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We all experience occasional stressful thoughts throughout our life, but for those with anxiety disorders, it isn’t just a passing thing.
I’ve experienced fears and anxiety for most of my life, but when I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, it took my negative thoughts and nervousness to an entirely new level.
I felt suffocated by my excessive worries. Fear of the next migraine ran through my thoughts on an endless loop. Anxiety hung out with me like an old dirty habit I couldn’t quit.
- When will the next migraine hit?
- What if one hits at work or while I’m driving?
- How will we pay the bills if I can’t make it to work again?
It began to interfere with my daily activities, leaving me feeling that my life was completely out of control. Oftentimes, I’d avoid places or situations because I didn’t want the embarrassment of another migraine hitting me in front of others, causing me to slur my words, lose my balance and hug the toilet while I got sick.
But in the midst of these chronic migraines, I learned the benefits of biblical affirmations, and the positive impact they can make on our lives. I learned how to stop camping out in the pain, anxiety, and fear of the next migraine, and instead, declare peace, healing, and strength over my life.
So today I’m sharing my favorite 40 Christian affirmations for anxiety in hopes that you will fully experience the love of God in your daily life and the healing you’re so desperately seeking.
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The Power of Bible-Based Affirmations
The most important thing we need to remember when it comes to our fears and anxieties is that although it may feel like it, feelings aren’t facts. So we have to learn how to combat our anxious thoughts.
This is where the power of affirmations comes into play.
Simply put, Christian affirmations are short, positive statements that help us find strength in God during difficult times.
They are powerful tools that help us stand on the truth of God to combat our fears. They are positive declarations that give us the encouragement we need in our daily lives, and promote a positive mindset, enabling us to manage our anxieties and fears.
Biblical affirmations give us biblical truth to ground ourselves, so we can declare the peace of God in our life.
In fact, it’s been found that positive affirmations actually rewire our brains to promote more positive thinking, and therefore, positive changes for us.
What’s the difference
It’s important to understand the difference between “regular affirmations,” and Christian affirmations.
“Regular affirmations” are based on our own strengths.
Biblically-based affirmations rely on God’s power to get us through. He never intended for us to go through life on our own. He wants us to lean into Him and allow Him to help us through.
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Christian affirmations are based on God’s truth and our faith in Him. They allow us to declare His promises over our lives and help us rely on God’s grace rather than our own.
Powerful biblical affirmations…
- are based on the word of God.
- help us set our minds on Him.
- teach us how to tap into the strength and power of the Holy Spirit.
- help us recognize what’s coming from God and what isn’t.
- teach us how to put our trust in God.
- teaches us the character of God.
- renews our minds.
- helps us grow closer to Him.
Repeating Bible-based affirmations helps us focus on God’s grace, love, and truth when we feel those fears and anxieties creeping in.
Our words matter
As I mentioned earlier, I suffer from migraines. When I was stuck in bed 3-5 times every week, trying to get to work as a dental hygienist, I found myself living in a constant state of anxiety.
Fear of another migraine ran on a continuous loop in my head.
What if I get a migraine today and…
- mess up my teammate’s schedules?
- have to cancel on my patients again?
- my hygiene coordinator has to take time out of her day to reschedule all my patients…again?
- I miss out on another paycheck and we won’t be able to pay the bills?
What it, what if, what if.
I was camping out in my fears and speaking words over myself that weren’t conducive to healing.
Our words have great power, and we can easily derail what God has for us by speaking negative words over ourselves.
If we continue to speak (and think) negative words, they consume our every thought. And I certainly don’t have to tell you how exhausting that is!
Am I right?
Proverbs 18:21 teaches us that, there is great power in our words.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” NKJV
The tongue is mentioned over 100 times in the Bible, so clearly, what we say to both ourselves and others, is important!
In an article by Connect Us, the author teaches us the tongue’s power, “is measured by the damage it can do and the life it can bring.”
God spoke the universe into existence, and later, after Adam and Eve disobeyed Him, He spoke death and judgment into the world.
Words are important, and when we’re facing our fears and anxieties, it’s crucial we’re speaking the right words into our lives.
God Created Us to Recognize Fear
God, in His great mercy, created us to recognize fear, so when we’re facing a dangerous situation, our brain cries out “danger!”, so we are protected.
However, when we suffer from an anxiety disorder, our brains run on overdrive, constantly shouting danger, danger, danger!
And the thing is, Satan knows it!
He preys on our weaknesses and uses them to strike fear in us.
Satan’s job is to steal, kill and destroy. And when he sees a weakness in our life, he’ll use it to fuel our insecurities.
But here’s the thing!
Understanding Satan’s playbook gives us all the power!
You’ve heard it said…the best defense is a good offense, right?
Once we know Satan’s motives, we can then stand on what we know about God to determine if what we’re feeling is from Him, or from Satan.
