The Bible has 31,102 verses in total. Among these, 7957 verses are from the New Testament, and 23145 are from the Old Testament. Religion and religious teachings have always been sources of motivation for people across the globe. High-school children are likely to fall prey to a lack of motivation for various reasons. Poor grades, the pressure on academic performance, peer pressure, nervousness due to lack of preparation for an exam, etc., are common causes that make these children demotivated. In such situations, verses from the Bible can be of great help to induce motivational feelings in them and help them get closer to what they wish to achieve.
Here we have a list of fifty verses from the Bible that high-school children would find motivating.
Bible verses for Inspiring High-schoolers
1. Philippians 4:13 — I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Explanation: There are times in a student’s life when they feel incompetent and are unable to take the pressure of studies. This verse can lift their spirits high by reminding them that God is there to give them the strength they need to do well academically.
2. Matthew 11:28-29 — Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your 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.
Explanation: Long study hours can tire students and make them feel burdened. A verse like this one can help them calm down, enjoy rest guilt-free and bring peace to their minds so that they start afresh the next day.
3. John 1:5 — If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
Explanation: For times when students need a better understanding of their life, this verse will motivate them to look up to the Almighty to guide them to the right path without belittling them for asking.
4. Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV)– 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.
Explanation: Here is a perfect verse to help students deal with exam anxiety. Though it is normal to worry a little during exams, reading this verse can prompt them to pray, calm their anxious minds and confidently appear for exams.
5. 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.”
Explanation: Fears like performing badly in exams, getting ridiculed by teachers, or losing friends bother students a lot. Reading the above verse can give them the strength to be courageous to deal with their fears and rise above all.
6. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)– Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Explanation: High school is a time when students are in their teenage years and quite often, they are not satisfied with different things in their life. A verse like this one can motivate them to be happy and thankful for all the things they’re blessed with.
7. Isaiah 26:3-4 — You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Explanation: Sometimes, things can go wrong in a student’s life. This verse can remind them to not lose faith and trust God. It will ensure them that things will get better with time, thus, they should not lose hope.
8. 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.
Explanation: Here is another verse to help students out when things seem blurry and do not seem to work out in their favor. It instills positivity in their minds and actions by being reassured that God will make sure all good things happen to them.
9. Matthew 5:10 — Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Explanation: Often students fall into a situation where they must choose between right and wrong. This verse will remind them that though choosing the wrong path is easy, they should stick to righteousness even though it is not an easy choice.
10. Philippians 2:3–4– Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.
Explanation: Kids can be mean at times, thinking just about themselves and not others. A verse like this one teaches humility and kindness to students. It emphasizes the importance of respecting the interest of others as well.
11. Psalm 94:18–19– When I thought, “My foot slips,” Your steadfast love, O LORD, helped me up. When the cares of my heart are many, Your consolations cheer my soul.
Explanation: Not meeting the expectations of parents, not getting good grades, or not completing homework can make students feel as if things are slipping out of their hands. This verse can keep them grounded and ease their worries as God is always there to cheer them up.
12. Colossians 3:23– Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
Explanation: The above verse works great to motivate students to give their best in whatever they do. Considering working on things as a service to God can bring success to their endeavors.
13. John 14:27 — Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.
Explanation: Bullying in school can leave students troubled and scared. Going through this verse every day can bring a sense of peace to students dealing with such problems. It will give them the courage to face troublemakers and enjoy their school life.
14. Proverbs 3:6-7 — 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 path straight.
Explanation: Students who feel depressed often undermine the power of God and develop their own understanding of the challenges that come their way which hinder their growth. These lines remind students to trust God and their abilities and help them in finding a straight path to success.
15. Isaiah 40: 30-31 — Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted, but they who wait on 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.
Explanation: When students falter and are tired of the countless activities they are expected to do at home and school, these lines offer them the strength to keep performing their tasks. They realize that God shall support them and give them the wings to fly high in life.
16. Proverbs 12:25 — An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
Explanation: This one is a simple verse with a strong meaning. Students get the message that how their kind words and compassion can uplift the vibes of a struggling classmate and cheer them up.
