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Bible Verses On Stress

At some point we all deal with stress. It may be a situation that causes us stress or it may be someone who causes us stress. Whatever the source of stress, the solution to stress is in the Bible. One of the ways the Bible is the solution to stress is in the many biographical stories we find in the Bible.

The Bible verses on stress specifically addresses worry that represents a lack of trust in God. God’s design for anxiety was that it would be a “short-lived” response to a threat. Anxiety becomes problematic when it is not related to realistic fears, becomes a chronic pattern when it interferes with normal body functioning. Here are 34 bible verses on stress to help combat it.

WHAT IS STRESS?

A Webster:

  1. “Strain, pressure. Force exerted upon the body that tends to strain or deform its shape.
  2. Urgency, importance.
  3. Tension, strained exertion: as the stress of war.”

Stress is the result of demands made upon the body. Events or experiences cause mental tension or when our bodies strain to function normally. Stress is reflected as accelerated heartbeat, a rise in blood pressure, headache or other localized pain, cramped muscles or skin eruptions. It can also affect one’s ability to think or behave rationally or appropriately. When mental or emotional stress results in changes in the body’s normal physiological pattern or functions the condition is frequently described as psychosomatic in origin (psyche: mind . . . soma/somatic: body.”

In simple terms stress is the wear and tear of life.  Some stress can be good for us. The key, however, is in how we adjust to it, and in its duration. It is long term stress that may kill us. The damage comes when the adrenal flow is too long.

Prolonged stress can create disease and emotional problems. Short-term stress is a normal function which is normally handled by glands and organs without any problem. In essence, stress can be considered anything that tends to change the control that one would ordinarily have over their body and emotions.

Bible Verses On Stress And For Times Of UncertaintyThe Bible verses on stress specifically addresses worry that represents a lack of trust and God designed anxiety to be “short-lived” not long-term.

Bible Verses On Stress: Comfort!

1 “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

(MSG)_ God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.”

2 “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

(MSG)_ Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”

3“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

(MSG)_ Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

4 “The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
(MSG)_ Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.

5 “May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” Psalm 119:76
(MSG)_ Oh, love me—and right now!— hold me tight! just the way you promised.

6 “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalm 9:9
(MSG)_ God’s a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times.

7 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
(MSG)_ God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.

8 “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

(MSG)_ I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

Bible Verses On Stress:Worrying?

9 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and selfdiscipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

(MSG)_ God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.

10 “…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 40:31
(MSG)_ But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

11 “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

12 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1

13 “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

14 “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:19

Bible Verses On Stress: Trust God

15 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

16 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

17 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

18 “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

19 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Bible Verses On Stress:Peace

20 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

21 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

22 “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22

23 “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25

24 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

Bible Verses On Stress: Fear

25 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

26 Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 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.

27 ” Luke 12:24-34 “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? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin.

Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 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.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

28 Psalm 4:8 – “I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, LORD, make me live in safety.”

29 Psalm 119:97 – “How I love Your teaching! It is my meditation all day long.”

30 Psalm 147:143 – “Trouble and distress have overtaken me, but Your commands are my delight.”

31 Jesus, in the midst of busy activities, said to His apostles: “He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” Mark 6:31

Powerful Bible Verses On Stress

32 John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”

33 John 16:33 – “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

34 1 Peter 5:7 – “Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.”

Stress is an individual thing . . . No two persons react the same way to the pressures and tensions of life.  Be careful about creating stress for others . . . . . . Be aware of others who create stress for you. Jesus Christ is the answer to all our needs. Peace is ours to possess . . . The challenge is to claim it. Work with Jesus to slow down . . . Work with Jesus to calm down . . . Work with Jesus to know His true peace.

 

 

Bible Verses About Faith Over FearLearn exactly how these 26 Bible verses about faith over fear will change your mindset completely making you free from a fear-filled-life!

1 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

2 Psalms 56:1-4 (AMP)
When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You.

3 Psalms 34:4&6 (AMP)
I sought the Lord [on the authority of His word], and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him from all his troubles.
(MSG)- God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot.

4 Deuteronomy 31:6&8 (MSG)
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.”
(AMP)- Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”

It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

5 Matthew 6:34 (MSG)
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.(AMP)- “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

6  Psalms 118:6 (AMP)
God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me?
(MSG)- God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me?

7 Romans 8:31 (AMP)
What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us?

Romans 8:31-35 (MSG)
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.

8 Psalms 27:1&3 (MSG)
Light, space, zest—that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.When besieged, I’m calm as a baby. When all hell breaks loose, I’m collected and cool.
(AMP)-The Lord is my light and my salvation—Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life— Whom shall I dread? Though an army encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, Even in this I am confident.

9 Proverbs 29:25 (MSG)
The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.
(AMP)- The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.

10 Isaiah 41:13 (AMP)
For I the Lord your God keep hold of your right hand; [I am the Lord], Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
(MSG)- That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’

11 John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]

(MSG)- I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

12 Hebrews 13:6 (MSG)
Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?
(AMP)- So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”

13 Isaiah 43:1 (AMP)
Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?
(MSG)- “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.

When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.

14  Romans 8:15 (MSG)
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”
(AMP)- For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, Abba! Father!”

15 Psalms 46: 1-3 (MSG)
God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

(AMP)- God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable], A very present and well-proved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas, Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains tremble at its roaring. Selah.

16 Isaiah 12:2 (MSG)
“Yes, indeed—God is my salvation. I trust, I won’t be afraid. God—yes God!—is my strength and song, best of all, my salvation!”

17 Psalms 91:1,5&11(AMP)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. You will not be afraid of the terror of night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, For He will command His angels in regard to you, To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].

(MSG)- You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling.

18 Exodus 14:13-14 (AMP)
Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”

(MSG)- Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again. God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut.

19  Zephaniah 3:16-17 (AMP)
The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

(MSG)- Jerusalem will be told: “Don’t be afraid. Dear Zion, don’t despair. Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.

20 John 16:33 (AMP)
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

(MSG)-  I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

21 1 Peter 3: 14 (AMP)
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness [though it is not certain that you will], you are still blessed [happy, to be admired and favored by God]. Do not be afraid of their intimidating threats, nor be troubled or disturbed [by their opposition].

22 Lamentations 3:55&57 (AMP)
You drew near on the day I called to You; You said, “Do not fear.” You drew near on the day I called to You; You said, “Do not fear.”
(MSG)- “I called out your name, O God, called from the bottom of the pit. You listened when I called out, ‘Don’t shut your ears! Get me out of here! Save me!’ You came close when I called out. You said, ‘It’s going to be all right.’

23 Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
(MSG)-  I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

24 Psalms 42: 11 (MSG)
Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God— soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.

(AMP)- Why are you in despair, O my soul? Why have you become restless and disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

25  Lamentations 3:22-24 (MSG)
God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.

(AMP)_ It is because of the Lord’s loving-kindnesses that we are not consumed, Because His [tender] compassion never fail. They are new every morning; Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion and my inheritance,” says my soul; “Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.”

26 Ephesians 6:10-12(MSG)
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

(AMP)- In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.

 

 

 

 

 

What does the bible say about perseverance in faith and courage?  Standing firm is one of the hardest things to do, but it is one of the most effective ways to show people what being a Christian is all about. Satan knows that if we stand firm in what we believe, we will see the power of God because we are pleasing God!

 28 Bible Verses On Courage And Perseverance In FaithWhat does the bible say about perseverance in faith? Top 28 encouraging and uplifting bible verses on courage and perseverance!

18 Bible Verses On Courage

1 Joshua 1:9 (MSG)
Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
Joshua 1:7 (AMP)
Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go.

2 Deuteronomy 31:6&8 (AMP)
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.” It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

3 Isaiah 41:10 (AMP)
Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’

4 Psalms 27:14 (AMP)
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.

5   2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

6 Psalms 31:24 (TPT)
So cheer up! Take courage, all you who love him. Wait for him to break through for you, all who trust in him!

7 Isaiah 43:4 (MSG)
Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.

8  Exodus 14:13 (AMP)
Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again.

9 Psalms 56:10 (TPT)
I trust in the Lord. And I praise him! I trust in the Word of God. And I praise him!

10 John 14:27 (TPT)
“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!

11  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.

12 Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

(TPT)- Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.

13 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.

(AMP)- casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].

14  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!”

(AMP)- I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

15 Hebrews 13:5 (AMP)
Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”

(TPT)- Don’t be obsessed with money but live content with what you have, for you always have God’s presence. For hasn’t he promised you, “I will never leave you, never! And I will not loosen my grip on your life!”

16 Psalms 56:3 (TPT)
But in the day that I’m afraid, I lay all my fears before you and trust in you with all my heart.
(MSG)- When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do?

