Encouraging Scriptures On Faith

Looking for some faith-building Bible verses? You are at the right place. Below are 50 Bible verses on faith accompanied by brief notes. It is a devotional on faith, if you like. I am hopeful that after you have read, your trust in God will be stronger. Straight to the verses…

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
True faith must give us the belief and confidence that what we expect is assured—without any visual or tangible evidence. We do not have to see anything, we simply believe that God will do what he promised.

Matthew 9:22
Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
This woman had suffered with a flow of blood for 12 years. She spent all her livelihood on physicians but they only made her worse. Desperate and ready to risk being declared unclean in public, she moved through the crowd saying, “If only I may touch his garment, I will be made well.” She touched the garment and the fountain of blood dried up immediately. We see the law of faith at work here. This woman did not ask Jesus to heal her; she simply touched his garment and believed she would be made well. God is bound by his Word and was obliged to release the power which his Son immediately recognized. We can still make a demand on this power today.

Mark 11:22
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.
The fig tree that Jesus spoke to withered and his disciples were astonished. When they expressed their surprise, Jesus replied with the above statement. He was telling them to have faith in the truthfulness of God, in his faithfulness and in the power he possesses. Why do we always doubt God?

Acts 3:16
By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.
The man who sat at the gate called beautiful was lame from birth and begged for a living. Peter used the name of Jesus to heal him and glorify God. Once the man was made whole, he drew a crowd and they listened to Peter. The name of Jesus carries great power and authority, if used in faith.

James 5:15
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Application of faith will bring results. It does not specify which illness, a reminder that the Lord can heal all diseases. Sin can be a hindrance to faith but there is forgiveness available to us.

Hebrews 11:8
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
Faith may require us to appear foolish among those who know us. Imagine Abraham’s relatives and acquaintances asking him where he was going, he said something like “I don’t know but God has instructed me.” If you know deep inside that God has spoken, simply obey.

Romans 4:20
Yet he [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.
Sometimes faith demands perseverance but if we remain assured it is much easier to bear. When we start questioning whether we will receive, then the waiting becomes difficult. As long as we trust that God is faithful, we can wait at rest.

Galatians 3:8
Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”
This is the bigger picture of Abraham’s obedience to God. He thought he was waiting so many years for a son but God wanted to work through him to bless the nations of the world and make them all his children. Our God gives abundantly.

Matthew 8:26
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
QN: Is it fine to doubt God in certain circumstances, perhaps the life-threatening type? The answer is no. God will still love you but He desires that we believe in all circumstances. We would have expected Jesus to be softer with the disciples, since the boat was filling with water and they were so close to drowning. But he was not pleased with their unbelief. It is no different with us, sure we can feel afraid that is natural, but even then we can make a decision to trust God. Otherwise Jesus would never have admonished his disciples.

1 Peter 1:21
Through him [Christ] you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
We look to Jesus as the source of our faith. If we are lacking in faith we should go to him, that is, his Word because they are one.

Ephesians 6:16
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.
The shield of faith will help us when we face trials in life. The Adversary’s biggest weapon is deception. He often uses circumstances to try and convince us that God’s Word is not true. However, since faith does not depend on sight, we can still trust God even when our situation appears very difficult, and render the deception of the enemy ineffective.

Mark 9:23
Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”
Jesus shows his frustration with unbelief again. The father of the boy with a mute spirit was desperate for some help. He said, “If you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus repeated the man’s words ‘If you can!’ This man was not sure whether God could help him but even worse, he did not know that he himself had the ability to save his son through faith. Nevertheless Jesus healed the boy despite his father’s minuscule faith.

Galatians 3:11
Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law because none of us is able to keep it perfectly. Instead we must have faith that his righteousness is ours. Therefore, faith in all the finished works of Christ should be the theme of our lifestyle.

Ephesians 3:12
In him [Christ] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
If we have inherited the righteousness of Christ (and we have), then we can stand before a Holy God and freely speak to him. We are flawless before him because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. This should reassure us that he will grant our petitions.

1 Peter 1:7
These have come [your many trials] that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
The trials that come our way test our faith and make it stronger. In the midst of suffering we experience Christ’s strength. He shows us that we can trust him and the next challenge that manifests is handled with more stability. Our hardest trials bring the greatest glory to God.

John 11:40
“Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
Martha doubted whether Jesus was able to raise her brother from the dead. Moments afterwards Lazarus was standing next to her. Nothing is too difficult for God.

Hebrews 11:6
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
There is no way we can please God outside of faith. Remember even our righteousness is received by faith. Relying on God is what delights him most because he takes pleasure in guiding and helping us. Furthermore he knows we are not able to live apart from him and have any joy or well-being.

Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
God did not save us because we were good; he gave grace as a gift. It cannot be earned and anyone who tries to pay for a gift insults the giver. Our part is to receive in faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Our journey in life should be governed by what we know (according to the Word of God) and not what we see. There will be countless times when what we see does not reflect what God is doing. It is therefore a very unreliable way to live, better we trust in what God has said.

Galatians 3:7
Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.
Like Abraham, if we have faith we shall see the fulfillment of the promises of God.

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Staying in faith is like swimming upstream, the world and its culture is always trying to push us away from God and it is easier to go on the broad way. Narrow is the road and difficult the way that leads to life. We must fight to believe and then God’s grace will do the rest.

Matthew 17:20
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
“Nothing will be impossible for you.” Think about that statement for a while. It is from the one who is not only truthful but truth itself. And how much faith do we need for great things to happen? Like the size of a tiny seed: very little. Jesus is saying do not worry about how much faith you need, simply make a choice to believe.

Hebrews 10:22
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Jesus died for all our sins on the cross, through faith we receive his righteousness and are cleansed from any guilt. Therefore we can trust that God accepts us and hears our prayers in spite of whatever we may have done in the past.

