Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Bible Verses for Panic and Anxiety

These are verses I used to defeat panic and daily anxiety. I read these verses day and night to get the truth of them into me. My panic attacks were very severe. But nothing is more powerful than God. When I had enough confidence in them to pray them to God and to thank Him that He meant these verses for me, my panic attacks went away. Eventually, they stopped coming altogether. I pray these verses will help free others from panic and daily anxiety as well. After reading Beth Moore's book, Praying God's Word, I learned to personalize the verses--put my name in them. That really helped. The first verse is an example.

Isaiah 41:10 "Fear thou not; for I am with thee, Joni: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

Isaiah 41:13 "For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Isaiah 43:1-4 "Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour....Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee...."

Joshua 1:5-7,9  "As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage....Only be thou strong and very courageous..Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.".
Psalm 107:13-16  "Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder."

Phillipians 4:6-7 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Psalm 91: 1-2, 4-6 "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday."

Psalm 91: 14-16 "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."

Isaiah 54:10 "For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee."
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

Proverbs 1:33 "But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all you anxiety on Him because He cares for you."

Isaiah 26:3 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee."

Romans 8:6 "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."
Isaiah 59:19 "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him."

Ephesians 2:14 "For he is our peace."

Isaiah 51:12-15 "I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor....But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name.
Zephaniah 3:17 "The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing."

Ephesians 6:10-11 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Proverbs 2:7-8 He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. (New International Version)

Hebrews 13:5-6 God has said, "Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid." (New International Version)

2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises.... (New International Version)

Isaiah 30:18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him. (New International Version)

Psalm 34:4: "I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears." (New International Version)

I just found this one and decided to add it--
Romans 16:20: "And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen."

126 comments:

Emmy : ) said...

Hi Joni!
Thank you so much for writing me back! : ) I just was floored when I read your story it was so much my story! I am so glad that God let me go through that season too! No one really can understand the intense darkness unless you have gone through it yourself!
I LOVE your blog spot! I am going to send it to some of my friends that struggle in the same area!
(over the years I realize how many people live with this...in a prison of FEAR...but you are right NOTHING is more POWERFUL than GOD!!! I PRAISE you LORD!!
Thanks for sharing Joni! Jesus will use your testimony and site will help many!
"Praise be to the God and Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have recieved from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows!" 2 Cor 1:3-5
Alleluia! Emmy : )

Joni said...

Just found out how to respond. (I'm learning!)Thank you, Emmy. You blessed my heart.

Darlene said...

That's an awesome way to handle your anxiety. Those verses are so powerful.

Shelly said...

Preach on sister: 'allow yourself to be loved' :) Hopped over here off of the LPM blog. Loving the verses..

Juliette said...

I want to tell my issues to you in the hopes that you can give me ideas to relieve myself of them. I'm in constant fear, fear of being alone, being left behind, I'm afraid to do anything. I hate going to the store or anywhere by myself. I feel paralyzed that I can't live. I need a job but I'm to afraid to work. I don't have friends. Its just me, my mom and my son. What am I supposed to do to support my child and me if my mom was to *God forbid* leave me.

Joni said...

Hello, Juliette,
I understand about your fears. I rarely left my home for 2 years because of my fears. I cannot say this is true in your case, but in my own situation, my fears were rooted in the fact that I believed I was all alone and had to handle my life with all its problems all alone. I believed in God but I had stopped reading His Word and praying to Him. Because I wasn't reading His Word, my problems became bigger than my idea of God until I finally believed there was no hope and fell into deep depression. My salvation from my fears was finally believing that God was a MIGHTY God and that He was bigger than anything I had to face. I got to that point of belief by doing Beth Moore's Believing God Bible study, doing what she said to do it--which is keep a daily quiet time with God and reading and praying His Word about fear which I have posted here. It did not happen overnight, but within 3 weeks I was experiencing God's peace and with six months I was able to pray God's Word and my panic attacks stopped. Also, each day whenever I faced a fearful situation, I prayed for help, strength, and courage and then I believed God heard me and I stepped out in faith and did whatever it was that fear was keeping me from doing. My fears were strong--I took every day one step at a time--and God blessed every action I took that showed I was acting in faith in him. Please feel free to email me if you want to talk further about this. God loves you, Juliette, and it is not His will that you remain in bondage to your fears. Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life...and have it more abundantly." Let Jesus in and watch what He will do for you. You are not alone. You are God's child. And Jesus died to set you free.

Joni said...

Juliette,
If you'll check out my August 8 post you will see the steps I took to break free. They might help you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful verses Joni. Praise Lord.

Joni said...

I'm glad they spoke to you. Isn't God wonderful to put the exact words that we need to hear in His Word so that we can know the Truth?

Anonymous said...

Hey, I just wanted to thank you for your story and the bible verses. I have suffered with severe panic attacks for years. They are so controlling and disabling. For 3 years now my fear has taken the form of fear of eating. I'm scarred everything I eat is going to give me a horrible reaction. I have never had any problems with food allergies before. It is horrible. I take medicine and have been to therapy. I know this is not the way God intended me to live. I want my joy back and to be able to eat like a free woman.

Joni said...

I have never struggled with this, but I do know that I couldn't trust my thoughts when my mind was so messed up. That's why relying upon God's Word is so helpful. It is Truth! I hope these verses will help you trust that the Lord is willing and able to help you, no matter what happens. Also, there's a verse in the Bible (which I can't recall at the moment) that talks about saying a blessing over food. If you ask God to bless your food before your meals, I believe He will, and you can eat safely.

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled across your blog while I was trying to find the source for a bible verse I had running through my head. Thank you so much for sharing your challenges and your journey with the world. I've also had issues with panic and anxiety for a long time, although I never sought help till last year. contemplating on the omnipresence of God and how god is bigger than my own limited mind and understanding has been a ballast in my own journey. I wanted to recommend checking out the book "when people are big and god is small." I can't remember who wrote it- I read it for class 3 years ago and it was so good that I had to give it away (in my mind, the true mark of a book worth the read). :)

Anonymous said...

Joni, Thank you for citing these bible verses. Although I have not struggled with this myself my wonderful husband has been struggling with severe panic attacks on-and-off for the past 3 years. I can't wait to share these with him. He is taking a hot bath to try and relax. I think he would stay in the bathtub all day if he could. I am going to suggest that we pray these verses everynight and every morning. I am also going to put them on notecards so he can take them to work. What are your suggestions for me to try and help my husband through this? Again, thank you for citing these verses, I can't wait to read them with my husband tonight!

Joni said...

Just keep reminding him that he is not alone, even though the fear makes you feel like you are, that the Holy Spirit is in him--the Spirit of the Living God--and He is stronger than whatever you have to face. Don't try to rush your husband's progress--my husband was very patient with me and never nagged me or shamed me to try to make me get over my panic. He was there for me--like a rock--and that made me feel secure. I would also suggest to your husband to read the Bible as much as possible. Max Lucado's book, Come Thirsty, might be more appropriate for him than any of Beth Moore's studies, although I have read that men are also doing Beth's Breaking Free study.

Kati said...

Hey! Thank you so much for your post! I am gonna read through all these verses! I have had panic attacks for 8 years now and since i became christian I have tried to trust God with them and learning more and more every day.Blessings!

