|15 Essential Biblical Texts
Even newly born-again Christians could stand to spend some time with Bible verses about focusing on God.
If you’re a new believer, you may think the last thing you have to worry about is losing your focus on God’s word.
After all, you’ve only just recently accepted Jesus as your savior, and you’re trying to learn everything you can about Christianity and what being a Christian really means. But it’s easy to get caught up in the learning and the great feelings of salvation and start to lose your laser-sharp focus on God and his word.
That goes double for more “veteran” believers, who are often the same folks who are the leaders of our churches. Those responsibilities themselves can make it hard to keep the main thing — God’s word — top of mind and top of heart.
And while there are no easy solutions for this or any other spiritual problem, the Bible itself can help – no surprise there, right?
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Here, then, are 20 Bible verses about focusing on God for those times when you feel like your priorities might be getting away from you.
(For quotes from sources outside of the Bible about focusing on God, see this sister post.)
These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.
1 Peter 2:1-25
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. …
Therefore, if you have been raised with the Messiah, keep focusing on the things that are above, where the Messiah is seated at the right hand of God.
I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.
1 Peter 3:17
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
Because he has focused his love on me, I will deliver him. I will protect him because he knows my name. When he calls out to me, I will answer him. I will be with him in his distress. I will deliver him, and I will honor him.
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
Therefore, holy brothers, partners in a heavenly calling, keep your focus on Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord. And my earnest prayer went to you in your holy Temple.
1 Peter 5:8
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
My son, stay focused; listen to the wisdom I have gained; give attention to what I have learned about life So you may be able to make sensible judgments and speak with knowledge.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; …
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
(For more insight about finding focus through scripture, read our list of 100 Bible verses about eyes.)