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30 Biblical Affirmations to Calm Anxiety and Fear, with Bible Verses

Last Updated: January 27, 2022

When you’re struggling with anxiety, embracing biblical truth is one of the most powerful ways to calm your mind and heart. The Bible tells us that God loves us, cares for us, and gives us peace whenever we feel worried or afraid. These 30 biblical affirmations for anxiety and fear will help you believe the truths that God is with you, values you, and will provide for your needs.

Using Christian affirmations for anxiety is one way to bring our thoughts into agreement with God’s thoughts of love and kindness toward us. When we believe biblical truth, it becomes the foundation that we start from, instead of our own anxious thoughts. By reading and repeating affirmations based on Bible verses, we work these truths into our hearts until they become part of us. Read on for more about how to use Christian affirmations to calm fear and anxiety.

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30 Biblical Affirmations to Calm Anxiety and Fear


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How Biblical Truth Calms Anxiety and Fear

What should you do when you’re anxious and worried about a situation in life, or afraid about things that might happen in the future? The best thing you can do is run to God. The arms of your Heavenly Father are wide open, ready to receive you with comfort, encouragement, and love. 

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Do you believe what the Bible says about God’s unchanging character, which includes His immeasurable love, kindness, and grace for you? If you do, you will naturally turn to Him as your Provider of peace and strength when you struggle with anxiety and fear. 

But of course, in order to believe what the Bible says, first you need to know what it says. That’s why these 30 biblical affirmations for fear and anxiety are drawn from specific Bible verses about God’s character.

So how does biblical truth calm our anxiety and fear? It all starts with knowing what the Bible says about who God is and what He thinks about us. Here are a few examples:

Biblical Affirmations for Anxiety: Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear
  • When we’re anxious about a decision we have to make, we can be confident that the voice of Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is leading and guiding us (see affirmation #5).
  • When our own hearts tell us that we don’t measure up, we can rest in the presence of a God who is greater than our hearts and does not condemn us (see #9).
  • When our minds are filled with worry and doubt, our loving God doesn’t turn away; He stays with us, holding our hand and giving us strength (see #12). 
  • When we’re afraid of not having enough, our Heavenly Father assures us that He knows what we need even better than we do, and will provide it for us (see #19).
  • When we feel like we’ve tried everything and don’t know where else to turn, Jesus promises us His peace, which is stronger than any peace the world can give us (see #26). 

No matter what is causing your anxiety or fear, God is right there with you to give you peace, protect you, and provide what you need. There are many reasons we might feel worried, but God knows them all, and He has already overcome everything that troubles us (see John 16:33, affirmation #23).

Why Use Biblical Affirmations?

Why use Christian affirmations to help calm fear and anxiety? Agreeing with Bible-based affirmations isn’t just positivity for positivity’s sake. It’s actually agreeing with what God says about us, by bringing our thoughts into alignment with God’s thoughts.

Just saying something doesn’t make it true. But if God says something, we can have confidence that it is the truth, and that He will fulfill what He has promised:

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God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? ~ Numbers 23:19 NLT

So the most important thing is to remember that it’s not by the strength of our own faith or belief that we fight off fear and anxiety. Instead, we depend on God’s faithfulness to act upon His own promises. Biblical affirmations can help us put our faith in God, rather than in ourselves.

As we read and believe God’s Word, the Holy Spirit uses it to work in our hearts and transform our thoughts. Romans 12:2 says:

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. ~ Romans 12:2 NIV

It’s not we who do the transforming—it’s God. That’s why the verse says “be transformed,” not “transform yourself.” We surrender the process to God, and we allow the truth of the Bible to do its work of renewing our minds and setting us free from anxiety and fear.

One of the best ways to allow God to renew our minds is by meditating on Scripture. When we spend time reflecting on the Bible, we fill our minds with God’s truth. To get started with Christian meditation, with step-by-step guidance for beginners, try out these 3 guided meditations on Scripture:

How to Use Biblical Affirmations for Anxiety and Fear

So how should you use these Christian affirmations for anxiety and worry?

The first step is to say a prayer. Invite God to work in your heart and mind, and surrender the process to Him. Then, present to God whatever it is that’s making you anxious or afraid. Even if you don’t know exactly what’s causing it, you can still give your feeling of fear or anxiety to God. Then, ask Him to use His Word to renew your mind.

