Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bible Verses for Panic, Depression, Anxiety

OCTOBER 7, 2010: I have just discovered I cannot copy these verses in the New International Version unless they comprise 25% or less of the completed work, so most of the verses will be in the King James Version which is public domain. The few verses from the New International Version require this citation:


Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

I posted these May 1, 2007 and would like to post them again to keep them current and easy to find. These verses changed my thought-life, my prayer-life, my relationship with God, gave me courage, and helped me see that my panic, depression, and anxiety were not stronger than my God, even though I had previously thought so! I read them daily and on anxious days I also read them just before bed. God's Word is alive and active and when spoken out loud--powerful. (Hebrews 4:12) Whenever I finally had enough faith, I started praying these verses out loud to God during panic attacks, and the panic left, and God's peace flooded in. The first time it took 20 minutes of praying these verses before the fear left. The second time it took about 10 minutes, and the next time it took all of one verse prayed out loud before the fear left! Praise God!  Sometimes when I needed extra encouragement I'd read these verses and insert my name in them to make them more personal. I do that in the first verse as an example.
I should also mention that I didn't just read and pray these verses. I also spent time doing Bible studies by Beth Moore to learn more about Jesus and how to love Him with my mind, and I took time out of every day to spend worshiping God and sitting before Him in humility and silence. I surrendered my will to Him in everything--even panic. I turned my life over to Jesus and stopped trying to make things happen my way. I forgave people who had hurt me and I confessed my sins and asked for forgiveness every day. He began to show me how much He loved me through blessings and answered prayer. I believe any trial we go through, we need to go through it humbly with Jesus and not just by quoting or praying Scripture in our own strength. Keep in mind all of God's Word is life to us and a lifeline that guides us into the Presence of God.

VERSES FROM ORIGINAL POST--

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."

69 comments:

km said...

Thanks for sharing again. This means so much to me. Sometimes I feel that I must be lacking somewhere to need to spend so much time praying through scripture. I wonder how other people make it through the day. It feels so good to know that I'm not alone in this. And I appreciate the reminder that God is intervening!

Joni said...

I know what you mean about feeling that you're lacking something. But Beth Moore has said, and I believe it's true, that a stronghold takes all you've got in order to be set free from it. In my case, I had a lifetime of negative thoughts and hurts and fears that had to be peeled away. In the process, I learned just how loved I am by God and how it feels to truly believe in Him when everything around you tells you that you can't. Believe God! He IS the Truth! Trust in Jesus! He IS our Champion! He will intercede and fight for you!

Anonymous said...

I need mercy
aa

Joni said...

Hi, aa. Jesus has you covered. In Him you will find all the mercy you need. Please email me if you would like to talk without your comments being posted.

Jill said...

thank you so much for sharing this~
today i am struggling with my anxiety~ and your post really encouraged me~!
thanks again
jill

EA said...

Thank you for this posting. I was recently diagnosed with unresolved post-partum depression. I have really been struggling with thoughts and losing touch with my self and family as well as thoughts of suicide. I really have felt that the enemy has been attacking me and I did not really know where in the Bible to turn for God's promises for peace during the midst of my mental and hormonal storm. I have been on some medication to help but still struggle with intense insomnia, anxiety and wanting to cry all the time. I was looking up information on the web on Beth Moore and Depression. A friend told me that she is a good author and speaker. I ended up with this website. God knew that I needed these passages.

Thank you for your blog.

EA

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. The past weeks have been probably the darkest since I was assaulted. The beast called PTSD had hold of me and I wanted to die. I couldn't even pray anymore. I opened my Bible and saw some verse in Jeremiah about "you were violated because of your iniquity" or something like that, and even though I knew it was totally out of context and I did nothing to deserve this, it felt like even my Bible was some poisonous thing that would bite me if I picked it up again. But even when I didn't have the strength to hold onto Jesus, He was still holding me. I'm slowly crawling out of this deep, dark hole yet again. Today as I was getting ready for work anxiety came out of absolutely nowhere (I've spent since I got up praising over healing miracles happening for two people I know) and tried to send me into a full-blown panic attack. I came and reread this post yet again. My counselor has suggested all sorts of relaxation and deep breathing and eye movement exercises to help with the physiological effects and get me to calm down, but I just realized something. I need to go to Scripture FIRST and focus on that instead of what is happening to me. As I re-center my mind, the other crud disappears on its own. Right now my body is still on edge, but my mind is at peace. And I am reminded yet again that for Satan to be going to THIS much trouble to mess me up...that must mean that God has one whopper of a plan to use me for good. I'm going THAT way, not the way of fear.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I have been dealing with depression and i feel all alone. I have been raised a Christian but i'm not being motivated to read scripture and ive lost hope. Reading this page helps to know im not alone.
SER

shanna said...