Victoria W. said...

HI! I came across your blog while searching for bible verses that dealt with anxiety. Thank you! I have suffered with anxiety for years now, and last year it got so bad, I went into deep depression. I also suffered with derealization, and if anybody has ever experienced that its the MOST AWFUL thing you can experience. I believed in GOD and been brought up in church my whole life, but had recently swayed away from the LORD. My theory: God gives us obstacles to get us reeled back into him. I have Faith in the mighty GOD that he will take this away. I know he will do it in his time but until then I serve him while I patiently wait and dig deeper into the BIble and creating a closer relationship with HIM:)

Joni said...

Hi, Victoria,
Praying God will extend His peace and grace to you as you seek His will for your life and as you lean on His Word. Remember, you are precious to Him and He loves you deeply. :)

Louise said...

thank you for postin these verses. this is just what i needed so desperately at this time.

Joni said...

Hi, Louise,
I pray they will help you as they did me. God is our shield, the Power that saves us, and our place of safety. (Ps. 18:2)

Anonymous said...

Thank you. These verses are so powerful.

Glo said...

Joni thank you for sharing your struggles. I'm a pastor's wife and its so encouraging to see how God has set you free! I often help women with anxiety, and now that I have found your blog I will direct them here! I love how you direct everything back to God and His word. God is sooo good! Its only by His grace that we are set free! Thank you for sharing what Christ has done for you, many people will be set free by your testimony. Bless you!

Joni said...

Hi, Glo,
Your words are such an encouragement! Thank you so much! I pray God's blessings on you, too, as you minister to others. It truly is all about God and His perfect plan for our lives. He truly works all things out for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your blog!

deron said...

Thank you some much for these scriptures Gods word holds so much encouragement and power they help me alot and remind me how much God really loves me thanks so much

Joni said...

So glad God led you here. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey..Thanks so much for these verses. I've been struggling with severe panic anxiety for months on and off now; symptoms of irrational thoughts and that "disconnected" dreamlike feeling, which is pretty frightening. At times, when all is said and done, God's word is all I can cling too, because His word is ALIVE and full of REAL HOPE!!!! PRAISE GOD!!! He is our Healer and will be faithful to hear our call and be our refuge when we feel like we are "loosing it."
So thank you! I'll be praying for you guys!
Jonathan

Joni said...

Thank you, Jonathan. :) Christ Jesus IS our peace. We can lean on Him. He is always with us wherever we are. No matter what we are feeling, the fact is He is there.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this...I searched for words to comfort me...I suffer from panic attacks, I try to talk myself through them but I can't....my mind always goes to the worse scenario imaginable....my husband is usually patient but as they go on, he gets frustrated and impatient because he can't understand why I can't get past it...he'll say "say the Lord's prayer to calm yourself" but I can't during that moment....I was diagnosed with MS a few years ago and my attacks have worsened over the last year or so...I will read these verses and continue to pray

ThePrisonersAdvocate said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS! I am so relieved other people go through the same thing, but even more relieved that we do NOT have to stay trapped in it! Love this, thank you so much! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Joni, for these verses. I don't have panic attacks often but I think I'm experiencing one today. I'm unemployed and have a job interview tomorrow and I'm just freaking out, but I will print this out to read over and over. Especially Isaiah 51:12, the one that says, who are you that you should fear a man that shall die...thank you again!

Joni said...

Praying that you have a successful interview. :)

Anonymous said...

It is amazing what God can do. Panic attacks have become a part of my life for the past 15 years. I first started having them one night on my way home from church. It started out sparadicly and now I am at the point where I don't drive the freeways at all or go out at night. I am at my wits end and need help. I was searching for help when I saw your blog. I will read these verses and have faith that this condition will leave out of my life. Thank you Joni for being God's vessel.

Jackie

Joni said...

Hold on to God and hold on to the Truth and the Power of God's Word. He promises His Word does not return void (without effect). His Word is powerful and effective and so is the Holy Spirit in you. Concentrate on God's love for you through our precious Savior, Jesus Christ, and stay your mind on Him.

Anonymous said...

As I laid here in bed, nearly in tears I am having such a hard night, I googled for scripture and God led me to here. Thank you for being a blessing to me tonight. It was so needed. Bless you

Joni said...

I have had many nights like you are describing. Know that God is for you, He is with you, and He is able to calm your fears through His Word and as you pray to Him. Here's a link to a prayer that may help you:
http://christianity.about.com/od/prayersforspecificneeds/a/stressanxiety.htm

stephanie said...

Joni,

Just want to let you know your blog has been helpful to me. I got married almost 4 months ago and have experienced horrible anxiety, panic and despair - just really bad emotional episodes that sometimes seems like more than I can bear. I want to thank you for your blog and for reminding me to always trust God and to stay in his word. I am struggling greatly but I will continue to trust in God's timing and provision.

Joni said...

Hi, Stephanie,
May God richly bless you and your marriage. I know that as you lean on Him and read and meditate on the "good news" that you will find in the Word, your fears and panic will diminish. Remember David's words when you sense that fear or panic coming--"But You are a shield around me, O God; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head." Ps. 3:3 Praying these verses helped me sense that shield around me--the shield of faith--the shield of God's love for us.

Anonymous said...

Joni, I, like others that have stated, am suffering with panic. I have been diagnosed with PTSD, which is from severe abuse since childhood. this has been for over 20 years. Father led me to your blog this early morning. You give light to the hope that satan continues to try to cover up. the hope called God's Word. Bless you for being fearless to put your story to help others.

KC said...

Joni, I have suffered from panic attacts and have been taking lexapro for it. it helped but then i was so tired and carefree that i went back to the doctor and he prescribed viibryd, this med. makes me snap and then burst into tears. I am very close to the Lord, but really don't understand why I dont think about praying to him before snapping. I know better, I know he takes care of me, I know to trust him. Any suggestions? Or my question to you and maybe others, has anyone else been on any kind of medicine for anxiety or anything like what i am going thru?? thanks KC

Joni said...

Hi, KC,
I think I'd go back to your doctor and get your medicine changed. It sounds like it isn't too compatible with your nervous system. Also, be sure and get your thyroid checked. I have hypothyroidism and the symptoms can mimic anxiety and cause mood swings. Keep in mind that it takes time to change thinking patterns. Daily meditating on the Scriptures I posted here and reading the Bible will eventually renew your mind so that you will become more God-conscious and Christ-centered. It is a process and it also requires a commitment to spending time alone with the Lord, letting Him tend to your heart, asking for His help, telling Him your problems, and then resting in His Truth no matter what you are feeling. Remember you have the Holy Spirit within you if you are a Christian. You can count on Him to help you and sustain you through this season in your life. God tells us He will never let the righteous fall. He is faithful to His Word. :)

Anonymous said...

I am a hair stylist and after having madE one mistake and dealing with people that just can't be happy after giving it my all i am scared to death of going in to work. I am fine until the hour before and i go into severe anxiety. Once i see my schedule i worry about every little thing....what if they want a cut i am not so good at or what if they are mean to me. i obsess over every little detail. i want to quit because this has steadily been going on for six months. my husband gets upset every time i bring it up. so its nice to know others array out therethat i can relate with. i Will keep these verses close and read them when times get tough.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Joni - your quotes renewed my spirit. thank you for your time, experiences and efforts. god bless you. and may your light shine onto many more.

regards.

