It is something we all face in life. We fear bad news. We fear getting sick. We fear losing the ones we love.
Every day it seems the news brings us new reasons to fear.
But if you look at what the Bible says about fear and anxiety, you will quickly figure out that God doesn’t want you to live trapped by your fears. Paralyzed by the things you dread. Stuck in an endless cycle of worrying.
Jesus came to set you free.
The Holy Spirit who lives inside you can empower you to live with confident trust. To have faith that no matter what comes your way, you have no reason to be afraid . . . because the God who loves you is right beside you.
The following 35 Bible verses on fear and anxiety will help you find calm in the chaos. Comfort in the heartache. And peace in the storm.
Bible Verses About Anxiety and Depression
Meditating on the following Bible verses to help with anxiety and depression will cheer you and bring you encouragement if you are going through a hard season.
Along with meditating on God’s Word, I have also heard you should focus on three things when dealing with depression: People, Prayer, and Pills.
- Surround yourself with people who will love and support you. As well as seeking professional help from good Christian counselors or pastors.
- Pray to the God who loves you.
- And take the pills prescribed to you.
1) “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”-Psalm 34:18 NIV
2) “The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”-Psalm 9:9 NLT
3) “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!”-Psalm 42:11 NLT
4) “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”-Philippians 4:6-8 NLT
5) “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”-Psalm 23:4 NLT
6) “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation.”-Isaiah 40:31 ESV
7) “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”-1 Peter 5:7 NIV
8) “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”-Proverbs 12:25 NIV
9) “O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.”-Psalm 30:2-3 ESV
10) “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”-Psalm 30:5b ESV
Bible Verses on Fear and Anxiety
God says a lot about anxiety and fear because it isn’t His best for us. Fear does not come from God; it comes from the devil who wants to keep us trapped by our fears rather than trusting our God.
If you look at what Jesus says about fear, He reminds us that while we will have trouble in this world, we can take heart because He has overcome the world. (John 16:33)
He reminds us that no matter what happens in this life . . . in the end, we win. Because we will be in Heaven with Him.
By reminding ourselves of the hope we have in Him, praying, and meditating on the following Bible verses that can help calm anxiety we can find peace even in this troubled world.
11) “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”-Psalm 56:3 ESV
12) “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.-Isaiah 41:10 NLT
I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10 NLT
13) “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”-Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT
14) “The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”-Psalm 118:6 NLT
15) “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”-Psalm 94:19 NIV
16) “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”-2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
17) “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”-John 14:27 ESV
18) “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”-Psalm 27:1 ESV
Bible Verses for When You Are Scared of the Future
If you think about what the Bible says about facing your fears, you realize God wants us to live boldly and confidently. He doesn’t want us to be afraid of what tomorrow brings, but rather simply trust that He will give us what we need for today.
We can pray for our fear and anxiety as we read through these verses that remind us of how God will take care of us.
19) “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”-Romans 8:31 ESV
20) “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”-Matthew 6:34 NIV
21) “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”-Matthew 6:25-27 NLT
22) “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”-Matthew 6:31-33 NLT
How to Overcome Fear Bible Verses
So, how do you overcome fear and anxiety in the Bible? Scripture makes it clear that we should read and meditate on God’s Word.
By doing this we learn to recognize the lies we have been believing and then replace those lies with God’s truth. Which in turn grows our faith in God.
23) “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”-Isaiah 26:3 NLT
24) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”-Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
25) “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”-John 14:1 NLT
26) “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”-Isaiah 41:13 NIV
27) “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”-Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
28) “Be still, and know that I am God.”-Psalm 46:10a ESV
29) “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”-Hebrew 11:1 NIV
30) “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”-Romans 10:17 ESV
31) “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”-John 16:33 NLT
32) “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”-Romans 8:18 ESV
33) “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”-Romans 8:38-39 ESV
34) “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” -2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV-2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV
35) “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”-Romans 15:13 ESV
What Does the Bible Say About Overcoming Fear?
The Bible says a lot about overcoming fear and anxiety because God loves us and wants what is best for us.
Living in fear is not what is best for us. Living by faith is what is best for us.
Even in the moments when we feel afraid, we can keep returning to Scripture to remind ourselves that no matter how we feel . . . we don’t have to be afraid . . . because God is with us every step of the way.
After all, if God is with us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
As children of God, we have no reason to fear, because the God who passionately loves us is near.
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