So, I googled versus for depression and your site came up. I knew that I needed God and some Bible verses desperately and God gave in abundance! Thank you for posting this!

Praverb said...

Your testimony is very powerful and the verses that you have included will definitely be put to use. Continue to rely on God and let your light shine before men.

Patrick

Aleah said...

Hey Just to let you know I googled "Bible Verses to Help with Depression" I was looking through multiple pages and couldn't find any verses to help me. Then I clicked on one and it brought me to your page. I am going to do this and memorize verses to help me. I am taking medication right now, and sometimes I still get into depression or/and anxiety. Thank you so much for these verses they will help me a lot! Keep serving our Father!

Joni said...

Thank you, Aleah, for your encouragement. I know these verses will help you. The more you pray them and get them into your mind and heart, the more peace and confidence you will have in your Lord. Our thoughts sometimes betray us--especially when we start to think our problems are bigger than our God. They are not! God is bigger than anything we have to face. He is our Strength. He is our Life. And His Word is powerful!

missanne said...

Thanks so much for posting the verses and your wonderful testimony of how He's worked in your life. It's like when Jesus told Peter that after Peter's sifting season Peter would turn around and strengthen his brethren. That's what the Lord is using your experience to do. I hope it blesses you to see Him turning what was meant for evil in your life into good for many! Grace and peace, Anne

Joni said...

Thank you so much for your comment! I really appreciate your kind words and your encouragement. I needed both today!

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO much for this. I have really been struggling with anxiety, because I am experiencing right now how man plans his ways, but God directs his paths. This helped me immensely, THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this! I just copied & pasted it in my blog, and I will write them down in my journal to read daily.
I struggle with panic attacks and they've been absolutely relentless lately. I needed this so badly.
Thank you and God bless you.

Rachel said...

Hey, i just wanted to quick introduce myself.. I'm 19 and a college student during finals week.
The past two weeks I've been struggling to compose myself. I've been dealing with panic attacks and depression, as well as stress and being physically sick due to the cold and flu season. You have no idea how these verses have affected me.
Each time I feel an attack coming i try remember a verse from here.. most specifically: “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 I mean, OUR GOD -- God the FATHER is holding MY lowly right hand and promises to help me through this time. what more can I ask for in terms of comfort?

I just wanted to thank you for sharing these verses. They're such a God-send -- if i used that correctly. :]

God Bless you!

Joni said...

Hi, Rachel! Yes, it is mind-boggling that God loves us so much...that His heart is so tendered toward us that He wants us to know that He's holding us. "In Him all things hold together." May He always "hold us together" as we lean and rely on Him. His love no one can fathom.

Diana said...

thank you for these verses! after 6 years, I have just given birth to a handsome little boy!!!! last night was my first strong attack from satan through post pardem depression and I remember how debilitating ppd was the first time around! this time I want to battle this through prayer and scripture! thank you for your wisdom and insight but most especially that you have a relationship with Christ that you want to share with others!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting these scriptures.

Anonymous said...

I also was looking for bible scripture for aniety and panic and found your page , After reading them all i found myself in tears and felt a relief i always knew i wasnt alone i just needed to be reassured. Thank you so much

Hairdoo said...

My depression and anxiety came from out of no where with no warning! It is the hardest thing I have ever gone through, and some days I feel as if u cannot do it another day. It hurts to the point I feel as if I'm going crazy! I tried anti depressants and they made it worse, they are not for me. Before the depression came on I had been praying to God, asking him for help with a gambling addiction. I had also prayed and asked the lord to bring me closer to him. I beleive that what I am going through is an answer to my prayers. I have completly stopped gambling, and never want to step foot in a casino again. I have also prayed and got closer to God, although I must confess I sometimes question my faith especially on hard days! I will continue to pray, and beleive this is the answer to my prayers. Thank you for giving me hope that god will be there for me.

Joni said...