RM

Joni said...

Grace and peace to you, RM and Anonymous, from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. :)

fostage said...

Hi Joni,

i came across your site as i have been battling anxiety now for a month and it's terrible. i've been trying to quote the word back to my thoughts that are anxious and have asked the Lord for deliverance.

i'm praying daily and reading the word but having a difficult time claiming it for victory and believing it for my deliverance

any suggestions? i haven't yet seen the dvd you mentioned hopefuly i can soon. was hoping i could watch it online but no one has it to view like that

Thanks much

God bless

Barry

Joni said...

Hi, Barry,
In the beginning, I also had difficulty believing God's Word would deliver me. I didn't see how it was possible. But I kept reading the Bible, and the more I read, the more I saw that Jesus really did come to give us life abundantly. But we cannot live it alone. We must live life out in fellowship with Jesus. If you don't already, please take time out of your day to get alone, and sit before Jesus in humility and truth. I have learned that I can get on my knees and after confessing my sins and accepting His forgiveness according to His Word, I can sit and wait on Him. The longer I sit, the more I quiet my thoughts and focus them on Jesus, my Savior. This focusing on Him helps calm me and makes my faith in Him real to me. Some days I will sense His Presence, His love, His holiness. Some days my soul will just break out in praise to Him. Some days I hear His Word speaking to my soul. Let Him have time alone with you. He desires to fellowship with you because you are His child. What parent doesn't want to spend time with their child, just one-on-one. Jesus promised in John 14:21 "He who has my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my father, and I will love him and will disclose myself to him. Nothing fuels our faith in the Lord and His Word than a fresh revelation from God. Carve out time for just the two of you and let Him amaze you with His love and presence.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Joni

Anonymous said...

Hi, Joni,

Thank you for your blog, its helping me a bit. I am 30 years old and I recently went through a divorce I was married for more than 10 years. My mind continues to over analyze things. I have a fear of going crazy or doing something crazy. I have never tried or attempted to do any of it, but some of my thoughts are crazy and bizarre. I am scared. I at work right now and I can't even concentrate. My thoughts make me sick to my stomach. I have a daughter and I am embarrassed for her to know that that I have this fear. I feel like I would never hurt myself and her but my thoughts of panic are very scary. I have been through a lot in my life and I had my first panic attack when I was in Kindergarden. My parents are still married and have a great family. My dad was very strict growing up. I am not sure. Your words are helping me, but I continue to panic as I read. Have you ever felt like this if so what did you do? Thank you for your time.

Joni said...

Hi, Anonymous,
Yes, I have had racing thoughts and wierd, scary thoughts when I was first diagnosed with panic disorder. Try to remember that the thoughts are not really your true thoughts. You proved that by saying you would never really harm yourself or your daughter. So recognize that intense anxiety causes those kinds of negative thoughts. I really hope you are being treated by a doctor and that you are in counseling. If you aren't, please consider getting professional medical help. My doctor put me on alprazalom and that helped stop the racing thoughts so that my mind could rest. I also went to counseling which helped me understand more about myself and what I needed to face in my past. Also, let God do what only He can do by getting into a church-based support group. When you can, I recommend doing the Beth Moore Bible studies, Believing God and Breaking Free and doing what she suggests regarding praying Scriptures.

Anonymous said...

HI Joni,
I love this blog.I have been having anxiety for a few months now. Been reading scriptures to help me keep the faith that the Lord will see me through this. Uncertain whether or not I will have a job in a few months or not. Trying to draw closer to God to help the anxiety I am feeling at this time in my life.

Joni said...

We have God's assurance that He will lead us because Jesus is our Chief Shepherd (1 Peter). A shepherd cares for his sheep, protects his sheep, nourishes his sheep. Jesus knows just what you need. Cast all your anxieties on Him and ask Him to help you, to lead you through this time in your life. He will do it. He has promised--If you abide in Me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you. Ask for His Presence, His wisdom, His guidance, and He will give it as you continue to abide in Him. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Joni,
Thank you for your site. It really has helped through a tough year. I had my first panic attack in May of 2011. Since then I sought the help of many doctors in hopes that there was another underlying issue that I could easily treat. I also have sought the Lord's guidance in studying my bible and prayer. The Lord has been an important figure in my life since I was young but since this attack I have looked to Him even more for help.

My question for you is are you taking medicine currently? I know you mentioned taking Xanax in the past. That is what I am taking since I am unable to take the typical lexapro and similar drugs. I would like to not have to take it but I am afraid. I know I should trust that He will protect me but I am nervous I am not making the decision He would want me to make. Any advise would be appreciated.

Take care!

Joni said...

Hi, Anonymous,
Yes, I am currently taking the generic of xanax--alprazolam, I think is the spelling. I take .25mg two times a day as needed. Please do not condemn yourself if you need to take the medicine right now. "Therefore, there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus." The Lord does not condemn you. He is waiting for you to come to Him just as you are. His arms are open wide. He will help you, as He is helping me. The more I spend time with Him in prayer and solitude, the more I read His Word and learn how precious I am in His sight, the more peace I have.

This is what I learned in the beginning of my journey with Him. And this is what I am learning all over again. God is patient with us. As we humbly seek our Lord in prayer and in the Bible, as we pray Scriptures daily and meditate on His goodness and provision for our needs, humbling ourselves to His will for us by casting all our anxieties on Him, renewing our minds with His Word and determining to live in His Presence by focusing our attentions on Jesus and not on our weaknesses and circumstances, our spirits, souls, and our minds will once more be filled with peace. It will take time--but it will be time well spent. God will reward our faith!

Anonymous said...

Hi joni my names tonia.I am 19 and I just started to have anxiety and serious panick attacks.my first attack was on jan 15th 2012.I thought I was gonna die couldn't breath my chest was in pain tingaling numness nausea u name it I had it.I have starfted going to church recentlly praying that jesus will help me.I have these attacks everyday.sometimes twice a day.but I believe jesus n kno jesus will heal me and diliver me from evil.

Joni said...

Hi, Tonia. I know how you feel. Been there. Remember 1 Corin. 15:3-4: "...that Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...." (NIV)

The Scriptures are true. Jesus is your Savior and Lord. Confess your sins to Him and ask for His forgiveness. Believe you are forgiven and ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Believe that you have the Holy Spirit once you've asked for Him. Then focus on your relationship with the Lord Jesus every day through honest prayer, singing praise and worship songs, and by reading the Bible every day. The Bible is called our "Sword of the Spirit" in Ephesians 6. Join a Bible study and learn God's Truth--the Truth of His Word. It is this Truth that saves us and sets us free. I highly recommend you do Beth Moore's Bible studies, Believing God and Breaking Free.

Jesus is your Champion. He will not fail to help you as you lean wholly on Him in all things. Keep believing Him, precious child of God, over your own thoughts and feelings. He is your Light and your freedom.

Your sister in Christ,
Joni

Anonymous said...