17  Proverbs 29:25 (TPT)
Fear and intimidation is a trap that holds you back. But when you place your confidence in the Lord, you will be seated in the high place.
(MSG)- The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.

18 Psalms 27:5 (TPT)
In the day of trouble, he will treasure me in his shelter, under the cover of his tent. He will lift me high upon a rock, out of reach from all my enemies who surround me.
(MSG)- That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.
(AMP)-  For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

 

10 Bible Verses On Perseverance In Faith

1 Daniel 6:10 (MSG)
When Daniel learned that the decree had been signed and posted, he continued to pray just as he had always done. His house had windows in the upstairs that opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he knelt there in prayer, thanking and praising his God.

2  James 1:2-4  (TPT)
My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.

(MSG)- When Daniel learned that the decree had been signed and posted, he continued to pray just as he had always done. His house had windows in the upstairs that opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he knelt there in prayer, thanking and praising his God.

3 Romans 5:3-5 (TPT)
But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy,

(MSG)- There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

4  Galatians 6: 9-10 (TPT)
And don’t allow yourselves to be weary in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming! Take advantage of every opportunity to be a blessing to others, especially to our brothers and sisters in the family of faith!

(MSG)- ‘So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

5 Hebrews 10:36-39  (TPT)
You need the strength of endurance to reveal the poetry of God’s will and then you receive the promise in full. For soon and very soon, “The One who is appearing will come without delay!” And he also says, “My righteous ones will live from my faith. But if fear holds them back, my soul is not content with them!” But we are certainly not those who are held back by fear and perish; we are among those who have faith and experience true life!

(MSG)- Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.

It won’t be long now, he’s on the way; he’ll show up most any minute. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.

6 Hebrews 12:1-3 (TPT)
‘As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us. ‘ ‘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!’ ‘So consider carefully how Jesus faced such intense opposition from sinners who opposed their own souls, so that you won’t become worn down and cave in under life’s pressures. ‘

(MSG)- Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it.

Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

7 Philippians 3:12-14 (TPT)
‘I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me to make me his own. ”I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. ‘ ‘I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. ‘

(MSG)- I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

8 Hebrews 10:34-35 (TPT)
‘You sympathized with those in prison and when all your belongings were confiscated you accepted that violation with joy; convinced that you possess a treasure growing in heaven that could never be taken from you. ‘ ‘So don’t lose your bold, courageous faith, for you are destined for a great reward! ‘

(MSG)- Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure.

9  2 Corinthians 4:16-18  (MSG)
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.

(TPT)- ‘So no wonder we don’t give up. For even though our outer person gradually wears out, our inner being is renewed every single day. We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal.’

10  2 Corinthians 4:9  (MSG)

You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.
(TPT)- ‘We are persecuted by others, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out. ‘

 

 

 

What does the bible say about procrastination? Procrastination in the bible is about learning to use your time wisely for a productive cause.

40 Scriptures About Procrastination In The BibleWhat does the bible say about procrastination? Procrastination in the bible is about learning to use your time wisely for a productive cause.

1 Hebrews 3:8 (NIV)
do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness,
(GNT)- do not be stubborn, as your ancestors were when they rebelled against God, as they were that day in the desert when they put him to the test.

2 Esther 5:8 (NIV)
If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.”
(GNT)- “If Your Majesty is kind enough to grant my request, I would like you and Haman to be my guests tomorrow at another banquet that I will prepare for you. At that time I will tell you what I want.”

3  Psalms 119:60 (NIV)
I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands
(TPT)-I give my all to follow your revelation-light; I will not delay to obey.
(MSG)-When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet, was quick to follow your orders.

4 Ecclesiastes 5:4 (NIV)
When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.
(MSG)-When you tell God you’ll do something, do it—now. God takes no pleasure in foolish drivel. Vow it, then do it. Far better not to vow in the first place than to vow and not pay up.
(AMP)When you make a vow or a pledge to God, do not put off paying it; for God takes no pleasure in fools [who thoughtlessly mock Him]. Pay what you vow.

5 Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
(GNT) Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.
(MSG) Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.
(TPT) Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself. Then every plan you make will succeed.

6 Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
(TPT) Within your heart you can make plans for your future, but the Lord chooses the steps you take to get there.
(MSG) We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.

7 Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
(MSG) Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.
(TPT)So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring  of life.

8 Proverbs 3:6 (NIV)
In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
(TPT) Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.
(MSG) Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

9 Proverbs 3:7 (NIV)
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
(MSG) Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil!
(TPT) Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong.

10 Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(TPT) We cross the threshold of true knowledge when we live in obedient devotion to God. Stubborn know-it-alls  will never stop to do this, for they scorn true wisdom and knowledge.
(MSG) Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.

11 Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
(MSG) Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
(TPT) Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make.

12 Exodus 8:10 (NIV)
“Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God.
(MSG) “Make it tomorrow.” Moses said, “Tomorrow it is—so you’ll realize that there is no God like our God. The frogs will be gone. You and your houses and your servants and your people, free of frogs. The only frogs left will be the ones in the Nile.”

13 Deuteronomy 23:21 (NIV)
If you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not be slow to pay it, for the Lord your God will certainly demand it of you and you will be guilty of sin.
(MSG) When you make a vow to God, your God, don’t put off keeping it; God, your God, expects you to keep it and if you don’t you’re guilty.

14 1 Kings 19:21 (NIV)
So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.

(MSG) So Elisha left; he took his yoke of oxen and butchered them. He made a fire with the plow and tackle and then boiled the meat—a true farewell meal for the family. Then he left and followed Elijah, becoming his right-hand man.

15 Proverbs 12:24 (NIV)
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
(MSG) The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work.
(TPT) If you want to reign in life, don’t sit on your hands. Instead, work hard at doing what’s right, for the slacker will end up working to make someone else succeed.

16 Jeremiah 13:16 (NIV)
Give glory to the Lord your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but he will turn it to utter darkness and change it to deep gloom.
(MSG) Let your lives glow bright before God before he turns out the lights, Before you trip and fall on the dark mountain paths. The light you always took for granted will go out and the world will turn black.

17 Luke 9:59-62 (MSG)
He said, “Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father’s funeral.” Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God’s kingdom!” Then another said, “I’m ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home.” Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.”

(TPT)Jesus then turned to another and said, “Come be my disciple.” He replied, “Someday I will, Lord, but allow me first to fulfill my duty as a good son  and wait until my father passes away.” Jesus told him, “Don’t wait for your father’s burial. Let those who are already dead wait for death. As for you, go and proclaim everywhere that God’s kingdom has arrived.”

Still another said to him, “Lord, I want to follow you too. But first let me go home and say good-bye to my entire family.” Jesus responded, “Why do you keep looking back to your past and have second thoughts about following me? If you turn back you are not fit for God’s kingdom.”

18 Luke 13:25 (NIV)
Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
(MSG)  Well, one day you’re going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you’ll find the door locked and the Master saying, ‘Sorry, you’re not on my guest list.’

(TPT) Once the head of the house has shut and locked the door, it will be too late. Even if you stand outside knocking, begging to enter, and saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us,’ he will say to you, ‘I don’t know who you are. You are not a part of my family.’

19 Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
(TPT) “So above all, constantly seek God’s kingdom  and his righteousness, then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.
(MSG) Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

20 Psalms 95:7 (NIV)
For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice,
(MSG) Oh yes, he’s our God, and we’re the people he pastures, the flock he feeds. Drop everything and listen, listen as he speaks:
(TPT) For we are those he cares for, and he is the God we worship. So drop everything else and listen to his voice! For this is what he’s saying: “Today, when I speak, don’t even think about turning a deaf ear to me.

21 Psalms 95:8 (NIV)
“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
(TPT) Your ancestors challenged me over and over with their complaining, even though I had convinced them of my power and love. They still doubted my care for them.
(MSG) For forty years they watched me at work among them, as over and over they tried my patience. And I was provoked—oh, was I provoked! ‘Can’t they keep their minds on God for five minutes? Do they simply refuse to walk down my road?’ Exasperated, I exploded, ‘They’ll never get where they’re headed, never be able to sit down and rest.’”

22 Isaiah 55:6 (NIV)
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
(TPT) But how different it is for the righteous! The Lord embraces their paths as they move forward while the way of the wicked leads only to doom.
(MSG) Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand.

23 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
(TPT) For he says, I listened to you at the time of my favor. And the day when you needed salvation, I came to your aid. So can’t you see? Now is the time to respond to his favor! Now is the day of salvation!

(MSG) I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help. Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing.

