Top 15 Christian Quotes About Overcoming Anxiety

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No matter who you are, where you live or what your walk in life might be, at some time in your life you will need to deal with anxiety or worry and how to overcome it. It might be work-related. It might be grief related. It might be parenting related. It might even be anxiety due to relationships. Because of this, anxiety is often the subject of conversations, motivational speaking, course work and even a topic that is very popular in the Bible. Overcoming anxiety and worry is something that many people desire to do. I have been collecting some Christian quotes about overcoming anxiety and here are what I have chosen as my top 15.

#15 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, Because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: But those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” Psalms 37:7-9

#14 “The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” ~ George Mueller

#13 “A Christian’s freedom from anxiety is not due to some guaranteed freedom from trouble, but to the folly of worry and especially to the confidence that God is our Father, that even permitted suffering is within the orbit of His care.” ~ John Stott

#12 “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalms 55:22

#11 “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

Top 15 Christian Quotes About Overcoming Anxiety

#10 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” ~ John 14:1-4

#9 “The child of God should not be overanxious to make new gains; what he essentially requires is to keep what he already has, for not losing is itself a gain. The way to retain what he possesses is to engage it.” ~ Watchman Nee

#8 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” ~ Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)

#7  “What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow?” ~ Thomas A. Kempis

#6 “Christ told his disciples not to be anxious about tomorrow, but he never said not to consider tomorrow. Intelligent problem solving demands careful consideration of the future effects of present solutions.” ~ R.C. Sproul

#5 “I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize the Lord is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest positions He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult, His grace is sufficient.” ~ Hudson Taylor

#4 “As you walk through the valley of the unknown, you will find the footprints of Jesus both in front of you and beside you.” ~ Charles Stanley

#3 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  Isaiah 41:10

#2 “Whenever a man allows himself to have anxieties, fears, or complaints, he must consider his behaviour as either a denial of the wisdom of God or as a confession that he is out of his will.” ~ Williams Law

# 1 Christian Quote for Overcoming Anxiety – Commit it to Memory

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9 

Final Thoughts

A great way to overcome anxiety is to commit Scripture to memory. This helps you to draw upom the comfort and peace of God when you are dealing with an anxious time in your life. The key to overcoming anxiety is to put your full faith and trust in Jesus because we are promised that “I can do all thing through Christ which strengtheneth me, (Phil 4:13)

More to help you: How to Overcome Anxiety

Resources – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version. Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Jack Wellman November 4, 2014 at 10:01 am

Superb collection Pam. As always, wonderful job and we need these today because often when our problems are too big our God is too small but if our God is as big as He really is, our problems and anxieties are miniscule in comparison.

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DocReits November 6, 2014 at 1:25 am

Hi Pamela,

I think it important to define the difference between anxiety, fear and anguish. These are not the same. Jesus certainly agonized in the Garden before His impending Crucifixion. Was He anxious? I think not. It is difficult to distinguish the difference at times. Did Job suffer anxiety when the news of the catastrophes reached him, culminating in the news of the death of all of his children?

Did Israel suffer anxiety when news was brought to him that his son Joseph had been most likely killed by wild beasts? How about when Laban was chasing him or his brother Esau was approaching his family with 400 men?

How about when his grandfather, Abraham, had Sara pretend she was his sister so the king of the land would not supposedly kill him to obtain her for wife? Wasn’t he suffering anxiety over this presumed possibility…I think so. These are questions not easily answered. Were these people in William Law’s words, “Out of God’s will” at those times.

I will not take the space to elaborate. I think these questions would be better answered by you, as you raised the topic. I believe we need to start with some definitions. Otherwise these men of God you quote sound like presumptuous unfeeling robots who say to the rest of us lower humans to, “get a grip”.

Blessings,

DocReits

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DocReits November 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Hi Pamela,

I am compelled to expand on my previous thoughts. The great message of the Bible, the Word of God, is for humanity to “fear not”. It is a message of Redemption for the lost. We are weary, we are the tempest tossed, the burdened, suffering in this life with every sort of illness, hurt, calamity, and sorrow culminating in our physical deaths.

We are also to enjoy this life and all of its blessings….family, love, sunshine, rain and the labor of our hands… “And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God”(Eccl 3:13).