Joni,
I am a longtime believer though backsliden since my youth. I started having panic attacks i believe when i started the rebellious point of my life my parents are strong Christians. When i got out of high school i started doing what i wanted to do smoked some dope started drinking etc. I had my first attack while high and promised God that if i lived through it i would never smoke again. I still wasnt living for the lord though and had a job that put me in charge of a lot of people in high stress situations. After years of battling this and the death of my younger brother to drugs i finally could take no more i lost all control to anxiety. I gave up my ten year career and have been at home afraid to leave the house for two years. Just recently the attacks have gotten so bad that during the last severe one i almost shot myself. I then began studying Gods word and i am so glad to have found your page it gives me some hope i want this to be over. Sometimes the only reason i go on living is because it would destroy my parents if they lost the only son they had left. I googled this page tonight after a mild attack starting to get concerned about the amount of xanax it takes for me to alleviate the symptoms now. if anyone has hope or advice i plead with you to share it with me.
Thank you so much

Joni said...

Dear beloved child of God, there is hope for you. The reason for your hope is Christ Jesus. Saving people is His business. He came to take all your sins and my sins upon Himself so that He would be condemned to die instead of you and me. He was crucified, died, and was buried in a tomb, and on the third day--glory to God!--He rose again victorious. He did this so that we would not have to live in the self-condemnation of our sins or fear death. So that we could have fellowship with Him now and eternal life after we pass on from this world. If you confess your sins to God and ask Jesus to come into your heart and take control of your life, He will do it for you. The slate will be wiped clean and your sins removed. He will bring peace into your chaos. I know He will because He did it for me, and I am no one special. Once you've accepted Christ into your heart, He will reside there by His Holy Spirit. You will never be alone again. Ask Him every day to fill you with His Spirit because we worship Him in spirit and in Truth. Jesus is your Champion and Good Shepherd and you are a lamb of His. He will help you fight your panic. Grab hold of Scriptures that speak to your situation and take the Scriptures I posted here and begin to read them over and over until they become truth to you because they are in fact the Real Truth! Everything that is not of God is not Truth. Regain control of your mind by anchoring it on the Truth of God's Word and on the reality of His unconditional love for you. Then start praying those verses to God out loud, and when the panic comes, pray them even louder. God tells us to take every thought captive to Christ, and we do that best by making those scary, panicky thoughts bow down to the Truth of God's Word. You also need to cooperate and adjust your life to the Word--which means no more living as you see fit, but as God sees fit. What you give up is nothing compared to what you will gain--peace of mind, God's love in your heart, a deep-seated joy that no one can take from you, a Friend who knows all about you and loves you completely. Find your satisfaction in the Living Water and your escape in the strong embrace of the Heavenly Father's arms. God loves you. Psalm 139 says He knew you before you were born. He formed and made you into His image. He is waiting for you to come Home to Him. You have a wonderful inheritance in the Lord. Get alone with God and talk to Him honestly about everything that scares you or worries you. Whatever concerns you concerns Him. Then ask Him to help you trust Him and to show you that He is bigger than anything you have to face. God is mighty to save.

Anonymous said...

Jodi
Thank you for your advice i have started a devotional on anxiety as well as starting my mornings by writing down scripture from this page so far so good. You are a mighty tool of the Lord to dedicate this page to helping others and to check it so frequently. God bless you. I have been blessed just coming across this site. I have book marked it and it really helps thank you so much once again.

Joni said...

So glad God is speaking to your heart, wooing you to draw nearer to Him. I love the verse in Job 36 that says "Those who suffer, He delivers in their suffering. He speaks to them in their affliction. He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction." That's what He's doing for you, right now. If you'd rather copy verses in more contemporary versions, click the tab at the top of my blog, Bible Verses for, etc. You'll see a new page where I updated the verses on this page to newer versions.

I'm praying for you! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Joni,

thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for those verses! I have been dealing with severe anxiety and panic attacks for a few weeks now and if you've never been through it before, it's truly hard to understand. After the first week, I decided to go to church with my family. As soon as I stepped inside and saw people worshipping, I knew I wasn't alone. I pray everyday now and I read some bible verses everyday. I will incorporate your scriptures into my daily readings... They are powerful.

Joni said...

Praying that the Lord will use His Word to defeat your attacks and draw you closer into His loving embrace. :)

Joni Maxwell said...

On June 26th I was going to be flying to England from Canada all by myself. I am 20 years old and I knew that I would be fine, but I have terrible anxiety.. especially about flying; let alone flying by myself. The day before my flight, I was obviously feeling VERY anxious. I googled Bible verses that help with anxiety, and this site was the first one to come up, so I clicked on it. As I was reading your example verse where you said to insert your name in the verse, I burst into tears. I couldn't believe it... My name is Joni as well and I had no idea that your name was Joni. I have never met another Joni... especially with the same spelling, so I knew this was no coincidence. I was so overwhelmed with joy. I knew instantly that I had just experienced a miracle. God was talking to me through your site! I can't thank you enough Joni. And can I just say that Isaiah 41:10 is my new favourite bible verse!
I am also happy to tell you that I made it to England safely, and was filled with so much peace. I repeated that verse in my head several times during the flight, and it helped so much. I feel so unbelievably blessed to have experienced such an amazing thing. Thanks again!

Joni Woodward said...

Hi, Joni! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know how God is working in your life. I'm honored to share my name with such a sweet sister in Christ! I was reading your comment to my husband and had to stop because of the tears. I pray God blesses you every day with the sense of His Presence and His peace. Love God and stay in the Word. He is Life to us!

Velvet said...

God's Word is so powerful! We can apply this powerful medication to every area in our lives that hurt. The most wonderful thing is that the only side effects are good, 100% fail proof! I have watched God's word heal my children, one was born with stage four cancer, the other had severe respiratory distress. In both situations I read God's word aloud pertaining to healing, everyday, no matter what the situation looked like, and they lived! I was healed, I had rheumatoid arthritis, hidradenitis ( a rare condition that you have clusters of boils in areas where your sweat glands are. I weighed 320 pounds, dying before I was 30, emotionally and physically abused as a child, and in each situation, I applied the Word, and I healed!!!! Never did I think to daily speak the Word over the panic attacks, I said scripture once and that's it. Thanks Joni, for reminding me this is a daily walk, we are in battle everyday, but thank God through Christ we have the victory! God bless you and all that read your testimony. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus....Philippians 4:6

Anonymous said...

My panic attack is reaalllyyy veryyy severe... I thought i was alone with this... As i read your blog now it gives me the courage to apply those.... To return to God's embrace and be inspired with his words... Thnx all.. I hope you can share facts about how to manage panic attack when im alone or in the public places alone--- i just couldnt breath .. Thnx evereyone! GOD bless us all...

Joni said...

Panic anxiety causes shallow breathing and sometimes we don't get enough carbon dioxide and that causes an upset in breathing and brain chemistry.I used to carry a brown paper lunch sack folded up in my purse. Whenever I felt I couldn't breathe, I'd open the sack, close the opening of the sack over my mouth and nose and breathe normally into the sack. The carbon dioxide collected in the sack and I'd breathe it back in. This stabilized my breathing after a few minutes.

liturgical dancer said...

