The 21 Best Motivational Bible Verses

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Are you feeling unmotivated? Worried? Concerned? Life can be so hard at times: It can knock us down, leaving us feeling stressed, uninspired, and purposeless. Thankfully the Bible is full of inspirational verses to lift you up and give you the hope needed to face life’s greatest challenges.

Whether it’s a broken relationship, a financial crisis, or a tough time at work, know that God is still on the throne. Here are 21 of the best Bible verses for motivation (explained and expounded upon) that may just be exactly what you need to read!

We pray that these verses will lift you up in encouragement, knowing that God is by your side and that He will never leave nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:8).

The verses shown are taken from the New Living Translation (NLT) unless otherwise stated.

Motivational Bible Verses

If you’re overwhelmed and need some encouragement from God’s Word, these Bible verses will comfort, inspire and strengthen you to face life’s toughest moments. May God fill you with peace and bless you abundantly as you read.

John 16:33

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Troubles will come, but you do not have to worry – Jesus has already overcome the world! We can walk in confidence because of this.

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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.”

You don’t need to fear, for God is with you, holding you by hand. No matter the situation, you can put your hope in God.

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Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

When you find yourself in a stressful position, pray to God instead of being overwhelmed with anxiety. You will then experience God’s peace which “transcends all understanding” and your mind will be at ease.

Related Post: Are You Anxious And Empty? Learn To LET GO And LET GOD! – If you are anxious, this is what you need to hear today!

Psalm 34:4–5, 8

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!”

Look to God for help – make Him your refuge. Pray to Him, giving Him all your worries.

Romans 8:28

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Did you just read that?

God will cause ALL THINGS to work out for the GOOD of those who love God and are called to His purpose! Rest in this truth, that God WILL use this tough time for GOOD.

Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

This was a command from God to Joshua. He found himself in a stressful place – he had just been appointed to lead Israel into the promised land.

No matter the situation you are facing, you can be strong and courageous, not in your own strength, but knowing that God is with you wherever you go.

Isaiah 41:13 (NKJV)

“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’”

God is saying to you today, “Do not fear, I will help you. I will lead you through this.”

Mark 10:27

“Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.’”

It may look like an impossible situation, and maybe it is (from a human point of view!), but with God everything is possible!

We serve the same God who flung the stars into space – the Creator. He can do ALL things!

If you want to know the reality of how big our God is, check out our post: God is super huge! I truly believe this post will shift your perspective and fill you will awe, peace and confidence in the Lord!

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

“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.”

This is another command to be strong and courageous in your difficult situation, for God will “never leave you nor forsake you.” Can I get an “Amen” in the comments?

1 John 4:4 (NIV)

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

The same spirit that raised Jesus from the grave and seated Him at the right hand of God lives in you (Romans 8:11). We have resurrection power in us! If that doesn’t fill you with confidence in the Lord, I don’t know what will!

Do you want to know more about this spirit inside you? His name is the Holy Spirit, and here is everything about him!

Psalm 46:1-3

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. So, we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!”

God is our “ever-present help in times of trouble”. You do not have to be afraid because you can take refuge in Him.

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

“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.”

Has your strength been sapped away? Have you grown weary? I want to encourage you to put your hope in the Lord!

I also want to say something profound:

A while back, I heard a story about an eagle who thought he was a chicken. Now I know this sounds crazy, but this eagle (with the potential to fly) was waddling around in the dirt of the chicken coop – completely purposeless.

This may just be you. You may have settled for less (the chicken coop), but I believe God is calling you to new heights (to soar like the eagle you are). If you’re ready the soar, click here to read our post.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Type this verse in the comments if you believe it!

I can do ALL THINGS through CHRIST who strengthens me! Woah!

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

“’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.’”

God has a huge plan for your life. I remember creating a story highlight on our Instagram page all about God’s purpose for your life. It really expounds on this verse, and I believe it was a word in season that many needed to hear.

Be sure to check out our story highlight: A word for 2023!

Nahum 1:7

“The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in Him.”

When times of trouble come, know that the Lord is close. Make Him your refuge.

John 16:33

“’I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.’”

Yes, there will be trials and sorrows on earth. Yes, times can be tough. But, you can have peace in Jesus, for He has already overcome the world! Take heart!

Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)

“’I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”

A simple yet powerful scripture.

When will God leave you? NEVER! When will HE forsake you? NEVER!

Psalm 37:23-24

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”

Yes, you may have stumbled, but God says that He will not let the godly fall! This is a promise from God that you can hold firmly.

Psalm 34:17 (NIV)

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.”

You can cry out to the Lord and He will hear you. He will deliver you from all your troubles.

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Lamentations 3:22-23

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Isaiah 54:17

“But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

No weapon turned against you will prosper! If you’ve been falsely accused, humiliated, or mocked, know that God is on your side, and He will silence your enemies and make them bow before you (Revelation 3:9)!

Prayer for God’s Encouragement

Dear Father God, I commit my current situation to You. I thank You that You are still on the throne and that You are always with me. Help me to walk in confidence, knowing who You are and what Your Word says. I pray that You will lead me and guide me. Write these verses in my heart. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, comment “Amen” below to let us know!

Jesus' cross (the greatest inspiration of all)

The Greatest Inspiration

Yes, it is so important to know these verses, but are you prepared for eternity?

God doesn’t want you to face the journey of life alone – He wants to do life with you, through the tough times and the good times.  

Jesus made a way for you to share eternity with Him.

God saw that you and I were separated from Him because of sin.

So, He sent His Son (Jesus) to pay the price on the cross, so that we can be forgiven and come into a relationship with Him.

You can start a walk with God, not because of what you do, but because of what Jesus did.

When you accept Jesus as the Lord and Savior of your life, you become a child of God. You can experience His peace that transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7)! Commit your life, along with all your burdens, to Him – He wants a close relationship with you.

This relationship can start now and continue right into eternity!

If you want to start or restart your walk with God, click here to pray a simple prayer we have for you.


I sincerely hope these motivational Bible verses filled you with courage, strength, and faith, knowing that God is on your side, that He has a plan for your life, and that in Him you have victory.

I would love to know which verse/s you found most helpful (comment them below!). Why not bless and inspire your peers by sharing them?

I trust that you will go into tomorrow with a new perspective on your situation.

Remember that no situation is too far gone that God cannot fix.

Put your hope in the Lord and lift your head.

He can do more in one moment than we can do in an entire lifetime.

God bless.

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