41 Bible Affirmations for Anxiety

Last Updated on March 7, 2024 by Lindsay Delk, RDN

Do you suffer from anxiety? If so, you are not alone. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. Did you know that the Bible has a lot to say about anxiety? In fact, there are dozens of verses that can be used as Bible affirmations for anxiety.

I usually write about using nutrition and supplements to improve your mental health. But I believe in a holistic approach to treatment that may include medication, psychotherapy, exercise, relaxation techniques, and meditation (including Bible meditation). In this blog post, I will give you 41 Christian affirmations for anxiety and discuss how you can use them to reduce your anxiety symptoms.

This post was written by Lindsay Delk, RDN. It is for informational purposes and is not intended to replace medical advice or instructions given by your healthcare provider. 

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What Is Anxiety?

It’s normal to feel some stress and anxiety from time to time. A certain amount of stress can actually be helpful in getting us motivated and keeping us alert. But when stress and anxiety become too much, they can take a toll on our physical and mental health. Chronic stress can lead to a number of problems, including trouble sleeping, headaches, an upset stomach, and low energy.

Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension, fear, or worry. It can be mild or severe. People with anxiety may feel restless, tense, and on edge. They may have trouble sleeping and concentrating. Anxiety can be caused by stress, life transitions, and other factors.

There are different types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder (SAD), and phobias. Treatment for anxiety often includes medication, therapy, and self-care measures such as relaxation techniques and exercise.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress, there are things you can do to manage it better. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional if you’re struggling to cope.

What Are Affirmations?

Affirmations are positive statements that you say to yourself on a regular basis to help you challenge and overcome negative thoughts. They can help change your negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mood.

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Using Christian Affirmations for Anxiety

Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to help manage your anxiety. One strategy shown to be effective is using affirmations.

It’s useful to recite your affirmations several times a day. And repeat them as soon as you engage in the negative thought or behavior that you want to overcome.

When you’re feeling anxious, the word of God can be a great place to find peace. These Bible verses remind us that God is in control and that He loves us and has a plan for our lives.

There are several types of meditation that people use for anxiety relief, and meditating on these verses is a type of meditation for Christians.

If you are struggling with anxiety, taking some time to meditate on God’s word can be very helpful. You might not always feel like doing it, but you will probably feel better afterward.

41 Bible Affirmations for Anxiety

Here are 41 scriptures (from the New King James version) that you can recite when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
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. (I Peter 5:6-7)
Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10a)
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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. (Isaiah 41:10)
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
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. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, "Fear not, I will help you." (Isaiah 41:13)
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. (Isaiah 43:2-3a)
Come to me, all you 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 humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
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I will lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
Say to those who are fearful-hearted, "Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you." (Isaiah 35:4)
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:1-3)
Close up of Psalm 23 for Bible affirmations for anxiety
Yea, 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. (Psalm 23:4)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6)
He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:4)
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. (John 14:1)
These things I (Jesus) have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17)
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)
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He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young. (Isaiah 40:11)
Unless the Lord had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence. If I say, "My foot slips," Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. (Psalm 94:17-19)
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose help is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. (Psalm 61:1-4)
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. (Psalm 56:3)
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Peace I (Jesus) 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. (John 14:27)
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities. (Psalm 31:7)
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6)
Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in Him!" (Lamentations 3:22-24)
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Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties. (Psalm 139:23)
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

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