And by knowing how Satan works, we have the first step of a great strategy to calm our fears and anxieties!
But let’s not stop there. Let’s dive a little deeper.
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God’s Presence Against Our Fears
Our second line of defense against our fears and anxiety is learning how to tap into the Holy Spirit.
As children of God, we have His great power within us!
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 AMPC
That’s right! We have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead!
And understanding this very truth is a powerful way to speak thoughts of peace into our day.
Does it mean we flip a switch and everything turns out rainbows and roses?
But here’s the thing.
God never promised easy. He has, however, given us His very power to get us through the times when fear, worry, and anxiety try to take over our life.
Just like anything new we want to learn, we must practice tapping into the power of the Holy Spirit.
We must choose to believe we house the power of God within us, and keep choosing to believe it until our heart catches up with our faith.
Speak it before it happens
“You will pronounce something to be, and He will make it so; light will break out across all of your paths.” Job 22:28 The Voice
In the book, And You Shall Decree a Thing, Kimberly Jones writes, “When we decree and declare according to God’s Word, we are operating in our dominion authority and activating our power to establish God’s will in the earth.”
In other words, God has given us dominion over Satan, our anxiety, and our fears. We just have to learn how to step into it. And speaking God’s truth over our lives — even before it comes to fruition — is something you and I are able to do.
God has given us the authority to do so!
We do it by declaring God’s hand over our lives on a daily basis. And on those hard days, we repeat them all day long.
How to Write Your Own Christian Affirmation Cards
So just how can you use Christian affirmations when you feel those worries, fears, and anxieties making their way into your day?
As I mentioned earlier, the best defense is a good offense. Prepare them now, so you have them the next time you feel an anxiety attack coming on.
Studies show that writing things down not only helps us better understand what we’re writing, but also helps us retain what we’re writing.
- Start with Prayer – God wants to help you through everything in your life and the best way to get Him involved is to go to Him in prayer. Ask Him to guide your steps and reveal His truths to help you with your struggles. Remember, He knows you better than anyone else does, so when you make that ask, He will show up and provide you with the best Bible verses and affirmations to stand on.
- Write down the lies you feel when those walls start closing in.
- Find Bible verses that speak to those lies and write them down.
- Jot down Christian affirmations in the first person.
- Keep them short, so they’re easy to recite
- Stay positive
- Be specific
Once you have them down, tuck them in your purse or your pocket. Tape them to your bathroom mirror or your desk. Anyplace you can easily grab them.
Then repeat them again and again, until you feel His peace wash over you.
It’s important to note, this will take time.
It’ll require intentionality on your part. It’ll mean you’ll have to keep repeating it until you feel those anxious thoughts subside.
After all, it takes time to change our thoughts and beliefs, so we must choose to stand on His truths until we feel the peace of God wash over us.
List of christian affirmations for anxiety
Now I don’t know about you, but I always need a little inspiration, so I’ve got you covered!
Here’s a list of my favorite 40 Christian affirmations for the next time you’re feeling anxious.
1.) 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
I have the power and strength of God within me, and I release my anxieties to Him.
2.) 1 Peter 5:7 TPT
“Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.”
I surrender my worries and anxieties to my Father, for His love for me is great.
3.) Jeremiah 29:11 GNT
“I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.”
I will not worry about what tomorrow brings, as God has a beautiful plan for me. I place my hope in Him.
4.) Psalm 61:2 The Voice
“You are the One I will call when pushed to the edge, when my heart is faint. Shoulder me to the rock above me.”
When I cry out to God, He will support me. For He is my rock and salvation.
5.) John 16:33 TPT
“And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!”
My peace is found in God alone. My fears will not overcome me.
6.) John 10:10 AMPC
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
This anxiety is not from God. I have a full, enjoyable life in Him.
7.) John 15:7 GNT
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it.”
I am a vessel of peace, filled by the Holy Spirit.
8.) Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
I release my worries to the Lord, and He fills me with His peace. He guards my heart and mind.
9.) Psalm 34:4 TPT
“Listen to my testimony: I cried to God in my distress and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears!”
My Lord has freed me from all my fears.
10.) Psalm 55:22 AMPC
“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).”
I am a child of God and therefore, nothing can cause me to slip or fall.
11.) Psalm 91:1-2 GNT
“Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.”
God is my defender and protector. I put my complete trust in Him.
12.) Psalm 23:4 The Voice
“Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted.”
God is with me in every moment, therefore, I will not fear.
13.) Matthew 7:7-8 NLT
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
The Lord hears me when I call on Him.
14.) Psalm 91:4 GW
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor.”
The Lord is my refuge and His truth is my shield against all fear and anxiety.
15.) Psalm 56:3-5 The Voice
“When struck by fear, I let go, depending securely upon You alone. In God—whose word I praise — in God I place my trust. I shall not let fear come in, for what can measly men do to me?”
