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21 Bible Verses to Calm Anxiety

Are you experiencing anxiety? You’re not alone. About 40 million adults in the U.S. are currently dealing with anxiety.1 Here’s the thing about anxiety: As real and overwhelming as anxiety feels in the moment, it’s simply your body’s way of keeping you safe—like a smoke alarm when there’s a fire. It’s an alert that something in your life needs healing or attention.

In moments of anxiety, panic or overwhelm, it can be helpful to remember that no matter what you’re facing in life that’s causing anxiety, God’s plan and vision for you is bigger. Much, much bigger! Reading the truth of Bible verses for fear and anxiety, making lifestyle changes, and walking alongside a trusted therapist or friend are great ways to find peace and calm in challenging seasons.

It’s my prayer for you that these 21 Bible verses to calm anxiety will be a reminder that you’re not alone . . . and you can heal!

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Bible Verses for Anxiety

Read these Bible verses to remember that the Lord is with you even in the most stressful times. And it’s okay if you don’t consider yourself a person of faith. Just think of these verses like reminders from a friend when you’re dealing with anxiety. Because you are worthy of healing and peace. (And if you'd like more clarity around what could be contributing to your feelings of stress and anxiety, my friend Dr. John Delony's free anxiety test can help.)

1. Matthew 6:34 (NKJV)

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

2. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

“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

3. Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

4. Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

5. Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.”

6. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

7. John 14:27 (NKJV)

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

8. Psalm 55:22 (NKJV)

“Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

9. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

10. Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

11. Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)  

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 46:10

12. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

13. Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV)  

“There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.”

14. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.”

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15. 2 Kings 20:5 (NKJV)

“I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you.”

16. Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.”

Proverbs 12:25

17. Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

18. Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.

19. Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)

“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

20. Matthew 6:25-27 (NKJV)

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”

21. Psalm 4:8 (NKJV)

“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Psalm 4:8

There Is Hope for Healing Anxiety

I hope these Bible verses for anxiety have helped you find calm in stressful moments. Healing anxiety can be a lifelong process, but you are worthy of wellness and peace. If you’re looking for a deeper understanding of how to make daily choices to start building a more peaceful and joyful life, here are your next steps:

  • Take my friend Dr. John Delony’s free anxiety test to see if any areas of life are contributing to feelings of stress and anxiety.
  • Check out these prayers for anxiety when you’re experiencing a challenge.
  • Start reading Building a Non-Anxious Life to learn the six daily choices that will help you live a life free from anxiety.
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Rachel Cruze

Rachel Cruze is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, financial expert, host of The Rachel Cruze Show, and co-host of Smart Money Happy Hour. Rachel writes and speaks on personal finance, budgeting, investing and money trends. As a co-host of The Ramsey Show, America’s second-largest talk radio show, Rachel reaches millions of weekly listeners with her personal finance advice. She’s appeared on Good Morning America and Fox News and been featured in TIME, REAL SIMPLE and Women’s Health, among others. Through her shows, books, syndicated columns and speaking events, Rachel shares fun, practical ways to take control of your money and create a life you love. Learn More.

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