But sorrows come and death, and more importantly eternal death for those not availing themselves of the Savior. So what is my point? It is that we are human. It is “human” to fear, to be anxious and to anguish. Fear is an emotion that we were given by God. It is a good thing!! It is a “God” thing. We are to fear the Lord. It is the beginning of wisdom(Pr 1:7). This not only means “awe” it means fear with trembling. Here it is more plainly stated:

“Should you not fear me?” declares the Lord. “Should you not tremble in my presence?”(Jer 5:22)

Remember Tyndale, the man of God who dared to print the Word of God into English so the common man could read the Scriptures? He was rewarded with burning at the stake by the religious authorities of the day. Do you really believe that he was not afraid or fearful when they struck the match and the first flames burned his body? Do not misunderstand, these men were also incredibly bold in their faith, but they were human.

How about Paul when he was stoned or shipwrecked? He was besought on every side. How was he emotionally? Let him tell us:

” For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears”(2 Cor 7:5)

He was fearful within. He was human after all! He tells us this again in his previous correspondence to the Corinthians:

“I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling”(1 Cor 2:3)

This was after Pentecost. I think we have all been led to believe that the Apostles were only fearful before the Holy Spirit filled them on Pentecost (like hiding in the upper room after the Crucifixion, fleeing in the Garden when Jesus was arrested, etc). But no, they were also human after Pentecost…;-)

So how do we reconcile the admonitions cited in your article to “fear not”, when we are trapped within this earthen vessel which is designed to fear? I will offer an explanation, which might be wrong, although it makes much common sense to me.

The Word of God is a love letter to humanity. The Father is a Spirit. He does not have a body. He is the First Person of the Trinity. Jesus is the Second Person, who took for Himself a body. The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead who is a Spirit. The Father knew we could relate/commune better with Him through a “like” body as we had. So He took on flesh through His Word, Jesus. The Word of God became flesh(Jn 1:14). The Word(Jesus) is the Written Word. “Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me.”(Ps 40:7, Heb 10:7)

The Father knew humanity. After all He made us. He knows our weaknesses and emotional labilities. He took on a body so that He could adopt us as sons and daughters to all who call upon His Name:

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4, 5)

His Word He gave us is our comfort food. It is our loving Father saying “Shhh…” to us as we go through the storms of life. It is our pillow to sink our heads into, it is our close brother who has our back, it is our ombudsman between ourselves and the world. It is the Father saying, “Fear not”.

Have you ever wondered why the Father says, “Fear not” so many times in Scripture if he does not expect us to fear? Of course we fear, we are nervous, anxious, fearful and suffer anguish in this life, but our comforter says, “Shhh…” to us through His Word, and the indwelling Presence of His Holy Spirit in the believer’s heart.

My point again, is it is ludicrous for anyone(William Law in your article), to say “We are out of God’s Will if we fear”. That is like saying we are out of God’s will if we breathe. We will fear, we will be anxious. We are not to let anxiety overwhelm as we have hope. That hope is found in His Word, Jesus, the Written Word who was made Flesh…the Father’s help in times of fear and anxiety, whispering to us through His Word…”Shhh, fear not…”

Blessings,

DocReits

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Joni November 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I always look for your replies, are you a Pastor? I requested prayer on a previous article and you were the first one to reply. I like how you write in terms that are easy to understand. I am glad you are part of this community, you have helped me along with the the original article. Thank you and I am still grateful for your prayer as well as Brother Jack’s. God Bless you!

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DocReits November 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Hi Joni,

I am a doctor and a “would be” Christian apologist who really loves God’s Word. I have been a little bit of everything in the church before from janitor, to Sunday School teacher, deacon to treasurer, song leader to youth minister. I think Pastor Jack and I are about the same age which means all of my feathers have been plucked so I can’t get ruffled any longer…;-)

I still have been praying for you and your family every day and expect you to tell us of the answer to your miracle need when it happens. God is faithful…

DocReits

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Joni November 12, 2014 at 11:19 am

I will most certainly tell you, and thank you for your continued prayer. I am sure you are a great doctor but in my eyes you are a great minister as well. I try to read on here as much as possible I feel like God sent me here. I do seem to be drawn to Brother Jack’s words I must be close in age as well (56) or maybe it was how I was raised. I am grateful for what the Lord has already done we have one more hurdle. God bless you Doc

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Jack Wellman November 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I have hit 60 but feel like I am just getting started so we are all very close to the same age. Thank you Joni for your very kind words and I so agree with you about Doc. He is truly someone special and one of the first to look up in the kingdom and now, I can say that about you too. May God richly bless you Joni…and cc that to Doc. You are loved.

Richard Rahme November 11, 2014 at 3:52 am

Just as we get angry God says that we must control our anger.
Just as we fear, God says we must seek comfort in his word and it will help for the fear to subside, maybe not totally subside because God understands we are of the flesh.

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