Wednesday, January 9, 2013

favorite Bible verses

I am a Christian.  It was in 1986 that I remember that it became a fact that I accepted Jesus as my Savior.  The Bible had been part of my life and my training before that time, but after that time the Bible came to life.  I learned scripture that contained promises.  Some verses held greater insight or strength or direction for me.

What are the verses that have given you great courage or encouragement?  What verses from the Bible have you claimed as Bible promises that have helped you have more faith?  I’d like to share a few verses that have been some of my favorites.

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

As a teenager I remember going to a conference and hearing this verse.  God spoke of me about holiness and about becoming more like Jesus.  It was like God said if you want to know me and follow me then you must focus on me and not on the things this world gives.

I’ve been able to remember, claim and share this verse hundreds of times the last 30 or so years.

James 1:5
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

That verse came to life as I sought God about going to college.  Since that time it has reminded me that real wisdom isn’t from me or from other people.  Real wisdom comes from God.  Further, when I’m at a lose or in need, I have to go to the best place.  Go to God.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

There are so many times that I have claimed these verses as a Bible promise and have seen God use it in my life.  I have used it so many times in counseling and sharing with others, and the verses have brought strength and peace to those people.

But the time that I remember these two verses making the biggest difference in my life was when I first met Julie, the lady who I would marry.  I prayed this verse over and over and over again.  Only one other significant time in my life do I remember this verse being part of a great part of my days.  It brought me to rely on God and to experience His peace.  Pull that verse a part, and God will reinforce your life and your faith.  I love it!

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

If you know me, you know that my heart is turned toward people who are hurting, hungry and homeless.  I desire to serve people who are in deep need.  But the reason I want to serve people is not only to meet their needs.  I want to share Jesus with them so that He would radically change their lives.

God changes lives.  He told us that we are to love God with all we are and to love people.  One of the best ways to love people is to share God’s love with them by serving them and sharing.  This is my heart. 

I’ve found this verse to be marching orders for my life.  I’ve found this verse to be a mantra of sorts for the ministry that I am part of and lead.

These verses have meant a lot to me and have helped me come to know and see God many times.  What are your favorite verses?  I leave you with a few of the favorite verses of some people you might know.

Billy Graham’s favorite verse …  John 3:16

Barack Obama’s favorite verses … Luke 6:20-49

El DeBarge’s favorite verse … Jeremiah 29:11

Margaret Thatcher’s favorite verses … Psalm 46:1-7

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