Calm Anxiety with God’s Power

For many people, a change of seasons is a time to look back with satisfaction and look forward with eager expectation. But for some, it can bring an onslaught of anxiety. We can calm anxiety with God’s power, even during a time of transition when we cast off comfort and familiarity, trading them for the new and unfamiliar. Sadly, things we look forward to can bring dreadful feelings of uncertainty, insecurity, and apprehension—but they don’t have to!

By trusting in God’s power, we can calm anxiety naturally so that we can enjoy—rather than dread— things like new goals, challenges, jobs, upcoming family changes, the anticipation of forthcoming weddings, births, milestone birthdays, and other celebrations.

Focus on God to Calm Anxiety

During any time of year, one significant way to calm anxiety is to fix our focus firmly on the Lord. It’s important to remember that when we feel anxious we’re allowing our circumstance to take a higher priority in our lives than the character God and our relationship and reliance on Him. The solution is to refocus and allow God’s truth to fill our hearts and minds. This allows us to calm anxiety now. 

How to Calm Anxiety Naturally

Today we kick off a short blog series to discover how to calm anxiety naturally by leaning on the truth of God. In each post we’ll examine how the Bible can calm anxiety, providing a daily Bible verse in which the Holy Spirit points to peace and calm in the Lord’s presence.

Today’s Bible Verse About Fear and Worry

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment (HCSB).

In different Bible translations, the term fearfulness is expressed as fear, timidity, and even cowardice. It conveys a lack of bravery, courage, and confidence. The Lord did not give us such a disposition. Instead, as this verse teaches, God provides us with a spirit of power, love, and sound judgment.

The verse says that God has given us power. We do not find power in our own strength, but through the power of Jesus Christ that resides in us. This is the same power that raised our Lord from the dead (see Ephesians 1:19-20). Such power is capable of far more than we can imagine, giving us the strength to face all circumstances, and even calm anxiety.

God also gives us love, which is the greatest of Christian qualities. It’s not fleshly, emotion-based love, rather it’s the perfect love of Christ, which as 1 Corinthians 13:7 states, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (HCSB).  This love helps us withstand trails, difficulties, fears, and anxiety.

Lastly, God provides sound judgment, sometimes translated as self-control. This encompasses our thoughts as much as our actions. Although it seems out of reach, we have the divinely-given ability to see ourselves as Jesus does: powerful and able as we walk in His strength.

Overcoming Anxiety with God

As your stay mindful today to calm anxiety with God’s power, work toward memorizing 2 Timothy 1:7.  Write it on a notecard or in your journal, then say it repeatedly until it begins to sink deep into not only your mind but your spirit. As you do, the truth of God will wash over your anxiety and bring you His perfect peace.

This post is part of a series. In invite you to read the next article about calming anxiety before bed.

Have a blessed, calm, and peaceful day as you allow the Word of the Lord to give you strength.

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Danell

    I always have to remind myself that just because I have anxiety does not mean I have to ‘be anxious’ The more I make the conscious choice to set aside fear and anxiety, the more power God gives me over it. Love this post!

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      Thanks so much, Danell. God cares for us always. We can rest in His goodness! Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

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  2. Lesley

    This is a great idea for a series! It is so important to remember that our anxiety does not come from God and that he gives us the power to fight against it.

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      Thank you, Lesley. God is never the source of our anxiety and is the only One who can bring us healing and wholeness as we trust in Him to overcome. I’m grateful every day that He provides the strength and power to press through. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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  3. Becky Beresford

    I love this verse! God always uses it to refocus my thoughts on what is real and true. Thank you for these encouraging words. It helped my anxious heart today.

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      Amen, Becky. God’s word can powerfully transform our thoughts. Hope you have a blessed and very calm day!

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  4. Aminata Coote

    I love this verse, Cathy. I always find it a good reminder whenever I feel fearful about something.

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      I love it too, Ami! Thanks for stopping by today. It’s great to see your smiling face! 🙂

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  5. Dr. K. Lee Banks

    I also just blogged about dealing with anxiety as we face this new year. It is easy to allow anxiety and fear to overwhelm us, UNLESS we allow God to handle things for us, and face one day at a time. I like the quote I used in a graphic on my blog, by Max Lucado, from “Traveling Light.” He said, “The key is this: Meet today’s problems with today’s strength. Don’t start tackling tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow’s strength yet. You simply have enough for today.”

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      What a great quote! Max Lucado has a way of communicating profound and deep ideas in light and easy-to-grasp ways. Thanks for sharing! I hope you’ll drop by again soon!

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