24 Genesis 19:16 (NIV)
When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.
(MSG) Lot was dragging his feet. The men grabbed Lot’s arm, and the arms of his wife and daughters—God was so merciful to them!—and dragged them to safety outside the city. When they had them outside, Lot was told, “Now run for your life! Don’t look back! Don’t stop anywhere on the plain—run for the hills or you’ll be swept away.”

25 1 Kings 19:20-21  (NIV)
Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.

(MSG) Elisha deserted the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Please! Let me kiss my father and mother good-bye—then I’ll follow you.” “Go ahead,” said Elijah, “but, mind you, don’t forget what I’ve just done to you.” So Elisha left; he took his yoke of oxen and butchered them. He made a fire with the plow and tackle and then boiled the meat—a true farewell meal for the family. Then he left and followed Elijah, becoming his right-hand man.

26 Psalms 27:8 (NIV)
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
(MSG) Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs: “Be good to me! Answer me!” When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my whole being replied, “I’m seeking him!” Don’t hide from me now!
(TPT) I heard your voice in my heart say, “Come, seek my face;” my inner being responded, “Yahweh, I’m seeking your face with all my heart.”

27 Proverbs 13:4 (NIV)
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
(TPT) The slacker wants it all and ends up with nothing, but the hard worker ends up with all that he longed for.
(MSG) Indolence wants it all and gets nothing; the energetic have something to show for their lives.

28 Proverbs 20:4 (NIV)
Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
(MSG) A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring has nothing to harvest in the fall.
(TPT) If you’re too lazy to plant seed, it’s too bad when you have no harvest on which to feed.

29 Proverbs 27:1 (NIV)
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
(TPT) Never brag about the plans you have for tomorrow, for you don’t have a clue what tomorrow may bring to you.
(MSG) Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.

30 Ecclesiastes 12:1 (NIV)
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”—
(MSG)Honor and enjoy your Creator while you’re still young, Before the years take their toll and your vigor wanes,  Before your vision dims and the world blurs And the winter years keep you close to the fire.

31 Matthew 5:25 (NIV)
“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.
(TPT) It is always better to come to terms with the one who wants to sue you before you go to trial, or you may be found guilty by the judge, and he will hand you over to the officers, who will throw you into prison.

(MSG) “Or say you’re out on the street and an old enemy accosts you. Don’t lose a minute. Make the first move; make things right with him. After all, if you leave the first move to him, knowing his track record, you’re likely to end up in court, maybe even jail. If that happens, you won’t get out without a stiff fine.

32 1 Corinthians 14:40 (NIV)
But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
(MSG)Three things, then, to sum this up: When you speak forth God’s truth, speak your heart out. Don’t tell people how they should or shouldn’t pray when they’re praying in tongues that you don’t understand. Be courteous and considerate in everything.
(TPT) doing all things in a beautiful and orderly way.

33 Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV)
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
(MSG) Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange For the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! This is your last and only chance at it, For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.

34 Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
(MSG) So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.
(TPT) And don’t allow yourselves to be weary in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!

35  Hosea 10:12 (NIV)
Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.
(MSG) Sow righteousness, reap love. It’s time to till the ready earth, it’s time to dig in with God, Until he arrives with righteousness ripe for harvest.

36 John 9:4 (NIV)
As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
(MSG) We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over.
(TPT) While I am with you, it is daytime and we must do the works of God who sent me while the light shines.  For there is coming a dark night when no one will be able to work.

37  Luke 12:35 (NIV)
“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,
(TPT) “Be prepared for action  at a moment’s notice.
(MSG) “Keep your shirts on; keep the lights on! Be like house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks.

38  Luke 12:40 (NIV)
You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
(TPT) So keep being alert and ready at all times. For I promise you that the Son of Man will surprise you and appear  when you don’t expect him.
(MSG) So don’t you be lazy and careless. Just when you don’t expect him, the Son of Man will show up.”

39 Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

(MSG) Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.

(TPT) I know what it means to lack,  and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.

40  Proverbs 24:30-34 (TPT)
One day I passed by the field of a lazy man, and I noticed the vineyards of a slacker. I observed nothing but thorns, weeds, and broken-down walls. So I considered their lack of wisdom,and I pondered the lessons I could learn from this: Professional work habits prevent poverty from becoming your permanent business partner. And: If you put off until tomorrow the work you could do today, tomorrow never seems to come.

(NIV)- I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

(MSG) One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones, and then passed the vineyard of a slob; They were overgrown with weeds, thick with thistles, all the fences broken down. I took a long look and pondered what I saw; the fields preached me a sermon and I listened: “A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, with poverty as your permanent houseguest!”

 

 

40 Bible Verses For Anxiety And A Fearful Heart

Anxiety can lead to severe emotional pain along with physical symptoms. Fear can take over to the point that they prevent you from living a productive and fulfilling life. The good news is that you can overcome these conditions. God has provided you with resources in both the natural and spiritual realms to defeat anxiety.

 

Here Are Bible Verses About Anxiety And Worry40 Best Bible verses for Anxiety Free Life and A Fear-filled heart : Do You Really Need It? This Will Help You Decide! Steep your life in GOD.

1 Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG) – Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

2  2 Timothy 1:7 (GNT)- For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.

3 Psalms 55:22 (MSG)- Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders— he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.

4 Matthew 6: 27-34 (MSG)- “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.

People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

 

5 John 14: 25-27 (MSG)- “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

6 Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)- “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

7 Psalm 34:4 (MSG)- God met me more than halfway,he freed me from my anxious fears.

8 Proverbs 3:5-8(MSG)- Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil!Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!

9 John 16:33 (MSG)- I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

10 Psalms 56:3 (MSG)- When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do?

11 Luke 12: 22-24 (MSG)-  He continued this subject with his disciples. “Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.

12 1 John 4:17-18 (MSG)- God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.

13 Isaiah 26:3-4 (MSG)- People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.

14 Jeremiah 17:7-8 (MSG)- “But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers—Never a worry through the hottest of summers,    never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.

15 Psalm 27:1 (MSG)- Light, space, zest—that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.

16 Deuteronomy 31:6&8 (MSG)- “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you.

He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.”

17 Psalms 23:4 (GNT)- “Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.

18 Isaiah 41:13 (MSG)- That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’

19 Hebrews 13:6 (MSG)- God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?

20 Psalm 62:7-8 (MSG)- My help and glory are in God —granite-strength and safe-harbor-God—So trust him absolutely, people;lay your lives on the line for him. God is a safe place to be.

21 Psalm 55:16 (MSG)- I call to God; God will help me. At dusk, dawn, and noon I sigh deep sighs—he hears, he rescues. My life is well and whole, secure in the middle of danger.

22 2 Corinthians 4:9 (MSG)- You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.

23 Psalm 139:23 (MSG)- Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts;

24 ISAIAH 41:9-10(MSG)- I pulled you in from all over the world, called you in from every dark corner of the earth,Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.

25 PSALM 94:19 (GNT)- Whenever I am anxious and worried, you comfort me and make me glad.
(AMP)-  When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me.

26 John 14:1 (AMP)- “Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me.
(GNT)- “Do not be worried and upset,” Jesus told them. “Believe in God and believe also in me.

27 1 CORINTHIANS 7:32 (GNT)-I would like you to be free from worry.
(MSG)-  I want you to live as free of complications as possible.

28 ISAIAH 35:4 (MSG)- Energize the limp hands, strengthen the rubbery knees. Tell fearful souls, “Courage! Take heart! God is here, right here, on his way to put things right And redress all wrongs. He’s on his way! He’ll save you!”
(AMP)- Say to those with an anxious and panic-stricken heart, “Be strong, fear not! Indeed, your God will come with vengeance [for the ungodly]; The retribution of God will come, But He will save you.”

29 PROVERBS 12:25 (MSG)-Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up.
(GNT)-  Worry can rob you of happiness, but kind words will cheer you up.

30 Exodus 14:14 (MSG)- God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut!”
(AMP)- The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”

31 Psalms 86:6-7 (MSG)- Give your servant a happy life; I put myself in your hands! You’re well-known as good and forgiving, bighearted to all who ask for help. Pay attention, God, to my prayer; bend down and listen to my cry for help. Every time I’m in trouble I call on you, confident that you’ll answer.

32 Psalms 34:2 (MSG)- I live and breathe God; if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:

33 Psalms 27:7-9 (MSG)- Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs: “Be good to me! Answer me!” When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my whole being replied, “I’m seeking him!” Don’t hide from me now! You’ve always been right there for me; don’t turn your back on me now. Don’t throw me out, don’t abandon me; you’ve always kept the door open. My father and mother walked out and left me, but God took me in.

