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Six Great Bible Verses for Stress Relief

Updated on September 18, 2016
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor is also an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topics.

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Time Out

(1) Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)

"Time out! Put off your worrying and fretting over the complexities of life, and think about Me for a while.

  • Know that I am the final authority over all the authoritative powers on earth.
  • Know that I am the source of the strength you need to cope.
  • Know that recognizing Me and trusting Me is the best first step you can take, to help reduce stress when life’s pressures begin to overwhelm you.

Be still, let these thoughts sink in, then let them influence your mind all day long."


Let Go

(2) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

The Amplified Version renders the verse: Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary adds: “Cast all your care; personal cares, family cares, cares for the present, and cares for the future, for yourselves, for others, for the church, on God. These are burdensome, and often very sinful, when they arise from unbelief and distrust, when they torture and distract the mind, unfit us for duties, and hinder our delight in the service of God.”

“You do not have to walk the whole distance with your bundle of cares and lay it down gently,” says the old country preacher. “Just get in sight of the cross, and throw it from a distance.”


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Refocus

(3) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8: 28

  • First, we have to know. It is a given fact, and we must know it intuitively until we know it experientially.
  • Secondly, “all things” means all things—underscoring “all” in the verse above.
  • Thirdly, it works for those who love God. In the midst of life’s stresses, it is instinctive to turn to someone we love. Is God our first choice to call with our burdens or is He an afterthought?

In The Joshua Code, O. S. Hawkins explains it this way: “I would not like to sit down for a meal and eat a bowl of baking soda. In and of itself, baking soda is distasteful. Nor would I look forward to eating a nice serving of flour. However, put them together, add a few other ingredients, stir them up, put them in the oven, and they turn into biscuits. . . All things, not necessarily in and of themselves, but when worked together in the tapestry of the cross, come out for our good and for God’s glory. . . Yes, all things are working together for our good at this very moment.”


Refuel

(4) He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40: 29)

Because God’s strength is never exhausted, He has a continual supply for those who need it. When we feel weak and tired (physically or mentally), it is a reminder to get a refill. At such times, let us not concentrate on how weak we are, but rather on how powerful God is.

He can refuel us through prayer, praise and worship, meditation on the Word, or encouragement from a friend (among other ways).

The Amplified Version of the Scripture text adds that God increases strength “causing it to multiply and making it to abound.”

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Reposition

(5) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12: 21

Sometimes our stress may seem to result from our interaction with other people: the inattentive husband, the delinquent child, the noisy neighbor, the undependable fellow worker. We may be tempted to punish or seek revenge; but tit for tat does not reduce stress. It can invite other negative feelings like resentment and guilt.

When people offend us, rather than assume the role of the “conquered” by planning revenge, it is wiser to become “conquerors” by forgiving our offenders and returning acts of kindness. We get the greater benefit of doing good to and for others.


Recharge

(6) In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16: 33

This statement by Christ is in His final message to His followers. He validates our stress: the world is full of trouble. As long as we are alive our inner peace will be threatened, but despite that fact, we can choose to be cheerful and confident.

He lived within a system which was hostile to Him. He maintained His relationship with His Father and endured. For us who make Him the Lord of our lives, not only do we have His example; we share in His victory over the world. His joy, His peace and His strength are ours when we abide in Him.

Abide in Him and take heart!


Reduce Stress Still Further with Mental Images

Here are some additional verses which provide images of protection from the consequences of stress:


  • He will cover you with his feathers,and under his wings you will find refuge. Psalm 91: 4
  • The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18: 10
  • You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
  • The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 32: 27


All Scripture quotations are from the New International Version unless stated otherwise.

© 2013 Dora Isaac Weithers

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      Jenna Pope 3 years ago from Southern California

      Everyone needs to rest and regroup. This was really good.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggested readings, Dora! We can find strength in so many places if our minds and hearts are accepting.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jenna, I appreciate your kind comment. Thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you Bill. The Bible is one of the great sources of strength.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you MsDora for sharing these wonderful verses to help us to reduce our stress. I am treating this as my early morning devotion this day. I am going to be mindful to think on these verses throughout my day this day.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thank you Dora, I really needed these reminders. The Word of God is powerful and ALWAYS is where I find my source of strength, well God is my source but the Word is where God speaks to me the most.

