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Restful Bible Verses for Labor Day

Restful Bible Verses for Labor Day

This devotional, Restful Bible Verses for Labor Day will help you find inspiration during the daily grind of your nine to five. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and dig into the Word of God this Labor Day!

The first Monday of September in the United States is a federal holiday. Labor Day is the time we set aside to celebrate the American worker and the power of the free economy we enjoy because of the hard work we slog through every day.

But Labor Day weekend has become even more to us in recent years. It’s our chance to spend time with family and friends before the end of Summer ushers in the hustle and bustle of the Fall season.

So, we set aside manual labor for fun in the sun and backyard barbeques one last time together.

And as we watch the lazy days of Summer slowly fade away, it’s easy to forget to make time for our daily Bible reading. However, God’s Word has a lot to say to us as our thoughts turn back to work.

So, soak up those last rays of sunshine, and read some Restful Bible Verses for Labor Day. Each one is sure to inspire you during this holiday of rest and beyond.

Inspirational Labor Day Bible Verses

God has a plan for you! And it includes the work that you’re currently doing.

Even if your work isn’t as inspirational as you would like, God has you in a career or position for a specific reason.

Let’s read these inspirational Labor Day Bible verses and find purpose in our work together.

 

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

                                         Proverbs 16:3

 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

                                        Ephesians 2:10 ESV

 

 

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

                                         John 4:34

 

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

                                       Psalm 128:2 ESV

 

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

                                       Matthew 5:16 ESV

 

 

Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.

                                       1 Thessalonians 3:10

 

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

                                      Psalm 90:17 ESV

 

 

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

                                       Ecclesiastes 3:12-15

 

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

                                       1 Timothy 6:18 NIV

 

 

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

                                         Psalm 35:8

 

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Positive Bible Verses about Work

Work isn’t usually something we talk about in a positive light. But as we’ll see in these Bible Verses about Work, labor is a gift from God.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

                                         1 Corinthians 10:31

 

 

Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.

                                           Ecclesiastes 5:12 ESV

 

 

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

                                           Ephesians 4:28 ESV

 

 

This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.

Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.

 

They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.

                                           Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

 

 

So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.

                                           Ecclesiastes 2:24 NLT

 

 

Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

                                            Proverbs 10:4

 

 

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

                                            Acts 20:35

 

 

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

                                           Proverbs 12:11

 

 

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

                                         Proverbs 22:29

 

You shall keep the Feast of Harvest, of the firstfruits of your labor, of what you sow in the field. You shall keep the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in from the field the fruit of your labor.

                                        Exodus 23:6 ESV

 

 

Bible Verse about Laboring for the Lord

Working unto the Lord is a blessing that has a promise. When we labor for God, we receive an inheritance greater than anything we will ever have on earth.

Let’s read this Bible verse about laboring for the Lord and see the promise of our reward.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

                                          Colossians 3:23 NIV

 

knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

                                          Colossians 3:24 ESV

 

 

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Bible Verse about Labor in Vain

Of all the Bible verses we’ll read today, this is a favorite scripture of mine. Because sometimes no matter how hard we work it feels like we’re just spinning our wheels.

But this Bible Verse reminds us that our labor is not in vain when we work for the Lord!

 

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

                                         1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

 

 

Favorite Bible Verses about Hard Work and Perseverance

Do you need more of a push to persevere during those times when hard work makes you feel blah? God’s Word will help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

These favorite Bible verses are the perfect pick me up after a hard day of work.

 

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

                                            Proverbs 14:23

 

For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

                                          2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 ESV

 

 

One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

                                           Proverbs 18:9

 

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

                                            Ecclesiastes 9:10

 

Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.

                                             James 5:4 ESV

 

 

Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.

 

Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.

Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

                                            Psalm 127:1-5

 

 

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

                                           1 Timothy 5:8 ESV

 

 

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

 

Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

 

Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

                                              Matthew 7:15-20

 

 

If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

                                           Deuteronomy 15:7-11 NIV

 

 

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Bible Verse about Labor of Love

Faith can sometimes seem like labor, even though it is a labour of love.

So, like the Apostle Paul, let’s give thanks for the labor of love we have in faith and in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                           1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 ESV

 

Powerful Bible Verses about the Sabbath Day of Rest

 

The opposite of work is rest. And this special Labor Day holiday is all about rest.

But before the government thought it was a good idea, God had a plan for us to find rest.

Just like God created the heavens and earth and then rested on the seventh day, we are instructed in scripture to do the same.

So, let’s read these powerful scriptures about a day of rest.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates

                                                Exodus 20:8-11 ESV

 


but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.