34 Psalms 25:16 (MSG)- Look at me and help me! I’m all alone and in big trouble.

35 Psalms 119:25-32 (MSG)- I’m feeling terrible—I couldn’t feel worse! Get me on my feet again. You promised, remember? When I told my story, you responded; train me well in your deep wisdom. Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders. My sad life’s dilapidated, a falling-down barn; build me up again by your Word. Barricade the road that goes Nowhere; grace me with your clear revelation. I choose the true road to Somewhere, I post your road signs at every curve and corner. I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me; God, don’t let me down! I’ll run the course you lay out for me if you’ll just show me how.

36 Psalms 16:7-8 (MSG)- The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake is confirmed by my sleeping heart. Day and night I’ll stick with God; I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.

37 Psalms 34:8  (MSG)-  Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is.Blessed are you who run to him.

38 Psalms 56:10-11 (MSG)- I’m proud to praise God, proud to praise God. Fearless now, I trust in God; what can mere mortals do to me?

39  Psalms 37: 23-24 (MSG)- Stalwart walks in step with God; his path blazed by God, he’s happy. If he stumbles, he’s not down for long; God has a grip on his hand.

40 Psalms 34:6 (MSG)_ When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot.

The presence of our heavenly Father has the power to set things right and bring us the peace we long
for.  God can dispel  the shadows of fear, break the chains of worry, and slay the giant Anxiety. There is freedom in Christ! God has an answer to your fear, worry, and anxiety if you will only cling to Him like a child in the darkness. Lean on God and see all your fears, worries, and anxieties disappear!

 

Do You Think God Stays In Heaven? 5 Things To Know!

Isaiah 66:1-2 (MSG)- God’s Message:
“Heaven’s my throne, earth is my footstool. What sort of house could you build for me? What holiday spot is reserved for me? I made all this! I own all this! God’s Decree. “But there is something I’m looking for: a person simple and plain, reverently responsive to what I say.

Do you think God stays in Heaven because he too lives in fear of what he’s created on earth ? So, the answer is a big No! Earth is God’s gift to humanity.Do you think God stays in Heaven because he too lives in fear of what he's created? Heaven is God's kingdom. Earth is God's gift to humanity.

Genesis 1:26-27 (MSG)- God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings;he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

We are made in God’s image and likeness. He blessed us and commanded us to “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. This means that since the beginning of time, Earth has initially been ours to possess, dominate, take charge of, rule and live in.

Psalm 8:3-8 (MSG)- I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their settings. Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way? Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods, bright with Eden’s dawn light.
You put us in charge of your handcrafted world, repeated to us your Genesis-charge, Made us stewards of sheep and cattle, even animals out in the wild, Birds flying and fish swimming, whales singing in the ocean deeps.

Psalm 8:3-8 (GNT)-  When I look at the sky, which you have made, at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places-what are human beings, that you think of them; mere mortals, that you care for them? Yet you made them inferior only to yourself; you crowned them with glory and honor. You appointed them rulers over everything you made; you placed them over all creation: sheep and cattle, and the wild animals too; the birds and the fish and the creatures in the seas.

Psalm 8:3-9 (NASB2020)-  When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have set in place; What is man that You think of him, And a son of man that You are concerned about him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! You have him rule over the works of Your hands; You have put everything under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the animals of the field, The birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the Earth!

Psalm 8:3-8  best answers this question. God thinks about us so much. He loves us to the point of leaving Earth and every living creature under our care. God has nothing to fear, and no matter what happens, God is fully assured that this was the best decision He made.

John 15:15-16 (NASB2020)-  No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, because all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

John 15:15-16 (MSG)- I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father. “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

We are no longer called servants but friends of God. God has lovingly and freely bestowed all this on us. He made us godlike, crowning us as mini gods and goddesses with Earth as our habitation. He left Earth in our care because he trusts us to make the most of life here.

Heaven is God’s kingdom. He wouldn’t have it any other way, which is why He gave us our own kingdom to rule. Have you noticed that God never interferes with anything that happens on Earth? God could have had things changed and reset in a minute, but He let things remain as they are. He’s letting us know that he has equipped us with the necessary skills and tools to run this world from the time of Adam.

God may not be satisfied with the way we run things and live life sometimes, but because he has already appointed us rulers over everything He made, He never for once doubts our ability to put things in order and make things right. This is why He lets us be and not because He fears what he has created. Remember, God knows the end from the beginning; this means He must have seen and understood how things will turn out before He created mankind.

If God lives in fear of what he had created, He would have stopped the evolution of mankind the instant Adam and Eve disobeyed God. God gave us freedom and saw it best to provide us with a place to own and possess. He saw us fit for the job. He could have made us angels in Heaven, but instead, He chose to crown us with glory, majesty and honor just to have us mere mortals who are inferior to himself rule over the works of His hands.

He put everything under our feet, all sheep and oxen, animals of the field, the birds of the sky, the fish of the sea, and whatever passes through the paths of the seas. Always remember that Heaven is God’s home, where he lives, dwells, and rules, while Earth is his hand-crafted world where He has placed us and put us in charge of.

 

Here Are 5 Scriptures To Meditate And Ponder On

1 Isaiah 42: 5-6 (MSG)- the God who created the cosmos, stretched out the skies, laid out the Earth and all that grows from it, Who breathes life into Earth’s people, makes them alive with his own life: “I am God. I have called you to live right and well. I have taken responsibility for you, kept you safe. I have set you among my people to bind them to me, and provided you as a lighthouse to the nations,

2  Jeremiah 10:12-13 (MSG)- But it is God whose power made the Earth, whose wisdom gave shape to the world, who crafted the cosmos. He thunders, and rain pours down. He sends the clouds soaring. He embellishes the storm with lightnings, launches wind from his warehouse.

3 Colossians 1:16-23 (MSG)- We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.

He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so expansive, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.

You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that!

You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under Heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message.

4 Genesis 1:6-13 (MSG)- God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters;separate water from water!” God made sky.He separated the water under sky from the water above sky. And there it was: he named sky the Heavens; It was evening, it was morning—Day Two.

God spoke: “Separate! Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place; Land, appear!” And there it was. God named the land Earth. He named the pooled water Ocean. God saw that it was good.

God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties of seed-bearing plants, Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.” And there it was.
Earth produced green seed-bearing plants, all varieties, And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts. God saw that it was good. It was evening, it was morning— Day Three.

5  Genesis 1:14-23 (MSG)-  God spoke: “Lights! Come out! Shine in Heaven’s sky! Separate Day from Night. Mark seasons and days and years, Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.” And there it was. God made two big lights, the larger to take charge of Day, The smaller to be in charge of Night; and he made the stars. God placed them in the heavenly sky to light up Earth And oversee Day and Night, to separate light and dark. God saw that it was good. It was evening, it was morning— Day Four.

God spoke: “Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life! Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!” God created the huge whales, all the swarm of life in the waters, And every kind and species of flying birds. God saw that it was good. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean! Birds, reproduce on Earth!” It was evening, it was morning— Day Five.

Genesis 1:24-31 (MSG)-  God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind:cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.” And there it was:wild animals of every kind,Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug.God saw that it was good.

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature. So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

Then God said, “I’ve given you every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth And every kind of fruit-bearing tree, given them to you for food. To all animals and all birds, everything that moves and breathes, I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.” And there it was. God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! It was evening, it was morning—Day Six.

 

Why you shouldn’t fear death? Are you afraid of dying? We cannot avoid death. It overshadows our lives, and whether consciously or not, every life is sooner or later touched by death. A person is considered dead if the heart stops beating and breathing ceases. Biblically, though the body dies, the spirit still lives on. Physical death is not the end for believers but a transition to eternal life with Christ.

Phillippians 1:21 (AMP)- For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity].

2 Corinthians 5:8-9 (AMP)- we are of good courage and confident hope, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth] or away from home [and with Him], it is our [constant] ambition to be pleasing to Him.

The future of believers after death is blessed. John spoke of the blessing of the “dead who die in the Lord.” Revelation 14:13 (AMP)- Then I heard [the distinct words of] a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’ ” “Yes, [blessed indeed],” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest and have relief from their labors, for their deeds do follow them.”

Revelation 14:13 (MSG)- I heard a voice out of Heaven, “Write this: Blessed are those who die in the Master from now on; how blessed to die that way!” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “and blessed rest from their hard, hard work. None of what they’ve done is wasted; God blesses them for it all in the end.”

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 (MSG)- And then this: We can tell you with complete confidence—we have the Master’s word on it—that when the Master comes again to get us, those of us who are still alive will not get a jump on the dead and leave them behind. In actual fact, they’ll be ahead of us. The Master himself will give the command. Archangel thunder! God’s trumpet blast! He’ll come down from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise—they’ll go first.