This blog has been very inspiring.I am 26 and My anxiety started around the age of 20. After my pregnancy it seemed like this has gotten worse. I have fearful thoughts all the time and no one really understands what I am going through. I have been in church all my life and as I got older and am drawing closer with God, the anxiety became worse instead of better. The biggest fear of mine is the shortness of breath It lingers for days, even when I am not having an attack. I heave been prescribed diazepam but I am scared to take that because it's not an everyday drug. Is there any medicine that you take on a daily basis that does not make you sluggish? Other than that, I'm learning that if I'm going to stand on Gods word, then I cannot worry.I have a 10 month old that is filled with Joy and I do not want to teach her to live in fear because of what I'm going through. I'm just so happy that I found this blog because it gives me some relief. Thanks Joni for sharing.

Joni said...

I take alprazolam but started out taking half of the lowest dose. It may be that you need to half your dose. Talk to your doctor. If taking half doesn't work, there are plenty of other medicines out there you can try. I happen to be medication-sensitive and so take lower doses than normal. I just recently--as of last Thursday--started taking Celexa--1/4 of the lowest dose, and it seems to help although I am experiencing some side effects--sleepiness, headache--but it's getting better each day.

I'm not surprised your anxiety became worse when you started drawing closer to God. I believe Satan will use anything he can to keep us from doing exactly that. It happened to me, too. Keep calling on the Lord and reading His Word. His Word is Truth and Life and Peace. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Honk my name is LaQuandra and I have been suffering with having panic attacks for.about 12 years now a long time I know they are so intense that I am afraid to leave home the thoughts are bad also & any pain that I feel I am afraid that it's something serious i grew up in church & too have backslid but I pray that God will deliver me your blog is helping me a lot knowing that I'm not alone

Anonymous said...

I have just started having panic attacks major depression. I am on an antiderepresent for 2 years and they are working great. Since Saturday, Nov.18 I have been going crazy. I begin to cry unstoppably since. I have been to the ER and my doctor but I am still crying for no apparrent reason. It is really driving me crazy. If you have anything to help me I would truelly appreciate it. I hate felling this way and I can't seem to function at all. I have been praying to God but I fell like God has left me. I can use all the help I can get right now. Thanks, Connie

Joni said...

You need to ask your doctor if maybe your medicine needs to be increased, or ask to have your thyroid checked. Sometimes depression symptoms and anxiety symptoms are the result of a tyroid problem. I say that because it happened to me. I started experiencing crying episodes and depression after having done fine on my amxiety medication, and it turned out to be my thyroid was off. It's worth checking. In the meantime, know that God has not left you no matter how you feel. God tells us in His Word in both the Old Testament and the New Testament that He will never forsake us. Continue to pray to Him and cast your daily burdens on Him. He loves you so much! He will help you. Is. 41:10 will assure you that He is with you, He is your God, He will help you, He will uphold you. :)

Anonymous said...

I love this, thank you for posting.. I have been dealing with aniexity and have been miserable, I came across your blog, and began reading these bible verses, they are very encouraging.. I will hold them close to my heart, if you have a minute, please say a prayer for me. Thank you, be blessed

Joni said...

I'm sorry I'm late posting this. I've been offline for a few days. I pray that God will speak to your heart and that His Word will minister to you as you lean on Him. Remember, if you've accepted Christ Jesus as your Savior and invited Him into your heart, He is in you, with you always, and will help you. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Paul stated in Romans 8.

Anonymous said...

I'm a young teenage girl and recently was diagnosed with a heart condition known as SVT. Since the incident, I have been suffering anxiety issues which are not normal for me. Your verses help so much and are a constant reminder of how incredible Gods love is. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Your blog totally hit me. I struggle with anxiety on/off the last year. I thought it was pre-menopause but its obviously much more. I'm recommitting my life to the Lord. Thanks you are an inspiration. AMEN!!!

Joni said...

Praying God will make Himself obvious in your sweet life. He knows your name and situation. Cry out to Him and He will answer you. He is God and His love for you is unfailing.

Joni said...

To young teenage girl, praying for you. Never forget your God is with you and He is your shield and Helper. You can take refuge in Him. Praying He will work mightily on your behalf!

Anonymous said...

I've been reading this verses every morning for a month now and the truth in them has really helped my anxiety. I love the truth that if our minds are stayed on God then we will have peace!

Joni said...

Yes. God's Word is true and gives life to our spirits. It renews, transforms our minds and hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit as we take in His Word, allowing it to infiltrate our belief system. "The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace." Ro. 8:6, NIV84

Simona said...

Wow.. this is EXACTLY what I needed. Speaking Gods word of truth into my heart and my mind. Thank u so much for this.

Joni said...

So glad they speak to your heart. God is more than wonderful to us to give us His Word and His Holy Spirit. It's by His power we defeat strongholds and wrong ways of thinking. :)

Anonymous said...

I've been having anxiety for the past couple years I've recently decided I can't live like that anymore and this has helped me a LOT I'm thinking about getting my favorite anxiety verse tattooed on me so I can have it at all times I believe by saying these day and night and just talking to god when I start feeling like I'm going to have an attack helps so much I don't have any friends so I always talk to god when I need someone right then he's really always tere for me and anyone else it gives me some peace just knowing that

Joni said...

Instead of a tattoo, I'd encourage you to write verses on 3x5 cards to keep with you and to memorize. Your mind is what needs renewing, and God's Word in your mind is what renews it. You are precious to God. :)

lisa lisa said...

I have been struggling with severe compulsive thoughts of fear and occasional
panic attacks since my mom came to be with a breast tumor that had already grown out of control. She is now stage 4 cancer...i have spent the last 3 years reading all about cancer and ways to alternatively cure my mom..at the same time..i have obsessive thoughts of getting the disease myself. I have even gotten to the point I hardly feel physically well.. I am a christian..i have decided if I would commit to spend as much time reading God's Word as I spend on cancer..I will be healed...I am going to copy these verses to use on my healing journey...I am ready to be healed in Jesus name...

Joni said...

God's Word is alive and active according to Hebrews 4:12. Praying that His good, pleasing, and perfect will be done in your situation.

Renea Walker said...

Hello Joni, I ran across your blog looking for scriptures on panic attack and fear. I recently had a first panic attack, to the fact I thought I was having a heart attack, called the ambulance and once coming to was told I had a panic attact. I didnt understand what is a panic attack, I had no warning signs. Now I am crying unexpectedy wondering how much more sicken can I take. I am 37 years old and have been struck with sickness my whole life and I get asking myself do I have a purpose on earth. My two son is the only reason I dont give aa much as I want to. I pray to God for help, I dont to give up because God didnt give up on me. I feel alone all the time, its so tough to want to go on. Thank you for listen Joni

Joni said...

Dear Renea,
I am so sorry to hear about your poor health. My own health history has taught me to pray for healing daily, persistently, and to lean on God and His strength. You certainly do have purposes for being on this earth, and the priority purpose is to have an active, intimate relationship with your God and your Savior who loves you more than any human being could possibly love you. His purposes for you are good! Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you, not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV84) Sometimes God uses our illnesses and weaknesses to get us to partner with Him in what He wants to do in our lives. Invite Him into your situation. Unload your heart to Him and pray for His healing, wisdom, and guidance. While waiting for His answer, stay in His Word, seek Him in prayer, keep trusting that He is good and loving and powerful because He is. He is mighty to save!

