Last Updated on February 5, 2024 by Rayna Piazza
One of my goals in life is to eliminate anxious thoughts and live in the peace of God for all of my days. And I bet you feel the same way since you clicked on this post!
Having anxious thoughts is not a result of a lack of faith. It is a mental health struggle that many Christians deal with. Don’t let yourself believe that you are an anxious person and you’ll always have to deal with fear. This is not true! With God’s help, you will be completely healed of fear and anxiety and you will give your testimony to encourage others.
Table of Contents
- Where Does Anxiety Come From?
- How Does God Want Me To Handle Anxiety?
- 9 Practical Ways To Overcome Anxiety
- Root Causes of Anxiety Attacks
- Be Honest With Yourself To Overcome Anxiety
Where Does Anxiety Come From?
Anxiety issues stem from unhealthy belief systems that we develop in our childhood and throughout life. If left untreated these negative thought patterns can cause panic attacks, social anxiety, and can even affect our physical health. As a believer, you can take your feelings of fear to Jesus and He will heal you.
In this post, you’ll learn:
- how to usher in God’s presence by praying
- how to decree bible verses against feelings of fear
- how to journal about your anxious thoughts.
How Does God Want Me To Handle Anxiety?
In 2 Corinthians 10:5, we are taught to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Taking a thought into the obedience of Jesus Christ means that we make sure each thought lines up with the truth of God’s word. Here’s the scripture:
We are destroying arguments and all arrogance raised against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,2 Corinthians 10:5, NASB
This means that we think about our thoughts and determine whether or not each thought agrees with the word of God. If the thought is a lie then we bring it to truth.
For example, if you get anxious when you think that you might fail at something (fear of failure) then you can bring that thought to the obedience of Jesus Christ by quoting the scripture, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
I encourage you to study the bible verses you quote over yourself. Let’s look at the benefits of Philippians 4:13 cited in The Amplified Bible.
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]Philippians 4:13, The Amplified Bible
According to Philippians 4:13, you are strengthened and empowered by Jesus to:
- fulfill His purpose for your life
- become self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency
- be ready for anything
- become infused with inner strength and confident peace
Now that is what I’m talking about! The truth of Philippians 4:13 counteracts the lie that you should fear failure.
Your destiny as a child of God includes total healing of fear in your daily life. Let’s look at nine practical ways to overcome anxiety with powerful tools for breakthrough and victory.
9 Practical Ways To Overcome Anxiety
- Start to become conscious of your thought life and think about what you’re thinking about
- Change negative thoughts to positive thoughts by focusing on the truth of God’s word
- Pray and ask Holy Spirit for healing from anxiety, forgive others who have hurt you, and let go of bitterness
- Start journaling your thoughts regularly and focus on God’s love for you
- Learn calming techniques like taking deep breaths, walking away to a quiet place, or calling a friend when you have anxious thoughts
- Assess your surroundings when anxious feelings strike and utilize relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation
- Become self-aware of what exactly happens when you start to feel anxiety (your thoughts, the actions of others, other factors) and journal about it
- Calm yourself with positive thoughts like, “I am okay. This will pass. I am not in any danger. I can trust Jesus in this moment. I am safe.”
- Create daily decrees to speak over your life each morning using bible verses that combat anxiety and fear. (Tip: Below I’ve included several bible verses to overcome fear!)
Now let’s look at the causes of anxiety attacks to uncover the root of your emotional pain.
Root Causes of Anxiety Attacks
The root causes of anxiety attacks are not fully understood because they are complex and unique to each person. The key to understanding anxiety symptoms lies in each individual’s history, personality, and environment.
Recognizing what causes your anxiety is exactly what you need to overcome it. You are looking for the root cause, specifically an event from your life that changed your belief system.
Anxiety and negative thinking are initiated by triggers and times of distress that can be exhausting and even crippling in some cases. But with Christian counseling, learning coping methods, and leaning into Jesus there is hope. You are not alone and Jesus is going to heal you.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it is estimated that 40 million people in the United States are living with anxiety disorders. That’s 19% of the population!
Jesus wants to heal you from responding to times of anxiety and stressful situations with feelings of worry and fear. Let’s dive deeper into some practical ways to overcome anxiety by asking ourselves the following questions.
Practical Questions To Ask Yourself To Get To The Root Cause Of Fear And Anxiety In Your Life
Here are some practical questions to ask yourself to get to the root cause of your feelings of fear, anxious thoughts, and negative thinking patterns.
- When was the first time I felt this way?
- What situation does this remind me of?
- Have I been through this feeling of worry before? When was it and what happened?
- Are my fears valid? Why or why not?
- On a scale of 1-10, how much anxiety do I feel?
- What bible verses combat each specific fear?
You don’t have to answer all of the questions. The goal is to search your heart to find the root cause of the fear and anxiety you are experiencing. However, if these questions make you feel stuck I encourage you to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you the answers. Sometimes a traumatic event is hidden in our subconscious and it takes time for the memory to surface.
Bible Verses Against Fear To Use For Daily Decrees
- “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
- “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
- “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?” Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
- “But now, this is what the Lord says— He who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'” Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)
- “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
- “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 (NIV)
Journaling Resources To Calm Anxious Thoughts
Journaling is the best thing to do to get your thoughts down on paper and navigate your way through healing feelings of anxiety. I like to use journaling as my first step to uncovering the root causes of my anxious thoughts. This helps to get to the real reason why I am feeling anxious. Based on my emotional wellness journey, I have created four self-help journals that can assist you with guided journaling. They are:
- Emotional Wellness Journal – deals with triggers
- Mindset Journal – deals with your thoughts
- 30-Day Gratitude Journal – changes your focus to gratitude and positivity
- Therapy Journal – for use with your therapist before, during, and after counseling sessions
Be Honest With Yourself To Overcome Anxiety
You are going to have to be honest with yourself to overcome anxiety. It is important to consider that the root causes of anxiety are often not clear and can include many factors. By journaling and being honest with yourself you can uncover the root of the problem. Sometimes you may need mental health professionals to help you with coping methods. This is okay too. I have seen a Christian therapist for over ten years and it’s been an amazing experience for my mental health.
Don’t Overlook Symptoms Of Anxiety
Do not overlook the symptoms of anxiety, as they do need to be dealt with so that your emotions can be healed. Anxiety can even lead to depression or worse if it is not treated properly. God’s plan for you is to prosper you, give you a future, and for you to live in hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
No matter if anxiety has been aggravating you for two weeks or over two decades, it needs to be dealt with. And always remember Isaiah 54:17!
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.Isaiah 54:17, NASB
This blog post contains my own opinions and is not medical advice for my readers.
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If you liked this post, be sure to also read these blog posts on emotional wellness:
- What Is A Trigger And Why Is Everyone Talking About It?
- 7 Steps To Understand The Stages Of Emotional Healing
- Emotional Wellness Journal Guide For Mental Health
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