Then the rest of us who are still alive at the time will be caught up with them into the clouds to meet the Master. Oh, we’ll be walking on air! And then there will be one huge family reunion with the Master. So reassure one another with these words.

20 Best Scriptures About Why You Shouldn’t Fear DeathWhy you shouldn't fear death made simple with the best 20 Bible verses!!! Never again will death have the last word. The gift of eternal life is ours.

1 Hebrews 2:14 (MSG)
Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.

2 Psalms 23:4 (MSG)
Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

3 1 John 4:17-18 (MSG)
God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.

4 Psalm 116:15 (KJV)
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

5 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (MSG)
That’s why we live with such good cheer. You won’t see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don’t get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead. It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? When the time comes, we’ll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming.

6 1 Corinthians 2:9 (MSG)
No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—What God has arranged for those who love him.

7 Revelation 2: 10-11 (MSG)
“Fear nothing in the things you’re about to suffer—but stay on guard! Fear nothing! The Devil is about to throw you in jail for a time of testing—ten days. It won’t last forever. “Don’t quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing. I have a Life-Crown sized and ready for you.

8 Matthew 10:28 (MSG)
“Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.
(AMP)- Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

9 Romans 6:23 (AMP)
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(MSG)- Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.

10 Isaiah 57:2 (AMP)
He enters into peace [through death]; They rest in their beds (graves), Each one who walked uprightly [following God’s will, living with integrity].
(MSG)- The right-living people are out of their misery, they’re finally at rest. They lived well and with dignity and now they’re finally at peace.

11 1 Corinthians 15: 54-55 (AMP)
And when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the Scripture will be fulfilled that says, “Death is swallowed up in victory (vanquished forever). O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

1 Corinthians 15: 51-57 (MSG)
But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again.

At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!

12 Isaiah 25:8 (AMP)
He will swallow up death [and abolish it] for all time. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, And He will take away the disgrace of His people from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.
(MSG)- And here on this mountain, God will banish the pall of doom hanging over all peoples, The shadow of doom darkening all nations. Yes, he’ll banish death forever. And God will wipe the tears from every face.
He’ll remove every sign of disgrace From his people, wherever they are. Yes! God says so!

13 Romans 8:38-39 (MSG)
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

14 Ecclesiastes 9:7-10(MSG)
Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Dress festively every morning. Don’t skimp on colors and scarves. Relish life with the spouse you love Each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God’s gift.

It’s all you get in exchange For the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! This is your last and only chance at it, For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.

15 2 Corinthians 4:7-12(MSG)
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at.

We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

16 2 Timothy 4:7(AMP)
I have fought the good and worthy and noble fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith [firmly guarding the gospel against error].

17 Romans 6:6-11(MSG)
Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer captive to sin’s demands! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end.

Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.

18 Revelation 12: 11 (AMP)
And they overcame and conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, for they did not love their life and renounce their faith even when faced with death.

19 Psalms 16:9 (AMP)
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my innermost self] rejoices; My body too will dwell [confidently] in safety,
(MSG)- I’m happy from the inside out, and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed. You canceled my ticket to hell—that’s not my destination!

20  Colossians 3:1-4 (MSG)
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.

Colossians 3:2-4 (AMP)
Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, A reference to His second coming appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Fear is a universal emotion. It’s a crippling feeling that plagues the human body. The reason why you shouldn’t fear death is  because rest awaits God’s people who get a glorious reward for their good deeds. A crown of glory awaits you in heaven. There’s really nothing to fear.

 

 

 

 

 

What Does The Bible Say About Emotions?

In many Christian circles, emotions are viewed as the “black sheep” of the image-bearing family. In other words, we accept that God created us with a soul to relate to, with a mind to think, and with a will to choose. But somehow, we act as if emotions were not God‟s idea. What does the bible say about emotions? We often see emotions more as cursing than a blessing. “More harm than good.”

“Suppress them.” “Ignore them.” “Don‟t have them.” If emotions are so distressing, then why did God create us with feelings? Somehow, we‟ve forgotten that when God paused to ponder His image-bearers, he pointed out that they, emotions included, were “perfect.” Feelings were God‟s idea.

What does the bible say about emotions? Not only did He give them to us, but He also experienced them Himself. God is an emotional being.

What does the bible say about emotions? Not only did He give them to us, but He also experienced them Himself. God is an emotional being. Read that again. Don‟t dodge it. God is an emotional being. God the Father gets angry; God the Son weeps. God the Spirit grieves. The Trinity emotes. If we are to live godly lives—Christ-like lives—we need God‟s perspective on emotions.

“Emotions were given to energize behavior and were intended by God to be a catalyst for action.” This does not mean that all emotions are rational. They often are not. But it shows that emotions are responses to our perceptions, which may be right or wrong, real or imagined. “Emotions are the language of the soul. They are the cry that gives the heart a voice.”

This is not to claim that all emotions are easily intelligible and can be thoroughly analyzed. They often cannot. And yet, we must learn to understand this fundamental part of our humanity. Sam Williams rightly notes,  “God gives emotions for a specific purpose. They are necessary for us properly to know and relate to and glorify God.”

Any attempt to sanctify the emotions, detoxify ourselves of hazardous emotions, and cultivate godly emotions must be built on the firm foundation of Christian truth. What does the bible say about emotions? To purify our emotions, we must have our minds renewed with the Word, washed with the Word, and reconstructed by the Word. Wrong thinking will lead to bad feelings. To truly encounter the power of truth is to meet God in his Son (John 8:31–32, 36). “An encounter with God will not only change our emotions; most importantly, it has the potential to change our hearts.”

What does the bible say about emotions? Some emotions seem deeply spiritual; other emotions seem downright sinful. God created us to experience emotions, yet there are still godly and ungodly ways to manage them. We must start with a standard definition of emotions. Part of our emotional life originates in our brain chemistry. Dylan Evans, a professor at the University of London, says that emotions “are hardwired into the human brain.” The Bible teaches that human beings are both body and soul, so a biblical view of emotions sees them as an interplay between body and soul.

Emotions are physical sensations combined with thoughts and beliefs about particular events and people. The biological dimension of emotions includes the physical sensations that accompany them. But there’s more to our emotions than the physical sensations that go with them. For example, imagine a person whose stomach is unsettled—a feeling we call butterflies in our stomach—who also has sweaty palms and a flushed face. These are all physical sensations caused by our nervous system.

What emotion is that person experiencing? It could be fear—perhaps a person who’s just been called into the boss’s office after an announcement that the company is laying off some employees. But it could also be guilt, perhaps someone who’s just lied to her husband about where she was last night. But it could also be love, maybe a 20-year-old man about to propose to his girlfriend. Fear, guilt, and love all have similar physical sensations. What does the bible say about emotions? So emotions are more than just physical sensations—they’re also beliefs and ideas. And unlike moods, emotions are focused on a particular person or thing.

 

What Does The Bible Say About Emotions? 15 Scriptures

1 Proverbs 14:30(MSG)_ A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones.

(TPT)_ A tender, tranquil heart will make you healthy, but jealousy can make you sick.

2 Proverbs 30:32-33(TPT)_ If you’ve acted foolishly by drawing attention to yourself, or if you’ve thought about saying something stupid, you’d better shut your mouth. For such stupidity may give you a bloody nose! Stirring up an argument only leads to an angry confrontation.

(MSG)_ If you’re dumb enough to call attention to yourself by offending people and making rude gestures, Don’t be surprised if someone bloodies your nose. Churned milk turns into butter; riled emotions turn into fist fights.

3 1 Kings 3:26(MSG)_ Then he said, “Cut the living baby in two—give half to one and half to the other.” The real mother of the living baby was overcome with emotion for her son and said, “Oh no, master! Give her the whole baby alive; don’t kill him!” But the other one said, “If I can’t have him, you can’t have him—cut away!” The king gave his decision: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Nobody is going to kill this baby. She is the real mother.”

4 Matthew 13:20-21(MSG)_ “The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.

 (TPT)_ “The one sown on gravel represents the person who gladly hears the kingdom message, but his experience remains shallow. Shortly after he hears it, troubles and persecutions come because of the kingdom message he received. Then he quickly falls away, for the truth didn’t sink deeply into his heart.

5 1 Corinthians 7:8-9(TPT)_ So let me say to the unmarried and those who have lost their spouses, it is fine for you to remain single as I am. But if you have no power over your passions, then you should go ahead and marry, for marriage is far better than a continual battle with lust.

(MSG)_ I do, though, tell the unmarried and widows that singleness might well be the best thing for them, as it has been for me. But if they can’t manage their desires and emotions, they should by all means go ahead and get married. The difficulties of marriage are preferable by far to a sexually tortured life as a single.

