How to Overcome Anxiety – What Does the Bible Say About Anxiety and Worrying?

What Does The Bible Say About Anxiety

A long time ago in a Gamerfaith post far away, the Mario Bros learned how to help Luigi overcome his worry problem. As some of you may know, I sometimes struggle with anxiety.

The last few months have been eventful:

  • I split my toenail.
  • My fiancée hurt her finger at the gym, which damaged her engagement ring.
  • My fiancée had to go to the doctor to check a spot on her skin.
  • Both of us suffered from (we think) a parasite infection.
  • I moved.
  • And my fiancée and I both started new jobs.

First of all, we always need your prayer. Secondly, my ability to keep anxiety at bay was thoroughly tested through these times. Thankfully, however, troubles aren’t the only thing that we have experienced over the last few months. God was (and is) extremely gracious in reminding us why we shouldn’t be anxious. In fact, God has already taken care of everything on the list above.

Some of you might be going through difficult times too. Here are some amazing truths about worry from God’s Word.

What Does the Bible Say About Anxiety?

One of my favorite chapters in the Bible deals with anxiety. Matthew chapter 6 talks about a lot of extremely important issues. I encourage you to read the whole chapter, but we will be looking at the last 10 verses for the purposes of this article. Take notice of how many reasons that this chapter lists for why we shouldn’t be anxious.

Matthew 6:24-34 (ESV)

24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

More Verses About Fear, Worry, and Anxiety

Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

 

Psalm 34:4 (ESV)

4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

 

1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

 

1 John 4:18 (ESV)

18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

 

Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)

25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Read the full chapters for all of these verses for free at BlueLetterBible.Org, or pick up a Bible from our suggested resources store.

 

How to Overcome Anxiety

If you have ever struggled with anxiety problems, you know that it is a terrible experience. Anxiety steals your sense of well-being, and leaves you sleepless and feeling exhausted. Many people are prescribed medication for this problem, but pills don’t always fix the core of the problem. So, what is a good way to overcome anxiety?

Eating right? Getting exercise? Limiting computer and TV time? Quitting porn and masturbation? Spending more time outside?

All of these things can be super helpful, but none of them completely address the core issue.

Take another look at the last two verses of Matthew Chapter 6.

Matthew 6: 33-34 (ESV)

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

These verses sum up three of the most important things that God frequently reminds me of when I am struggling with anxiety…

  1. Remember who is in control. Have faith that God knows what He is doing.
  2. Seek God and the things that are important to Him. Give Him your time and energy.
  3. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Handle one thing at a time.

I hope that you can remember these important things. Keep them held closely to your heart. We live in a world that is filled with many troubles, but the way that we spend our time on this planet is super important. Remember who is in control. Remember who we are serving. Also keep in mind that many times anxiety and fear are side-by-side with a lack of faith. For example, check out the story of the storm in Matthew 8 by clicking here!

You can also watch our Bible Study Hangout of Matthew Chapter 8 by clicking here!

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 (ESV)

16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

I hope that you find peace in the verses listed in this article. I know that anxiety is a terrible feeling, but focusing on God can help you through the fog. I will be praying for you! Feel free to contact me any time!

I love you brothers and sisters!

-Caleb

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  • […] Recently, God has been showing me some less obvious commandments. The other week I wrote an article about anxiety. In that article I wrote about how the Bible makes it pretty clear that we are not supposed to be fearful. Fear, it seems, is contradictory to faith. Feel free to read the full article here. […]

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