41 Bible Verses For Courage And Confidence

These 41 bible verses for courage and confidence will offer you comfort and support during the hard times in life.

We all go through hard times. We all have times where we need courage to get through. We all go through times where we need that extra boost of confidence or suffer from low self-esteem.

Tough times are part of life – there’s no escaping it. During these hard times, a lot of us turn to religion and the word of God.

There’s something comforting and reassuring in turning to our faith. I mean, that’s what faith’s all about when you get down to it, isn’t it – faith is about believing.

If you do believe in God like I do, you believe that He has a plan for all of us. The saying “God only gives us what He knows we can handle” is a common saying for a reason amongst religious folks.

If you read the Bible, you know that there are verses filled with reassurance and hope. But there are also plenty of verses for when you need courage and confidence too.

Go ahead, pick up your Bible and start reading. If you’re not sure where to turn to, try these verses and let God’s word comfort you.

41 Best Bible Verses For Courage And Confidence

Psalm 23:1-4 – “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, 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. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

The love of God will guide you in your need of endurance and courage.

Psalm 31:24 – “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

Psalm 27:1 – “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?”

The Lord is here to protect us, which means there shouldn’t even be a reason to fear over anyone or anything. We can let go of the spirit of fear.

Psalm 27:3 – “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”

No matter what hard obstacle you’re going though, your confidence shouldn’t waver. You can handle it and you will. No matter how big the “war” may feel.

Psalm 27:14 – “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

Patience really is a virtue that shouldn’t be pushed to the side. Patience can help you in terms of building courage and confidence. Don’t except things to happen right away, but believe in time they’ll get better.

Psalm 56:3-4 – “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”

Psalm 112:7 – “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord”
Even bad news is all part of God’s greater plan, remember that.

Psalm 139:13–14 – “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 – “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.”

God has a path for all of us and those paths seem very curvy and hilly. But through confidence and courage, you will start to view the paths as straighter. Don’t lose your belief.

Proverbs 3:25-26 – “Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.”

No matter what you’re going through, or how alone you feel, you’re never truly alone as God is always with you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 – “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.”

Another reminder that God is always with you, but “be strong and courageous” is also a simple yet perfect reminder. Say it to yourself. Write it down in your gratitude journal. Make it your personal mantra – it’ll help get you in the right headspace.

John 14:17 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

His word gives me strength of my life when I feel great fear.

1 John 4:17 – “This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.”

1 John 4:18 – “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Basically, love conquers all and remember that God’s love is the greatest love of all.

Mark 5:36 – “Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’”

The power of belief is a strong one. Believe that you will get through this. Believe that you are strong. Believe in your confidence. Believe that there are better days to come.

Joshua 1:6 – “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”

This is an especially good one for parents – you are leading your children and family, which means you want to be an example of strength and courage for them.

Joshua 1:9 – “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.”

God wants us to be strong and courageous, He doesn’t want us to feel anything else. He is a God of hope.

Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

A simple yet powerful reminder when you need that extra bit of courage. You can do whatever you set your mind to. You can overcome this. God has given you the strength to do so.

Philippians 1:28 – “And not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.”

Philippians 1:20 – “It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.”

Ephesians 6:10 – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”

Jeremiah 17:7 – “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”

Blessed is the keyword here. Have confidence in God and you will be blessed. Trust in Him and his plan, even when it’s hard to.

2 Corinthians 5:8 – “Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” We are of the good work of the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 2:3 – “And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling”

Another reminder that God is always with us. There is no need for fear of failure because He has hold of your right hand.

1 Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

He holds any child of God with steadfast love, as his own son or daughter.

1 Corinthians 16:13 – “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”

Yes, you do need to be open-eyed and “on guard” during life. But know your faith, know you’re never really alone, and know that you’ve got this.

Romans 8:26 – “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

When you need more courage or confidence, pray about it. Pray about the obstacle you’re going through. Never take for granted the power of prayer.

1 Chronicles 28:20 – “David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”

You are also the son of God, or daughter, and he will not fail you.

2 Chronicles 15:7 – “But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Your strength and courage do not go unnoticed.

Isaiah 40:31 – “but those who hope in the Lord 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 41:10 – “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.”

Even when we feel like we don’t have any help, God is there helping us in ways we may not see. Never forget that.

Isaiah 54:4 – “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.”

This is especially a reminder if you are worried about other people’s perception of you. There is nothing to be afraid of, there is no need to be scared of being humiliated. Never be afraid to put yourself out there – the only approval you need is from God.

2 Timothy 1:7 – “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”

Matthew 14:27 – “But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’”

Read this verse and think as though Jesus is saying that directly to you. It’s more reassuring that you may think.

Numbers 13:20 – “And whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are trees in it or not, be of good courage and bring some of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.”

By being courageous and strong, you will bring good things to you. You will have a fruitful life.

2 Samuel 7:27 – “For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, “I will build you a house.” Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.”

2 Samuel 10:12 – “Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.”

Again, the Lord knows what he’s doing, even if you can’t see it right now. Whatever you are going through, it’s all part of God’s plan.

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

When he has the stronghold of my life, I can let go of fear and move confidently through times of stress.

Hebrews 10:35–36 – “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

Unfortunately, you will need to go through obstacles and hard times. But remember that you can and will overcome it, and it is all worth it in the end. Through hard times comes great reward for your challenges.

Hebrews 13:6 – “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’”

God is here to help us, always. And seriously – what can another human really do to you? They’re only human, too! This verse is a good reminder of “what’s the worst that can really happen?”

Ezekiel 22:14 – “Can your courage endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with you? I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.”

Life will always take you out of your comfort zone. The good news? The first step is acknowledging it and seeking support.

In Summary: Bible Verses For Courage and Confidence

I hope these verses will help you find your own strength, build strong confidence in yourself, and remind you of the power of the holy spirit.

Whether you are part of a bible study group or prefer to contemplate the power of God on your own, these verses can help support you with courage and confidence.

About the Author

Michelle Ioannou

Michelle graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors of Arts ’13 and a Master of Arts ’14. She’s currently working in corporate America with a side of freelance writing. She wants you to learn from her experiences and mistakes so your 20s can be your best decade. When she’s not working, she’s likely planning her escape to a tropical island.