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December 31, 2013

Ten Scriptures That Have Impacted My Life

I love God’s Word. He has used it over and over to change my life through reproof, correction, and teaching. Although there have been many verses that have impacted my life, I have narrowed the list to ten of my favorite Scriptures:

Isaiah 66:1-2 1Thus says the Lord, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? 2 “For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord.“But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

These two verses have always reminded me that God created everything and owns everything. The whole universe is His dwelling place and He is most interested in my heart becoming a place of worship for Him. He dwells in a heart that is tender and broken, and in the heart of the man who takes His Word seriously.

Joel 2:25 Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you.

I came to know Christ later in life, and this is one of the first verses that He gave to me as a promise. In the book of Joel, the people had lost everything to plagues of locust. There was nothing left to give to the Lord as a sacrifice and God commanded the people to return to Him and rend their hearts, not their garments.  He then made this promise in Joel 2:25, “If you turn back to me (I will restore to you even the years that the locust have taken).” In many ways I feel like this is what God has been doing in my life ever since the day of my salvation.

 

Romans 8:28-29 28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

Many people recognize Romans 8:28, and I think the verse that follows is equally important.  Romans 8:29 explains the “good” in Romans 8:28: that we are conformed into the image of His Son, Jesus. It always helps me to remember that no matter the trial or the storm; God is using the circumstances of my life to mold me into the image of Christ. With that knowledge, I can follow the Lord’s instructions and count it all joy.

 

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.

Many people quote scripture about the devil being a roaring lion looking for those he may devour. I love 2 Chronicles 16:9 which reminds us that God is also looking across the earth for those whose heart is set on Him; that He might support them. I know if God is for me then no can be against me, and with God all things are possible.

 

Malachi 2:14 Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’ Because the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.

When we go to buy a house or make a major purchase we always have to sign an agreement that requires a witness. Typically, judges refer to witnesses if those agreements are in question. This verse tells me that on the day I made a covenant with my wife in marriage, Jesus was the witness at the altar with the two of us and the pastor. If I fail in my duties as a husband to uphold the covenant of that day, I will have to stand and give account for my responsibilities in our marriage. Our vows were more than just words, they were a covenant with my wife, God the Father, and Jesus was the witness.

 

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight,O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

This is another verse that I have clung to since the early days in my relationship with the Lord. It is a constant reminder that the words that I speak, and the things that I think about in my heart and mind are to be honoring to the Lord.

 

John 17:4 I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.   

This is my life verse. In Jesus’ Word He declared that He brought glory to God on earth by completing the work that God called Him to do. It is my desire to have a heart sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and a walk with the Lord that is obedient to His Word. One day when I go to be with the Lord, I hope to say that I completed every detail of the work that He assigned to me.

 

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

This is a reminder to me that even in a world that consistently promotes division, our Lord only sees two kinds of people; those who know Christ and those who do not know Christ.

 

Joshua 24:15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua is one of my favorite men in the Bible. If you know me well, you know that I am very straightforward. I love black and white and I don’t like to operate in grey areas. I love the image of Joshua as the head of his family. Joshua is the perfect picture of a man standing up and setting the standard for his family. He confidently proclaims that his family will serve the Lord regardless of whom others choose to follow.  I drew that line in the sand for my family the day I gave my life to Christ and I will never retreat.

 

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than a good ointment, and the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.

This verse explains the importance of having a good name and a good reputation. It reminds me to guard my personal integrity, because my walk with the Lord is a living testimony. The fact that the day of my death will be better than the day of my birth reminds me that the moment I leave this world I will be in the presence of my Savior. Oh what a glorious day that will be when I see my Savior face to face!

 

Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.

This verse reminds me to consistently seek God through His Word. Continually studying God’s Word will not only bring wisdom, but it will make my daily life easier and more enjoyable. Without it I am choosing to live a harder life than God intended.

 

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

In the New Testament there are two Greek words that translate as temple. One Greek word refers to the Temple Mount. The other Greek Word, Nahos, refers specifically to the Holy of Holies; the place where God’s Spirit dwells. In this verse the word temple is Nahos; which means that my body is the Holy of Holies. The moment I prayed to receive Christ the Holy Sprit came to indwell me. This knowledge is a constant encouragement, accountability, and inspiration for my walk with Christ.

 

 

 

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