I depend on God alone and put my complete trust in Him.
16.) Isaiah 26:3 NLT
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
I fix my thoughts on you, Lord, and Your peace washes over me.
17.) Joshua 1:9 The Voice
“This is My command: be strong and courageous. Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you go.”
I will remain strong and courageous because God is always with me.
18.) Isaiah 41:10 GNT
“Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.”
I have no fear, for God is with me. He is my source of strength and protection.
19.) John 14:27 AMPC
“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”
I will not fear or be troubled, for God, alone, is the source of my peace.
20.) Hebrews 12:2 TPT
“We look away from the natural realm and we focus our attention and expectation onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!”
I will keep my focus on Jesus and His great love for me.
21.) 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
My struggles are temporary, so I will fix my gaze on that which is forever — the Kingdom of God, my eternal home.
22.) 1 John 4:18 TPT
“Love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. But love’s perfection drives the fear of punishment far from our hearts. Whoever walks constantly afraid of punishment has not reached love’s perfection.”
There is no fear in God. I can confidently walk with Him and feel His perfect love.
23.) Philippians 4:8 TPT
“Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”
I surrender my negative thoughts and keep my eyes fixed on God, for He is Truth.
24.) Philippians 4:9 The Voice
“Know this: my God will also fill every need you have according to His glorious riches in Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King.”
God will provide for my every need, so I release my fears and anxieties to Him.
25.) James 4:8 NLT
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”
As I continue to fix my eyes on God, He will come closer to me. He wipes away my fears and fills me with a peace I can’t find in this world.
26.) Psalm 138:8 GNT
“You will do everything you have promised; Lord, your love is eternal. Complete the work that you have begun.”
The Lord is working in me. His grace and mercy will carry me through.
27.) Psalm 4:8 TPT
“Now, because of you, Lord, I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once, for no matter what happens, I will live unafraid!”
The Lord is where I find my peace, so I will live unafraid.
28.) Psalm 27:14 TPT
“Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you!”
I won’t give up. I will stay one with my Lord and not lose hope.
29.) Psalm 51:12 TPT
“Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me. Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say.”
I will focus on the joy in my life and be restored by Him.
30.) Psalm 23:2-3 AMPC
“He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.”
I release my anxieties to the Lord, for He gives me rest and restores my soul.
31.) Psalm 46:10 The Voice
“Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God. I am honored among all the nations. I am honored over all the earth.”
Heart and thoughts, be still. For God is the one and only God above all nations.
32.) Jeremiah 31:25 AMPC
“For I will [fully] satisfy the weary soul, and I will replenish every languishing and sorrowful person.”
I am filled with peace, knowing that my Father refreshes my heart, soul and mind.
33.) Matthew 6:25 AMPC
“Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?”
I have nothing to fear, for God will provide everything I need.
34.) Psalm 31:21 TPT
“The name of the Lord is blessed and lifted high! For his marvelous miracle of mercy protected me when I was overwhelmed by my enemies.”
God is my protector and shields me from trials and challenges.
35.) Proverbs 31:21 TPT
“She is not afraid of tribulation, for all her household is covered in the dual garments of righteousness and grace.”
I’m not afraid. For I’m covered in His righteousness and grace.
36.) Psalm 61:2 AMPC
“From the end of the earth will I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I [yes, a rock that is too high for me].”
When I am overwhelmed, I can stand on The Rock of truth and salvation.
37.) Psalm 31:1 TPT
“I trust you, Lord, to be my hiding place. Don’t let me down. Don’t let my enemies bring me to shame. Come and rescue me, for you are the only God who always does what is right.”
My God rescues me from my fears and anxieties. He is my hiding place.
38.) Psalm 43:5 GNT
“Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God.”
Even when I’m anxious, I will find hope and refuge in God. For He is my Savior.
39.) Matthew 6:34 NLT
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
I will not spend my day worrying. God is my source of peace and knows what I need.
40.) Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”
I receive the blessings God has given me. I put my hope and confidence in Him.
The Power of Declaring Christian Affirmations Over Your Life
Wrapping Up Christian Affirmations for Anxiety
Your words matter, so speak these powerful affirmations over yourself daily. They’re a great way to stop anxiety and promote positive thoughts over your life. Make them a part of your daily routine to walk through your challenges.
And as you work to do this every day, you’ll begin to forge a relationship with God and understand His unconditional love for you. You’ll soon discover that when you’re feeling anxious and afraid, you’re turning to Him automatically for that lasting peace that only He can provide.
- Breathe Him in.
- Stand on His truth.
- Declare these biblical affirmations over your fears until your anxiety subsides.
Be sure to grab my Free Christian Affirmations Guide for Anxiety and Fear to get all 40 of the affirmations I shared with you. It’ll also guide you through writing your own biblical affirmations!
Until next time, my friend…
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