Courage is one of the most important traits a Christian can have. It’s what allows us to stand up for our beliefs and make positive change in the world around us. But not all people are born with courage, like those warriors in the Bible who could stand up against imminent danger and annihilate their enemies.

In this article you’ll learn about 27 helpful Bible passages focused on courage and perseverance.

What the Bible says about pushing through?

Pushing through is a common idea in the Christian community. It’s not just a metaphor, it’s a literal command.

Paul says: “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2).

In other words: we should be willing to sacrifice ourselves for other people. We should be willing to sacrifice our health in order to help others. And we should be willing to sacrifice our time in order to help others.

God wants us to go out and serve him by helping others. But how can we do this without being selfish? How can we serve God without making ourselves look bad in the process?

The answer is simple: follow Jesus’ example of going out into his world and serving him wherever he sends us (Matthew 28:18-20).

Bible verses on courage and perseverance

Most people will say it’s difficult to be courageous, yet we all have moments when our courage fails. If you’re going through hardships in life, then you understand this. There are countless verses in the Bible that help you overcome fear and perseverance. This article highlights 27 of them for your benefit – so read on.

James 1:12 – You will get stronger.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12 (ESV) 

James 1_12 - You Will Get Stronger

First and foremost, I want you to know that you are not alone. Whatever trial you are going through, know that you are not alone. There are others who are experiencing the same thing.

Second, I’d like to encourage you to be brave. It takes a lot of guts to face a challenge head-on. But know that you will be stronger for it if you do.

Third, I’d like to encourage you to keep going. No trial lasts indefinitely. And, even if it feels like it at times, know that you will come out on the other side if you keep going.

Finally, God has promised a crown of life to those who love him and persevere in the face of adversity. Don’t give up; fight on, and God will bless you.

Galatians 6:9 – Courage and perseverance.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9 (ESV) 

Galatians 6_9 - Courage And Perseverance

Courage and perseverance are two of the most important qualities we can develop in our lives. They help us overcome obstacles and persevere in the face of adversity. And, as Galatians 6:9 reminds us, if we do not give up, we will eventually reap the benefits of our efforts.

So, rather than becoming weary of doing good, let us increase our efforts and remain committed to doing what is right, even when it is difficult. For if we do not give up, we will reap the benefits of our perseverance in due season.

We must never give up, no matter what life throws at us. Even when things are difficult, we must show courage and perseverance. Remember that if we continue to do good, we will be rewarded in due time.

So, no matter what, let’s stay strong and keep up the good work. We’ll make it through together.

Romans 5:3-5 – God is always with us.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5:3-5 (ESV) 

Romans 5_3-5 - God Is Always With Us

As Christians, we are called to persevere in the face of adversity. This isn’t always easy, but remember that suffering can breed endurance, and endurance can breed character. Character, in turn, can give rise to hope.

Hope is a potent force. It never fails to disappoint us because it is founded on God’s love for us, which is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

So, whatever you’re going through right now, remember that God is with you and that you can overcome it. He will provide you with the strength and courage you require.

Hebrews 12:1 – We are not on this journey alone.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Hebrews 12:1 (ESV) 

Hebrews 12_1 - We Are Not On This Journey Alone

According to the Bible, we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. This serves as a reminder that we are not on this journey alone. Others have gone before us, and they are rooting for us.

It also tells us to let go of every burden and sin that clings to us. This is not an easy task, but it is one worth attempting. We have been called to run the race with perseverance.

We will not be able to win this race on our own. We require the assistance of others. We require their prayers and support. Most importantly, we require their bravery and perseverance.

So, let us cast off every burden and sin that clings to us and run the race that has been set before us with endurance. Let us do so with bravery and perseverance.


James 1:2-4 – He is our source of hope and strength.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4 (ESV) 

James 1_2-4 - He Is Our Source Of Hope And Strength

When you face trials and difficulties, remember that they are putting your faith to the test and producing steadfastness. Allow that steadfastness to take full effect, so that you are perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Second, I want to remind you to rejoice when you face various kinds of trials. This is not easy, but it is attainable if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. He is our source of hope and strength.

1 Corinthians 16:13 – God’s promise.

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (KJV)
1 Corinthians 16_13 - God'S Promise
This is a promise from God that He will be with us and give us the strength we need to overcome whatever difficulties we may face. So, instead of being afraid or discouraged, stand firm in your faith and trust in God’s ability to work through you.

Psalm 27:14 – Keep your eyes on the prize.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
Psalm 27_14 - Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

Courage and perseverance are essential. We must never give up no matter what obstacles we face in life. We must always keep our eyes on the prize and believe that God will assist us in overcoming it.

