Living the military life can be a stressful but meaningful journey.
No matter what season of life you’re experiencing in the military community– basic training, deployment, PCSing, promotions, transitioning out, retiring, or something else, you might be feeling confused, joyful, tired, burnt-out, excited, or another feeling. But no matter where you are or what military branch of service– Navy and Marines, Coast Guard, Army, Air Force, Space Force, National Guard, or Reserves– you might be in need of encouragement and inspiration. Regardless of whether your loved one is a sailor, airman, soldier, Marine, or guardian, these Bible verses are applicable to your life of service and sacrifice.
These 75 verses come from the Christian Bible, both Old and New Testaments. They were chosen for this list because they speak to military families in need of inspiration, strength, and meaning through scripture. Use them at your discretion and need– all at once or one at a time. There are so many ways to do so, but here are a few ways to get you started:
- Include a verse or two in Open When letters, prepared before deployment.
- Write a inspiring Bible verse on a post-it note and put it somewhere you’ll see it daily.
- Write a verse on a note and slip it into the lunch of a spouse or child.
- Create inspiration by writing a Bible verse on a mirror or other high-traffic in your home.
- Create a piece of family art using one or more inspiring Bible verses in this list and then display that piece of communal art in your home.
- Take a blank journal and one inspirational Bible verse on each page for future reflection.
- Commit to reflecting on and writing one inspiring Bible verse a day or a week.
- Write each Bible verse that inspires you on a slip of paper and put them in a jar. Pull one out and read it during a meal, either with or without the rest of the family, depending on your preference.
1. 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.
2. John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
3. Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
4. Lamentations 3:22-23
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
5. Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
6. Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, or the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
7. 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.
8. Psalm 27:12
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?
9. Romans 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
10. Psalm 31:24
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
11. Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
12. Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
13. 1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
14. Isaiah 40:31
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.
15. Mark 10:27
Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’
16. Matthew 19:26
But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’
17. Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
18. 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.
19. Proverbs 3:3-6
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.
20. 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.
21. Matthews 17:20
Our faith can move mountains.
22. Psalm 107:1
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good: His love endures forever.
23. Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
24. Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. Proverbs 3:5-6
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.
28. Psalm 16:8
I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
29. Proverbs 18:10
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
30. Psalm 23:4
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.”
31. Psalm 46:7
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
32. Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
33. Psalm 118:14-16
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: ‘The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, the right hand of the Lord exalts, the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!’”
34. Psalm 62:6
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
35. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
36. Psalm 119:114-115
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God.
37. John 16:33
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.
38. Psalm 119:50
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
39. Psalm 120:1
In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
40. Isaiah 26:3
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
41. Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
42. Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
43. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
44. Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
45. Joshua 1:7
Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.”
46. Psalm 27:4
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
47. Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times…
48. 1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
49. Ephesians 3:17-21
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.
50. Philippians 3:7-9
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.
51. Hebrews 10:19-23
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
52. Hebrews 12:1-2
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, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
53. James 1:2-4
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.”
54. 1 Peter 2:11
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
55. 1 John 3:1-3
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
56. 1 John 3:22
And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
57. Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
58. Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
59. Psalm 8:2
Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
60. 2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
61. Psalm 18:1-2
I love you, O Lord , my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
62. Ephesians 3:16
That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
63. Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
64. Psalm 71:16
With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
65. 1 Chronicles 29:12
Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
66. Psalm 138:3
On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.
67. Habakkuk 3:19
God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
68. Isaiah 40:28-31
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 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.
69. Psalm 119:28
My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
70. Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
71. Psalm 37:39
The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
72. Mark 12:30
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.
73. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
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. 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.
74. Isaiah 12:2
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.
75. Ephesians 6:10
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
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