Anxiety, Depression, and the Bible: How to Overcome Biblically

Updated: Sep 13

By Amethyst Roberson, LPC, NCC



By Amethyst Roberson, LPC, NCC

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God created the Heavens and the Earth, but something many seem to forget that when God created man in His image, we came with thoughts, emotions, and a little thing called free will. This dynamic combination gets us into trouble sometimes, and God knew it would be so. Worry doesn't always come in the form of events and circumstances—it can merely be the swarm of horrible thoughts that plague our minds when we suffer from anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression occur for many reasons: the result of trauma, heredity, grief, and even no apparent reason at all. It is essential to understand that the things in our minds are no surprise to our Father in Heaven. He takes particular notice and care of those who are going through this pain. From Moses to Jesus Himself, even people in the bible experienced these things. God promises peace and strength to those who are weary. Here are some ways to overcome anxiety and depression biblically.

· God is Near

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18 NIV

So much of handling things from a biblical perspective is merely seeking God who is already all around you. He waits for your call to Him, and He desires to heal your broken-heartedness.

· God Will Never Leave

"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

Fear is not something that God instills in our hearts. It is a lie from the dark one who seeks to destroy the life God gave you. God is going before you taking each of your troubles away. Trust in His plan for your betterment!

· God Wants you in Control of Your Thoughts

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8 NIV

This verse can be easily compared to coping mechanisms like grounding. Think of what is around you, name ten things: chair, lamp, window, door, etc. Now, do the same thing with God. Tell Him what you are experiencing and ask for relief. Prayer takes place at any moment and does not have to be fancy or with your eyes closed. Think of a few good things; if you can't make it to ten right now, any number is a good start.

· It is a Constant Battle, but Keep Fighting

"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." 1 Timothy 6:12 NIV

Ultimately, this pain and this life are temporary. What lasts is an eternity in Heaven. Therefore, we are called to keep going. Focus on the big picture and let God be in control. Just keep going, one breath at a time, one step at a time.

· The War has Already Been Won

"I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33 NIV

Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor, Redeemer, Salvation, and the Light. He came to conquer death so that we may live. God desires for His children to live freely in peace and comfort. Remember, no matter where we go or what we do, there will be trouble, but Jesus has already overcome and won in our stead.

· Continuing the Fight

There is no cure-all for anxiety and depression. No magic incantation or rhyming words that will make the thoughts and emotions dissipate. What does work is continuously choosing to press forward and continue to live. There is a great healer, counselor, and friend waiting to help you through these hard times. God is only a prayer away. He was already with you in the beginning.


Prayer

Thank you right now Father, for lifting every burden and the hard places that reside in us due to trauma, misunderstanding, and confusion. You are our help and have overcome this world. You are present right now to heal every place of bondage. Help us to continue to see that the battles have already been won and that you have lifted our heads in your name Jesus.

God, you want us to take control and pull down our thoughts that exalts itself higher than you, and we do that right now by speaking this prayer praying! You are the Redeemer, Salvation, and Light. You are the Wonderful Counselor and thank you for developing in us the will and giving us the ability to do. May we see the importance of your word daily in every aspect of our lives; may we be broken free from anxiety and depression and every battle that exalts itself higher than you. There's no magic, there's no rhythm or rhyme to this, you have our emotions in your hand, and we cast every care unto you because you care for us. We believe by faith and we commit to walk consistently free from anxiety and depression In Jesus name!

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