Hi, Hairdoo,
I just wanted to encourage you to keep meditating on these Scriptures. They will help you see how truly loved you are by God. He used my suffering to drive me to His Word and to a real relationship with Him.Let your suffering drive you to Jesus. Even on days when you don't feel loved or that He cares, don't you believe it! What helped me through depression and panic was relying on His Truth and not on what my thoughts told me or on what I felt. When I gave up all reliance on my thoughts and feelings and just focused on praising Him and seeking Him in prayer and in His Word, my thoughts and feelings changed. The next day, when those old thoughts and feelings came back, I just did the same thing--focusing on my God and His Word--praising Him, praying to Him, finding help in His Scriptures. Slowly I began to stop having those dark thoughts and thoughts of joy began to replace them. Don't give up, sweet friend. Ask God to help you not give up and then stay focused on Him. He will walk you to freedom in Christ. :)

Anonymous said...

This does, and will continue to help me. I have been so depressed, homesick, and lonely for the past 5 years that my chect has hurt at times. I stopped exercising and ate so little when I returned to the city where I live from my family reunion in September.

I am 1000 miles from any family or friends. My wife and I moved here to be closer to her parents, but they rarely visit. I actually felt loved and like I belonged where and to whom I was with at the family reunion. This may sound minor to some, but try being away from everything you have known your entire life in a polluted, congested big city with no family for 5 long, agonizing years. I finish school next year, so I will be able to earn a decent income when I return to my small town. Summer 2012 is my goal, here is another verse that helps me stay positive.

Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it."
Ezra 10:4

I will be visiting this blog regularly. Thanks for posting

Joni said...

When David was going through a hard time, the Psalms tells us he encouraged himself in the Lord. I would encourage you to remember that no matter where you are, God is there with you. You can talk to Him about everything and ask for His help. He created you for fellowship with Him. Spend some time getting to know Him and your 2 years will pass quickly. :)

Tracy said...

I thank you so much for posting this blog. I had been dealing with anxiety/panic attacks, as well as depression for a few years. I was feeling like I was trapped inside myself and could not get out. My weight was going up and down. The past 2 days, I felt like I have been under attack. I was having back to back panic attacks. I was having suicidal thoughts. I called my pastor and we prayed. My mind was racing sooo bad, I could not get my thoughts together to do anything else. He gave me one of the same scriptures that you posted (2nd Timothy 1:7 for GOD has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. the devil was trying to make mefeel like I was loosing my mind, but that scripture helped me. I googled Bible scriptures to fight Depression and your blog came up. I want to say thank you for being obedient. This blog has truly reminded me of what I need to do to beat this thing. So I thank GOD for you, and continue to let GOD use you to do HIS work!

Joni said...

Thank you, Tracy, for your encouragement. I hope you continue to lean on these verses every day. When panic gets a hold of your mind, you need to renew your mind with God's Truth so that you eventually cancel out all those lies your panicked mind is telling you. God's Word has been and continues to be my lifeline. And His Word is stronger than your fears. I know that because His Word was stronger than mine. :)

Wesley said...

Thank you, especially for not being simplistic, although simple and straightforward. I have a constant struggle and am going through a rough spot.

Anonymous said...

What a blessing to come across these verses! A loved one who was in the military is in deep destruction with
alcoholism and PTSD. As I was reading them, I found myself in tears and felt relief and joy! I shared these verses with a PTSD site, which asked for suggestions.
Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to thank you for posting the scriptures that you did. I have not been going to church lately and have never had a real relationship with God. In the last year I moved to a new city with only my boyfriend and started to fall into a bit of a slump. It's been a trying two years since I graduated college and while I thought I running away from my problems was easier than confronting them, I think overtime I have only made my situation worse. On top of all of those feelings and being extremely homesick, I recently underwent a traumatic event where I had a blood infection and emergency surgery was highly likely. I did not end up having to go into surgery, but after recovering I had a horrible experience where I had a panic attack at a movie theater and had to leave immediately. I feel like I'm falling deeper and deeper into this pit and I have nowhere else to turn. My mother has been trying to feed me the word the last couple of years but I tend to block out what she's saying because I wasn't ready. Im at a point where I need saving and after reading your story, I can directly identify with everything you experienced (especially the agoraphobia) which I hate to use the term but it is what it is. During that low point in your life did did you ever experience a disconnection from reality, where you feel as though you're just going through the motions? I've been experiencing horrible thoughts that pop into my head and I know it's the enemy attacking me while I'm feeling low. I take comfort in the scriptures you wrote because they seem to lift my spirit, thank you for your beautiful post and message from God, he is using you to touch other peoples' lives.

Joni said...

Yes, I experienced short times of disconnection from reality. Anxiety can have so many effects on our minds. That's why it is so important to let Christ and His Word fill our hearts and minds. His Word and His Presence in our lives is healing. He is our Safe Place, our Fortress, our Shield and Defender. I encourage you to turn back to Him and cry out to Him for His help. "The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. (Ro. 8:6, NIV)

Anonymous said...

ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU GOOD jOB THANKS BE TO GOD FOR YOUR FAITHFULLNESS

Joni K said...

Hello, Joni.
Thank you for posting this! I have been praying for a way to get rid of the anxiety. I have just developed it a few weeks ago after doing something I wasn't suppose to do out of temptation. I felt like I was going to die. It's funny, because my dad was telling me that God has a way and he will make a way for me, and I pray and pray, all of a sudden I look up scriptures, and it's from someone with the same name as me, (Joni), and the scriptures actually mean something. God does have his ways! I just pray a whole lot that I don't have to live with this, that I can be normal again. Today I woke up crying all morning and I'm still randomly bursting into tears. I feel all stiff, and it's like I haven't felt like myself in a while. I miss my old happy self. I'm only 15 too. I don't want to have to go through all of this now, or ever. It's scary, but I know that God is here for me. Every time I pray he has calmed my mind and calmed the pressure and panic in me. It's just now I feel weak and tired, but I couldn't go to sleep again. It's daytime. I just really need a lot of prayer, and to keep reading these scriptures. Plant them inside my head. I need to find my strength again. But anyway, thank you. It means a lot to me.

Joni said...

Hi, Joni K! I am so glad to meet someone else who has my name. There are not a lot of us out there. :) God will be your refuge as you lean on Him, Joni. Once you become convinced that He loves you and is right by your side to help you, (and reading these verses every morning & evening will help), your attacks will lessen. The battlefield is in our minds. We need to wallpaper our minds with God's Word instead of the lies we've been believing about ourselves and our circumstances. May God grant you His peace quickly.

Your sister in Christ,
Joni

Anonymous said...

Please pray for just found out that I am sufferingfrom depression. staring looking for bible verse to help after a 2nd occiasson, were i almost went back to hostipal. any did googl search and found you. i do belive with all my heart that with these verse and prayer i can win this battle.

Joni said...

I don't know about you, but when I struggle with depression, it's usually because I've let my negative circumstances become the focus of my thoughts instead of focusing on my God who loves me very much and who is HUGE! He is able to help me through any problem or circumstance--even when it's ongoing. Refocusing on God's mercy and grace and power through prayer and reading His Word helps turn my thoughts from darkness to the light of the hope I have in Him. God is greater than our fears. Jesus is the light of the world! He can bring His light into any darkness. You may also want to consider counseling to help you as well. Praying God will help you find His hope, peace, and love that is available to you through Jesus Christ. Christ lives in you. He is your Light and your hope of glory.

Your sister in Christ,
Joni

Anonymous said...

I have really bad deression and anxiety somerimes,especially when it comes to relationships. I've always had bad relationships and even grew up seeing my parents and their bad relationship. I guess I always expect to have people hurt me and do me wrong. I even have dreams about them betraying me or hurting me. This site with your verses from the bible have helped me a lot. I even woke up right now from a bad dream which had me feeling soo hurt and I read thesese verses and instantly felt calm. I especially like the one where god says something in terms of how we could be scared of men who will die when he our creater who is all powerful is with us. That alone makes me feel worlds better. Thank you for these verses again!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! I speak PEACE, JOY & HAPPINESS over all that suffered from depression, anxiety, fear and doubt (panic). This POST is Beautiful and I speak blassing over our life in JESUS NAME!!! Blessing everyone!

Anonymous said...

I am a Christian and I love God with all my heart....I have suffered from depression and anxiety all my life, I am now 44 years old, a single mother of 4 and battling this monster only seems to get worse..i wonder at times if God has forsaken me, if he hears my pleas for relief..I am tired of living in fear..people say what are you scared of and when i answer i don't know they look at me like i am nuts..sometimes i think i am because the fear is so bad i can't drive, i can't eat, i can't take a walk..oh how I pray that these scriptures will calm the storm inside of me...please keep me in your prayers and my oldest two children who suffer from the same thing...

thank you and God bless you

Joni said...

For me, most of my fears came from not knowing who God truly was and how He really felt about me. Once I started doing the Beth Moore Bible study, Believing God, I found my answer. God tells us who He is and what He can do and who we are in Christ and what we can do. I was ignorant about so many things, but once I started getting into God's Word and having a real, honest relationship with Him through honest, humble prayer, through praise and worship, through praying His Word, I began to change. I know God's Word will help you. Keep reading the Scriptures until they seep into your inner being. God's Word is life to us, and joy and peace. Jeremiah says in chapter 15, "Your words were found and I ate them, and your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I have been called by your name, O LORD God of Hosts." (NASB)

Believe God loves you--deeply and unconditionally--and start receiving it by telling yourself God loves you and by thanking Him for His marvelous grace, unconditional love, and tender mercies.