So, no matter what you’re going through, don’t give up. Keep your head up and persist forward. God is always with you and will never abandon you.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD,” says Psalm 27:14. So, let us all be brave and wait on the LORD. He will fortify our hearts and guide us through whatever we face.

Proverbs 28:1 – Take courage and stand firm in your beliefs.

 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1 (KJV)
Proverbs 28_1 - Take Courage And Stand Firm In Your Beliefs

This Proverbs 28:1 verse reminds us that when we are afraid or alone, we can take courage and stand firm in our beliefs.

Whatever life throws at us, if we have courage and perseverance, we will always triumph. So, even when the going gets tough, let us never give up. Remember that the righteous are as fearless as a lion.

1 Chronicles 28:20 – He expects you to be brave and determined.

20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
1 Chronicles 28:20 (KJV)
1 Chronicles 28_20 - He Expects You To Be Brave And Determined

We all have doubts from time to time. It’s a natural part of the human condition. When we face a challenge, we frequently feel as if we lack the strength to complete it.

But here’s the thing: God isn’t asking you to do something you can’t do. He expects you to be brave and determined. He wants you to believe in yourself, your abilities, and your ability to help others—and he’ll be by your side every step of the way.

The Lord desires his people to succeed. He loves us unconditionally and expects us to give our all in everything we do. So let’s go out there and conquer this challenge together!

John 16:33 – All you have to do is keep going.

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (KJV)
John 16_33 - All You Have To Do Is Keep Going

We’ve all been there: you’re working on a project, and you’re not feeling it. “I’m not sure I can finish this,” you think to yourself. Or perhaps you’ve done everything you possibly could and believe you’re finished, but then something happens that changes the entire scope of your project.

You already know what to do! All you have to do is keep going. Whatever comes up, no matter how tired you are, or how concerned you are about failing at this part of the job, keep two things in mind:

-We have the LORD God with us. He will not let us fail; he will be with us every step of the way until we complete our service in his home.

Bible verses for courage and protection

We are living in a day and age where fear is driving the world. It is fear that is causing people to lose their health and even their lives.

But there is power in the Word of God. We can find strength in His Word, while also finding courage.

There are numerous Bible verses that offer such strength. I’ve listed a few below that can give you the courage you need to face any battle head on.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

It’s easy to forget that God is with us when we’re feeling overwhelmed.

We are not alone in this world; we have a loving Father and brotherhood of believers who support us. God’s love for us is immeasurable, and He has given us the strength to persevere in the face of adversity.

Remember that you are not alone if you are experiencing fear, anxiety, or depression. Ask for assistance from those around you. You will discover that there are people who want nothing more than to help those like you who, like everyone else, need a friend. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and don’t rely on your own understanding!

Psalm 31:24

 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
Psalm 31:24 (KJV)

What can you do when times are tough?

You have the option of giving up or giving in. You may feel as if you’ve been kicked around for so long that you’re ready to give up, and if someone else isn’t going to help, why bother?

But the truth is that when we become discouraged, we lose our willingness to try. We stop caring for ourselves, and when things get tough again, we’re exhausted from trying all day every day.

And it makes no difference how much we want to protect others—how much we love them—if our own hearts aren’t strong enough to stand up for what’s right in the face of adversity.

So don’t let your heart weaken. When things get tough, remember that God is with you and He wants nothing more than for you to be strong enough to fight back!

Philippians 4:13

 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

The Bible says that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. This means we shouldn’t be afraid because Christ is with us every step of the way. He will give us the courage to face our fears as well as the protection we require to stay safe.

Remember that God is with you when you are afraid. He desires to assist you in overcoming your fears, and He will never leave your side.

This verse serves as a wonderful reminder that God is always with us and will provide us with the strength we require to overcome any obstacle. It’s also a reminder that no matter what we’re going through, we’re never alone.

Mark 5:36

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe
Mark 5:36 (KJV)
The key to miracles and the door to heaven is faith. Our minds assist us in reaching the door of heaven, but it is our faith that allows us to enter.
Faith allows us to put our complete trust in God and entrust our lives to God’s mercy. In our daily lives, we are all equal in God’s eyes. He will judge us based on our faith.

Are we afraid of anything or anyone, and if so, how do we deal with it and eliminate it from our lives?

Today, Jesus invites us to trust Him and live His faith in our daily lives. Having faith in our lives gives us the strength to overcome our daily challenges.

We will overcome our problems through our Christian faith. We will be stronger than before, thanks to God’s goodness, which gives us the power to overcome.

Isaiah 41:10

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 my righteousness.