Luke 12:28
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!
God made the lilies so beautiful that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of them. The care he takes for grass and flowers should make us believe that he will provide for us, who are so much more valuable to him.

1 John 5:4
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Faith gives us access to everything that God is, therefore with him we cannot fail. This verse says “has overcome” not will overcome, a reference to the finished works of Christ. “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

1 Thessalonians 5:8
But since we belong to the day (as children of light), let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
The breastplate, during war, was used to protect the body organs around the chest and abdomen most especially the heart. Love is a breastplate for our heart and emotions in general. For instance when we forgive we are responding in love and it protects us from bitterness. We cannot have the love of God without faith.

Matthew 9:29
Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”
He said, “According to your faith” and this is a key phrase in Jesus’ words. The two blind men had just said they believed he was able to heal them. So they received what they believed for. We can only have as much as we trust God to give us.

Matthew 9:2
Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
Yes, faith can be seen, Jesus “saw their faith.” Their faith was in the act of carrying a man who was obviously heavy and most likely from quite a distance away. The trouble they took showed that they had confidence in Jesus’ ability to heal. And he did not disappoint them.

1 Peter 5:9
Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
This is for someone out there. You are going through a lot and it seems like your troubles are unique to you. Take heart! We all go through hard times but God is faithful. Put your trust in him, lean on him and he will not fail you.

Galatians 3:9
So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
I would urge you to study the life of Abraham and consider how much God blessed him. If we live by faith, we are bound to be blessed like him and even more because we inherit the blessings of Christ.

Mark 5:36
“Do not fear, only believe.”
They told Jairus that his daughter had just died and Jesus’ response was “Do not fear, only believe.” Now this is Christ showing us how to react to even the most terrifying news. First cast fear aside, then choose to believe that God can intervene. It is difficult to do this but still what Jesus expects of us.

James 2:14
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
Again, faith is made active by the works that accompany it. If we say we believe, there are certain actions that will demonstrate our belief. To keep it simple, when you believe you act like it.

Matthew 14:31
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
A perfect demonstration of how our doubt hinders the power of God. Peter was walking on water towards Jesus, keeping his eyes on the Master and not on the waves, everything was fine. But then he turned momentarily and looked towards the windy parts of the lake. When he saw the waves he was afraid and immediately began to sink. His doubt rendered God’s power ineffective. Our doubt will do the same for us, we should forget about the circumstances, then the power of God will be released and we will have what we ask for.

James 1:6
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
A reference to his friend Peter? James was writing about praying for wisdom in this context, but it also applies to whatever we may ask of God. It is clear that we all have it in us not to doubt. Although doubt may arise by itself, we can choose to go back to faith again and again until the doubt fades.

Matthew 8:10
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
The centurion stopped Jesus from going to his house, he said “speak a word and my servant will be healed.” No need for presence or signs or reassurance. This is how God wants us to believe. Trust that his Word is true. The servant was healed immediately Jesus spoke ‘a word.’

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Paul was encouraging fellow believers to remain courageous in the face of persecution. He was speaking about ‘the faith’ but it also applies to faith. Our faith will sometimes require us to be brave. In the face of threatening circumstance we can choose to remain calm and trust God.

Romans 14:1
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.
If we are weak in faith, God does not condemn us and neither should we judge anyone like that. The Word of God does however tell us how we can build our faith, see the next verse.

Romans 10:17
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
Paul reminds the Romans that one cannot believe if they have not heard the message. That message is in God’s Word and it builds our faith. There is no way we can stay away from the Bible and have great faith, we need it to remind us of God’s truth consistently.

1 Thessalonians 1:3
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yet another instance of how faith will move us towards works. Paul was thanking the Thessalonians for being a good example through their lifestyle of obedience to Christ in the midst of persecution. Because they believed the Word that came through Jesus, they lived lives that reflected their belief.

James 1:3
Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Just before this verse, James says “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” Our faith will be tested. And sometimes by many different challenges at the same time. God will allow this so we can grow in endurance and witness his strength in our weakness.

2 Corinthians 10:15
Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand.
Faith produces Godly activity to further his Kingdom.

Hebrews 11:3
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Did you know that believing God created the universe requires faith? We take it for granted but there are some who do not believe so. It is a gift from God, as Jesus said to Simon, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you” but your Father in heaven.

Romans 1:17
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
God desires that faith is not just part of our lives but that we live by it. Think of faith as a key that unlocks every challenge you face. Think of it as God’s power and authority in your hands.

Luke 22:32
But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
It is reassuring to know that Jesus prays for us! When we go through those fiery trials that seem overwhelming, he will make intersession for us just like he did for Simon. We will come through okay.

2 Chronicles 20:20
Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”
“A great multitude [of soldiers with fierce weapons] is coming against you from beyond the sea.” This is the message that came to king Jehoshapat and he quickly went to seek God. The word of God then came to him saying, “Do not fear this great multitude the battle is not yours but the Lord’s.” When we put our faith in God, he fights for us and he has never lost a battle.

1 Timothy 1:14
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Paul recalls how he was a sinner, blasphemer and an insolent man but Jesus graciously forgave all, he received mercy, faith and love.

1 Corinthians 13:2
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
Faith cannot be independent of the love of God. As we walk in faith we receive the love and joy of the Lord which we will be moved to share. All the other gifts are made perfect in love as well.

Hebrews 12:2
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Our eyes need to remain on Jesus the one who started our faith journey. Let him speak to you daily through the Word. And when we go through challenging times let us remember that joy will come at the end of our trials.

Mathew 21:22
Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.
A bit of a summary of all that has been said.

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.
The final verse on this list and my message to you.

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