Overcoming Anxiety, Depression, Worry, and Suicide

During these challenging days, more individuals are feeling daily stress from natural disasters, fires, tornadoes, floods, wars and rumors of wars, protestors, increase in hatred toward Jew people worldwide, and political and economic wickedness in high places. Prophetic leaders say we are living in the Signs of the Times or Last the Days the beginning of sorrow (Matthew 24:8).

However, when we look to our Lord Jesus Christ, we began to realize that we were never created by God to overcome these challenging things in the world alone. The Lord God is our peace that goes beyond our understanding when we place all our focus on Him and trust in His plan and purpose of us.

It is always safe to cast all your cares upon the Lord God for He offers us awesome encouragement through His Word. Here are twenty-four (24) Scripture verses to read and meditate on when you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, depressed, worried, or fearful during your daily activities on your journeying on earth.

Scripture Verses for Meditation

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 lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

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. 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” (Psalm 23:1-4).

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all” (2 Thessalonians 3:16).

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have3 tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Peace, I leave with you My peace I give 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).

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).

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).

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 94:18-19).

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties” (Psalm 139:23).

Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Consider the ravens, for they neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?” (Luke 12:24).

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25).

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4).

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).

Being confident of this very thing, that He who have begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

  1. Connection with God: Prayer allows us to connect intimately with God, renewing our strength and proving wisdom, courage, and comfort.
  2. Stress Reduction: Studies suggest that prayer can reduce stress levels and alleviate feelings of fear.
  3. Emotional Stability: Praying helps individuals surrender their worries and seek guidance from a higher power our Lord God , providing a sense of peace and reassurance.
  4. Spiritually and Trust: By cultivating spiritually with trust, prayer assists one in managing anxiety and promoting calmness and inner peace.

Remember while prayer can be beneficial, it is essential to seek professional help if you are experiencing severe anxiety with thoughts of suicide. Mental health professionals can provide appropriate treatment and support.

A Prayer to help soothe your anxious heart.

Dear Lord, I thank You that I can come to You always for any reason. I am grateful that when I pray to You, You answer me. Help me to come to You at the beginning of my fears and anxieties instead of waiting until I cannot stand them anymore. The quicker I come to You, the better. I want You to cleanse me from ALL my fears. Help me look to You for help more often so that I can be radiant with Your joy. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Remember God cares for you, and His Word provides comfort and strength during anxious moments. May His peace guard your heart, mind, and soul always.

Scripture verses are taken from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible.

By Constance A. Burns, NAAV Volunteer Contributor for Scripture Readings, Spiritual Wellness, and Moments of Meditation, email: info@naavets.org.

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