Daily Scripture | 5 Verses to Combat Your Anxiety

Are you feeling anxious today?

I know that I sometimes do. I wrestle with things beyond my control. I worry about stuff that might be as if it is when it isn’t. This can cause me to be very uneasy.

The inner turmoil brought on by our anxiety wreaks havoc on our emotions and sensibilities. We pace. We fret. We panic. Butterflies flutter in our stomachs. Our sleep pattern is disrupted. Our minds are overwhelmed with our distress.

Anxiety differs from fear in that fear is an appropriate cognitive, emotional response to a perceived threat. Fear involves a present threat. For instance, you come home and find a stranger in your house. Naturally, you become fearful. Anxiety results from our inability to cope with something negative we believe will happen in the future, be it real or unreal. For example, you might worry about failing a class if you don’t do well on a test. You work yourself into an uproar, unable to concentrate, expending all your energy contemplating your impending doom rather than taking a deep breath and studying for the test.

All of us get anxious from time to time. Some of us stay anxious. We need help beyond ourselves, including medical professionals.

There are lots of things we can do to help alleviate our anxiety. We can eat a healthier, more balanced diet. We can reduce our caffeine intake. We can go for a walk. Studies are said to show that 30 minutes of exercise, 5-6 times a week, can reduce anxiety. We can get up and go to bed at the same time every day, ensuring we get enough sleep. These are just a few things we can do to cope with our anxiousness.

Finally, there’s one more thing you can do…open your Bible and pray through these Scriptures. Reading them aloud, even committing them to memory, can help relieve your anxiety. God’s Word heals what ails us.

Are You Anxious

Here are 5 verses to read when you are feeling anxious:

 

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 52:22 (ESV)

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 (ESV)

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?

Matthew 6:25 (NLT)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6 (ESV)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

 

These verses remind us of the healing power of Scripture. Hopefully, they will ease your cares and relieve your worries. I know that when I read God’s Word, I feel a peace wash over me as I am reminded of the wonderful truth that God loves me. Focusing on His Word helps shift my eyes off my concerns and back onto Him, where they belong. I know that I can trust the Lord because He has demonstrated His trustworthiness since time began. Lots of things will let you down in life. God is not one of them.

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

 

 

Daily Scripture | 7 Healing Scriptures for Battling Discouragement

You worked hard on writing the perfect blog post. 3 people read it. Three. And one of them isn’t even your mom. Maybe you’ve been diligently putting in hours and hours on this big project at work and your boss doesn’t even notice. Perhaps you’ve been looking for work and can’t seem to find it. Or your marriage is struggling. Discouraged?

It’s Christmastime, and while the whole world is feeling jolly with Old Saint Nick, you’re feeling all “BAH! HUMBUG!” We all have times, even seasons, in our lives when we struggle. The struggles can cover a wide array of things: marriage, job, faith, kids, finances, love, joy, addiction, behaviors, attitudes, the HOLIDAYS…You get the picture…YOUR struggle IS real.

Discouragement weighs us down. It’s not some momentary melancholy melodrama. It distracts us from being all that God intends us to be, drawing our eyes of Him, and unto ourselves. Nothing good usually happens when we’re in that place. There are times in our life when we are disappointed, disheartened, and discouraged. Life’s hard. Things don’t always go our way.

God knows this.

That’s why you’ll find loads of Scripture lifting you up, keeping you from climbing on that old pity pot. These verses on discouragement reveal one of the many great truths of Scripture: God intends His word to guide us, directing our paths, encouraging us by helping us focus on His goodness and faithfulness.

Discouraged

Here are 7 Bible verses to help heal and encourage you when you come face to face with a great big ol’ wall of discouragement:

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV)

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; Do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33 (ESV)

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)

Hope

Whenever you feel insignificant, unlovable, or discouraged, don’t be dismayed. Remember whose child you are…YOU are the son/daughter of the Almighty God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. Take heart, knowing that God loves you immensely more than you or I could ever fathom.

Remember, life can be a battle. Equip yourself with the protective armor of God’s Word. He is for you, not against you. 

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™