11 Passages to Read to Help Fight Worry

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1. Philippians 4:6–7

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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2. John 14:27

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
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3. Matthew 6:25–34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
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4. Psalm 55:22

22 Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
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5. 1 Peter 5:6–7

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
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6. Matthew 11:28–30

28 "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
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7. Isaiah 41:10

10 Fear not, for I am with you;
      be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
      I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
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8. Romans 8:38–39

38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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9. Luke 12:25–26

25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
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10. Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
      will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2  I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
      my God, in whom I trust.”
3  For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
      and from the deadly pestilence.
4  He will cover you with his pinions,
      and under his wings you will find refuge;
      his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5  You will not fear the terror of the night,
      nor the arrow that flies by day,
6  nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
      nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7  A thousand may fall at your side,
      ten thousand at your right hand,
      but it will not come near you.
8  You will only look with your eyes
      and see the recompense of the wicked.
9  Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
      the Most High, who is my refuge—
10  no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
      no plague come near your tent.
11  For he will command his angels concerning you
      to guard you in all your ways.
12  On their hands they will bear you up,
      lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13  You will tread on the lion and the adder;
      the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14  “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
      I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15  When he calls to me, I will answer him;
      I will be with him in trouble;
      I will rescue him and honor him.
16  With long life I will satisfy him
      and show him my salvation.”
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11. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
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