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
We are currently living in a difficult world, one that requires us to persevere. Unfortunately, we cannot always give ourselves the strength we require; this is okay because we were not designed to always keep our heads up and walk confidently during times of despair.
But where do we find the strength to persevere in the face of adversity?
God assures us that He will always be with us in comforting words. He tells us not to be afraid because He will support us with His righteous right hand, allowing us to stand firm.
He tells us to put our trust in Him, which can be a difficult task because you never know what’s on the other side of the bridge. But God desires that you have faith in Him. He desires that you encourage yourself and gather strength in order to allow Him to walk alongside you.

Psalm 91:1-16

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …

Psalm 91:1-16 (ESV)

“Under the Almighty’s shadow” can also mean “in God’s presence.” God is always there for you. Everything good is yours in His presence. Understanding this allows you to be at peace, regardless of your current circumstances.

When we place our complete trust in God rather than in material resources, we discover that help and solutions to problems are always available. What we perceive in our minds must be expressed in our lives.

Isaiah 54:17

No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”

Isaiah 54:17 (ESV)

As Christians, we are acutely aware that we are fighting for our souls. We are outmatched and outclassed in this battle because our opponent has thousands of years of experience and all the time in the world to devise ways to sabotage our journeys.

Fortunately, you will not be fighting this adversary alone. The Lord will fight on your behalf. Now that you’re wondering how the Lord will fight for you, let’s get into it.

The thought of not having complete control over everything is terrifying. We’re not used to it because we’ve been told for years that we need to be brave and learn to do things on our own. But, as you can see, that doesn’t work in spiritual warfare. Yes, we are to put on all of God’s armor, but this is only to prepare us for battle.

One thing we can count on as Christians is trials and tribulations. We know we should put on God’s full armor before facing the evil one, but we sometimes forget that we don’t have to fight alone. If that describes you today, I’d like to remind you that God is fighting alongside you. He has not abandoned you on your own.

2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 (ESV)

God keeps His promises. He can’t lie or hide anything. He always keeps his promises. God is our protector. He watches over us. God’s faithfulness to us inspires faith. Trust in God’s faithfulness provides us with stability because we know He will keep His promises. In any situation, we have His support.

Because God is faithful to us, the more truth we have in our souls, the more stable we become. He will establish us and protect us from the evil one.

2 Timothy 4:18

The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

2 Timothy 4:18 (ESV)

You can’t do this for your earthly friends or family, no matter how much you love them. They are unable to carry out 2 Timothy 4:18. They cannot save you from every evil deed and transport you safely to the heavenly kingdom. That can only be done by one friend.

Have you ever considered how insane and tragic it is that so many people, after being let down by Christian friends, use it as an excuse to abandon the one friend who will never let them down? Isn’t that crazy?

Jesus is the only completely trustworthy friend for sinners. He’s the only flawless friend, and thus the only all-satisfying friend, and the only friend who can make other friendships eternal.

We must never forget that our God is truly awesome. He will not leave His people unprotected. He is always with us and will always save us from the evil one. Just as Paul overcame all adversity by trusting God more than he trusts himself or his circumstances.

Now, may we be able to proclaim that our God will deliver us from the evil one and lead us safely to His heavenly kingdom. May we have the assurance that He will always be there for us by trusting Him more than we trust ourselves or others in this fallen world.

Psalm 23:1-6

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Psalm 23:1-6 (ESV)

The image of God as a shepherd appears frequently throughout the Old Testament. It focuses on the Lord’s personal care, direction, and protection of his people. We can put our trust in the Ruler of the Universe. Nothing will ever be lacking with God as our shepherd.

We find rest and nourishment for our souls when we spend time meditating on God’s Word. We can entrust our lives to the Lord’s care. We, too, stray from the Lord at times. We need God’s forgiveness and restoration, which he freely gives to those who repent and return to him. We can never stray so far away from God that His long arm of grace cannot reach us.

Even in the darkest of times, we have nothing to fear because our God is with us. The Lord not only meets our needs but also blesses us beyond our ability to comprehend. God’s goodness and mercy are limitless.

We can rely on his unfailing love every day for the rest of our lives. The Lord’s covenant with us will endure forever. His gift to us is eternal life, and we will spend eternity with him.

Bible verse about perseverance and determination

1 Chronicles 16:11

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV)

Where do we get our strength? The various tasks for which we are responsible necessitate a certain level of endurance. That is true both at work and at home. We all come to the end of ourselves eventually as life proves to be more than we can handle in some way.

The Good News is that we never have to make our way through life solely on our own strength. There is a Heavenly Father who adores us. He promises to be with us through His Spirit.

