Bible Verses to Help

 

Anxiety

Isaiah 41:10  New International Version (NIV)

10 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.

Psalm 23:1-6 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

 

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
3     He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord
forever.[g]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest

  2. Psalm 23:3 Or in right paths

  3. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness

  4. Psalm 23:6 Or Only

  5. Psalm 23:6 Or steadfast love

  6. Psalm 23:6 Or shall return to dwell

  7. Psalm 23:6 Hebrew for length of days

Phillipians 4:6-7 

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.

1 Peter 5:7 New International Version (NIV)​

7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Counseling  Verses

Isaiah 61:1:3 NIV

The Year of the Lord’s Favor

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3     and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 61:1 Hebrew; Septuagint the blind

 

Matthew 25:39-40 NLT

39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the

least of these my brothers and sisters,[a] you were doing it to me!’

Luke 9:1  New International Version (NIV)

JESUS SENDS OUT THE TWELVE

9 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority

to drive out all demons and to cure diseases...

Luke 12:48  New Living Translation (NLT)

48 But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be

punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return;

and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

Romans 12:1-21   New International Version (NIV)

A Living Sacrifice 

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, 

holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world,

 but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—

his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought,

but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 

4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 

5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 

6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, t

hen prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 

8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,

[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Depression

Psalm 23:1-6 (See also Anxiety)

1The Lord is my shepherd;

I have all that I need.

2He lets me rest in green meadows;

he leads me beside peaceful streams.

3He renews my strength.

He guides me along right paths,

bringing honor to his name.

4Even when I walk

through the darkest valley,

I will not be afraid,

for you are close beside me.

Your rod and your staff

protect and comfort me.

5You prepare a feast for me

in the presence of my enemies.

You honor me by anointing my head with oil.

My cup overflows with blessings.

6Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me

all the days of my life,

and I will live in the house of the lord

forever.

Psalm 34:17-20  New International Version (NIV)

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;

he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.

Psalm 57:1  New International Version (NIV)

1 Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 57:1 In Hebrew texts 57:1-11 is numbered 57:2-12.

  2. Psalm 57:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

Jonah 2:5-7  New International Version (NIV)

5 The engulfing waters threatened me,[a]
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.

7 “When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.

Matthew 11:28  New International Version (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Romans 12:1-21  New International Version (NIV)    A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy,

to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 

2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

 Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Psalms 34:7

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirt. 

Gods Healing Power over Evil and Sin

Jeremiah 29:11  New International Version (NIV)

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.

Isaiah 43:1-3, New International Version (NIV)

Israel’s Only Savior

43 But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, 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;
See also Isaiah 43:28

 

Footnotes:​

Isaiah 43:28 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things

or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.

 

 

1 Peter 5:8  New International Version (NIV)

8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring

lion looking for someone to devour.

 

Matthew 4:24  New International Version (NIV)

24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with

various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and

the paralyzed; and he healed them.

 

Luke 1:37  English Standard Version (ESV)

37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”

 

John 16:33  New International Version (NIV)

33 “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.”

 

1 Corinthians 10:13  New International Version (NIV)

13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; 

he will not let you be tempted[b] 

beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also

provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:13 The Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested.

 

2 Corinthians 12:9  New International Version (NIV)

9 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.

 

2 Timothy 1:7  New International Version (NIV)

7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

 

Romans 12:2,9-21  New International Version (NIV)

2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. 

Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Love in Action9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 

10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 

11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 

13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 

16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.

[c] Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 

18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 

19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:

“It is mine to avenge; I will repay,

”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

Philippians 4:19   New Living Translation (NLT)

19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches,

which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

 

Stress, Coping, Grief

Joshua 1:9 New International Version (NIV)

9 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.”

Psalm 46:10  New International Version (NIV)

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

John 14:18  New International Version (NIV)

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

 

Romans 8 New International Version (NIV)

Life Through the Spirit

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…

Romans 12:9-21  New International Version (NIV)

Love in Action

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 

10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 

11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 

13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. 

Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 

16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.

[c] Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 

18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 

19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:

“It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Verses that are Good thoughts about God and our Peace with God

Psalm 46:10 

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

Proverbs 3:7-8

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord and shun evil.

8 This will bring health to your body

and nourishment to your bones.

Jeremiah 33:2-3

2 “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth,

the Lord who formed it and established it—

the Lord is his name: 3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and

unsearchable things you do not know.’

1 Corinthians 2:10-16

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 

11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?

In the same way no one knows

the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 

12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world,

but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 

13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit,

explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[a] 

14 The person without the Spirit does not accept

the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand

them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 

15 The person with the Spirit makes

judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 

16 for,“Who has known the mind of the Lordso as to instruct him?”[b]But we have the mind of Christ.

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 

23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

 

Psalm 13:5

But I trust in your unfailing love;

my heart rejoices in your salvation.

 

Psalm 26:2-3

Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;for I have always been mindful

of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

 

Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

 

Psalm 84:2

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Psalm 119:10-11

I seek you with all my heart;

do not let me stray from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart

that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 119:97

Oh, how I love your law!

I meditate on it all day long.

Proverbs 2:1-5

Moral Benefits of Wisdom

1 My son, if you accept my words

and store up my commands within you,

2 turning your ear to wisdom

and applying your heart to understanding—

3 indeed, if you call out for insight

and cry aloud for understanding,

4 and if you look for it as for silver

and search for it as for hidden treasure,

5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord

and find the knowledge of God.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight.[a]

Proverbs 3:7

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord and shun evil.

Ecclesiastes 2:23

All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 7:25

So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things

and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.

 

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

 

Isaiah 44:18

They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,

and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

 

Isaiah 55:8

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11-14

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 on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 

14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[b]

I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,”

declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

 

Matthew 22:37

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

Luke 24:38-45

38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 

39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see;

a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 

And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them,

“Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 

43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you:

Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

 

Acts 4:32

[ The Believers Share Their Possessions ] All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that

any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.

 

1 Corinthians 8:3-10

3 But whoever loves God is known by God.[a]

4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that

“There is no God but one.” 

5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth

(as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 

6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father,

from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ,

through whom all things came and through whom we live. 

7 But not everyone possesses this knowledge.

Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having

been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. 

8 But food does not bring us near to God;

we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

9 Be careful, however, that the exercise

of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 

10 For if someone with a weak

conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be

emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols?

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the

light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.

On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,

and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Romans 1:20-32

20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—

have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him,

but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 

23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a

mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the

degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and

served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.

Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 

27 In the same way the men also abandoned

natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.

Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God,

so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 

29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.

They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers,

God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 

31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know

God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these

very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Romans 8:5

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires;

but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

 

Romans 8:27

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for

God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

Romans 12:22   

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,

holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world,

but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—

his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

Galatians 4:6

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”

 

Ephesians 3:19

and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 

Ephesians 4:18

They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the

ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

 

Ephesians 6:18

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind,

be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

 

Philippians 1:9-10

9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

 

Philippians 4: 4-7  

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.

 

Colossians 3:2

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

 

1 Thessalonians 3:13

May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our

God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

 

1 Timothy 4:8-10

8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for

both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 

10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God,

who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

 

2Timothy 1:7

7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

2Timothy 1:13-14    

13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 

14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

Hebrews 4:12-13

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to

dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 

13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him

to whom we must give account.

James 4:1-6

Submit Yourselves to God

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 

2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.

You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive,

because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

4 You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God?

Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 

5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us[b]?

 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud

    but shows favor to the humble.”[c]

 

James 4:7-10

7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

 

1 Peter 1:13

[ Be Holy ] Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be

brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

 

1 Peter 3:8

[ Suffering for Doing Good ] Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another,

be compassionate and humble.

 

1 Peter 4:1 Living for God

4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude,

because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.

 

Revelation 2:23

. . . Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds,

and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

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