Anonymous said...

My name is Ricky. I had a nervous brake down when I was 18 I had none stop panic attacks for four days I thought I was doomed but God seen me through! I still have panic attacks but each time I pray alone somewhere and Jesus helps me! Praise and glory be to God! Think you so much Joni ! You really helped me with your testimony and them versus! Please keep me in prayer and my family! May God bless you!

Joni said...

Hi, Ricky,
May God richly bless you and your family. :) Remember, 2 Tim. 1:7--God has given us a spirit of power, love, and of a sound mind. When you walk in the power and the love of the Spirit, you have a sound mind. To walk in that power, we need to ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit every day and that He will help us to love the Lord with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths. God answers prayers such as these. I'm proof of that! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Joni do you ever have trouble getting into the car whether im in the passenger side or jus in a car or around people sitting on a couch table I start getting shortness of breath, it's been 5 months ive had to move into my moms house certain events happened I left my job after 9 years too much stress imdisiveness was pregnant with twin in 2012 lost one the other survived self esteem issue gained alot of weight. Was angry at my husband I used to drive go to church this event has changed my life ice heard of mixers and depression and panic attacks but never thought it would happen to me

Joni said...

You've been through a lot. I hope you are under a doctor's care. Sometimes our nervous systems just aren't strong enough and we may need medication to help us until our brain chemicals get back into balance. I use xanax, . 25mg as needed, and prayer and Scripture to give me the courage to do what I can't do on my own, even while taking meds.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for replying back. I am under a doctors care I take half 1mlg of Ativan when needed the anti depressant side affects make me more clouded.Ive tried paxil Zolof palmer i get really tense im sweing a psychologist. ita such drastic change in my life i want things to normal again im 30 with a 3yr old and my 1 yr old baby. my only hope is im God i dont understand why certain e enta happen in ones life nut i know God knows what im foing through ive been exercising and i deove around the block adraid but with faith that god is seing howbad i want to fetoit of this yoir scriptures on this site aeevery helpful thank you forsharing your story. dis uou e er hyperventalate

Joni said...

Yes, I've hyperventilated. The quickest way to get over it is to close your hands over your nose and mouth so that you breathe back in the carbon dioxide that releases when you breathe out. It's lack of carbon dioxide that makes you hyperventilate. I also used a brown paper sack (Kept one in my purse for years). I'd close the opening of the sack over my mouth and nose and just breathe normally. Soon the lightheadedness and the dizziness goes away.

Jamiebabie said...

Thank you so much for posting these scriptures. I have been feeling God drawing me to be in His word more. I am very encouraged by your success in overcoming anxiety. I have been dealing with this since I was 18 yrs old. I am 35 currently. I have 3 small children and I have to change this for their sake as well as mine. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I am a 41 year old male with An Anxiety disorder that I did nothing about for years and has now helped give me severe high blood pressure. Most of my anxiety is health related and I can not tell you why that is just that it is. I have struggled with my anxiety for many years. I belive in God and his son Christ and read the bible everyday. I hope by communicating with you all here that maybe by talking about my issues I can with God's help conquer my fears. I am currenlty on a med for my blood pressure and for my anxiety and while my Blood pressure is controlled soemwhat my anxiety is not. I am trying to renew my faith and finding it very hard to do. I am hoping soem here understand what I am going through because while my very loving wife understands she has a tough time with it and I have trouble burndening her with my problem. Any words of wisdom for an anxious sinner?

Joni said...

Read Romans 4, 5, & 8. Then Hebrews 11 & 13. If you've not received Jesus Christ or made Him Lord of your life, then pray out loud to Him first. I renewed my commitment to Him and confessed the sin of my unbelief after having 66 panic attacks in two years. I had stopped going to church when the attacks began because they were so severe. But I didn't know my God was greater than my fears. And I didn't know who I was in Christ. Ephesians 1 tells believers that we are blessed, accepted by God, adopted into His family, chosen for His pleasure & purpose, loved lavishly, forgiven, redeemed and sealed with the Holy Spirit. It's the Spirit's power available to us that conquers our fears. 1 John tells us we weren't given the spirit of fear, but of power, love, & a sound mind. We can't believe what our fearful thoughts tell us. We must stand on God's Word because His Word is the Truth. John Ortberg's book talks about fears: If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. By the way, none of us is sinless, but if we confess our sins when we're made aware of them, God is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. :)

Brenna said...

I have had minor anxiety since childhood, and after the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, have had panic attacks and stronger anxiety off and on for almost four years. I have been leaning on the Lord, learning of His goodness and faithfulness, and believing in His promises. I have also begun to learn the importance of transparency about my struggles. Your site is another example of how the Lord will use honesty and openness about struggles and difficulties for the good to those who love Him. Thank you for your willingness and your love.

Joni said...

Hi, Brenna,
So many things factor into panic and anxiety attacks. Placing God first in your life, then your husband, family, home, church, etc. simplifies your life--and anxiety-sufferers need to simplify. "Down time", times of solitude, prayer, rest, and relaxation throughout the day is important. So is 30 min. of exercise at least 4 days a week. Replenishing the natural tranquilizers that stress and anxiety eat up is so important--even if you're on medication. I pray God makes His Presence known to you as you continue to seek Him in prayer and in His Word. He is trustworthy and faithful and loving toward all. :)

raygermama said...

I found your website in the wee hours off morning as I was struggling with anxiety and insomnia. I've dealt with anxiety and sometimes panic for years, with a recent bout of high anxiety and panic. I am an accountant and my husband travels a lot. I have had trouble letting go of the tax season anxiety which has turned into life anxiety, like a 24-hour tv station... All anxiety all the time. I feel lonely and overwhelmed when my husband is out of town. I have 2 teenage kids who are absolute treasures and I hide my anxiety from them and most everyone else. I'm struggling with them growing up, multitasking at work and home, and just generally feel I don't like how my life is turning out. I expected to be able to enjoy things, seems most other people can handle life stuff just fine. About a month ago I had a bout of anxiety, worked my way through with visiting a Christian counselor, a wonderful doctor, prayer and some life changes. Well, life got in the way again, I stopped reaching out to God, stopped relaxing, etc. and here I am with intense anxiety and panic again. I don't feel like I am normal. I feel trapped in my job, I really want to quit but I make too much money and I'm afraid my family would suffer for it. So I feel very trapped. With my husband out of town so often I have so many responsibilities and wonder how a single parent could ever manage it all. My biggest struggle has been dealing with the uncomfortable body sensations that come with anxiety and panic as well as the "what if" negative thoughts that take over my mind making it feel like the volume in my head is way too loud. I wish this wasnt happening to me. I've been praying constantly since finding your site and I intend on keeping up with that. Thank you for being so encouraging to everyone who has commented. I have read each comment and have tried to let your words sink in. God bless you.

Joni said...

Dear raygermama,
I pray you continue to seek God and His answer to your problems. The more you spend time with Him, the more you will recognize His voice. He tells us in the Old Testament and in the New what we should do--"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. That's the first priority commandment. :)

Ty said...

