There is a lot of inspirational help and advice contained in the Bible.
The Bible which is in common use throughout all major Churches is a volume of 66 books. There are 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. The Bible is the oldest book, and is in fact best thought of as a collection of books. It was written over a period of thousands of years, by many different writers. Yet all the writers are in harmony over the message given and claim that they wrote down the word of God. The Bible has been translated into many different languages and is still a best seller, yet it remains neglected by the majority of people and sadly by so many Christians as well.
Here is an overview of The Books of the Bible:
- Holy Bible means a “Separate Book”
- 66 individual books
- Old Testament: 39 books
- New Testament: 27 books
- Over 40 writers: kings and peasants, doctors and fishermen, princes and herdsmen, poets and labourers, rich and poor, educated and illiterate
- Written over a period of 1600 years
- 2,930 characters in 1,551 places
Here are some randomly selected verses from The Bible. They focus on finding strength, growing in faith, and trusting in God. Readers can be assured they are not alone in feeling the weight of today’s struggles and temptations!
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.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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.
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.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
2 Timothy 1:7
7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
1 Corinthians 10:13
13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
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.
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.”
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
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.”
1 Corinthians 16:13
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.