MsBev said...

I can't tell you how much I relate to these posts. I am an incest survivor in what seems like crisis mode for the past couple of years...ever since just before my mother past away. The panic attacks I have been having last for a whole day while at work and I just keep moving thru work with the belief that I am doing something wrong. I am being continually attacked by the enemy and it's quite frightening at times. I don't want the fear but it's there anyway...and these verses you posted help somewhat but I know I need much more...bible study, fellowship and a more intimate relationship with Christ! Please pray for me as I begin to find my way back to the Father and my creator. Thank you....

Joni said...

I will pray for you, and I know that as you draw nearer to God, your heavenly Father who loves you beyond measure, will draw near to you. "For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Ps. 62:5-8, ESV

Dora said...

Please pray for me as I deal with anxiety. My doctor called me a train wreck and I thoughht I wa doing better. I turn to this page to help me sleep.
praying for peace.

Joni said...

I wish your doctor had stated your condition with more compassionate words, for your sake. Know that God specializes in putting the pieces of our lives back together as we cry out to Him and lean on Him and on His Word. Peace to you.
:)
Joni

Anonymous said...

Joni,

I am a wife and mom and my marriage is suffering. I searched for verses to calm anxiety because I feel out of control. Your page appeared and reading your encouraging words to others and your wonderful verses helped me so much. I also use Phil. 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." This verse reminds me that we are allowed as God's children to ask for what we want and if it is what is right he will guide us there. It also tells me to be thankful, becuase even if we dont understand now, one day he will show us why things happen. Please keep my marriage and daughter in your prayes and also for my anxiety to cease. Thank you again for your wonderful words of encouragement and wisdom.

Joni said...

I am so sorry for the struggles you are going through. Praying that God will intervene in your life, your husband's life, and your daughter's life. There is so much we just cannot handle on our own. It takes a big God to work everything out. Thankfully, our God is huge! Jesus tells us everything is possible with God. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Trust in Him and seek Him through prayer and His Word. You can tell Him everything and ask Him for healing and for help. In fact, He encourages us to come to Him and pray to Him and when we earnestly seek Him, He promises we will find Him. Jesus will show you the way.

Anonymous said...

After caving in and breaking down tonight I decided to read this. It helped me so much, and opened my eyes. Please pray for me. Cause I know I am not saved..

Joni Woodward said...

Prayed for you dear one. Please check this link:
http://4laws.com/laws/english/flash/

and find out how to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your own Savior and Redeemer. He loves you and wants to save you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing these!

Joni Woodward said...

I hope the Lord speaks to you through them as He did to me. He is our Shield and Helper and our Glorious Sword. We are more than overcomers in Christ Jesus! :)

Anonymous said...

With God, anything is possible. we should
not worry and panic over things because God has a plan for us. Reading this showed me that I should not worry about the problems I am having. Thank you so much for these bible verses... Let Go and Let God :)

Joni Woodward said...

Hi, Anonymous,
Being concerned and being worried are two different things, in my opinion. We can be concerned about problems so we pray about them and ask for God's intervention. While we wait, we can actively draw closer to God and focus on our relationship with Jesus, looking for His direction--and that will keep us from worrying. We can cast all our anxiety on Him and be confident that He hears us and will help us as we continue to seek Him and obey Him in all things. :)

In Need of his love said...

Feeling unsure about life and the role I play in it has put me into a state of mind that I would never wish on anyone, and I know turning to the Lord he would supply me with the strength and love that I need. Its just hard because I feel alone and like I am carrying everything on my shoulders. I thank you for taking the time to share some verses that would help me threw my day to day struggle of trying to find peace within myself and knowing only my God can bring me to that place.

Joni said...

Jesus is the Rock you can stand on. Whenever stress gets to be too much and my mind begins to scramble for a foothold, I get on my knees and cry out to God. I get into His Word, His Promises, and take Him at His Word. His Word is living and active (Heb. 4:12) and powerful to destroying strongholds (1 Corin. 10:4-5) You can rely on your Rock, your Savior. He is your stability. Praying the blessings of the knowledge of Him for you.

Anonymous said...

