As Christians, the Bible serves as our roadmap to life, our lifeline, or guidebook. In fact, Jesus himself— our utmost example—memorized scriptures and used them brilliantly to counteract the devil’s temptations. Furthermore, in Deuteronomy 6:4-9, we are encouraged to learn scripture, talk about them, teach them to our children and make them an integral part of our daily lives. We cannot do any of that, thwart temptation, share a scripture or gain encouragement for life's battles without first committing at least some key verses to memory. Therefore, while it is wonderful to read and study scripture, it is life-changing to KNOW scripture, to have the verses become part of your innermost being when memorized, to hide them in your heart as the scriptures say.
Our Top 20 Bible Verse ChoicesTo help you as you seek to grow closer to God, we have compiled a list of 20 key Bible verses to memorize— NIV versions— that are ideal scripture to commit to memory:
Walk By Faith: 2 Corinthians 5:7
“For we live by faith, not by sight”
In the Christian life, many times we have to live our lives on faith, not on what we can see around us. Often God works in ways we least expect, and we are called as believers to trust in Him, even when what we see around us doesn’t make sense.
She is Clothed in Strength: Proverbs 31:25“She is clothed in strength and dignity and can laugh at the days to come”
This reminds us that we don’t have to worry about what’s to come when we are living for God. We are protected “or clothed” in dignity and strength as believers.
I Can Do All Things Through Christ: Philippians 4:13
“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”
Life isn’t always easy, but we can overcome it all through Christ who gives us strength.
For I Know the Plans I Have for You: Jeremiah 29:11“For I know the Plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord…”
This scripture goes on to say that God’s plan is to prosper you, not harm you, to give you a hope and a future. What an awesome promise!
As I Have Loved You: John 13:34“...Love one another, as I have loved you…”
Some people aren’t that easy to love, but God says that we are to love one another as He has loved us! That means unconditionally!
You Are The Light: Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world...let your light shine before others that they may…glorify your Father in heaven.”
As Christians, we are light in a dark world. We are called by God to shine our light for others, not that we might be praised, but that God who is the giver of the light shall be praised.
There is Another in the Fire: Daniel 3:24-25“...look, I see four men walking around in the fire...unharmed..”
Unbelieving King Nebuchadnezzar threw followers of God, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into a fiery furnace to rid himself of their presence. God saved them by sending another man into the fire, protecting them from harm. Many believe this was the pre-incarnate Jesus. Either way, God protected them from certain death and made a believer out of a doubting king.
Created: Genesis 1:31“God saw all He had made…”
God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it. We, too, are created by a mighty, powerful and all-knowing God!
I Praise You: Psalm 139:14“I praise you because I fearfully and wonderfully made…”
No one is an accident. We are all wonderfully made by a purposeful, loving God. This fact is worthy of repetition and memorization in an often discouraging world.
Possible with God: Mark 10:27“...with man this is impossible, but with God; all things are possible…”
Many times in the scriptures we see the impossible made possible by God. Sea’s part, bushes burn but not burn up, the dead are raised, slaves are set free, armies are defeated, etc. In our lives too, the impossible is made possible by God’s power and provision.
Chosen: 1 Thessalonians 1:4“For we know….He has chosen you..”
God created us and chose us to be His. We as believers can cling to this fact when life isn’t easy.
Never Alone: Matthew 28:20“...and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Even though Jesus is no longer physically present, we have been given a promise that God is always with us, even till the end of the age.
Always Loved: Romans 8:38“...nothing is able to separate us from the love of God…”
Even when we are most undeserving, God still loves us. Nothing can separate us from that amazing and complete love.
Beautiful: Ecclesiastes 3:11“He has made everything beautiful in His time…”
Sometimes life isn’t easy or pretty, but everything, even life’s problems and challenges can become beautiful in His time.
Conqueror: Romans 8:37
“...we are more than conquerors…”
Christ gave us victory over sin and the grave. We are more than conquerors, now as believers through Christ.
My Grace is Sufficient: 2 Corinthians 12:9“...my grace is sufficient for you…”
Jesus gave us His grace, and it is more than sufficient for us. This means when we are weak, He is strong. His power rests on us as believers, giving us much-needed and undeserved grace.
Salt of the Earth: Matthew 5:13“You are the salt of the earth…”
As believers, not only are we light, we are salt. We are highly prized, valued and worthy because of Christ.
LORD never ceases: Lamentations 3:22-23“...His compassions never fail. They are new every morning…”
The Lord’s love never ceases, nor does His compassion. They are new every morning thanks to His great faithfulness.
No Greater Love: John 15:13“Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
This verse is the ideal representation of a soldier, policeman or fireman. They willingly go in and lay down their lives daily to help others. We can also give of ourselves to our friends daily by offering a listening ear, a compassionate hug or just being available.
Be Strong and Courageous: Deuteronomy 31:6“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified….for the Lord your God goes with you…He will never leave you….”
Life can get scary sometimes and is pretty uncertain on the regular. Thankfully, God is always there. He will never leave us or forsake us. Consequently, we can be strong and courageous no matter what we are facing.