God Bless you Joni,
I recently fell in Christ and hit rock bottom but Thanks to Gods grace that he is working in my life again. However, i haven't been able to sleep at night, my thoughts just race all night. I believe this is anxiety? right? I continue to pray and i pled the blood over my life. And i DONT ACCEPT it In JESUS name!!

Joni said...

Hi, Ty,
Racing thoughts and insomnia are associated with anxiety. Meditating on Scriptures like the ones I posted here help calm my thoughts as I regain the proper focus--Jesus, Lord of my life. With Him, nothing is impossible. Without Him, true abundant living is not possible. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Joni.
I have suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for several years. My first attack was when I got married and had to change jobs in the same month. From there something triggeredand I feel I am prone to them. I felt trapped for so long. They eventually went away after I got married and returned when I started thinking... what if I have a brain tumor...what if what if. Turns out out I did! I turned to the Lord and I made it through. Now they started again. This time more paralysing then ever. I seem to find a pattern that they come a few months after major life changes. A few months back I moved had my second baby and quit my job to be a stay at home mom. All in the same month. The attacks started again but this time my thoughts race so bad I feel I'm going crazy. I have nightmares that give me attacks while I sleep. I'm completely against anxiety medicine and I know in my heart I can overcome it like I did a few years ago. Your faith and mind can move mountains. Reading these scriptures remind me that there is something bigger than me out there bigger than my anxiety and he will get me through this. Thanks for sharing Joni

Joni said...

Immerse your mind in His promises and pray continually. A mind stayed on God will make the devil flee quick. He may come back but you must persevere in what you know. Gods Word is true. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. Physically, stress takes its toll on our serotonin levels. Be sure and walk or do some aerobic exercise for 30 min. each day to help replenish those good hormones which helps balance out your brain chemistry. May God richly reward your faith in Him. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi joni I have been struggling with anxiety my whole life and haven't ever felt the feeling of full peace ever its always constantly bothering me. To where I don't value my life anymore living in constant worry. I'm 15 and just know starting highschool and I've just started paying attention to God and using him. But I still can't seem to make myself just give it all to him. I pray, read bible verses, and blocking everything but God out of my head. I really don't know what to do anymore I keep putting faith in him but I jus can't seem to give it all too him. What else do I need to do?

Anonymous said...

Joni,
I am dealing with my wife of 27 years moving out and back up to upstate NY to her sisters. She says she was unhappy and needed to try and find herself. I pray to our lord each day and nights and ask god the bring us back together and strengthen us together and lift our marriage up and bless it in his name. I am so disappointed that she never came to me before the move so we could try and talk. I am trying to find a verse that will help my pain and give me hope that god will answer my prayers for our marriage to be renewed in his name. Can you help me find a verse to help. Thank you so much.
Terry Perry

Joni said...

Hi, Terry,
The first thing that came to my mind as I read your comment was Hosea. I believe You'll find your answer there, as you read how Hosea was led by The Lord in his marriage difficulties. Also, I hope you draw even nearer to God through praying your heart to Him and then listening to what His Word has to say. He will get you through this.

Joni said...

Hi, Anonymous,
You can pray to God telling Him that you are willing to be made willing to surrender all to Him. You can ask people you know who are believers to pray for you. You can do the Believing God Bible study by Beth Moore which will increase your faith and your knowledge of God. He loves you. He wants you to trust Him and believe in His Son, Jesus. You can ask Him to increase your faith. You can ask Him to show He's at work in your life. He is always with you. Matt. 28:20 :)

Anonymous said...

Hello, Jane here.
It is very early Christmas Eve morning. I am crying and laughing at the same time reading the comments. I thought it was just me. I thought there was something very wrong with me! I have a beautiful family loving husband and two teenage boys, loving church family, but anxiety and depression have always shadowed me since I was 19, much of which I can hide from everyone. At the moment no one has any idea how I am feeling, I am trying to get christmas ready on autopilot. but I have no joy in recent weeks. I Have been on tablets and had counselling and lots of prayer over the years, but currently not on medication. Looking at some people's comments i see it is a common thread that it is when I am too busy either doing church stuff, or more recently taking on extra work, that I fall apart. Quiet times go out of the window, 'me' times are non existent, and I feel very 'hardworking' and 'important', then the holidays come and there is no structure and everyone else is calm and enjoying their family time. I keep waking in the middle of the night with my mind whirling about 'how come I don't understand how to live, how to laugh and how to love like others seem to be able to do with ease? I think why does the anxiety happen, why can't I believe that God has a purpose for me, when everyone else seems so blessed and content!!!!! I am not comfortable in big groups, as I am trying to second guess people, I am a people pleaser, preferring to cook for people rather than sit down and let people serve me..... I keep having thoughts that it is too difficult to live, I want to know the 'secret'. If I wasn't a Christian, I know the answer is Christ, but as I am a Christian I get confused as other non Christians seem far happier in thir lives than me... What is going on? I keep telling myself to pull myself together, but its not working. Is Beth's book available in England? I'll stop now.

Joni said...

Hi, Jane. Beth's books should be available in England because her studies are done worldwide. Try www.lifeway.com and see if they have an overseas site, or you can contact them and ask where to find her Bible studies in England. I'm sure they'd be glad to help you. I know exactly what you mean about trying to second-guess people and wondering what the secret is to life.

There are two different types of people--introverts and extroverts. Introverts are happiest in calm, peaceful environments with few distractions and extroverts are seekers of adventure and unpredictable environments. Neither are better than the other and both can get trapped into thinking their environment is the best. My sister and I are exact opposites. I used to wonder why being around people wears me out, but my sister is more energized being around others. When we feel pressured to try to be someone we're not because we want them to like us, we start fracturing our soul. God heals those fractures as we lean on Him and look only unto Him for approval and the unconditional love only He can give us. Jesus said, "Remain in me and I will remain in you. Without me you can do nothing." So if I have to be around other people, I need to have met with my Lord first to get my confidence and my strength from Him. When I read His Word, pray His will, and remind myself of His great love for me and promise to never leave me or forsake me no matter who I have to confront or what I have to do, I can face my life.

I also feel that simplifying your life is essential so that you can have time to meet with God every day in His Word and in prayer time. Our priority relationship is with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That's what salvation is all about--reconciliation with God through the forgiveness of our sins so that we can fellowship with Him and learn to do His good, pleasing and perfect will as we go about our day.

May God meet you in your quiet times with Him and grant you His grace and peace.

Merry Christmas!

dmickey68 said...

...did a google search for bible verses for anxiety and it led me here. Just wanted to say thanks. I'm starting a new job tomorrow which I am over qualified for but I still got nerves about it.

And just to share something too...
The book Mere Christianity by CS Lewis I have found as true a blessing as anything in my 45years. I listen to it in audiobook almost every night...I wish I could just memorize it.

Thank you again.
-Daniel

Joni said...