6 Matthew 7:15-20(MSG)_ Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. 

Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned.

 (TPT)_ “Constantly be on your guard against phony prophets. They come disguised as lambs, appearing to be genuine, but on the inside, they are like wild, ravenous wolves! You can spot them by their actions, for the fruits of their character will be obvious. You won’t find sweet grapes hanging on a thorn bush, and you’ll never pick good fruit from a tumbleweed. 

So, if the tree is good, it will produce good fruit; but if the tree is bad, it will bear only rotten fruit and deserves to be cut down and burned. You’ll know them by the obvious fruit of their lives and ministries.”

7 Acts 28:14-16(TPT)_ There we found some believers, who begged us to stay with them for a week. Afterward, we made our way to Rome. When the believers were alerted we were coming, they came out to meet us at the Forum of Appius while we were still a great distance from Rome.  Another group met us at the Three Taverns. When Paul saw the believers, his heart was greatly encouraged and he thanked God. When we finally entered Rome, Paul was turned over to the authorities and was allowed to live where he pleased, with one soldier assigned to guard him.

(MSG)_ And then we came to Rome. Friends in Rome heard we were on the way and came out to meet us. One group got as far as Appian Court; another group met us at Three Taverns—emotion-packed meetings, as you can well imagine. Paul, brimming over with praise, led us in prayers of thanksgiving. When we actually entered Rome, they let Paul live in his own private quarters with a soldier who had been assigned to guard him.

8 2 Corinthians 10:3-6(MSG)_ The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 

We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

 (TPT)_ For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience.

9 1 Corinthians 10:13 (TPT)_ We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously. 

(MSG)_ No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

10 Proverbs 16:32(MSG)_ Moderation is better than muscle, self-control better than political power.

(TPT)_ Do you want to be a mighty warrior? It’s better to be known as one who is patient and slow to anger. Do you want to conquer a city? Rule over your temper before you attempt to rule a city.

11 Proverbs 29:11(TPT)_ You can recognize fools by the way they give full vent to their rage and let their words fly! But the wise bite their tongues and hold back all they could say.

(MSG)_ A fool lets it all hang out; a sage quietly mulls it over.

12 1 Corinthians 2:3-5(MSG)_ I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

 (TPT)_ I stood before you feeling inadequate, filled with reverence for God, and trembling under the sense of the importance of my words. The message I preached and how I preached it was not an attempt to sway you with persuasive arguments but to prove to you the almighty power of God’s Holy Spirit. For God intended that your faith not be established on man’s wisdom but by trusting in his almighty power.

13 Matthew 4:23-25(TPT)_ Jesus ministered from place to place throughout all of the province of Galilee. He taught in the synagogues, preaching the wonderful news of the kingdom and healing every kind of sickness and disease among the people. His fame spread throughout all Syria! Many people who were in pain and suffering with every kind of illness were brought to Jesus for their healing—epileptics, paralytics, and those tormented by demonic powers were all set free. Everyone who was brought to Jesus was healed! This resulted in massive crowds of people following him, including people from Galilee, Jerusalem, the land of Judah, the region of the Ten Cities known as the Decapolis, and beyond the Jordan River. 

 (MSG)_ From there he went all over Galilee. He used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives. Word got around the entire Roman province of Syria. People brought anybody with a sickness, whether mental, emotional, or physical. 

Jesus healed them, one and all. More and more people came, the momentum gathering. Besides those from Galilee, crowds came from the “Ten Towns” across the lake, others up from Jerusalem and Judea, still others from across the Jordan.

14 Galatians 5:19-21(MSG)_ It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.

 (TPT)_ The behavior of the self-life is obvious: Sexual immorality, lustful thoughts, pornography, chasing after things instead of God, manipulating others, hatred of those who get in your way, senseless arguments, resentment when others are favored, temper tantrums, angry quarrels, only thinking of yourself, being in love with your own opinions, being envious of the blessings of others, murder, uncontrolled addictions, wild parties, and all other similar behavior.

15 Romans 2:17(MSG)_ If you’re brought up Jewish, don’t assume that you can lean back in the arms of your religion and take it easy, feeling smug because you’re an insider to God’s revelation, a connoisseur of the best things of God, informed on the latest doctrines! I have a special word of caution for you who are sure that you have it all together yourselves and, because you know God’s revealed Word inside and out, feel qualified to guide others through their blind alleys and dark nights and confused emotions to God. While you are guiding others, who is going to guide you? 

 

What Does The Bible Say About Depression

What does the bible say about depression? Feelings of stress go with being human. The Bible presents life as a process of suffering before glory, just as the Lord Jesus Christ first suffered on the cross and then went to His crown in heaven. Having the “blues” from time to time is expected. As Romans 8:23 says, “we believers also groan …” feel depressed, or extreme discouragement to the point of becoming disabled, has been experienced since the inception of sin. Several Bible characters displayed symptoms that probably would meet today’s diagnostic criteria for depression.

Hopelessness is a symptom of depression, and the biblical message of hope can offer us so much in contrast to a world that offers so little. All people, at times, face moments of extreme discouragement for a variety of reasons. No wonder, then, that the Word of God is filled with promises that can give all of us, no matter our situation, reasons to hope for a better future, if not in this world, then certainly in the next. Of course, when depression is severe, it’s important to get professional help. The Lord can work through these people to help those who need special care.

What does the bible say about depression? Feelings of stress go with being human. The Bible presents life as a process of suffering before glory...

After all, regardless of your relationship with God, were you physically ill, you would seek the help of a doctor or health professional. It’s the same with those suffering from severe clinical depression, which is often caused by a genetic predisposition and chemical imbalance in the brain. Thus, at times, even Christians might need the help of professionals.

What does the bible say about depression? David experienced severe mood alterations because of unfair persecution (Saul and Israel’s adversaries). In addition, his violation of God’s commandments brought about a deep sense of guilt (Ps. 51:4), and shame often is associated with depression. When one sees oneself negatively (“I am dumb”), looks at the world pessimistically (“life is always unfair”), and contemplates the future hopelessly (“it will never improve”), chances of depression become high. This attitude is called “catastrophic thinking.” Christians may opt for alternative ways to interpret things, a method that incorporates God’s plan and messages into the equation.

 

Consider the following alternatives:

  1. How to look at yourself. You were created in God’s image, to rule over creation (Gen. 1:26, 27). Jesus Christ, through His sacrifice, rescued you from eternal death and granted you privileges—chosen people, a royal priesthood, holy nation (1 Pet. 2:9, NIV). Before God’s eyes, you have infinite worth.
  2. The world. The world is indeed rotten and full of evil. At the same time, there also are many right, noble, and admirable things upon which (Phil. 4:8) to ponder. Furthermore, Christians can understand the existence of evil without despair, as they know its origin and ultimate fate.
  3. The future. God’s children! have an extraordinary destiny reserved for them. The Bible is full of promises with the assurance of salvation (Ps. 37:39).

 

What Does The Bible Say About Depression? 4 Causes 

Depression#1: Guilt- In the Psalms, King David speaks of depression. Phrases from Psalms 32 and 38 include: “I groaned all day long,” “and I walk around filled with grief,” and “my groanings come from an anguished heart.” In Psalm 51:12, David prays for the joy of his salvation to be restored. David’s adultery with Bathsheba had caused his depression and the cover-up that followed. Before he confessed his sin, David grew more and more depressed.

 Guilt is to the soul what pain is to the body. The symptom of pain means we have a problem that needs attention. Likewise, shame reveals we have a spiritual crisis that needs attention. David said, “when I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long” (Psalm 32:3-4). By contrast, David confessed his sins to God, and he returned to joy.

What does the bible say about depression? In Psalm 51:7, he prayed, “wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” All of us have sinned. God is a just Judge who can not just let sins go unpunished. However, the Holy Judge also loves us and does not want to punish us. He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place.

 He paid our penalty and defeated death by rising again. Our sins were placed on His moral and legal account when Christ died. When a person trusts Him as Savior, His righteousness is transferred to the believer’s account (or legal record). God as Judge looks upon a believer in Christ as being cleansed from sin.

 Through faith in Christ as Savior, they stand “legally” before God uncondemned and acquitted. The Bible’s term for this is “justification by faith.” (See Romans 5:1, 9.) If you have never placed your faith in Christ as Savior, guilt from unresolved sin is one of the hidden causes of your depression.

The answer is to pray to God the Father and trust His Son as Savior. You can accept His death on the cross as payment for sin. Then you need not feel guilty before God as Judge. Instead, you will have Christ’s righteousness transferred to your legal/moral standing before God. The answer to depression caused by guilt is “the joy of salvation.”

