If you're battling with fear and anxiety, I want you to know that you are not alone. I understand the struggles all too well, as fear has been a constant companion in my life. It felt like fear had stamped itself on every area of my existence.
But I've learned that surrendering those fears to the Lord is a continual process. It's about running back to Him each day, each moment, and asking for His help in facing our fears. Trusting in His steadfastness is essential as we seek the boldness to overcome.
The Lord's deliverance from fear isn't always immediate or final. It's a journey of faith, constantly asking for His strength, for help with our unbelief, and for His promise to hold us in the face of the unknown.
When I was about 7 years old, I was so consumed with fear that I couldn't go into a room by myself without having a full-blown panic attack. My sweet dad came up with these hand movements to help me memorize bible verses specifically about fear. He would point to his eye and I would boldly proclaim, "I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength." (Phil. 4:13) Then my daddy would hold up four fingers and I'd nearly shout, "FOR God did not give me a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Tim. 1:7) These bible verses had more impact than any counseling session I had ever gone to. This is when God's word CAME ALIVE to me.
As I held onto these verses as if they were my life anthem, I saw Jesus remove my fears each day and teach me to trust in Him at a very young age. This completely changed my life. I do believe that the fear of death has been something I've had to daily surrender to God. He's still healing my heart through each season of fighting fears.
That's why I've compiled this list of Bible verses for you. I encourage you to print them out or write them on sticky notes, keeping them close at hand. When anxiety creeps in unexpectedly, having these verses readily available can provide comfort and guidance. They've become ingrained in my heart, offering solace and reminding me of God's faithfulness. Over and over and over.
May these verses encourage your heart and help you press into the Lord as you navigate your fears. Remember, He is steadfast, faithful, and always by your side.
20 Bible Verses for Fear and Anxiety
"It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
"I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears."
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
"But I will call on God,
and the Lord will rescue me.
Morning, noon, and night
I cry out in my distress,
and the Lord hears my voice."
"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken."
"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."
"When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy."
"Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
“Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
“You keep them in perfect peace
whose minds are fixed on you,
because they trust in you.”
"Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
"For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him."
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God did not give me a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
1 Peter 5:7
"Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”