As much as we were praying it would go by as slowly as possible, Thanksgiving break flew by in a blur. Now we find ourselves back on our college campus, with the weight of final exams upon us. This is usually the time where we can feel the stress and anxiety building up inside us. With Christmas in just a little over three weeks, final exams are indisputably the last thing we want to be thinking about. Unfortunately, they are inescapable and it will be in our own favor if we make the decision to put in our best effort. If you feel the impending stress already threatening your sanity, here are seven wonderful Bible verses to serve as an encouragement and gentle reminder:
1) “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8)
Keep your eyes faithfully on the Lord. Only He can fill the void, only He can give you true peace. The enemy wants you to fret and worry, but too much worry reflects a lack of trust. Trust that God will carry you through anything, as long as you keep your eyes on Him, and keep Him at your right hand.
2) “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, Whose Word I praise – in God, I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4)
Final exams can be stressful but do not allow them to have control over you, for they will only be as stressful as you make them. We need to praise God and His Word, put our trust in Him, and understand that if we do not get as high of a grade as we were hoping for, whether it be on an exam or on how we are living our lives daily, it is not the end of the world. For God is gracious and merciful enough to give us more opportunities to grow.
3) “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6)
We should strive to keep our minds set on Him and His will. If we focus on the godless things of this world and neglect to give God the glory and praise that He more than deserves, we should not expect to be blessed inside and out. If we allow ourselves to be guided and led by the Holy Spirit, and to not lean on our own understanding, but trust Him above all else, we will find ourselves in a place surrounded by His love and peace.
4) “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:11-12).
Prayer is extremely important and we should engage in it every day, but we cannot sit back, neglect to work diligently, and expect to receive good grades for the entirety of our exams. Rather, we should pray for God to help us prepare well through the material and to give us peace throughout the period.
5) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24).
As followers of Christ, we should aim to get good grades, not to please other people, but because we yearn to do everything as though we are doing it for Christ. It is He who we should be living for, and who we should be primarily wanting to please and glorify. Whatever we do, let us work with all our might and endeavor to honor Him first and foremost with our hard work.
6) “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied” (Proverbs 13:4).
In other words, a lazy person wants much but will receive little, but those who work hard and diligently for the Lord will prosper. We should not slack off and revert to indolence, expecting God to do all the work. Rather, we should allow the beautiful Word of God to motivate and encourage us to put in the work and effort, and do so with a joyful heart.
7) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Our God is so good; He remains faithful to us even when we make mistakes and stumble over our own two feet. The Bible tells us in the book of James to rejoice in trials, because they help us to persevere, and they bring us closer to Him. Have faith that the God who created the universe and knit us together will carry us through anything that burdens us. This goes beyond mere final exams, it delves into the trials that we will face in the world and in our daily lives. As Christians, we must accept that God never said our lives would be easy. In fact, He tells us “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We will face things far more challenging than something as small as final exams, therefore we must embrace every challenge we face and treat it as a blessing and an opportunity to grow, strengthen and mature in our faith.
When a student enters college they are sometimes exposed to things that they have never experienced before and so it is great to know that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). That’s why when we look for Bible verses for college students we can look to verses that we have grown to love from the first time we were introduced to the Bible. Here are 22 awesome Bible verses for college students.
Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
- 1 Be courageous in the Lord – Walk with Him
- 2 Be careful to remember to let your light shine
- 3 Gain knowledge in the Lord
- 4 Rest in the Lord
- 5 Keep an attitude of humility and servitude
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Be courageous in the Lord – Walk with Him
Joshua 1:9 “…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.”
1 Kings 8:57 The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us
Psalms 25:1-5 O you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. 3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. 4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. 5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 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.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Be careful to remember to let your light shine
Psalms 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Mark 12:29-30 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
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.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
1 John 4:16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
Gain knowledge in the Lord
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 17:27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Rest in the Lord
Psalms 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.
Isaiah 40:30-31 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 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.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Keep an attitude of humility and servitude
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Titus 2:7-8 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
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If you’ve been reading my Journey Thoughtsrecently, you will know that we’re going through a few challenging trials right now. God’s Word speaks directly to the stress in our lives. Here are 25 encouraging scripture verses that helps us deal with stress, I hope that you will find that they help with the stressors in your life as well.
1. John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”
2. John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
3. Isaiah 40: 30,31 “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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.”
4. Romans 16:20 “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
5. Philippians 4:6,7. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
6. 1 Peter 5: 6,7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
7. Psalm 103: 1-5 “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
8. Psalm 100 “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
9. Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
10. Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
11. Jeremiah 17: 7,8. “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water and sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
12. James 1: 2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
13. Matthew 11: 28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
14. Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
15. Psalm 9: 9,10 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
16. Psalm 16: 8 “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
17. Psalm 46: 1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and mountains quake and with their surging.”
18. Psalm 37: 3-6 “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this; He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”
19. Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
20. Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
21. John 15: 4, 5 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
22. Psalm 34: 17-19 “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”
23. Jeremiah 32:27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
24. Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
25. Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
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Everyone needs a bit of encouragement from time to time. Thankfully we have the Bible as our ultimate source of encouragement!
Even in the midst of a financial crisis , we can remain hopeful and encouraged if we keep trusting in God.
I have found that the key is finding specific encouraging Bible verses and meditating on them. According to the Word, this is how faith comes.
The more we soak up the truth of God’s Word, the more assured we become that He really is going to take care of us! So write down a few of these encouraging scriptures and keep your focus on them as they are the truth!
I know some people whose lives have been dramatically affected by a financial crisis and the important thing to remember in the midst of the chaos is that God is in control. He is not surprised by the events and He is not unsure how He is going to take care of his children. We are just as safe putting our trust in Him when things are going great as when it looks like everything is falling apart around us.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:19
Notice the above verse says “ALL.” It doesn’t say “some” or “most,” but it says that He will meet all of our needs. It doesn’t say how He will meet our needs and I have found from experience the way He does it is often not what I expected. But the bottom line is that God is faithful and He does what He promises.
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10 of my favorite encouraging bible verses
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3,7
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 Tim 1:7 (AMP)
I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8 (AMP)
Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). Psalm 55:22 (AMP)
He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved. Psalm 62:6 (AMP)
Casting the whole of your care on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP)
The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows (recognizes, has knowledge of, and understands) those who take refuge and trust in Him. Nahum 1:7 (AMP)
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3
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