throught the word and I thank Jesus for it. I am praying for God to increase my faith and trust in Him. I know without a doubt that he will [I am thanking him in advance) . I refuse to be bound with this. So please everyone keep me in your prayer. If anyone know of a group that I could join in with that share word of encouragement through the word and group discussion please let me know. Thank you

Phyllis January 19, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Thanks so much for all the inspiring words and verses I can read for myself to overcome fear and anxiety. Every time I have such panic attacks I am sure to put all at Gods feet in faith and trust. Amen

Trisha Guzman March 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Faith really is the key. I’m 17 years old and I’m going through a lot of anxiety and fear lately. Most of which are totally irrational, since I am deeply blessed with a wonderful family, friends, and am stable in life and in school. Basically my fear is dying, I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Which is very common and is not life-threatening) I was assured by my Docs that I have absolutely nothing to worry about because it’s really trivial but I seem to fuss about it a lot which got me really anxious. But through out this journey, I learned one thing and that is to KEEP THE FAITH. We just have to keep trusting and hoping, because without trust and hope their is no faith. God will never give us something we cannot handle and a brighter day will come… Soon. I’m just really thankful that through this trial i learned how to ask, seek, and knock. He is not selfish, he is a generous, loving, and merciful father so let us all call on him to help us. I do not have the strongest faith and I do admit I still worry a lot but I’m getting there. As having a deep relationship with god is a long process of submitting your self to him.

Kimberley March 23, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Im going through.panic attacks,like every day minute after minute please send me a prayer to release this off of me my doctor told me that I have too much stress and tenison on me I pray everynite for god to take it away from me and I believe that he will could some one please send me a prayer? thank you and god bless and keep you always!

Kimberley March 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Im going through panic attacks, that it makes my chest hurts, my doctor told me to go for walks, but I dont, I rather stay indoors and pray from sun up till sun down I knowap that god will answer my prayer in all good time but in the mean time I would love to recieve a prayer to pray this worry off of me

Andy May 17, 2014 at 6:36 am

A great website. I am a highly performing person who is constantly worried about things in the future ie what will happen if this happens or that. I feel I have been living a lie most of my life as I have hidden this internal insecurity. The problem is that I am getting worse and I am worried about my relationships with loved ones as I am not coping.

Shante May 28, 2014 at 7:55 pm

I came to the sight looking for words of encouragement. I’m saved… But I am stressed. I blew the whistle about negative practices at the VA that placed Vets in harm… but now my section chief 5 months later has recommended me for termination. I am the only provider in my home (3kids w/ a husband on dialysis who’s disabled). I need help in trusting God. Your post have given my hope through The Word of God. Thank you

Dawn May 30, 2014 at 4:30 am

Please pray for my marriage. It is being tested to the point of a possible separation. We are both believers but my spouse has many past issues that are destroying him. I ask that God gives him peace and takes away the anger. If God can lead my husband to have council with our pastor that would be a miracle. I am putting all of my anxiety and worry on our Savior. Also please pray that I become the wife God intends me to be. Thank you for these inspirational verses and messages.

lorraine June 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

I accepted god in my church became official member but I felt nervous is that a bad thing my pastor notice and ask me if I was nervous I said yes alittle

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