Sometimes we need a kick of motivation to get our day going or to inspire us for a specific event. Thankfully, God’s Word contains a plethora of motivational bible verses to spur us on!
We All Need a Bit of Motivation
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut, even when it comes to faith. We find ourselves going through the motions of daily life, putting one foot in front of the other, but we seem to have lost that special something.
Whether you call it zeal…. spark… motivation…. this feeling makes life so much more exciting when we have it.
It’s easy to come by when you’re in an exciting season of life. If you’re young and have lots of opportunities, you’ve just landed your dream job or home, you’ve just fallen in love, or are just really happy with where you are in life, it’s easy to feel motivated.
But what about those times when the future looks a little less bright and a little more bleak? When your bank account’s low, when you’re not feeling well, or when you have some trepidation about stressors in your life. This is when we need to conjure up some extra motivation to get us through.
Thankfully, it’s not up to us. God provides so much motivation in His word to keep us going and add a spark of excitement to our days!
Motivational Bible Verses for Life Events
These inspirational bible verses are also perfect to share at life transitional events such as graduations, conferences, new jobs, weddings, anniversary parties, etc. It’s a great list to keep on hand for special occasions like this.
After all, who doesn’t want to hear motivational words from God to build them up at pivotal times in life?
40+ Motivational Bible Verses
I pray these encouraging bible verses build you up and give you that spark and motivation you need!
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
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?
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
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.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.
2 Corinthians 12:10
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
1 Peter 4:10-11
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
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.”
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self 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.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…
2 Timothy 1:7
…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
When You’re Feeling Unmotivated in Your Christian Walk
You also may need motivational bible verses because you’ve hit a plateau or even a valley in your Christian walk. Perhaps life’s storms are beating down on you and you just don’t feel that same sense of joy in your heart as you did at another time in your life.
Don’t despair. Every Christian goes through periods of feeling less motivated. The key is to keep doing what you know is right, even when you don’t feel like it, and to be honest with God and others about how you are feeling.
God will bless you as you continue to obey Him, but He cares about how you are feeling too. Open up to Him and tell Him what you are struggling with. Ask him to light a fire of motivation in your heart again.
I love the words to this devotional song, and they feel so relevant to this topic:
I stand to praise You
But I fall to my knees
My spirit is willing
But my flesh is so weak
So light the fire in my soul
Fan the flame, make me whole
Lord You know where I’ve been
So light the fire in my heart again.– Light the Fire, Bill Maxwell
Also, you may want to read my posts When You Aren’t Motivated to Read the Bible and How to Grow Spiritually When You Don’t Feel Close to God.
Which motivational bible verses encouraged you the most? Add your favorite in the comments!