How to Alleviate Anxiety with the Word of God
God’s will for our lives begins with, one choosing to walk through life with complete trust in Him and hope in His ability to help us. He does not want us to live a life that is consumed with fear and anxiety. Anxiety comes when we lose hope in what we once believed and prayed about. Moreover, anxiety takes control when we become fearful and filled with worry in our inner mind.
Anxiety deprives a person of peace and saps his or her joy even in the face of simple life situations. If there is anything we should treasure, it should be the gifts of peace and joy from God. However, due to the frailty of mankind and the instability of life circumstances, anxiety grips our hearts, and sometimes it can be difficult to let ourselves off its grip.
When anxiety finds its way into our heart, the only antidote we can trust is the word of God. Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17), then fear comes when we listen to the words of man and the enemy. With the word of God, we can feed our faith and starve our fears and anxiety. We are instructed to feed our spirit with the Word of God. The Bible says,
“Jesus replied, it is written and forever remains written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) and “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” (Proverbs 12:25 NKJV)
Furthermore, the Word of God is the good news about our Lord & Savior Jesus; it is the record of the good words and works that God wrought in and on humanity. To continue, the Word of God empties you of sadness and fills you up with joy. This joy does not come from situation or possession of things, but from God through His Spirit in you. With that being said, “the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)
The Bible also encourages us to,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV)
Applying the Word of God as a spiritual medicine, brings us to think about the faithfulness of God, His love, and His power to turn our situation for good. God wants us to “pay attention to what He says (in the Holy Bible); turn your ear to His words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” (Proverbs 4:20-22)
Anxiety springs up in our hearts when we entertain thoughts that do not bring peace and joy. It comes when we think of the worst that can happen to us without thinking of God’s goodness to come through for us. We should be anxious for nothing. There is nothing that should be big enough to make us anxious. The devil’s aim is to make us anxious so that we will lose our joy in the process. He seems to understand that our strength is a result of God’s joy in us. The Bible says, “The Joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
To alleviate anxiety, endeavor to do the following:
1. Read Bible Scriptures about Anxiety
Ask God for wisdom and revelation of His Word. Reading the Word of God brings your heart to an awareness of the wisdom, good words, and God’s promises in His Word. When you know what God says about you, it will strengthen your trust in God because anxiety comes when our trust in God diminishes.
2. Meditate on the Word of God
Choose one scripture and read it several times (up to 7 times) until it reaches your heart. Start with this scripture “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10) In this case, meditation is like a calm and repetitive process; that brings one into a Heavenly mindset. When you meditate on the Word of God, you come into understanding of the truth about God’s love for you and receive a peaceful mind in Christ.
3. Pray with the Word of God
Prayer activates our faith, transfers our burden to God, and brings us to a place of safety as we seek refuge from God. When you pray with the Word of God, your faith is strengthened, your spirit is renewed in Christ and your heart is refreshed in God’s ability.
4. Sing Praises to God with His Word
Singing praises to God brings Him on the scene. While singing praises to God, the peace of God will enter your mind and it will defeat the enemy. (2 Chronicles 20:21-22; Philippians 4:6-7) Singing: “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Praise Him with singing and dancing; use tambourines and harps. (Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 149:3-5)
Upbeat & Slow Tempo Music Effects Ones Mindset
According to scientific research, listening to piano sounds stimulates the brain and reduces stress levels. To continue, listening to music that is upbeat can create a positive mindset. As for slow tempo music that comes from a harp and/or piano, it could cause ones brain to be stimulated into a relaxed state. Combine reading and meditating on God’s Word with listening to string and pipe instruments such as: harps, pianos, flutes, guitars, and saxophones to decrease anxiety. The Bible says, “Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe!” (Psalm 150:4)
17 Bible scriptures that will help alleviate anxiety:
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
“Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)
“Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, He will come with vengeance; with divine retribution He will come to save you.” (Isaiah 35:4)
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
“The LORD will vindicate me; your love, LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.” (Psalm 138:8)
“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)
“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)
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:32-34)
“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)
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” (Romans 8:25)
“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1-3)