That's how I feel about God's Word. I want to memorize it, get it inside of me, so that I'm constantly reminded of God's presence, His unfailing love for me and for all of us, and that I have access by His grace to power. A power that enables me to do what I cannot do on my own.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joni , I'm 26 years old and I have went through panic , anxiety & depression for over 4 months I am a Christian I was raised in church come from a long line of ministers !! I also sing in a Gospel group and I had even got to the point where I felt I couldn't sing anymore !! I was told that mine was health anxiety where I constintly feared something was wrong with me!! I am just now starting to get a little better I still have fear though , its like my mind just wont let go of the fear I read my Bible daily I pray daily I go to church .. and what I don't understand is church is where I always start feelin the symptoms ! I mean yes I do feel them all the time everyday but I'm learning to cope with them but it gets to me @ church its like I can't enjoy the service because of it !!

Joni said...

My first panic attack was while I was in the choir loft practicing our Easter music. That was 10 years ago. The most important thing I can tell you is to meditate on and memorize verses that assure you of God's love for you and that He is with you. You can start with many of the verses in this post. You may want to look them up in your favorite version of the Bible and write them on 3x5 cards like I did. Morning, noon, and night, you can have these cards with you to meditate on. Soon memorizing will be easy because you've read them so many times. It's God's love and presence with us that sustains us. Our minds need to know it and our hearts need to receive it. Slowing down long enough to let the words of just one verse sink in will lessen the anxiety you feel. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Joni,
I'm 17 years old and have experienced my first panic attack a few months ago. Usually, they would come when I contemplate over school work and tests but this one came out of the fear that something was wrong with me. Before, I had been over thinking and analyzing things until my head would hurt--it got so annoying because I couldn't stop. So I decided to look it up... and the results weren't that pleasant. Since then, I have always been conscious as well as anxious of what I've been thinking about because I would always feel there's something wrong with me. It was as if i was living in a bubble. And gradually, my anxiety increased. Right now, it feels as if my head is spinning--full of crazy, weird thoughts...Joni, honestly I'm afraid because is making me feel as if I'm not...sane. I'm also loosing sleep; i feel too anxious to. I stay up trying to calm myself down. I have also experienced that scary "dreamlike" feeling like others have been talking about. I rebuke the thoughts,pray constantly, and read his word everyday-I try to make the effort. But it feels as if I can't get over this. I look around and see the other peers in my school who are enjoying themselves, and their youth. And i ask myself, why can't i be like that? I know I'm better than this-I'm a high honors student taking all honors and ap classes. I have hopes and aspirations for the future which is to become a medical doctor/psychologist but it seems as if they are gradually fading away... tell me, how can you not give in? How can you stay strong even when doubt runs through your mind?

Joni said...

Hi, you have described panic disorder perfectly. I've felt exactly the way you have, and I'm really sorry you are going through this season of fear and doubt. No, you are not going insane. It's just your brain chemistry is off. I encourage you to go to your doctor and tell him/her what's going on. You don't have to suffer in silence or isolation. There are anti-anxiety meds and also Christian counseling options. The battlefield is truly in the mind. In the meantime, you can take heart if you've made Jesus Christ Lord of your life. He is strong and He is your soul's rescue. Cry out to Him for help...that's what I did. I got on my knees and out loud I cried, "Jesus, save me!" Jesus is our Savior in every sense of the word. He will help you in any and every situation, and it doesn't matter if you're trembling or cowering because of the feelings of fear. Believe that He is with you and give Him control of the situation, and He will help you through. Pray about everything--even about your fears of going crazy. Pour out your heart to Him. I journaled my prayers in the beginning and I also prayed the verses posted here. Meditating on God's promises has helped me and continues to help me cast off the doubt and fear because God's Word is Truth. Dr. Archibald Hart wrote in his book, The Anxiety Cure, that meditating on God's love and promises and exercising 30 minutes five days a week are the two most important things you can do to recover from anxiety, (along with medication and counseling, if needed). I've also found that watching less TV, spending less time on the phone and computer, and spending more time "alone" time with God helps settle my mind and my emotions. Just sitting on my back porch swing and looking at the trees and listening to the birds, watching the clouds, letting myself relax and breathe in God's peace helps quiet me inside. Being with people wears me out and I need breaks like that. I hope you will put your trust in Jesus and not give up hope. I hope you will go see a doctor and get the help you need. I'm praying God will give you His peace.

Mrs.Marin said...

Joni, I can relate to what many here are talking about. I've dealt with it for years and it is only by the grace of God that I can make it through. I do love the verses you put together and will be using them a long with a few of my favorites. We have to remember that because of His love and His mercy and because of His blood we will not be overcome. He died so that through Him we may be overcomers. The enemy wants us to stop focusing on advancing the Kingdom of God and to turn that focus onto ourselves. Inward focus, worry, etc so that we are ineffective. He figures if I can't stop them, I will just re-direct their thoughts elsewhere. He can't read our minds but he sure can suggest some things for us to think on and we don't have to accept it! Thank you all for sharing your stories. I pray that our God gives you peace and joy in this life so that you can be used to reach out to others. Don't give up, ever. Living this life for God is all worth it.

Joni said...

Amen! We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Focusing on our own individual relationship with God will renew our minds and restore what the enemy of our souls tries to destroy. The wonder of it all is that when I let God be God and live under His protection, then He sends me out with His message of love and hope, and I'm not afraid because I know He is with me. He enables us to do what we cannot do on our own. Praise His name!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Joni, I'll try to hold on. I'll keep praying, believing, and seeking. I don't want to live my life with these crazy thoughts and fear anymore...

Anonymous said...

I am struggling myself with a lot of these same issues of anxiety, with a new career and a new state. I feel as if I am just to sensitive and take things to heart that's others just brush off. 11 years of a controlling/abusive relationship is when the anxiety started for me. Luckily , I am with a very loving man now who listens to my worries. I am trying to reach out finally ,after crying out to my Lord for help, to talk about my anxiety and reach out to others. Reading other people's comments is therapeutic . Please pray for me as I will be praying also.

Anonymous said...

Joni, thank you for your obedience to Christ in creating this website/blog. I too have been battling anxiety and the verse at the very top of this page spoke to me like I have never felt before. I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I am His! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Joni said...

God is faithful. He loves us so much. When we meditate on His Word, our minds are renewed and things start to change. It starts with a heart that longs for God and His guidance and protection, with faith in Jesus, faith as tiny as a mustard seed. Only a tiny step toward Him, and He will bring you home. Praise you, Lord!

Brian Combs, Jr. said...

Thank you so much to the poster! And many of the testimonies in the comment section has helped as well, thank y'all.

God is good!

I have this mindset that i'm Judas... that I've blasphemed the holy ghost and I feel like my mind is hard wired to continue doing it... I look for signs and anything I can feel is from God so that I can attack it in my mind... It's really been killing me but the verses posted here has given me so much hope.

Praise Jesus !!!!!

Joni said...

Two verses I try to always remember, Brian: Romans 8:1 "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Which means I can stop condemning myself in my mind and accept God's forgiveness and am free to start over in my relationship with my Lord. And Romans 8:38 "Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." God loves you. He will help you take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 1 Corinth. 10:5 Just cry out for His help.

Anonymous said...

I new at this the panic attacks started last week thought I was having a heart attack call 911 have been to er again then I begin to realize what's going on my an appointment with my doctor I've never been sick so this is so scary to me I do know when it's coming I try to relax thanks for the Scriptures this is my very first blog ever

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I wouldn't mind at all. God's grace and peace to you. :)