Top 10 Inspirational Bible Verses

What are your favorite inspirational Bible verses?  Yours may differ from mine but here are 10 of my most inspirational Bible verses and why I chose them.

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

These verses are not only inspirational but the entire chapter of Romans 8 is.  Right after we see how Paul struggled with sin in Romans 7, we see that the victory is assured in Christ Jesus in chapter 8.  How inspiring to know that nothing can separate us from God’s love.  This includes earthly or heavenly (evil spirits) powers, angels (fallen ones) or rulers (any one in authority), nothing present today, nothing in the future (“nor things to come”), not height (success) nor depth (dark nights of the soul), not in this life or even our death.  In case Paul left anything out he says “nor anything else in all creation.”  That covers everything, including ourselves.  God has no aborted children!

Second Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer man is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

This may be hard for a young Christian to identify with unless they live in nations that are persecuting and killing believers for their faith.  The older I get, the more I appreciate these Scriptures.  My body is indeed wasting away.  All believers will face affliction for their beliefs but this “is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (and beyond description).  We should not be looking at “the things that are seen” (all the bad around us) but “to the things that are unseen,” which is the place that Jesus is preparing for us (John14:2-3). This earth is “transient” or passing away but Jesus promises a room in the mansions of heaven that we do not yet see.  If we embrace these verses then we will not “lose heart.”

Second Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.”

This might seem like a strange verse that I singled out as inspirational but let me explain. Just picture in your mind that the eyes of God are scanning the entire earth (“throughout the whole earth”) and His eyes are looking for those who are “blameless toward him.”  He is doing this so that He can give “strong support” to such men and women.  The second part of this verse is a rebuke for Israel’s King Asa as he depended upon the king of Syria instead of relying on God. He trusted in his own resources and leaned upon his own strength instead of trusting in the God Who could have won the victory. As a result, Asa did foolishly and God told him that “from now on you will have wars.”  Even today God is looking for those who are fully dependent upon Him with a blameless heart (1 John 1:9, 2 Cor 5:21) so that He can give them “strong support” in their time of need.

Hebrews 13:5c-6 “I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”

This reminds me of 2 Timothy 4:16-17 where Paul said that at his first defense, no one stood by him and everyone had abandoned him but only the Lord stood by him. Even when believers abandon us at our time of need, the Lord will not ever leave us and never will He forsake us.  Some Christians in other nations where persecution is severe, even to the point of death, may forsake their faith or they deny the Lord but the Lord will not forsake His own even if they’re the last one standing.

For another list of 22 Inspirational Bible verses check out this article on What Christians Want To Know.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

If we look at the context of this entire 4th chapter we can see that Paul is not saying that we can do anything we want or that God will grant us every request. Paul was saying that he can persevere in the faith because it is Christ who will strengthen him.  Why did he need strengthening?  It was because Paul had been enduring tortures, beatings, hunger, cold, and all kinds of sufferings.  In all these things he learned to be content (Phil 4:11).  Jesus said that apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5) but through Christ, we “can do all things” because He Himself will strengthen us if it is for His glory.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare [literally “peace”] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

God knows the plans that He has for us but it does not say that we have to know.  God declares that His plans are for our best (welfare) and they are not for bad (evil).  These plans are for our future hope.  If we believe this, we can pillow our head on the sovereignty of God.  Knowing that God is in control should give us peace of mind.  I saw a license plate that said “God is my co-pilot.”  I would rather it read that “God is my pilot” and I am the co-pilot.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

This seems close to Jeremiah 29:11 except for the fact that even bad things work out for our best. The Bible has a history where God uses evil for His purpose.  That means that everything…all things…work together for our ultimate good. It doesn’t say that all things are good but that all things, good or bad, work to our benefit.  These “all things” do not work out for the best for those who are not called by God.   The opposite is true for non-believers; all things will work out for their worse.

Bible verses and Quotes for Inspiration

Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Taken from The Lord is My Shepherd, this last verse has David looking forward and seeing with the eyes of faith, a future that is full of hope.  David is certain that he will dwell with the Lord “forever” or for time without end.  This is clearly a reference to eternal life.  God’s goodness and mercy is going to “follow [him] all the days of [his] life” meaning that even after his death on this earth, God’s mercy and goodness will follow him to his eternal dwelling place with God.  This eternal dwelling place is the coming Kingdom of Heaven.

John 10:28-29 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

This is one of the first verses that I committed to memory.  Why?  It’s because so many feel that they are unworthy to be saved.  Some days they feel saved and the next they feel lost. They are not sure if they are saved or not from day to day.  How unsettling that must be but these verses give us a mental picture that we are secure and held firm but the mighty hands of Jesus and the Father.  When my children were young I tried to see if they could snatch a marble out of my hand when it was clinched tight.  Even a strong man has difficulty opening a clinched hand.  How impossible it is to snatch someone out of the mighty hands of God!  Jesus reassures us that “no one is able to snatch them out” of His hand or the Father’s hand.  What an inspirational image and promise this is!