                                                Exodus 20:10 NLT

 

The Sabbath of the land shall provide food for you, for yourself and for your male and female slaves and for your hired worker and the sojourner who lives with you, and for your cattle and for the wild animals that are in your land: all its yield shall be for food.

                                                Leviticus 25:6-7 ESV

Labor Day Scriptures from Genesis

We end our reading of Labor Day scriptures at the beginning. As we just read, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He labored for our benefit. And then he rested as He instructed us to do in the previous verses.

So let’s find inspiration for our work in these Labor Day scriptures from Genesis.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

                                                 Genesis 1:31

 

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

                                                 Genesis 2:15 ESV

 

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

                                                Genesis 3:19 ESV

 

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

                                                       Genesis 2:1-3 NIV

My prayer is that these Restful Bible Verses for Labor Day have inspired you in your work. And may God bless you and give you rest during this holiday.

Have a very Happy Labor Day!

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Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

12 Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

Are you wondering…

What does the Bible say about having faith in hard times?

Let’s face it. Life is hard! Really hard. Some days are tough to get through. And we all need a little encouragement every now and then.

There are so many stressful moments we struggle with each day. Maybe it’s the little things that add up and drive us crazy. Or maybe we’re facing much bigger problems in life.

Either way, we can take comfort in God’s promises. He is faithful! And the Word of God provides comfort anytime we need it.

No matter what you’re going through, I truly hope these Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times will give you the strength to carry on.

So, let’s jump in and discover…

How do you keep your faith strong in tough times?

 

Favorite Bible Verse about Faith

The substance of our faith keeps us going in hard times.

We may not be able to see faith with our eyes, but just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t real.

We believe in gravity, yet we can’t see it. But we know that gravity is real and exists because we feel it and experience it for ourselves.

Likewise, we know our faith in Jesus is real because we feel it in our hearts and experience it in our daily lives.

This is the substance of our faith and the hope that is within us. It is the reality that we have Jesus, and He has us. If we truly believe in Jesus, then we have the assurance of our faith because we “see” it in our lives.

These two verses speak directly to this kind of “blind faith”. They are the biblical definition of faith and show us what having faith in difficult times looks like.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

                                               Hebrews 11:1

 

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

                                             2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Short Bible Verses about Faith in Hard Times

These scriptures on faith in hard times are short and sweet. But very powerful!

They’re a great way to start the day or be reminded of God’s love and faithfulness when difficult situations arise in your life.

So, let’s read some great Bible verses about faith that will keep us going through bad times and good times.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

                                               Galatians 2:20 NIV

 

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.

                                               Hebrews 4:14 NIV

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

                                            Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB

 

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,

                                           Hebrews 11:17 NIV

 


By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

                                         Hebrews 11:30 ESV

 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                         Romans 15:13 NKJV

 

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

                                         2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV

 

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

                                        1 Timothy 6:12 NIV

 

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

                                         2 Timothy 4:7 NIV

 


Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

                                          James 2:26 NLT

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Encouraging Bible Verses on Faith and Strength

Our faith is a firm place to stand when we are scared.

It’s so easy to be discouraged and feel defeated when things don’t go our way. We become scared of what tomorrow will bring and wonder if it will ever get better.

But our faith in Jesus is our security and firm place to stand. When our faith is shaken, and life tries to tear us down, Jesus gives us strength and bravery.

So, stand fast in the faith and be strengthened by the One who died to set us free. Run to Him and find safety and unshakable ground.

The good news is, God’s Word is full of Bible Verses on Faith for times like this. And the best way to conquer fear is to turn to these scriptures for strength.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

                                        1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

                                        1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.

                                          Proverbs 18:10

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.

                                        Deuteronomy 31:8

 

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

                                      Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version

 

The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

                                         Exodus 15:2 ESV

 

May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

                                        1 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV

 

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

                                        1 Peter 1:6-7 ESV

 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

                                       2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

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Comforting Psalms for Difficult Times

The book Psalms is full of wonderful descriptions of God’s love and protection.

In fact, there are too many to list here, so I encourage you to seek out these comforting scriptures on trusting God in difficult times for yourself.

To get you started here are some of my favorite Bible Verses about Faith in Hard Times straight from the book of Psalms.

They always give me comfort and inspiration when I’m feeling knocked down. I hope they will lift you up and give you comfort as you trust God and follow Him.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

 

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

                                             Psalm 46:1-5; 10

 

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

                                              Psalm 27:13-14

 

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

                                              Psalm 9:9 ESV

 

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness.

                                             Psalm 143:1 NKJV

 

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

                                          Psalm 32:1 New King James Version

 

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Best Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

There is no doubt that hardships will come in life, but with Jesus we have victory!

