Inspirational Bible Verses

20 Inspirational Bible Verses that Help You Continue to Persevere

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Sometimes all you need is an inspirational or encouraging Bible verse to be able to take that next step, wake up to another day and keep on moving on. Just like the first sip of that hot morning coffee, or a hug from a loved one, people sometimes need a jolt of help, comfort, and encouragement to be able to move one foot in front of the other and to keep on persevering. Below are numerous inspirational Bible verses that have helped many through adversity, whether it's during times of depression, fear, discouragement, a broken heart, illness or other situation that has you feeling adrift in a sea of despair.

Strengthening Your Faith

The first step in overcoming obstacles and addressing your adversities is to return to your faith. When things aren't going your way, it's easy to turn your back on God and to doubt your faith. This is when you must ask Him to restore your faith, to forgive you of your doubts, to increase your unbelief. After all, it only takes the faith of a mountain seed to move mountains if your request is in God's will.

Matthew 17:20 NIV He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

It's when you lean and depend fully on your faith alone that you will be able to persevere, no matter what obstacles stand in your path.

Proverbs 3:5 – 6 NIV Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Restoring Your Hope

With faith, comes hope. Just a tiny sparkle of hope can ignite a fire in your heart, and help you feel optimistic again. With a “can do” attitude almost anything is possible. But if you feel that you can't overcome something or begin again, then it may be a self-fulfilling prophecy with that self-defeating attitude.

Romans 8:28 NKJV And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declare the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Our Father states in the following verse that He will not leave you without comfort. He will be with you — always and forever.

John 14:18 KJV I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Conquering Your Fears

If you're afraid and riddled with self-doubt, you may be too encumbered to take that next step. And that next step may be the one that frees you from the burden you are facing. That inconceivable next step may enable you to feel strong enough to take another step forward, and then another. You must remember that the Bible is full of verses commanding us to “not be afraid,” and to “not fear.” Our Father is always with us. Visualize Him standing right beside you every step of the way, holding you with His right hand and urging you to overcome whatever is troubling your soul.

Isaiah 41:10 NIV 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.

The following verse asks you to cast, throw, or give over your cares or concerns to the Lord. If you are like most people you probably do this and a few minutes later you start worrying about the same old problem that you just gave up! That's when you must again cast your cares unto the Lord repeatedly, if necessary.

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

Keep in mind, as the below verse points out, that God always knows what's going to happen — before it happens. You can trust that He always has your best interests as His priority.

Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV The Lord goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Shoring Up Your Strength

To have the ability to keep on trying, to keep on persevering, you have to be strong. The following verses can help you remember that everyone feels like giving up, tossing in the towel, or quitting at one time or another. But your strength, your hope, is in the Lord!

Ephesians 6:10 – 12 NIV Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Isaiah 40:30 – 31 NIV Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 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.

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

Honing Your Perseverance Skills

When trouble comes — and it definitely will in your life and everyone else's — reflect on these following verses. They explain that you can overcome your tribulations — with His help and by seeking His refuge.

Philippians 4:13 NIV I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV No temptation has overcome you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. And when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

John 16:33 NKJV These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 61:4 NKJV I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.

Rejuvenating your faith helps keeps you strong enough to push aside your fears because it restores your hope. These fears can be paralyzing at times. It's truly disheartening to be so fearful that you can't even take that first baby step. Perseverance is the key to beginning again and to overcome all the obstacles that prevent you from living your Christian walk fully. Persevering against all your tribulations will help you be all that God designed you to be!

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Motivational Bible Verses

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For Millennia, people have turned to the Bible as a source of strength, comfort, and guidance, both when life feels difficult and challenging, and when life is joyous and feels worth celebrating. If you are seeking a resource for motivation and guidance in your life, the Bible can be an extremely helpful resource packed full of verses that can help lift your mood, guide your choices, and encourage you when things feel rough. Read on to find some of the most motivational verses in the Bible. You can turn to these when you need direction, uplifting, or just an extra push.

Bible Verses for When Life Feels Hard

The following bible verses are the helpful motivation for when life feels particularly hard or challenging.

  • Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, 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, 40:30-31
  • Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy, 31:6
  • The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. – Psalm, 18:2
  • Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Epheisans, 6:10-12
  • All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 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, 14:25-27
  • For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile. – Jeremiah 29:11-14
  • But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
  • I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you. – Isaiah 43:2

Bible Verses When You Need Motivation to Pursue a Goal

Sometimes, the Bible can serve as a resource to give you an added push or motivation. Read these verses when you are seeking motivation.

  • Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. – Colossians 3:23-24
  • All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. – Proverbs 14:23
  • You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. – Proverbs 128:2
  • 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. – Ecclesiastes 9:10
  • Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. – Proverbs 12:11
  • Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. – Romanas 12:11-12
  • Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. -Psalm 1:1-3
  • For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.   “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. -Psalm 91:11-16

Bible Verses When You Want to Celebrate

If you have something you are proud of or happy about, there are many Bible verses that can help you mark them moment. Here are some of the best Bible verses for when you are feeling celebratory.

  • The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17
  • You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. – Psalm 16:11
  • Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. – Ecclesiastes 9:7
  • Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness. – Psalm 96:11-13
  • Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. – James 1:17-18
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What To Say During The Church Offering This Weekend

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The talk leading into your church offering can create many stressful moments, to the point where many pastors completely dread getting on stage at this point of the service.

You know people in your church can give more than they currently do.

For some, it’s a little more. For others, it’s much more.

Leading those people to give more money more often can be challenging.

Talking about money in your church can be awkward and uncomfortable.

But you still need to do it.

We want you to be confident when you talk about money during the service

That’s why we wrote this giving talk template for use this weekend. It’s designed to begin leading people towards giving more, thus increasing their capacity.

My name is (your name, and I do (your job) here at (your church).

At this point in our service, we have the opportunity to give money. When we do that, it enables us to (insert mission/vision statement here).

We are incredibly grateful to those who give so regularly. Many of you are diligent to bring your offering each week or give online.

But sometimes life gets crazy. Kids get sick or you’re out of town on business. Life just happens.

And we get it. We want you to continue to give to what God is doing in and through our church. That’s why you can setup recurring gifts through our online giving platform.

It only takes 30 seconds or so to decide how much you want to give and how often. Enter your card information, and you can automatically give to what is happening here.

In fact, my wife and I set it up recently. It was incredibly easy.

Remember, when we give, God uses what we give to help people and draw them to Jesus.

Use this sample as a way to point people towards giving more frequently.

This isn’t a one-time fix.

You need to insert this talk (or your version of it) into your regular communication. Otherwise people won’t hear it or they’ll simply forget about it.

People don’t instantly increase their capacity to give; you must lead them there.

Patiently.

Graciously.

Consistently.

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