17. Proverbs 24:16 — For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
Explanation: This verse teaches students the importance of living a life with good morals. Those who are wise and stick to their family’s moral values always get back on their feet, even if things go wrong at the beginning. But students who fail to live a righteous life often do blunders that are tough to rectify.
18. 1 Peter 5:7 — Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Explanation: Another powerful verse to calm those anxious minds. Anxiety can be triggered on various occasions. Reciting this verse can help students overcome their worries and be in control of their emotions.
19. Proverbs 28:13 — Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Explanation: Students can intentionally or unintentionally get involved in wrongdoings or misbehaviors. The lines above will remind them that accepting mistakes is a good thing that opens doors to prosperity.
20. Psalm 55:22 — Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Explanation: There can be times when students feel the burden of doing the right thing by going against their peers. The above biblical verse can provide them the strength to stand for what is right even if it means standing alone.
21. Lamentations 3:22 — The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end.
Explanation: When students feel guilty about doing something wrong and wonder if their wrongdoing is big enough to not fetch them forgiveness from parents or teachers, they must remember that if they are truly sorry for their mistakes, they will always get another chance.
22. 2 Timothy 1:7 — For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Explanation: School life not only teaches academics but also gives students a chance to fight their fears. This verse creates awareness that students should not fear anything. Rather, they should be fearless, powerful, and loving toward others.
23. Psalm 147:7 — Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.
Explanation: These lines share another important lesson for students. It emphasizes that even after people achieve big in life, they must not forget to thank and acknowledge God for giving them the opportunity to succeed.
24. Colossians 2:6-7 — Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Explanation: Student life can be full of challenges. For students, the above lines mean that they must establish a strong faith in Jesus so they can stay rooted and not get tossed when life throws challenges on them.
25. 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.
Explanation: Some students think of giving up when they face hurdles socially or academically. Verse 12:9-10 tells students how their hardships and weaknesses make them stronger and prepare them to face bigger difficulties.
26. 1 Corinthians 3:15 — If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Explanation: Losing hope is very easy when you’re young. Some students may feel there is nothing they can do about their weaknesses. But these lines can help them understand that even if they lose a chance of earning good grades, there is always a next chance to do better.
27. Revelation 21:4– “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Explanation: Certain situations like the loss of a family member or a friend, or failure to get desired results can bring pain and tears to a student’s life. In those tough times, the above verse promises those bad days won’t last forever. And soon there will be a time when they can start all over again.
28. Revelation 21:4– And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
Explanation: Students in high school are on the verge of building their future. A verse like this one creates hopes for a good future and encourages students to build a prosperous life for themselves.
29. Isaiah 40:28– Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.
Explanation: At times when a student doubts the existence of God owing to their difficulties, these lines shift their thoughts from doubts to facts. It reflects that God is always there to look after them and no one can fathom what learnings he wants to give us in life.
30. Romans 8:28 (NASB)– And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Explanation: As students are young individuals, they tend to think practically. It is easier for them to question God’s existence when things don’t turn out the way expected. This verse tells them that faith can make all things fall in place when the time is right.
31. Proverbs 1:33 – “But whoever listens to me (wisdom) will dwell secure and will be at ease, without, dread of disaster.”
Explanation: Children sometimes ignore the words of wisdom and get into wrong activities. These lines advise students to follow good teachings in life to protect themselves from disaster.
32. James 1:5-6 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
Explanation: Situations like choosing the right career path can be intimidating for students. The lines above suggest to students that when in dilemma, they must wholeheartedly trust God for giving them the wisdom to choose what is right for them.
33. Chronicles 16:11 – “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!”
Explanation: Here is another verse to help students get back on their feet when things seem difficult. It encourages them to seek strength by believing that they are never alone. God is always around them.
34. Psalm 46:1 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Explanation: Issues like test anxiety, bullying in school, conflict with a teacher, or stress can hamper a student’s well-being. Reading this verse in difficult times gives students the strength to deal with their issues positively.
35. Proverbs 24:5 – “A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might.”
Explanation: This verse points out the importance of being wise. Students get the message that by being wise and taking wise decisions, they can evolve stronger in life.
36. Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Explanation: A simple yet powerful affirmation to help students believe in themselves and give them the motivation to achieve their goals.