John 6:37 “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”

The gospel of John is my favorite because John writes so much about the security that is in Christ Jesus.  This verse is somewhat like John 10:28-29 with the exception of this precious statement of Jesus; “whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”  Wow!  What unconditional love this reveals. Jesus will not ever turn anyone away, or cast them out, once they come to Him….no matter what!

Conclusion

You can claim these same promises by trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  If you have not already done so, why not repent of your sins, confess them to God, see the sinfulness of your sins, apologize to God for these offenses, and put your trust in Jesus to save you?  Romans 8:1 could be another inspirational verse as it says that “There is therefore no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” If you are not in Christ, you stand condemned already (John 3:18).  There is no other way to heaven except by Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross (Acts 16:30-31) and there is no other way to the heavenly kingdom except through a relationship with Christ (Acts 4:12).

Another Reading on Patheos to Check Out: What Did Jesus Really Look Like: A Look at the Bible Facts

Article by Pastor Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design

 

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  • dan

    Hey Jack, I love the inspirational bible verses you quoted above. Really great post. I like your blog, it’s among the few blogs that I’ve found to be of great help similar to http://danieluyi.com.

    Regards

    • SAINT GIFT MTONGA

      HI BROTHER,I AM BLESSED WITH THESE VERSES AND MAY GOD CONTINUE USING AND BLESSING YOU IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME.

  • anand

    Dear Pasture Jack, Really it is a blessing verses for me, as i was in same situation and conffussion,i was been touched with the word of god & your conclusions Thank u you very much.

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you for your kind word my friend.

  • Florin

    Nice quotes I love them especially since there are many I neaver heard about. For inspirational quotes I also recommend The Reader Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/The.Reader.Page.

  • Laurie Thorne

    Can you explain the contradictions? In John 10:30 Jesus states; I and the Father are One. Yet Deuteronomy 6:4 it states; Hear O Israel the Lord our G-d is one Lord. And in 1 Chronicles 17:20 it states; O Lord there is none like thee, neither is there any G-d beside thee, according to all that we heard with our ears.

    • A Patocs

      Dear Laurie Thorne,
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      This is a common question and I will do my best to answer it here in summary form. I am not sure which contradiction you are referring to, so will answer the two that are common: (1) God is one in both OT and NT. (2) Trinity VS one God in both OT and NT.

      (1) God is one in both OT and NT

      The Jewish Shema is best expressed in Deuteronomy 6:4. But, not only is this doctrine affirmed in the Old Testament, it is in the New Testament as well (Mark 12:29).

      (2) Trinity VS one God in both OT and NT.

      This is called an antinomy or an apparent contradiction. Christians believe in both a monothesitic God (One God Only) and a Trinity made up of three persons or aspects: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Most would call these two seemingly conflicting doctrines a contradiction, but it is not. It is our misunderstanding of these doctrines, which makes it appear contradictory.

      God is infinite and transcendent beyond our realm of knowledge or understanding while we are finite and have a limit on what we can comprehend. In an effort for us to understand Him, He sometimes describes Himself in anthropomorphic terms. Anthropomorphic simply means that He describes Himself in human terms, so us, humans, can understand Him. (This is similar to a parent explaining something complex to a very young child.)

      So, how does this help reconcile these two doctrines? God is one and same God, both in the Old Testament and New Testament (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29). But, as time passes, we are revealed more and more about Him. Even in Genesis 1:26, God is recorded talking to Himself in the plural form of us. We still see the Trinity in the Old Testament (Isaiah 42:1,Isaiah 48:16, and Isaiah 61:1), but they are not fully manifested until the New Testament (Matthew 3:16,17; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

      So, God has revealed Himself as one, yet these three (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. While the mathematician side of us struggles to make sense of this, Christians realize that God is beyond our understanding and comprehension, yet He has accurately described Himself in the Bible that this is how God is.

      Lord willing, that helped address your question.

    • Brandon Roberts

      no but if you want to know i suggest you ask a seasoned preacher ok

  • Jen

    You have Psalm 23:8 quoted, when in fact it is Psalm 23:6.

  • Victor Lesar

    Inspirational verses are great, it keeps you going through life

  • Alastair Butcher

    One of my favourite verses is Romans 6:23.
    Also, have you see the YouTube video, Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus, food for thought

    • ali

      that video is amazing!

  • Brandon Roberts

    liked it it was awesome

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  • Shedrack Abbah

    the verses are really awesome