We can call on Him and have faith that He will be with us as we submit to His Lordship and trust in His love.

Seeking God is not something you do when you are an unbeliever looking for God and then don’t have to do anything else because your search has resulted in Jesus.

Jesus is not a piece of information you learn from a tract and then forget about; he is a person with whom you form a relationship, and your knowledge of him is never complete.

Do you require courage today? He’s right here to see us through. Let us make the decision to seek Him with all of our hearts. He gives us all strength and hope…in every situation!

Hebrews 10:36

For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)

The exhaustion of enduring is a real symptom of living in a world that tears people apart. People can be difficult, but so can our lives. Every turn we make, every milestone we reach, there seems to be evidence of the brokenness sin has left in its wake.

God is not finished with you. God desires to uphold, love, and use you as an instrument of his glory until faith becomes sight. The ultimate antidote to our fears and failures is that God’s presence in our lives is not contingent on current success; it is a firm promise made to His children.

Your darkness, struggles, and failures do not frighten God. He is aware of everything, and he still loves you. He is still by your side, sustaining you. Take some time to heal your wounds. Take some time to rest in his grace-filled arms. As you put your trust in him, you will gain strength.

However, you must eventually get back up. Do not give up, even if it means taking one small step at a time. It may be difficult, but God has you in his hands. Do not give up. God created you for more than just fear and failure.

We know it will be a difficult and lengthy journey, but with God by our side, we can take one step at a time until we reach the finish line of faith.


2 Timothy 2:12

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

2 Timothy 2:12 (ESV)

Praying “in the Holy Spirit” means praying with the conscious awareness of God’s presence surrounding us and sanctifying both us and our prayer.

This is because we can only pray in the will of the Father through the Holy Spirit’s power; otherwise, our prayers could be selfish and against God’s will.

The Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance. As a result, praying in the Spirit secures your position as God’s heir. How do you pray to be secure in your position as an heir? With confidence and assurance! Romans 8:14-17

2 Timothy 2:12

If we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;

2 Timothy 2:12 (ESV)

Jesus Christ promised that “he who endureth unto the end shall be saved.”

To endure means “to remain firm in a commitment to obey God’s commands in the face of temptation, opposition, and adversity.”

Even those who have had powerful spiritual experiences and have faithfully served may one day go astray or become inactive if they do not persevere to the end. May we always keep the phrase “This will not happen to me” in our minds and hearts.

Let us remain true to what we have believed and learned. If we have not been living in accordance with our knowledge, we must strive to obey all the commandments, paying special attention to those that are the most difficult for us to keep.

The Lord will be by our side, assisting us in times of need and weakness, and if we demonstrate a genuine desire and act accordingly, we will be rewarded.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.  So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.  But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV)

When Paul used the analogy of an athlete’s training to Christian training, he did not intend for us to interpret our Christian training and maturing as an individual endeavor as one with the goal of self-improvement. Instead, Paul preaches unity and the goal of teaching the gospels to others (1 Corinthians 1:10). (1 Corinthians 9:23).
In the Christian race, where everyone who crosses the finish line – not just the first – can win the incorruptible crown, which is the eternal prize of heaven, it is far more important to practice self-discipline and live a Christian life (1 Corinthians 9:25-26).

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

In this verse, Paul claims to have discovered the secret to being content in any situation and then reveals what it is. He is asserting that his contentment in any situation stems from Christ, who provides him with the strength he requires, the strength to be content.

He appreciates the Philippians’ assistance, but he knows that none of them can give him the strength to overcome adversity.

Because you are a child of God, you can get through anything through Christ. (Rom. 8:38). In a nutshell, Paul is attempting to convey to us in Philippians 4:13 the importance of being content in all circumstances. Even when others are willing to assist you, it is critical to rely on God’s strength.

Being content is difficult, especially when you are living in poverty and relying on God to meet your needs. You will require the strength that only Christ can provide. Your strength will fail you, but God’s strength will never fail you.

When you are weary from life’s challenges, God provides you with His strength (Isaiah 40:29).

2 Timothy 4:7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)

At every stage of life, it is a good endeavor to look back on the previous stage and prayerfully ask if one has been fighting the good fight and running a good race. Have you been faithful to what God has called you to? What does it mean for you to have “kept the faith?” Your work in this life will be completed one day. Fight until the good fight arrives.

We must be ready for life in a hostile world, and we must train our hearts to fight both the evil one and our own flesh (Ja 4:1).

The race path that Christ has marked out for us is the narrow Way. The clear finish line is the culmination of a life of obedience to God and faith that is complete and ready for Judgment. It is proper for us to pray every day for the future, Lord, keep me for the entire journey.

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