 

Depression#2: Anger- If we pause to reflect, we know from experience that anger often leads to depression. Anger seldom goes with joy in life. The Bible tells the story of two brothers named Cain and Abel. Cain was the first murderer in human history who killed his brother.

Genesis 4:5 has the phrase, “This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.” In other words, Cain’s anger brought on depression. The next step in his downward spiral was Cain’s violence against his innocent brother. Anger may be the most complex emotion. Not all anger is wrong.

Many have to read Ephesians 4:26 twice because it sounds like a misprint. This verse teaches, “Be angry and yet do not sin” (NASB). We would think it should read, “Be not angry.” However, sometimes it is righteous to be angry. Things are not always fair or proper. We might call this the “anger of God’s honor.”

When God’s holy standards for ethics are violated, we can become righteously angry. Yet, Ephesians 4:26 commands us not to let this righteous anger lead to sin even in these situations. Righteous anger can easily lead to hatred and an obsession for revenge. Instead, righteous anger should be channeled into a search to understand why God allowed the wrong in my life. Non-sinful anger should also motivate us to work to change the world for the better.

We must confess sinful anger to God as a sin for our emotional well-being. Many trivial insults and annoyances are not worth the resulting depression. A change in perspective on whether the irritant is worth stewing in depression helps. Those who confess the anger of self-importance as sin and those who refuse to stew in anger over details will have far less depression. You may be thinking, “my anger is righteous!” That may be true.

However, it is still true that we must try to let go of as many burdens as possible. Even if the other person does not deserve it, we will have less depression if we take a pass on offenses of a secondary nature. They are not worth the constant agitation and depression. The Bible says, “People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness” (Proverbs 14:29).

 

Depression#3: Hatred- The story of Jonah is best known for his adventure within the belly of the great fish. Instead of preaching to the people in Ninevah, Jonah went to sea to escape God’s call. Jonah’s reason for not wanting to go on the mission was not laziness. He hated the people of Nineveh. In the past, they had attacked Israel, so it was okay with him if they never heard about salvation by faith in Israel’s God. He wanted them to die and go to hell.

What does the bible say about depression?  In the final chapter of the book of Jonah, Jonah is depressed to the point of suicide. One would think a preacher would be depressed because of a lack of response to his message. No, in Jonah’s case, he was depressed because Nineveh repented and was saved. The words are amazing. “So he complained to the Lord about it: ‘Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, LORD? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

 You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, LORD! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen” (Jonah 4:2-3). Why was Jonah so depressed that he preferred death to life? His unique psychology was that he hated others so much it ruined his own life. Jonah was the case of a Jew who hated gentiles. Another Bible story connects depression with anti-Semitism.

The book of Esther tells the story of race hatred against the Jewish people. Haman was an evil tyrant who wanted to exterminate the Jews. Mordecai, Esther’s relative, was a godly Jewish man. To this day, Jewish people celebrate deliverance from Haman at the annual festival of Purim. Children dress in costumes and exchange gifts.

Whenever the name of Haman is read in the ceremony, Jewish boys and girls respond with a “hiss!” Haman told his wife he had “great wealth,” he had “many children,” he was “promoted” by the king above all others. However, all these advantages could not overcome depression. “But this is all worth nothing as long as I see Mordecai the Jew just sitting there at the palace gate” (Esther 5:13). Despite the blessings of life, Haman’s hatred undid them all, plunging him into depression. It is a grave mistake to think good emotions can arise from hatred.

What does the bible say about depression? Hatred brings depression whether the object is personally known or a vague unending hatred towards another people group. Jonah felt all gentiles should be damned. Haman felt all Jews should be dead. Both were depressed to the point of suicidal despair.

 

Depression#4 Perfectionism: Some with perfectionist tendencies have unrealistic expectations of self or the world. Excellence is indeed a virtue. God wants us to achieve and work hard. However, God loves each of us without conditions. His love is not based on intelligence, appearance, talent, riches, or performance.

What does the bible say about depression? All are made in the image of God. The Lord Jesus Christ loved you so much He died for you. If you trust in Him as Savior, you become a child of God. God, the Judge, looks at believers as clothed in the righteousness of Christ.

 Thus, the true motivation to achieve is not to find love and acceptance but because we are already precious to God. Society has things backward. It often bases our value on performance alone, not God’s view of human value. Often society judges others by false and impossible standards. Can you think of a situation or a person where pleasing them would be impossible? If we base our sense of value upon what such people think of us, we will feel depressed.

Yes, it is preferable to have people’s approval; but it is more important to please God and derive our sense of value from God. The standards by which God measures life are accessible to all. They are either given by grace or attainable by anyone who wants to develop a character like Jesus. Our underlying value is not based on superficial things out of our control, such as appearance, intelligence, talent, or strength. Moses is best known for the Ten Commandments.

 Yet, even Moses was so depressed by his perfectionist tendencies that he wanted to die. No matter how hard he worked, the children of Israel would not follow God. His perfectionist tendencies led him to take responsibility for other people’s disobedience. “I can’t carry all these people by myself!. . . go ahead and kill me” (Numbers 11:14-15). We should let God’s standards for value and excellence measure our worth and performance (not the world!).

After pleasing God, we can have less worry or depression about being acceptable to others. It is also important to accept our human limitations. God does. We do not possess all beauty, strength, talent, or intelligence. He loves us the way we are.

 In one movie, a Catholic priest at Notre Dame tells a potential football player to consider two indisputable facts: “there is a God. I am not He.” God knows human limitations. Striving to the point of depression is self-inflicted or society-inflicted. God loves us even within our limits.

Excellence will please God, but He already loves us for who we are. We should strive for excellence as God defines excellence, but failure to enjoy God’s acceptance and living by the world’s perfectionist expectations produces depression. So does a refusal to accept our human limits. “

 

What Does The Bible Say About Depression? 7 Best Scriptures

1 It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to His loved ones” (Psalm 127:2).

2 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18, NIV).” If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath”(MSG).”The Lord is close to all whose hearts are crushed by pain, and he is always ready to restore the repentant one.”(TPT)

3 Psalm 31:10(TPT)_ I’m exhausted! My life is spent with sorrow, my years with sighing and sadness. Because of all these troubles, I have no more strength. My inner being is so weak and frail.
(MSG)_ Be kind to me, God— I’m in deep, deep trouble again. I’ve cried my eyes out;I feel hollow inside. My life leaks away, groan by groan; my years fade out in sighs. My troubles have worn me out, turned my bones to powder.

4 Psalms 32:1-6(MSG)_Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be— you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean. Count yourself lucky— God holds nothing against you and you’re holding nothing back from him. When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans. The pressure never let up; all the juices of my life dried up.

Then I let it all out; I said, “I’ll come clean about my failures to God.” Suddenly the pressure was gone—my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared. These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray; when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts we’ll be on high ground, untouched.

(TPT)_ What bliss belongs to the one whose rebellion has been forgiven, those whose sins are covered by blood. What bliss belongs to those who have confessed their corruption to God! For he wipes their slates clean and removes hypocrisy from their hearts. Before I confessed my sins, I kept it all inside; my dishonesty devastated my inner life, causing my life to be filled with frustration, irrepressible anguish, and misery.
The pain never let up, for your hand of conviction was heavy on my heart. My strength was sapped, my inner life dried up like a spiritual drought within my soul.

Then I finally admitted to you all my sins, refusing to hide them any longer. I said, “My life-giving God, I will openly acknowledge my evil actions.” And you forgave me! All at once the guilt of my sin washed away and all my pain disappeared! This is what I’ve learned through it all: All believers should confess their sins to God; do it every time God has uncovered you in the time of exposing. For if you do this, when sudden storms of life overwhelm, you’ll be kept safe.

5 1 John 1:9(TPT)_ But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(MSG)_ If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—simply come clean about them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.

6 Mic. 7:1–7(MSG)_ I’m overwhelmed with sorrow! sunk in a swamp of despair! I’m like someone who goes to the garden to pick cabbages and carrots and corn And returns empty-handed, finds nothing for soup or sandwich or salad. There’s not a decent person in sight. Right-living humans are extinct. They’re all out for one another’s blood, animals preying on each other. They’ve all become experts in evil.

Corrupt leaders demand bribes. The powerful rich make sure they get what they want. The best and brightest are thistles. The top of the line is crabgrass. But no longer: It’s exam time.

Look at them slinking away in disgrace! Don’t trust your neighbor, don’t confide in your friend. Watch your words, even with your spouse. Neighborhoods and families are falling to pieces. The closer they are—sons, daughters, in-laws—The worse they can be. Your own family is the enemy.

