12 verses of encouragement to face life’s challenges

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Life presents us with challenges on a daily basis and sometimes it is difficult to stay encouraged, with the desire to move on and fight until we overcome the obstacle. How good to know that we can find words of encouragement in the Bible! God knows us, and in his divine mercy he gives us words that encourage us to move forward, to trust no matter what difficulties we are going through.


12 bible verses for encouragement

Meditate on these verses and trust. Remember that you are not alone!

1. Don’t be afraid!

Fear thou not ; for I am with thee: be not dismayed;

for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of myr righteousness

(Isaiah 41:10)

How good to know that the Lord does not abandon us! Do not be afraid or distressed. The Lord accompanies you, strengthens you and helps you. His right hand holds you firmly and in him you have victory.

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2. Remember the promise

1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

(1 Timothy 6:12)

We are in a battle and we need to keep our sights on what is already ours: eternal life. Don’t let the daily struggles distract you in such a way that you forget that because of your faith in Jesus, victory and eternal life are yours.

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3. Our help comes from God

Psalm 46: 1-3

God is our a refuge and strength , a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. (Psalm 46: 1- 3)

Remember that even in the midst of the most painful and disconcerting situations God is with you. He strengthens you and does not abandon you even if everything around you seems to collapse. He is your shelter!

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4. God renew your strength

Even youths grow tired and weary,30 and young men stumble and fall;but those who hope in the lord

31 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)

Regardless of your age, you are a human being who is exhausted not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually. How nice to know that if you trust in the Lord you can receive new strength. The renewal of strength that the Lord gives you has no equal. Sometimes it will even seem like you can fly!

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5. Meditate on his word, obey and enjoy his company

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1: 8-9)

Fill your mind with the Word of God! Don’t let problems haunt you. Meditate on the promises of the Father and obey his direction. You will see that by filling your mind with his thoughts your attitude changes and you will be able to feel his company and presence.

6. You can resist if you are prepared

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.(Ephesians 6:13)


God, in his immense wisdom, gives us everything we need to endure and conquer in the bad day. We are the ones who must learn to use the tools and instructions that he left us in his Word. Learn to wear the armor of God and claim the authority you have in it. So you will get the victory on the bad day.


7. You are not alone

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. (Deuteronomy 31: 8)

It sure encourages you to know that you have the presence of God! Not only that, be sure that in the midst of struggles God does not hide but goes before you, fighting for you and with you.

8. You can go to the Lord at any time

The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.(Proverbs 18:10)

When the situation is so desperate that you just want to run away, run to the Lord! He is a strong tower, in his arms you will find protection and salvation.

9. He takes care of you at all times and in all places

The LORD watches over you the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121: 5-8)

Be it day or night and wherever you are, the Lord takes care of you and protects you. There is no place in this world where God cannot accompany you and take care of you.

10. Even if you stumble, you will not fall

The LORD makes firm the
steps of the one who delights
in him;
though he may stumble, he
will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.(Psalm 37: 23-24)

Obey God and he will strengthen your walk. You may stumble, but if in your heart you seek to please him and you hold on to him, you will not fall because he will support you.

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11. God never “throws in the towel”

When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. (Psalm 73: 21-24)

Many times we get crushed by the stupid things we do. But remember that God never leaves you, he is always with you and sustains you. Pay attention so that you can listen to their advice. You can live a satisfying earthly life and be sure that you will be with him forever.

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12. Keep your eyes on the goal

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3: 13-14)

Don’t focus on the mistakes of the past. See what lies ahead, the goals that God puts in your heart and the great goal of eternal life with Jesus Christ. You will see how your perspective on life changes!