Our current series is called YOUR VERSE and highlights verses that come to our mind through life. One of the verses that crosses my mind as I deal with choices and struggles is this:
Psalm 119:11 NIV
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
It is Scripture that can pull us out of the most difficult of situations if we have allowed verses to come alive in our hearts and minds. Scripture was given to us by God, and God made Bible verses to give us power and freedom to live.
Hebrews 4:12 NASB
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The Bible is alive. It is active. The reason this is true is because the Bible contains God’s word, it is God’s word and Jesus is the Word. We will see this again in a few minutes, but the Bible is a gift from God for us.
The Bible is not only full of life giving truth but is full of the person of truth, Jesus. The only book to come alive and to stand the tests of time is the Bible as Jesus was and is the gift from God as well as the start and finish of all of our lives. We need Jesus. It really is that simply.
John 1:1,14 NASB
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus is the word that came to life. In Matthew 4:1-11 (the passage I shared with our church Sunday morning) is about the event where the devil tempted Jesus. It happened right after Jesus’ baptism and during a 40 fast. The Bible says that Jesus was hungry. It was a blessed time. It was also a time of struggles like many of us go through.
How will I deal with the trials and the struggles and the temptation that comes my way? God provides for us. We are human. THAT means we are stubborn, seek to rely on ourselves or our own logic rather than rely on God.
God’s desire is for us to fully rely on God. He will prepare us for the adventure and the struggles ahead if we listen to Him. He wants not only our interaction, but He wants intimacy. He wants us to know Him and Him to know us more and more.
Interacting with the Bible not as a tool, though we do that, but allowing the God of the universe, the creator of all, our friend and our God to help us through life is the way to success and to abundant life. A living conversation with God and reminders of His truth will help us through life. In temptation God helps us know His truth and find His help.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
That is the promise of God. He will see us through or take us out of the temptation. Back in Matthew 4 the devil questioned who Jesus was and His confidence. If we do not know we are saved and have confident in Christ, we will fail or fall to the temptations that come in to our lives.
It is time to take a stand. It is time to choose now how you and I will deal with struggles, pain and temptation. By trusting God, by applying His word, we will live differently and find Jesus alive and living well in and through our lives.
Ephesians 6:10-11 NASB
Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand form against the schemes of the devil.
To deal with the tough things we have to live in and trust His strength, not ours, We must put on His armor which is best shared and spelled out in Scripture.
What are the verses that God continues to bring to your mind and that you share with others? Feel free to email me those verses to email@example.com
As I asked others for their verses from God here is what I got from them (and these are awesome verses to use in life):
2 Corinthians 5:21
2 Samuel 22:33
Look up those verses, and ask God to give you YOUR VERSE.
Colossians 3:16 NASB
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing once another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your heart to God.