|15 Essential Biblical Texts|
These 75 thought-provoking Bible scriptures on focus will help you maintain mental clarity and a spiritual grounding in a chaotic modern world.
1 Corinthians 7:29
What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none;
1 Corinthians 7:32
I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs–how he can please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:33
But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world–how he can please his wife–
1 Corinthians 7:34
and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world–how she can please her husband.
1 John 3:3
Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
1 Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 5:8
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Timothy 4:13
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
1 Timothy 4:16
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 2:4
No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer.
So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.
and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.
Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else,
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
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.
This is what God the LORD says– he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.
When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?”
then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.
do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
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, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge–do not give me over to death.
They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.
Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;
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