Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bible Verses for Panic, Depression, and 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 in May 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! The reason I began this blog was to share these verses with others who might need them. I used to 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) After completing three Beth Moore Bible Studies and reading these verses daily for about 4 months, I found the courage to pray these verses out loud to God during a panic attack, and the panic left and God's peace flooded in. It took about 20 minutes to pray these verses and when I'd finished, the fear had gone. The next time I had an attack, it took about 10 minutes before I felt the fear leave, and the next time it took all of one verse prayed out loud before the fear left! I could scarcely believe it and ran and told my husband who was in the bedroom getting ready for work.

Please don't think I am against medication for anxiety, panic, and depression. I am not. But I was medication-sensitive and couldn't tolerate the side effects of the SSRIs prescribed to me. I tried them all over a two-year period. I was desperate for relief! However, all I could tolerate was a low-dose sedative. And I took it as needed for about 3 years, and then, when things went from bad to worse, 3 times a day--until I realized, after being in God's Word daily for over a year and praying these Scriptures, I was skipping doses because I'd forget to take them. I'd forget to take them because I stopped experiencing the inner "vibrating" that signaled to me that the dose had worn off and it was time for another. I'd get busy and go my merry way and then realize suddenly that I'd missed the noon dose. I simply didn't need as much of the sedative. Finally, I was able to stop taking it altogether. But I didn't stop suddenly. And I talked to my doctor about it.

These are the Bible studies by Beth Moore that helped increase my faith and my belief and helped me discover who my God really was and what He could do. To discover who Jesus really was and how to have a relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit: Believing God, Breaking Free, To Live is Christ. I also took time out of every day to worship God and sit before Him in humility and silence. I surrendered my will to Him in everything--even panic.

The verses below breathe life and truth and God's peace into me every time I read them and, as I said earlier, stopped my panic attacks. I pray they do the same for others.

Isaiah 41:10 "Fear thou not; for I am with thee; 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."


Meredith said...

I think I have struggled with anxiety all my life, but only within the last year have I started having panic attacks. Since then my thoughts seem to be consumed with what might be wrong with me or what bad thing might happen next. I saw a counselor for 6 months and got helpful tips on how to handle the attacks, but the anxiety is still there. This morning I left for work and had an attack while driving there. I got through it, but decided I just couldn't go to work feeling like this so I turned around to go home and experienced on the highway (going 60 mph, I might add) the worst & longest lasting attack I have ever had. I feel like I am going crazy and a feeling of doom is creeping over me as I feel I'll never be free from this. I also feel that no one understands. I came home and typed in google "verses for anxiety" and your blog came up. I copied these verses and hope to read them and pray them. I've done Believing God a few months ago, but really feel that I need to do it again.
SSRI's have been recommended for me, but I just hate to take medication. It's encouraging to see that you have experienced freedom in your journey & I can only hope that God will do the same for me.

Joni said...

Hang in there, Meredith. Even though you may not sense Him, God is with you. I know the struggle you are up against, and I encourage you to not only read and pray these verses but also completely surrender yourself to Jesus. Just lay yourself on the altar and ask Him to take over. This was a hard step for me because I would be giving up control, but I finally became so desperate I willingly turned my life over to my Lord and Savior. After I did, I wondered why I hadn't done it sooner. I felt such a relief! You really don't have to carry all of your problems all by yourself. "The journey is too hard for you," the angel told Elijah. I believe those words were meant for us, too. We need to take time out away from our rushed schedules and self-imposed agendas and carve out lots of time for God--especially when anxiety and panic are wreaking havoc in our lives. God blesses our attempts to seek and find Him. :)

Meredith said...

Thank you so much for the encouragement! It is so nice to really feel that someone understands. I realized some time ago that my issues with control were also tied up in the panic, but as you said giving up control seems really frightening. It's a cruel trick though because I know that I don't really even have control so my efforts are just grasping at the wind anyway. Why it is so hard to give it up then is a mystery to me. However, I believe you are right and I need to give up control and surrender to Jesus.
I really enjoy your blog and find so much comfort in knowing that you have been where I am. I look forward to gaining from what you have learned in your journey in the future! Thanks again so much!!!

Paula said...

Hi, I was delighted to find this tonight and even sent you and email! Thank you for posting this. I was wondering which of the Beth Moore, Breaking Free books, you had read. There seem to be a few and I was hoping you could perhaps email me a jpeg of what the cover looked like. I know there is a downloadable version of Breaking free day by day as well as a few others and then there is just a book called Breaking Free. Looking forward to your reply!! Blessings sister!

Joni said...

Hi, Paula. I didn't receive your email for some reason. Please try again. My address is .I have the jpg ready to send to you.

Your Sister in Christ

Joni said...

I found your email. for some reason it went into my Spam folder. I answered your email. Sorry about the mix-up.

Joni said...

I found your email. for some reason it went into my Spam folder. I answered your email. Sorry about the mix-up.