Have you ever had a panic attack?
Felt the room closing in.
Your heart pounding wildly.
Your throat closing up, like you can breathe.
You couldn’t focus on anything else but the thing that was causing you to panic.
A fear of such immense proportion that afterward you felt all wrung out for days, and half the time you realized later that the thing that sent your entire body into fight or flight was blown out of proportion, but you were helpless to do anything about it.
I’ve been there – many times. It’s a horrible place to be.
All this month I’ve blogged through the Women Living Well Rest and Release Bible study and challenge, and I’ve talked a lot about my battle with anxiety, and how I’ve taken it to my war room, battled against it, and begun to overcome it.
One of the ways I’ve begun to overcome anxiety is by meditating on Scripture.
All throughout the Bible we read that we don’t need to fear, why we don’t need to fear, and how we can overcome fear.
God must have known that mankind would struggle with fear, because He sure had a lot to say about it.
And this is precisely we have a war room!
The enemy is at war with us because he wants to fill our minds with “what if”. He’s very clever. If we let him, he will take that “What if….”, find A-list actors, create a blockbuster movie, and play it over and over in our mind until we think its real.
It’s amazing the scenarios he’s played in my mind!
They were very convincing. Funny thing, though – they never actually materialized. Ever.
We must battle for our minds, because if we don’t we will be utterly consumed with worry, anxiety, fear, depression, isolation, and horrible, destructive thoughts that will lead us down some very dark paths.
Below I will give you my favorite power verses for anxiety, a free printable you can download and use in your war room. Plus, I’ve made a new 30 Day Prayer Challenge for Anxiety. Details on that are below.
10 Power Verses on Anxiety For Your War Room
Psalm 55:22 – “Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16 – “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
Philippians 4:6-7 – “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.”
Psalm 94:19 – “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.”
2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Psalm 56:3 – “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.”
Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Colossians 3:15 – “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
John 14:22 – “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Zephaniah 3:17 – “The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Here are some great passages from Scripture that talk about anxiety.
Psalm 34 – This is a Psalm David wrote when he pretended he was insane in an attempt to escape Abimelech.
Matthew 6:25-34 – This familiar passage by Jesus, preached as part of the Sermon on the Mount, commands us not to worry, and reminds us of how precious we are to God.
Isaiah 26 – This passage is labeled as “The Song of Salvation”, and is so encouraging in times of trouble!
Psalm 23 – This passage is very well-known, even by unbelievers, as a Psalm of great comfort.
Mark 4:35-40 – This is the story of Jesus calming the storm, such a great reminder to us that He can calm our storms as well!
Psalm 91 – Another well-known Psalm of David about the importance of dwelling in Christ and in His shelter.
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- Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.