10 Verses about Fear and Anxiety to Remind Us God Is in Control

Debbie McDaniel

iBelieve Contributing Writer
Updated Aug 25, 2023
10 Verses about Fear and Anxiety to Remind Us God Is in Control

Fear. One of the enemy’s most popular weapons that he uses against us. Worry, anxiety, fear…can overwhelm us with a thick shadow of darkness, controlling our every move and decision.

So much crazy going on around us today - wars, conflicts, persecution, violence, crime, natural disasters, terrorism, economic uncertainty, unemployment, divisions, disease, death. We fear for our children’s future, we fear for our families, we fear for our financial future, we fear for our safety. The list goes on…long. There actually is a lot we could potentially worry about.

Yet reality tells us that so much of what we spend our time worrying about never even happens. Living under the weight of the "what if's" is a hard place to dwell.

I struggled with fear and worry for years. But through time, I began to find that the things that once would have sent me down an anxious spiral, no longer had the same effect. It didn’t happen quickly but over days, months, years.

I read words - of life - of truth. Soaking them in, over and over, praying them out loud. Until they became so familiar, they replaced the other things in my mind that I’d battled against. There’s nothing magical about words and verses, but there is power through them because they’re God’s words.

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1. Isaiah 41:10

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

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2. 1 John 4:18

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

1 John 4:18

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3. Psalm 94:19

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19

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4. 2 Timothy 1:7

“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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5. Psalm 23:4

“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.”

Psalm 23:4

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6. Proverbs 12:25

"An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.”

Proverbs 12:25

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7. Matthew 6:34

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:34

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8. 1 Peter 5:6-7

“Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:6-7

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9. Isaiah 35:4

“Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…”

Isaiah 35:4

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10. Mark 6:50

“Immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'” – Mark 6:50

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God Is Greater

He gives us the power to live courageously, boldly, fearlessly in this life, when many things that surround us would tell us to be afraid. His truth whispers strong and sure to the deepest core of our spirits.

All of that stuff on your mind? Give it to Him – again. Replace those fearful thoughts with His words of truth. And sleep in peace tonight. He knows what concerns you, He’s got you covered.

Content taken from 33 Verses about Fear and Anxiety to Remind Us: God is in Control by Debbie McDaniel.

Debbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's facebook page, DebbieWebbMcDaniel, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives.
Find her also at https://www.freshdayahead.com and https://twitter.com/debbmcdaniel.

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Originally published Tuesday, 23 August 2016.