You know the Bible says you should not be anxious or afraid. But sometimes those thoughts and feelings seem to overtake your heart and mind even when you don’t want them to.
Cooperating with God to overcome your fear and anxiety will involve many things; caring for your physical health, optimizing your lifestyle, learning to take charge of your thoughts, and practicing standing firmly on God’s side in the controversy between good and evil. Of course one of the most powerful tools you can use in this journey is God’s Word.
Here are 10 Scriptures for overcoming fear and anxiety to put in your mind and heart, with some brief commentary. Meditate on these Scriptures, and your mind and emotions will become freer and more positive.
1. Fear is NOT from God.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV
Fear is a natural human response to many things, but it does not come from God. When you feel fear, you can know that it is not God speaking. The mind God has promised you is clear, strong, and more than able to deal with whatever He allows into your life. You can claim that sound mind today.
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What are you so worried about? What are you so afraid of?
The Bible says we should not be anxious or afraid. There are approximately 100 times where God says in some way “Fear not.” Followers of Jesus are not to be carrying worry. Here are just a few such Scriptures:
- “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 MEV
- “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God.” Philippians 4:6 MEV
- “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Mattthew 6:34, NIV
Can you imagine Peter, John, or Paul stressing over where their next meal would come from? Or worrying about what other people thought of the life they were living for Jesus? Or wringing their hands over what the devil might be up to? Or lying awake at night, fearful they would mess up the mission Jesus had entrusted to them?
Of course not!
Fear and anxiety can be expensive, debilitating, and keep you from the Fully Alive life that Jesus came to give each one of us. If fear and anxiety has been your way of life, you know how hard it can be to break free. Your thoughts and feelings can seem out of your control. Doesn’t God know that?
Thank God there is a way out! “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (1 Timothy 1:7)
But how do you get there?
The Path to Fearlessness
The men and women who knew Jesus best didn’t start out confident and unafraid. The disciples nearly lost it in fear when the storm engulfed their small fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. “Don’t you care that we’re all going to die?!” they shouted at Jesus.
In the midst of storm Jesus stood up and rebuked the wind and the waves. And then He rebuked His disciples. “Why were you afraid? Why were you afraid when I was with you?” (See Mark 4:36-41)
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You’re afraid. You’re anxious and upset. So you pray. And pray some more. But what about when your fear and anxiety are still there? Does being afraid mean your spiritual life is somehow weak? What are you doing wrong?
The connection between spirituality and fear (or no fear) is not always a simple one. As a believer you know God has an answer to your problems, so when you feel anxious or afraid you go to Him for a solution. There may be times when you feel as though He is really helping you. Your prayers seem to calm your mind or help you rest better. You’re grateful. God has come through.
At other times you may feel even worse when you pray. You start grasping at anything you can think of to try and get relief from God for how you feel. You read your Bible more, go to church more, or practice some spiritual warfare technique you’re read about. You try to get help from other believers or at a special Christian event. But it feels like a vicious cycle; the more you struggle to find God’s answer, the more upset and anxious you become.
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I hope you were able to join us on Facebook Live on Monday evening, as we launched our 90 day countdown to the release my new book Overcoming Fear and Anxiety through Spiritual Warfare coming on June 6, 2017. If you weren’t able to join us, the video is on our FB page, and I’d love you to watch it!
This book will help you understand the root causes of your fear and anxiety, and discover practical and spiritual strategies to overcome those symptoms and live a life of freedom! You can see more about the book at www.defeatyourfear.com. I hope you check it out!
As part of our countdown to the book release, I want to invite you to be part of our exclusive Launch Team!
What is a Launch Team? Nothing more than a group of people who agree to read the book, and tell their friends about it!
Specifically, as part of our Launch Team, you agree to:
- Read the book
- Tell your friends on social media about the book, and the message it contains
- Share a review of the book on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or other online retailers
- Share about the book in any other creative ways you can
As a member of our Launch Team, we’ll make it easy for you to do those items. We’ll help you know just what to do and when, and provide you tools that will make it easy to do so.
You tell your friends about other helpful and interesting things already, right? Here’s your chance to share something with them that can help them find a life of FREEDOM from fear and anxiety.
We’re not opening up our Launch Team to everyone. Our publisher has asked us to keep the Launch Team only for residents of the United States, and we have a finite number of space available. So if you haven’t applied to be a member of the Launch Team already, I hope you’ll do so now!
As a member of our Launch Team, you’ll receive a number of benefits absolutely FREE!
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My friend Kathrine Lee likens each of your body’s cells to a baby bird with a wide open mouth, crying, “Feed me! Feed me!” If you dump enough dirt on the baby birds, they’ll be quiet for a time. But if the dirt doesn’t kill them, they’ll soon start crying for food again. So it is with you. Filling your stomach with junk food will stop your hunger pains—for now. But if your cells aren’t getting the nutrition they need, they’ll soon start crying for food again. And those cells crave a lot more than just calories.
What you eat makes a difference for your physical health (including your weight!), your psychological wellbeing, and just about every other aspect of your life. So, how do we satisfy those starving-baby-bird cells? You need a healthy eating plan.
If there’s one thing that makes a bigger difference than anything else, it’s going unprocessed. Food that’s in a package with a long shelf life and a long list of ingredients is processed! The less processed a food is, generally the better for your health.
As for the specifics, here’s a Healthy Eating Plan that will serve you well (unless you have truly unusual health issues.) It’s not a diet! It’s a way to eat for the rest of your life.
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