From Rick Siel
Despair and anxiety have always been an intrinsic part of life on Earth. In times of darkness, as Christians we are to seek the encouraging words of scripture to provide strength, wisdom, and guidance about the love and truth of God. We are reminded of this when we seek counsel and encouragement from the Bible. Despite the misfortunes we may experience, there is always an opportunity to choose love and rise above resentment and fear. The Word of God reminds us of such truth and encourages us to believe in the goodness of life and God.
To assist you in finding biblical encouragement, this is a small collection of encouraging Bible verses (NIV) you can reflect upon to grow your faith in Christ. May these inspirational Bible verses help you to rekindle the strength of your spirit and warmth of your heart.
“ 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.”
Read Isaiah 41
“The Lord is my strength and my defense (or "song); he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: The Lord's right hand has done mighty things! The Lord's right hand is lifted high; the Lord's right hand has done mighty things!"
Read Psalm 118
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Read John 16
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Read John 14
“The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Read Psalm 46
“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."
Read Deuteronomy 31
“The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?”
Read Psalm 27
“May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”
Read Thessalonians 3
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Read Joshua 1
“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 (or "will direct your paths)."
Read Proverbs 3
“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”
Read Psalm 31
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Read Philippians 4
1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation (the Greek for "temptation" and "tempted" can also mean "testing" and "tested") has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Read 1 Corinthians 10
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
Read Psalm 112
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense (or song); he has become my salvation."
Read Isaiah 12