The Bible, a book of spiritual salvation, reveals human nature through the struggles and history of a single people. Its stories and accounts point to the fall of many individuals and suggest the means to regain personal redemption. Therefore, it’s not surprising to find the Bible as a rich source of Biblical remedies for spiritual discomforts; in particular anxiety. The thoughts of this presentation are directed to issues of faith. Contact an appropriate professional for physical anxiety.
Psalm 66:18 states sin precludes the LORD from listening to requests. Thus to be effective, a spiritual cleansing of the heart must precede Biblical remedies.
To maintain our health, we use two types of remedies; daily supplements to strengthen our immune system; and treatments to combat a specific disease. Similarly, there are two types of Biblical remedies for the spirit.
The first type is a Bible passage for daily meditation. Unlike daily supplements for the body, they strengthen the spirit by building self-esteem, confidence, fostering a feeling of belonging and providing an inner strength that quiets fear and anxiety.
Isaiah 43:1-7 (NIV) is an excellent example of a daily supplement. Its promises address the entire spiritual frame: self-esteem, the feeling of belonging, inner fortitude, further it helps to develop faith. In it, Through Isaiah, the LORD speaks:
1 But now, this is what the LORD says-
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give men in exchange for you,
and people in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth-
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
This passage makes clear that the chosen are distinguished in the LORD’s eyes; further that HE places great values on them; and that they exist for His special purposes. A daily regiment of this passage arms the spirit for battle against anxiety, after all, the LORD Himself, declares HE’s their champion.
When life deals you a blow, choose a remedy to address life’s travails. Jeremiah 29:11-12 is an ideal passage to calm anxiety. In it, the LORD promises hope, a prosperous future and to hear all prayers directed to Him.
11 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.
12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,
and I will listen to you.
At one time or another all of us feel under attack? Isaiah 54:17 is an excellent balm for a bruised spirit. It reminds God’s people of their special position in HIS sight. Enter your private closet with these words on your heart:
17 no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.
What an anxiety buster! The LORD proclaims to His people a guaranteed heritage against unjust victories. And HE assures them that they’ll have the last word against their attackers. During quiet moments, replay this passage. It’ll remind you that you will redress unjust attacks, and thus bring joy to your spirit. This is a very short list of remedies the Bible advances against anxiety. There are many more, tailored to every need.
The second type of Biblical remedy is a treatment. Treatments are Biblical passages that attack a particular spiritual ailment. Like treatments for the body, they require strict adherence to instructions to be effective.
Philippians 4:6-7 is a popular spiritual treatment. It requires thoughtful prayer, a offering to God and it guarantees a peace that protects one’s spirit from anxiety.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This treatment directly attacks anxiety. It calls for:
• Prayer: talking with God,
• Petition: asking God for what you want,
• Thanksgiving: giving God the glory He deserves for what He has done and who He is.
This treatment guarantees a peace that overshadows anxiety.
The words of Jesus are unsurpassed as bulwarks to anxiety. In Matthews 6:26, He directs us not to have anxiety because the FATHER places great worth on HIS people.
In less direct statements, Jesus gives us power over anxiety. How can anxiety stand up to these words of the MASTER, “I am the bread of life.” “I am the Light of the world.” or “I am the way.” Eating of this Bread, standing in this Light or walking HIS Way compels one to focus on HIM thereby rendering spiritual ailment impotent. These too are treatments you may use anytime.
As we close a meal with a dessert to add further pleasure of the meal experience, it’s good to close a day with a Biblical remedy to bring spiritual peace in our sleep. A remedy that recalls the certainty of God’s words and HIS promises is an excellent choice. One such remedy is Isaiah 55:10-11. Meditate on it and it’ll deepen your faith in God’s word.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
It’s comforting to have a vigilant champion with a track record in keeping his words and fulfilling his promises. Depending on such a champion renders future anxieties weak.
The Bible has many passages against spiritual anxiety. The cited are not meant to be exhaustive. They were chosen to be your catalyst to discover others. Find those that comfort you and grow in God.