      I was reading a devotional this morning in which the writer was talking about worry. He said in the language of origin the word means 'to choke.' Worry chokes our ability to find rest and peace in the Lord. God bless sister.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, so happy God allowed me to provide your devotional for today. Be blessed today and always.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lambservant, I appreciate your input. Thank you for sharing that perspective. So what we're trying to do here is to loosen that choke. I'll remember that.

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      Ronald E. Franklin 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      Thanks, MsDora, for a very encouraging hub. In fact, your very first verse, Psalm 46:10, added encouragement to my day. This hub is one to come back to over several days.

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Prevention is obviously better than the cure, but sometimes those stress-related matters are out of our hands, which is where your Bible passages lend great encouragement for the afflicted. The positive aspects of the right amount of stress though, I've found to be useful in sharpening and focusing the mind, enhance a quickening of awareness, and to occasionally bring out the best in performance.

      There seems to be a discernible difference between ' worry(ies) ', and ' disciplined concern(s)/care(s) ', as experienced in real life, where the latter can be dealt with by the Bible verses you mentioned, exercising one's faith in God, whereas the former seems to be just an expended waste of nervous energy, producing no positive results or outcome.

      A very useful Hub. Thank you, and sharing.

      Best Wishes,

      R.Q.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Great article MsDora. This was very encouraging and helpful. Life is hard and it's never easy, this was so inspirational to me. I find strength in this through weakness and trying times for sure. I hope others will also. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and shared on FB.

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      Donna Kristine 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I really needed to read this Hub! Thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Ron, thank you for your very kind comment. These verses are very encouraging to me, too.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Romeos, thank you for your insight on the difference between worries and cares. I appreciate your input.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      LyricWriter, it makes me happy to know that you find my article useful. Thank you very much for the votes.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Kristine, God sends what we need when we need it. Glad He sent it through me today! I needed it too.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub with such a great message to us all in the Six Great Bible Verses to Help Reduce Stress, stress can be such a bother at times and one can feel down in the process sounds a helpful way

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for your input, DDE. I always appreciate your comment.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wonderful versus MsDora. Very helpful on so many levels!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Amen! MsDora this is exactly what I needed to read before I go to bed...thanks sister I will sleep well, tonight...I mean it is almost 2:00 am. Wow!!! I will read this again in the morning.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Msdora I like the way you put this hub together... entertained while being informed.. and the messages were clear bless you :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      EP, so glad you find the verses helpful. Than you for commenting.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lastheart, hope you stay in bed until you get all your sleep. Happy you find the verses helpful. Have a great day!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Frank, bless you too, and thank you for your kind comment.

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      Marie Williams 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas.

      MsDora. As usual your article is so helpful. God bless you for being such a wonderful voice in a time that so many of us need an encouraging word. Great scriptures and useful information. I will read this hub over and over. Big thumbs up from me. Thank you.

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I always enjoy reading your hubs. I come away uplifted and inspired. Thanks!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, poet. These verses encourage me too. So glad that I can share them with you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, thank you for your kind comment. Makes me happy to know that you are inspired. God bless!

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      These are all good and helpful verses to read and follow. I need to remember to focus on how powerful God is. The battle is not worth my time, effort, and heartache. I need to remember that God can take care of things to a greater level than me. I'm going through some stuff right now. So, thanks for the reminder.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Marlene, thank you for reading and commenting. Praying that these verses will be helpful as you go through your stuff.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 3 years ago

      MsDora, Insightful & Enlightening! The WORD of GOD is our "LIFE MANUAL!" Thank GOD for JESUS CHRIST! HIS WORD! & HIS HOLY SPIRIT!

      As you so wonderfully stated:"For us who make Him the Lord of our lives, not only do we have His example; we share in His victory over the world. His joy, His peace and His strength are ours when we abide in Him." PRAISE GOD!

      Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      DeBorrah, good to "see" you. Thank you for your affirmation.

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      Lena Campbell 3 years ago from Maryland

      I love your hub. I love reading bible verses it gives me strength when I need it thank you for sharing

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lena, glad to meet one who loves Bible reading. Hope you found some strength here. Thank you for stopping by.

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