How to Fight Anxiety with Scriptures

Women are busy…too busy.  Trying to keep up with all the things is not just difficult, it’s impossible.  We wear so many hats, it gets hard to juggle them at times.  I often lay in bed at night, trying to fix the world, and then I look at my husband…sleeping peacefully without a care or thought in the world.  Then I try to come up with the best (or meanest) way to wake him up.  I mean, shouldn’t he too be coming up with brilliant ideas?  Like how each person should have only one style of sock so I never have to fold socks again?!  Or my next super catchy blog post title?  Nope, he just sleeps, and I never actually wake him .

Eventually, I have come to realize that my anxiety is the root cause of my constant mental reeling, inability to focus, and worsening memory.  It is my sinful heart wanting to control everything and my pride that tells me I can do it better.  BUT, I am not in control.  And, while I probably can do a lot of things better than some people, I can do nothing better than God.  I know that, but how do I remind myself of this throughout the day, throughout the chaos of life?  Enter: how to fight anxiety with scriptures

Why Should I Memorize Scripture

Well for one, the Bible tells us to do it…so, there’s that.  If we don’t know what His word says, how do we follow it?

  • Joshua 1:8  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
  • Deuteronomy 11: 18   You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

Scripture recall is what allows us to fend off the enemy.  The Bible talks about the Armor of God, which is made up of several pieces.  However, the only piece that is used to “kill” is the “sword of the spirit,” a.k.a. the Bible!  In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus is tempted in the wilderness.  What does he do to send Satan packing?  Yup, He recites scripture.

Memorizing scriptures also allow us to counsel friends and family, share the gospel with others, and to have fellowship with God, to name a few more.

Scripture Memorization Challenge

So, since we are focusing on how to fight anxiety with scripture, let’s try this together!  Every Sunday, I will post a scripture related to anxiety.  Let’s memorize these verses together and practice recalling them when we start hearing the voice of inadequacy and feeling that need for control.  Here is this week’s verse:

2 Timothy 1:7  for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

I find that writing the scripture in places where I will see it often helps with memorization, such as on the bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator, in the laundry room, and in the car.  Turning the verse into a song or jingle also really helps, no matter how horrible it sounds 🎤.  What do you do when trying to learn something?  I’d love to hear your tips in the comments below.  Also, please comment if you are accepting the challenge!!

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