But me, I’m not giving up. I’m sticking around to see what God will do. I’m waiting for God to make things right. I’m counting on God to listen to me.

7 Revelation 21:2–4(TPT)_ I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, descending out of the heavenly realm from the presence of God, like a pleasing bride that had been prepared for her husband, adorned for her wedding. And I heard a thunderous voice from the throne, saying: “Look! God’s tabernacle is with human beings. And from now on he will tabernacle with them as their God.

Now God himself will have his home with them_ ‘God-with-them’ will be their God! He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and eliminate death entirely. No one will mourn or weep any longer. The pain of wounds will no longer exist, for the old order has ceased.”

(MSG)_ I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a bride for her husband. I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.”

Sadness is not a sin. After all, look at how often Jesus felt sad. We mustn’t feel guilty because of sadness or depression. In some cases, we have good reasons to be hurting. How can you use the biblical truths stated above to help you cope with whatever struggles you face now?

 

 

 

 

31 Bible Verses On Anger

Anger, like all emotions, is created by your thinking. Your thoughts push the anger button.

  1. It begins with an event you notice and the interpretation you place on it.
  2. The result of your interpretation is feeling, and feeling leads to emotional action (in this case, anger).
  3. This, therefore, makes it very difficult to give a clear definition of anger.

 Anger is the result of emotional frustration or hostility. Webster defines anger as “a hostile feeling of displeasure that may result from injury, mistreatment, opposition.

 

Words Translated As Anger From Greek.

  1. Orge (noun). “Originally any natural impulse, or desire, or disposition. came to signify anger, as the strongest of all passions.”
  • Ephesians 4:31 – “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”
  • Colossians 3:8 – “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”
  • 1 Timothy 2:8 – “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
  1. Thumos indicates a more agitated condition of the feelings, an outburst of wrath from inward indignation, while orge suggests a more settled or abiding state of mind, frequently with a view of taking revenge
  • Orge is less sudden in its rise than thumos.
  • Thumos expresses more the inward feeling . . . Orgy the more active emotion. T
  • Thumos is translated as wrath.
  • Original (a verb) means “to provoke, to arouse to anger.”
  1. Ephesians 4:26: – “angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.”
  2. Matthew 5:22 – “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment . . .”
  3. Luke 15:25 (The Prodigal Son’s older brother) – “But he was angry and would not go in . . .”

 

What Does The Bible Say About Rage?The Bible verses on anger says, "Be angry but don't sin." God allows anger. "Go ahead and get mad." Sometimes anger is a valid response to life.

Frustration, irritation, and anger are common regardless of age, race, or gender. It is a natural emotional reaction to a displeasing situation or event. But it seems that anger is not only on the rise but is out of control. Anger is a great challenge today, and many people live angry lives. I remind you again of this little saying: “Anger and bitterness do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to the victim on which it is poured.”

Ultimately, anger hurts the person who is filled with it more than anyone else. In fact, the single factor most likely to cause a heart attack in the American adult is chronic exposure to hostile interactions with other people. Death rates are four to seven times higher in people filled with anger. But, the truth of the matter is that everybody gets angry at some time. The only difference is how we deal with it or the intensity we deal with it.

Some people blow up; other people clam up. Some people express it; other people repress it. Although neither of those are good alternatives, the Bible gives a third positive alternative on dealing with anger. In Ephesians 4:26, the Bible gives us four principles on managing anger. In verse 26, it says, “In your anger do not sin.”

That verse commands, “Be angry and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you’re still angry. Do not give the devil a foothold.” The first biblical principle in managing your anger is to admit it. Simply put, stop trying to deny that you are angry.

The Bible says, “Be angry but don’t sin.” In other words, God allows anger. God says, “Go ahead and get mad.” That is a pretty straightforward command to follow. Sometimes anger is a valid response to life.

In the Old Testament, God got mad. In the New Testament, Jesus got angry. He got mad at the hypocrites. That tells me that even Jesus didn’t get along with everybody. Anger is a God-given emotion.

 It’s emotional energy. If you are never upset by anything, you had better check your pulse because you are not in touch with reality. Anger is a God-given emotion. Some Christians get false guilt thinking, “I should never feel angry.” That is not only unhealthy; it is unbiblical. God says, “Be angry, but when you do, just don’t let it cause you to sin.”

Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to admit it when we are angry? We say things like, “I am not yelling! I am not angry! I am not mad!” and the veins are popping out! We love to deny it. Why? Because we feel guilty. But the fact is, internalizing your anger does not make you any better Christian than the person who blows up. Either way, it’s wrong, and it’s ineffective. I believe if most people obeyed this verse, we would have a lot less depression in our society.

The number one cause of depression is repressed rage. If you don’t talk it out, you will take it out on yourself or somebody else. The second biblical principle in managing your anger is to understand it. Paul says, “In your anger do not sin.” We need to realize that there is a difference between sinful rage and legitimate annoyance. There is a difference between appropriate anger and inappropriate anger.

There is a difference between helpful annoyance and hurtful rage. Anger is not necessarily wrong and is not always bad. What makes it different is why you got angry and what you do with those feelings. Ask yourself, “What am I angry about?” and “Why am I so upset? Why is this upsetting me? What is making me angry?”

Rage is never the root problem. When you get angry, that is not the actual cause. There is always a deeper issue. Anger is simply an emotional reaction to one of three other primary emotions, which are even deeper than getting angry. You must know this because it is much easier to deal with the roots than it is to deal with rage itself.

 

Why Do We Get Angry And What Causes Rage?

When you get angry, it’s either because,

  1. You are hurt.
  2. You are frustrated.
  3. You fear something.

It is easier to control your anger when focusing on the actual cause. When we feel rejection, criticism, and injustice, our natural tendency is to strike back at what is hurting us, which is causing pain in our lives. Sometimes that source of hurt is a memory, something that happened a long time ago that was never resolved, and every time you happen to be involved in something that triggers that memory, you get angry. You don’t understand why you are so upset. But it’s because it’s reminding you of something that happened a long time ago that you have never really dealt with.

It is also a fact that we get angry when we are frustrated. Frustration leads to rage. Sometimes it seems like nothing works like nothing seems to turn outright. And the more we try, the more things go wrong until we get frustrated. And that frustration very quickly turns into rage.

 When you are angry, and it is caused by frustration, you need to ask yourself two questions: First, is my getting angry going to change the situation? If you are mad over something that already happened, forget it because you can’t erase the past. And if you can’t change the situation, why get angry about it. For example, if your car doesn’t start, it won’t do you any good to get out and kick the thing! Why are you so angry? You are frustrated, and that frustration turns to rage. Second, is it worth being upset over?

 

Here Are Bible Verses On Anger (New Living Translation)

Too often, to be considered a “good Christian,” we’re made to feel we should never get angry about anything – we should repress those feelings. Unfortunately, repressed anger will often transform itself into other monsters like bitterness and revenge over time. Apostle Paul gave the best-inspired advice about handling anger. (Ephesians 4:26-27) – “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

1 Leviticus 19:18 – Never seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

2 Proverbs 12:16 – A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.

3 Proverbs 13:3 – Those who control their tongue will have a long life; a quick retort can ruin everything.

4 Proverbs 14:17 – Those who are short-tempered do foolish things.

5 Proverbs 14:29 – Those who control their anger have great understanding; those with a hasty temper will

make mistakes.

6 Proverbs 15:28 – The godly think before speaking; the wicked spout evil words.

7 Proverbs 17:27 – A truly wise person uses few words. A person with understanding is even-tempered.

8 Proverbs 19:11 – People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs.

9 Proverbs 20:3 – Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.

10 Proverbs 20:22 – Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.'” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.

11 Proverbs 22:24,25 – Keep away from angry, short-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.

12 Proverbs 25:15 – …soft speech can crush strong opposition.

13 Proverbs 29:11 – A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back.

14 Proverbs 29:22 – A hot-tempered person starts fights and gets into all kinds of sin.

15 Eccl. 7:9 – Don’t be quick-tempered, for anger is the friend of fools.

16 Matthew 5:22 – If you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgement!

17 Eph. 4:26,27 – And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the devil.

18 Eph. 4:29 – Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

19 Eph. 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

20 Phil. 2:14 – In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing.

21 James 1:19 – Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

22 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

23 “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” (Proverbs 29:11)

24 “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18)

25 “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” (Luke 6:31, ESV)

26 “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27, ESV)

27 “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11, ESV)

28 “Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!” (Proverbs 15:23, NLT)

29 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4, ESV)

30 “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.” (1 Peter 3:10)

31 “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him” (Proverbs 26:4, NIV)

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