May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This month, we are featuring content to provide you with additional support on your mental health journey. *Please note, these blogs do not take the place of professional counseling. If you are struggling with your mental health, please reach out to someone you trust and seek help immediately.
We live in a fallen world with an enemy that never quits. With that said, it is important for us to understand that we have authority in Christ as believers. This is an essential part of living free and staying free. As Christ-followers, we have been tasked with bringing Heaven’s rule and reign to earth. The word “authority” means “delegated power,” this means the value of our authority rests in the power behind it. Matthew 28:18 says “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” When we put our faith in Christ His authority is our authority. This is great news because the God of the universe is the power behind our authority. When we understand this and know how to exercise that authority, we can face the enemy, fearlessly.
Now that we are aware that we have this authority it’s time we put it to use. Job 22:28 says, “You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.”
This content comes from the Keys to Freedom study guide.
Below are scriptures, specific to different mental health challenges, that you can use to combat the enemy. Speak these and pray these with authority. The enemy knows that He cannot hold in bondage a believer who knows their authority in Christ. Here are 14 scriptures for mental health:
Scripture to combat Fear
- 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.”
- Deuteronomy 31:8 “He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
- Isaiah 43:1 “Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.”
- Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand”
Scripture to combat Depression
- Psalm 34:17 “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.”
- Psalm 42:11 “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
- 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
- Psalm 40: 1-3 1 “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.”
Scripture to combat Anxiety
- Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
- Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
- John 14:27 “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.”
Scripture to combat Perfectionism
- Galatians 1:10 “Am I trying to win the approval of men, or God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ”
- Psalm 18:32 “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect”
- 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
If you are struggling with any of these issues, we hope that these scriptures for mental health are a useful tool!
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