So, for those of you who are vegging on the couch and don’t have your Bible on you this post is based off of Psalm 19:10 which says, “More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” Before I go any further, I have to confess that I have been doing some posts that were a little lighter and not as deep because I have just been going through some things and I was really just struggling to want to go into the Word and pray. But God, in His goodness, doesn’t allow me to forget His word, and even when I am trying to wander away He allows His Spirit to guide me and encourage me to get back into His Word and into prayer. For example, today I was trying to decide what I could blog about and I was using canva.com and I came across this template about gold (same fonts and look as the one above but with a different saying), and I was reminded of this verse. It inspired me to write about the importance of God’s Word and how precious it is. I love this verse because it carries such truth and no matter where my flesh tries to take me and even when I wander I know that God is good and that His Word is just what it says it is, more precious than gold. So, today I want to take some time and list a couple of verses that I love and try to remember even in times where I feel myself drifting
“‘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.'”
This verse has become the one that I hold most dear and near to my heart and it often pops into my head right when I need it and feel like I am in a time of questioning life (like right now).
“ Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and,as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
I love this verse because it reminds me of all of the things I must do (put on) to be fully ready for the Spiritual warfare that goes on in life. I struggle to remember this because I often forget that what is going on in my life is in face warfare. It is easy for me to just get discouraged and feel like giving up, I forget that I am at war constantly with the devil. Although I don’t know how I don’t see it and realize it with all that has been going on in my life and in the World with all of the persecution that has been going on.
“‘ I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.‘”
Now, this verse is just so encouraging because it reminds me of how Great and POWERFUL my Savior is and how in the Word it says there will be tribulations but we can take heart in the truth that our Savior came and overcame the world. This is who I serve, and that gives me such unspeakable hope and peace.
1 Corinthians 1:1-13
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
I love the entire chapter because I believe love is so crucial to my faith and these verses remind me of what it looks like to truly love others. Oh how I need to be reminded of what true love is, because I fall short so often and rather than being discouraged and giving up I am encouraged and challenged by how the Lord would have me love others and I am urged on to love the way He would have us. Even the Word of God proclaims the greatness of Love.
These are just some verses that help encourage me and bring me back to His Word. I’m sorry this post has been so long worded and I apologize if it wasn’t as coherent as most of mine, this was really a post for me to push myself back into reading scripture and reflecting on His goodness.