|15 Essential Biblical Texts
No matter how well you plan or how strong you are, life will bring your to your knees … many times, and sometimes when you least expect it.
How do you keep moving forward during these trials, and how do you pick up the pieces and carry on after a gut punch?
You have to go back to your foundation and remind yourself of why you’re following your path in the first place.
And, as always, the Bible provides plenty of encouraging words to help you stay centered, or to regain your resolve.
Here, then are 71 Bible verses about staying strong and not giving up that just might help you through the tough times.
1 Chronicles 28:20
Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.
1 Corinthians 1:8
who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 13:7
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 Corinthians 3:2
I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,
1 Corinthians 9:21
to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 3:6
and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.
2 Chronicles 15:7
But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.
2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:8
we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
2 Peter 1:20
But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
2 Timothy 2:1
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Yet now I urge you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.
He said, “O man of high esteem, do not be afraid Peace be with you; take courage and be courageous!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, “May my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife whom he has taken.
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.
If the ruler’s temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.
and do not give the devil an opportunity.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son;
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
You were tired out by the length of your road, Yet you did not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewed strength, Therefore you did not faint.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faithproduces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
If you will indeed stay in this land, then I will build you up and not tear you down, and I will plant you and not uproot you; for I will relent concerning the calamity that I have inflicted on you.
But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last.
I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Peace I leave with you; My 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 fearful.
The LORD said to Joshua, Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands; not one of them shall stand before you.”
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed.
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
You will eat, but you will not be satisfied, And your vileness will be in your midst You will try to remove for safekeeping, But you will not preserve anything, And what you do preserve I will give to the sword.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.
and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
If you are slack in the day of distress, Your strength is limited.
A wise man is strong, And a man of knowledge increases power.
For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you.
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.
Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings.
Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter.
Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
The God who girds me with strength And makes my way blameless?
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?