37. Psalm 9:9-10 – “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know Your Name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
Explanation: Reading these lines imparts a sense of assurance in students. It creates a belief that the Lord will be always there for them in times of trouble.
38. Corinthians 4:17 – “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”
Explanation: Sickness is a part and parcel of life. This verse cites the fact that sickness and sufferings are momentary. Students must stay strong in such times because there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
39. James 4:7 – “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Explanation: Wicked thoughts and actions like getting into bad company and habits can seem alluring to students. However, they must resist this urge and flee from such desires.
40. 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.”
Explanation: Problems in studies, relationships, and family may dishearten students at times. The verse reminds them to consider these difficulties as joy because all these experiences prepare them for life ahead.
41. 1 Peter 5:8-10 – “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
Explanation: Sometimes students may lose track of their goals and get attracted to wrong things. This verse teaches students to be sober and attentive and not fall for such things. It also reminds them that everyone is suffering in one way or the other, but God saves them when it’s time.
42. John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Explanation: This verse imbibes the importance of being a good friend. It puts in the mind of students that friendships are precious and a person can display true love by helping their friends when they’re in need.
43. Deuteronomy 31:8 — The Lord is the one who is going ahead of you. He will be with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you. So don’t be afraid or terrified.
Explanation: Teenage life can be stressful. Students may feel there’s no one who understands them or is there for them at all times. The above lines give them the assurance that God is always there to guide and support them, even though he can’t be seen.
44. Psalm 73:26 — My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Explanation: Failing to do certain activities may dishearten students who are not as physically capable as their peers. A verse like this lifts their spirits by highlighting their true strength resides in their hearts (where God resides) and not their bodies.
45. Jeremiah 29:11 — For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Explanation: This verse builds hope for a good future in a student’s mind. It promises that God has planned a beautiful life for them. All they need to do is to work for it.
46. Corinthians 6:19-20 — Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Explanation: The lines above can be used to teach students the importance of respecting their bodies and taking care of them (by eating healthy food, exercising regularly, etc.) as God resides within them. By doing so, they can glorify God and their being.
47. Ephesians 6:10-11 – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
Explanation: If a student seems to be affected by wrong influences, parents and teachers can use this Bible verse to encourage them to stand against the bad influence by considering God as their armor which will save them from potential troubles.
48. Psalm 25:4-5– Show me Your ways, LORD, teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.
Explanation: This verse can be used as a prayer by students to help them choose the right path and keep their hope alive in challenging times.
49. Acts 2:38 — And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Explanation: Students occasionally feel they have done something wrong for which they truly feel bad. The above verse can help them seek forgiveness and give them peace of mind so they can move forward without guilt.
50. 2 Chronicles 26:5 — He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
Explanation: The final verse in our series calls students’ attention to the fact that as long as they have faith in God, he will bless them with prosperity. It will build their confidence and give them the inspiration to fulfill their ambitions.
How can Bible verses motivate high-school children?
High-school children are at that phase of growth where they face many dilemmas in life. They find it hard to answer or solve those. So, when they fail, they become frustrated with life. The verses from the Bible are full of wisdom and have the answers to such dilemmas.
These verses teach them how to interact with the self to find an answer to a problem. Engaging in religious teachings helps them relate to the present situations. They realize how religion and God speak of motivation in various formats as they go through the verses.
Backward, distant forward, and near forward- all three looks of motivation come from the Biblical verses. Altogether, these make the high-school children overcome the fear and frustration that hold them back. In turn, they feel positive and motivated to direct their actions toward achieving what they had originally set out for.
How can you use the verses from the Bible?
You can bring a few changes to your daily routine and make time to read the Bible every day, even for half an hour.
The ones which fascinate you the most among the quotes you can put on your wall or make wallpaper on your phone, laptop, etc.
Practice what the quotes say in your life. Besides taking inspiration from them, you can put them into action. That would yield more positive results.
We can acquire motivation from anything at any time. But, when the motivation comes from the verses of the Bible, it bears greater significance. High school can be tough at some point, but finding solace and motivation in the Bible verses can always be rewarding.
Now that you know which quotes can motivate you, keep them in your mind whenever you seem to lag.