Fear and anxiety are natural emotions. They can stem from both real and perceived dangers.
Everyone experiences fear and anxiety at some point in their lives, often when we feel in danger or out of control.
It’s easy to feel fearful when there are so many bad things happening in the world we live in.
The emotions themselves are not bad, in fact sometimes they can be good, if they result in positive action ie when faced with a dangerous situation which causes you to act.
It’s ok to visit these emotions, just don’t set up camp there.
What do I mean by that?
Feeling these emotions is ok so long as we acknowledge them, deal with them and move on.
If we get ‘stuck’ (set up camp) in the emotions of fear and anxiety, if they are having a negative effect on us and our wellbeing and if we are unable to move forward then we have a problem.
There may be times that we will need to speak with a professional, such as a counsellor, to help us with strategies to deal with our fears and anxieties.
As Christians, we can find comfort and strength in God and His Word.
Reading God’s Word, meditating on it and Scripture Journaling are all good ways to allow God’s Word to soak into our lives and help us.
We can draw strength from it and choose to take God at His Word and allow Him to have control rather than allowing the fears and anxieties to have control.
You can use the verses below as a starting point. Take them one at a time and, as you meditate on them, allow God and His Word to transform you and your thinking.
19 Bible Verses on Fear and Anxiety:
Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you.
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, I give to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.
Cast your burden on Yahweh, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.
Many there are who say of my soul, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah. But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. I cry to Yahweh with my voice, and he answers me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid myself down and slept. I awakened; for Yahweh sustains me. I will not be afraid of tens of thousands of people who have set themselves against me on every side.
Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
Yahweh is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? Yahweh is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?
Tell those who have a fearful heart, “Be strong! Don’t be afraid! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, God’s retribution. He will come and save you.
Behold, God is my salvation. I will trust, and will not be afraid; for Yah, Yahweh, is my strength and song; and he has become my salvation.”
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.
In the multitude of my thoughts within me, your comforts delight my soul.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a kind word makes it glad.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient.
He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they don’t sow, they don’t reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds! Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit[a] to his height? If then you aren’t able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?
For they all saw him, and were troubled. But he immediately spoke with them, and said to them, “Cheer up! It is I! Don’t be afraid.”
Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid or scared of them; for Yahweh your God himself is who goes with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you.
Remember, God loves you, He is with you and He is bigger than whatever you are going through, and He wants to help you.
Cast all your worries on Him because HE CARES FOR YOU!