Most Challenging Bible Verses

I have devoted this page to the most challenging Bible verses in the New Testament, in a hope that we will all be encouraged by them to really test our faith, to see if we are genuinely walking with Christ Jesus. If after reading these verses you feel that you are not walking with the Lord as you should be, then please get on your knees and humbly ask God for forgiveness and for Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit and to change your heart. Then re-read these Bible verses to find out what you need to be or need NOT to be doing, and how you should be living in your faith.

James 1:22 ...'But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Matthew 16:24 ...'Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.'

John 5:14 ...'Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.'

Matthew 10:37-38 ...'He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me.'

Romans 6:1-2 ...'What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Romans 6:12-13 ...'Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.'

Galatians 5:19-23 ...'Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.'

Luke 13:24 ...'Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.'

Luke 21:34-36 ...'And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.'

Revelation 21:7-8 ...'He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.'

John 4:24 ...'God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.'

Matthew 25:41-46 ...'Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.'

Matthew 4:4 ...'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.'

Matthew 5:10-12 ...'Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.'

Matthew 5:39-44 ...'But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.'

Matthew 5:48 ...'Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.'

Matthew 6:21,24 ...'For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.'

Matthew 7:21 ...'Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.'

Matthew 10:22 ...'And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake, but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.'

Luke 6:24-25 ...'But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.'

Luke 6:26 ...'Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.'

Matthew 13:22 ...'He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.'

Mark 10:21 ...'Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.'

Matthew 18:3-4 ...'And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'

Matthew 19:17 ...'If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.'

Matthew 19:24 ...'And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.'

Matthew 22:37-39 ...'Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God WITH ALL thy heart, and WITH ALL thy soul, and WITH ALL thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.'

Matthew 23:12 ...'And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.'

Matthew 23:28 ...'Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.'

Matthew 26:41 ...'Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.'

Matthew 28:19-20 ...'Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.'

Galatians 5:22-23 ...'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.'

Ephesians 4:17 ...'This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk NOT as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind.'

Ephesians 5:3-5 ...'But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it NOT be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.'

Philippians 2:14 ...'Do all things without murmurings and disputings.'

Colossians 3:2,5,6 ...'Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.'

2 Thessalonians 3:6 ...'Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.'

1 Timothy 2:9-10 ...'In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.'

1 Timothy 4:7 ...'Refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.'

1 Timothy 5:8 ...'But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.'

2 Timothy 2:16 ...'But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.'

2 Timothy 2:23 ...'But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strife.'

Hebrews 12:14 ...'Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.'

James 1:21 ...'Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.'

James 2:20 ...'But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?'

James 4:17 ...'Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.'

1 Peter 2:21-24 ...'For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.'

2 Peter 1:5-7 ...'And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.'

1 John 2:15-17 ...'Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.'

1 John 5:21 ...'Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.'

Matthew 7:26-27 ...'And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.'

James 1:22 ...'But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

I hope that these challenging Bible verses will help you to see the kind of person God wants you to be. What a wonderful Saviour we have in Christ Jesus. Please give your all to Him today. No one knows when the door to mercy will be shut forever, so please give your heart to Jesus now and turn from the sins of this life and keep His commandments. Take up your cross and follow Him!