Anxiety is basically a response to stress. So the logical thing to do would be to reduce the stress that causes anxiety. I wrote a post breaking down stress and giving suggestions on how to deal with it and that would be a good place to start.
We all get anxious sometimes. I found that this happens when will feel a lot of pressure to figure out our future.
Obviously, this isn’t realistic. We’re far from deciding our future and we can’t control it to the point we think we can, and this is why we’re anxious. We feel as though everything is up to us and that adds a lot of pressure.
Like everything, anxiety is addressed in the scripture. Here are some verses speaking on it.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
This addresses how we live thinking we know everything and plan days out as if we have control. This is not to say that you shouldn’t make plans for our days and our future, but we should pray for God to guide us so we can live the way He wants and making sure we’re not making selfish plans. When we realize that he ultimately control our lives and His understanding is much greater than ours, we won’t stress about things so much.
Question to ask: In what ways am I leaning too much on my knowledge and how can I practice putting all my trust in God?
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God understands that life can be hard and scary at times. Prayer is a direct route of communication with God, who can change all our circumstances in a blink of an eye which should comfort us. We shouldn’t forget that God doesn’t exist to serve us but the other way around so don’t pray with the intention of getting what you want without considering the fact that he knows what’s better for you.
Question to ask: What things am I dealing with now that I can pray about and get guidance?
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
A lot of our goals may involve worldly things like money but we need to trust that God will provide for us and let it him be the focus instead.
Question to ask: Is my major/career choice lead by love of money or am I asking God to lead me?
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
This really is the ultimate reassurance that God has got our back. Anxiety is lack of faith so every time we feel anxious, we need to remind ourselves that we’re not really in control of our life.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.
We should talk to God and keep him updated on our life instead bottling everything up and pretend we can handle everything on our own.
Question: What is something I’m struggling with that I need to give to God.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is such an amazing encouragement. Nothing, absolutely NOTHING can separate us from the love of God. So we should stop straying further away from the the right way and actually embrace this blessing.
Question: What are somethings I’ve done that I thought meant God didn’t love me anymore?
2 Timothy 1:7
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
We are strong in God. We should behave accordingly.
If there is a verse you think should be included in here or any of these have helped you with your anxiety, comment down below and let me know your experience.