I read these every morning when I first wake up.. out seems to be the only thing to help get me out of bed and get my day started. I am wanting more information on what Beth Moore studies you did. was looking yesterday and she has many different ones. again thanks for this post out helps me alot.

Joni said...

I'm so sorry to be late responding to your comment. I've been offline for a few days. I know what you mean about the verses helping you get out of bed. They are "soul-food" and our souls desperately need to be fed morning, noon, and night and inbetween. :) The Beth Moore studies that helped me in 2004 were Believing God, Breaking Free, and To Live Is Christ.

geneve said...

All these verses give me chills all over from shoulders to my arms ...and brings a really big smile.

Ive had two miscarriages in the year 2010 first one in february 19th..second one august 29th..d&c was followed after my second one on september 1st or 2nd..then in october id wake up ina sweat panicking....heart pounding...crying for my mom for a few nights and i went into deep depression...got out of it after a month..and i deal with anxiety everday of my life after october 2010 ...i am now dealing with bad anxiety panic attacks n depression..ive gotten bad the pass two months where i do not leave the house...i live in fear im hopeless.....i cry day n night i cry for my husband hestirocally grabbing his arms n legs not to leave me when he goes to work...he had to quit yesterday because of my issue....i am not trying to seek help its so scary i cant leave the house to even see a dr...the medications do nothing...the devil is trying to attack me...I NEED YOU LORD !!!! SET ME FREE FROM THIS.....THE DEVIL IS A LIAR MY GOD.....I NEED U I LOVE U..I BEG U TO TAKE ALL THIS AWAY MY GOD...IM ONLY 20 MY LORD J CAN NOT TAKE FEELING THIS WAY....I CRY OUT TO U MY GOD.....I BELIEVE U WILL HELP ME FIGHT THIS DEVIL OFF ME...HES EVIL .....:'( O LORD I BEG TO HEAL ME FROM THIS...ITS BREAKIN ME MENTALLY PHYSICALLY EMOTIONALLY ....

geneve said...

We will get through this ...in the name of jesus and the holy ghost christ almighty...GOD IS GONNA TAKE OUR HAND AND LEAD US THE RIGHT WAY AND HELP US GET THROUGH IT ALL..GOD WILL NOT GIVE US ANYTHING WE CAN NOT HANDLE..ITS THE DEVIL...AND WE WILL FIGHT WITH GOD BY OUR SIDE !!!

Stephanie Boles said...

Thank you for this post!

Darlene said...

Thank you Joni for this post, this is exactly what I was looking for. I'm going through a particularly bad period of anxiety and have been off work for 5 weeks. I keep praying for God to heal me so I can work and it feels like God isn't answering me. I know he answers prayer and hasn't forgotten me. I really needed these verses. Please pray for me.

Joni said...

Prayed for you, Darlene. Remember God has a plan for your life and it is a good plan. Read Jeremiah 29:11-14 several times. Let the words sink in. God never leaves His people in captivity when they cry out to Him. He is trustworthy. :)

Darlene said...

Thank you Joni, I appreciate you praying for me. I know God has a plan for me, but I worry about my job security. I know I shouldn't, but my mind keeps drifting there. I keep asking the Lord to increase me faith thinking it's my fault I'm not being healed because thoughts of worry continue to haunt me. I try so hard to praise God when those thoughts come. Please continue to pray for me. Thank you.

Joni said...

Romans 8 is a great chapter to meditate on when fighting worry. It's on my list of passages to memorize. I love the first verse that helps dispel guilt--There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Anonymous said...

Joni, I thank God for your testimony!! I battle with anxiety and was told by the doctor that I was depressed as well. After years of feeling alone I became agoraphobic. I am not where I want to be because I still experience attacks or become saddened but I am thankful that I am not where I use to be - afraid to leave the house. I look forward to meditating on the Scriptures you listed and experiencing God's love for me. Thanks for posting.!

Joni said...

Praying God fills your innermost being with the Holy Spirit so that you may experience the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

:)

Monica said...

Joni, thank you for making this available. My panic and anxiety have all but squashed the life out of me. I need peace from this.

Joni said...

Hi, Monica. I know what you mean. Relying on The truth of what Gods Word says instead of what our thoughts tell us or what we feel makes all the difference. :) don't give up. God is for you. He is with you. He is mighty to save. We have His word on it.

Gerald Sapp said...

Thank You so much for posting these verses. I have been struggling with anxiety and the fear of my mortality but reading this verses has help my to understand that I a not in control but God is, and I choose to trust Him completely again than you. God Bless

Joni said...

So glad God is speaking to you through His Word. :)