After you pray, here are 5 recommended steps for using these biblical affirmations:

  1. Read the affirmations, and believe them in your heart. Remember, we trust in God’s faithfulness, not in how strong our own faith is. Just a little mustard-seed amount of faith is more than enough! (See Matthew 17:20.)
  2. Say the affirmations out loud. Hearing your own voice speak the words out loud helps you to believe that they are true.
  3. Write them down. Using your own hand to write something down helps you engage more of your senses, which contributes to long-term memory.
  4. Post them where you can see them. You can put up the page you wrote in your own handwriting, or use this printable cheat sheet with the 30 affirmations!
  5. Any time you feel anxious or afraid, say a prayer surrendering it to God, and then read and repeat the affirmations again. * If you have any concerns about your mental health, please consult a professional. Read the full disclaimer.

30 Christian Affirmations for Anxiety and Fear, with Bible Verses

Click here to view and download the printable PDF with the 30 affirmations!

Biblical Affirmations For Anxiety

1. God has never left me, and He will carry me my entire life.

I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. ~ Isaiah 46:4 NLT

2. I surrender my anxiety to God, knowing His peace will guard my heart and mind.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

3. God has given me everything I need to live in the way He wants me to live.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. ~ 2 Peter 1:3 NLT

4. I am God’s precious child, and He will never forget me. My name is written on His hands.

Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. ~ Isaiah 49:15-16 ESV

5. I hear the voice of Jesus, my Good Shepherd, who leads and guides me with love.

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. … My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. ~ John 10:14-15, 27 NIV

6. I am Jesus’ friend. He loves me so much that He willingly laid down His life for me.

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. ~ John 15:13 NLT

I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. ~ John 10:17-18 NIV

7. I have been released from the pressure to perform, because I have been saved by grace.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

8. Jesus said “It is finished,” so I rest from trying to prove myself by my own works.

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. ~ John 19:30 NIV 

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ~ Matthew 11:28 NIV 

For whoever enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His. ~ Hebrews 4:10 BSB

9. When my heart condemns me, I rest in God’s presence knowing that He does not condemn me.

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. ~ 1 John 3:19-20 NIV 

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. ~ Romans 8:1 NIV

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Biblical Affirmations For Fear

10. There is no room for fear in God’s perfect love for me.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. ~ 1 John 4:18 NIV

11. I do not fear punishment, because in Christ, I have been set free from condemnation.

I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. ~ John 5:24 NLT

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned. ~ John 3:17-18 NIV

12. I will not be afraid, because God is right here with me, holding my hand. He will strengthen me and help me.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 NIV

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand, Who says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” ~ Isaiah 43:13 NASB

13. God hears me and answers me when I call to Him.

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. ~ Psalm 34:4 NLT 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. ~ Matthew 7:7 NIV

14. I’m not afraid of what anyone can do to me, because my trust is in the Lord.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? ~ Psalm 56:3-4 NIV

15. God’s Spirit makes me powerful, not fearful.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

16. I will be strong and courageous, because God is with me wherever I go.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:9 NIV

Biblical Affirmations For Worry

17. I hand over all my worries and anxieties to God, who loves and cares for me.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. ~ 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

18. I give my burdens to the Lord, because He carries them for me.

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. ~ Psalm 55:22 NIV

19. I am valuable to my Father. He knows what I need and gives it to me.

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? … And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” ~ Luke 12:22-25, 29-32 NIV

20. I have no need to worry, because God will provide for me as I follow Him.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~ Matthew 6:33-34 NIV

21. I will not worry about the future, because God knows the purpose He has for me, and He will fulfill it.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. ~ Psalm 138:8 ESV

22. God will completely meet all of my needs.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19 NIV

23. Although I have trouble in this world, in Christ I have peace, because He has overcome the world.

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

Biblical Affirmations About Protection, Peace, and Strength

24. I am covered and protected under God’s wings.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. ~ Psalm 91:4 NIV

25. The Lord gathers me in His arms and carries me close to His heart.

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. ~ Isaiah 40:11 NIV

26. Jesus has given me His peace, which is greater than any temporary peace the world can give me.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~ John 14:27 NIV

27. The Lord gives me strength and peace.

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11 NIV

28. When I am weak and weary, God renews my strength.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~ Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV

29. I do not lose heart, but I fix my eyes on God, because my current troubles are producing eternal glory.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

30. I rejoice in my weaknesses and difficulties, because they prove that God’s grace is enough for me.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV

God’s Grace Calming Anxiety and Fear

Remember, you can download the printable PDF of these 30 affirmations right here.

I hope these Bible affirmations for anxiety have helped you see the magnitude of God’s love for you. I pray you have been encouraged by these Bible verses. Be confident that God is with you, cares about you, and loves you. Have faith that He is protecting you, strengthening you, and providing for you. Know that He is guiding your steps, and He has everything under control.

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  1. Thank you, l am 77 and facing an unknown terminal illness and need reassurance, release from my anxiety and physical condition and a true sense of peace.

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