Does worry weigh you down? Maybe your mind races when you go in for your annual checkup, afraid you’ll be diagnosed with a terminal illness. Or you might lie awake at night wondering if your spouse is keeping something from you. Perhaps you worry that there will not be enough money at the end of the month. Can you relate?
If so, worry is holding you back. The good news is that it’s possible to overthrow the worry that weighs you down! There are many Scriptures that give us insight on how to handle our worry and anxiety. Reading these won’t make the feelings go away immediately, but when you can gain perspective and realize that God is there for you, it becomes easier to see your way out of worry and into peace. Here are 10 Scriptures that will help you overthrow worry:
- Jeremiah 31:3 – Know you are loved.
I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
- Deuteronomy 31:6 – Trust God is with you.
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
- Philippians 4:6 – Pray about everything.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
- Isaiah 43:1 – Realize you belong.
Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.
- 1 Peter 5:7 – Surrender your worries.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
- John 16:33 – Find peace in Christ.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
- Philippians 4:8 – Rethink how you think.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
- Proverbs 11:14 – Seek wise counsel.
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors, there is safety.
- Lamentations 3:22-23 – God is faithful!
The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness! His mercies begin afresh every morning!
- Romans 8:31 – God is for us!
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
God is faithful and can handle any worry that you have! Whether you’ve struggled with worry for a few days or a few decades, there is hope! But overthrowing worry doesn’t happen overnight. It will take some work on your part to loosen the hold worry has on your life. Are you ready to overthrow worry and make some changes in your life? One simple change you can make is to begin to journal and share any patterns you see of anxiety or fear with a counselor, mentor, or Life Recovery Group.