24 Oct Top 10 Bible Verses to Heal Anxiety
Not religious? It doesn’t matter. The Bible is a treasure trove of promises meant to heal fear, anxiety, and depression—issues we’ve been battling since the dawn of humankind. In fact, part of the reassurance I get from reading the Bible is in knowing I’m not alone—I’m not the first to feel desperate. I’m not the first to be afraid. I’m not the first to lose my temper, melt-down, or hide in fear! God has seen and healed these issues millions of times. And the Bible has captured these instances beautifully. The following are my top 10 favorite verses that help when I am struggling with anxiety.
Psalm 91:11 “God orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.”
One of the worst parts of anxiety, for me, is the sense of overwhelm—the feeling that I have to fight this battle of mental illness all alone. But the Bible gives us a promise: we’re never alone. A hoard of thousands of angels is around and about us at every moment, working to protect us from every hardship we could possibly imagine. Rest in those words. You have an angel army protecting you—always. You have nothing to fear.
2 Kings 20:5 “I have heard your prayers. I have seen your tears. I will heal you.”
This verse will undoubtedly be my next tattoo. Why? Because it shows not just God’s promise to help us when we are struggling—it shows that he sees our struggling. He sees us. He is aware. He knows. He has not abandoned us. We are never alone.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything.”
This is a direct order. God does not want us to worry. About anything. When there are things on our minds, God wants us to come to Him – to offload those concerns, to hand them over and rest. God would never punish us with anxiety; in fact, He promises he will help us fight it.
Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you. You need only be still.”
You know all those battles in your head—the ones that keep you up at night, about money, and time, and friends, and family, and social anxiety, and all the things? Let them go. God says he wants us to rest. He wants us to know that He is happy to fight those battles for us—and He will. So hand them over!
2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord can be trusted to make you strong and protect you from harm.”
Do you hear that? God can be trusted. More than a close friend. More than a flighty family member. And not just that, he won’t just protect you—he will make you even stronger, if you only let Him.
Joshua 1:9b “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
How many times have you let your anxiety deprive you of an opportunity or a chance to make a profound difference in your life? How many times have you given up before you even started? God doesn’t want us to get discouraged! He wants us to know He will be within us—no matter the challenge we undertake—however big or small.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Just in case you ever doubted it, God has plans for you. Big plans. Not to suffer in mental illness and anxiety, but to prosper. To find purpose and make a meaningful difference in this world. To have a bright and joyful future. Have you made yourself the same promise?
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear—but of power and of love.”
Fear is not a gift from God. It is something we’ve learned through hurt and pain and loss. The spirit God gave us is one of power. Yes, power. Within us! The power to do all things, and conquer all problems—even the darkness that overwhelms us.
Deuteronomy 3:22 “Do not be afraid – God himself will fight for you.”
Have you ever stopped to think of how you’ve made it this far in life? How you’ve side-stepped potential suicide, survived self-harm, or outlived an eating disorder? There are many battles you can’t see that God is fighting for you right this very moment. Do not be afraid of the battle you are facing. There is a force far greater than you that can beat it.
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”
Not to the rich. Not to the perfect. Not to the mentally well. No, God is close to the broken. To the hurting. He sees you. He hears you. And is fighting—right this very moment—for you to be well.