Hard times seem to sneak up and hit us out of nowhere. When we least expect them, they show up like an uninvited party guest who just won’t leave.

But the Bible tells us that we should expect hardships in this life and that we should find joy in them.

I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking it too. How can we possibly find joy in suffering?

Well, it all goes back to Jesus. He suffered for us, and He promised that we would suffer for His namesake.

But we shouldn’t let it get us down. Because even though we are participants in the suffering of Christ, we are also participants in His victory too!

With Jesus, our current circumstances fade away in the light of eternity. We are victorious over this world and the hardships we face! And it’s all because of Jesus and His glory!

So, let’s look for God’s goodness and celebrate the victory we have in Jesus by reading these Bible verses for hard times.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

                                                   James 1:2-4

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

                                                  1 Peter 4:12-13

 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed-

                                                   2 Corinthians 4:8-9

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

                                               1 Peter 1:6-9

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                               1 Corinthians 15:57

 

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

                                             Philippians 3:13-14 ESV

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

                                            Hebrews 12:1 NIV


looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                            Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

                                           2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV

 

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

                                            Matthew 6:26-27 NIV

 

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

                                            Romans 8:18-19 NKJV

 

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Each of these Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times reminds us of God’s faithfulness.

Yes, we face tough times in life. But God’s promises are always true. He is with us. He is for us. And He will never leave us alone in our despair.

With God all things are possible. Even faith in hard times.

So, take heart, the Lord is with you. Have perseverance, keep the faith and claim the victory in Jesus’ name!

A Prayer for Troubled Times

Heavenly Father, thank you that Your promises are true. Please help me to persevere and keep the faith during both the easy and hard times. And help me to claim the victory!

In Jesus Name, Amen!

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Essential Bible Verses about Hope

15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope

These Essential Bible Verses about Hope give us strength and courage to get through the hard times. And they comfort and us when we need healing and peace.

But before we get into the Word of God and these hopeful Bible verses, let’s take a moment to think about what hope actually is.

Because hope is a word that gets thrown around a lot.

What is hope?

We hope when we get to Walmart there’ll be a parking spot close to the door.

We hope we’ll find a twenty-dollar bill on the ground as we walk into the store.

And we hope the bakery will have that pastry we like so much.

These small hopes get us through the day.

But when life takes a turn for the worst, that one little word, hope, becomes essential to our well-being. It means the difference between spiraling down into despair or putting one foot in front of the other and pressing on.

Hope in the Bible

The hope we have as Christians is very different from what the rest of the world has. Their hope relies on wishful thinking and whatever strength they can muster up inside of themselves.

While they’re wrestling to find hope deep within, we don’t have to. Because our hope comes from a completely different source, and it doesn’t have anything to do with wishful thinking.

This is the hope we’re going to read about in just a moment, the hope in God’s Word, the Bible.

Where does real hope come from?

Our hope comes directly from God and His strength, not our own! And the most essential part of finding hope is understanding who He is.

God is faithful to fulfill His promises! He will never let us down! And when we put our trust in Him, we can expect hope to rise to the surface no matter what circumstance we’re facing.

Yes, there will be days when we’re feeling a little less than hopeful, but we can turn to the scriptures and be reminded of God’s love and strength, His faithfulness, and His special kind of hope!

Today in this short devotional, we’re looking at 15+ Essential Bible Verses about Hope. Each one is a powerful promise that will fill you with hope as you store them in your heart for safekeeping.

So, let’s read these scriptures on hope together…

Inspirational Words of Hope from the Bible

 

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God,

                                                  Psalm 146:5

 

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

                                                 Lamentations 3:24

 

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

                                                 Romans 8:24-25

 

 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

                                              Colossians 1:26-27

 

whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

                                        Titus 3:6-7 English Standard Version

 

looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus

                                                 Titus 2:13 NASB

 

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,

                                               Hebrews 6:19 ESV

 

Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

                                               Proverbs 24:14 NIV

 

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God of Hope Bible Verses

 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                                 Romans 15:13

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

                                                1 Peter 1:3

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

                                                 1 Peter 1:3 NIV

 

who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

                                                1 Peter 1:21

 

And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

                                                1 John 3:3

 

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

                                               Hebrews 11:1 ESV

 

 

Best Bible Verses about Hope and Strength

 

Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.

                                                    Psalm 21:34

 

but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

                                                 Isaiah 40:31 NIV

 

Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.

                                              Psalm 31:24 NIV

 

 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

                                                Ephesians 1:18-20 NIV

 

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

                                               1 Peter 5:10 NIV

 

But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

                                             1 Thessalonians 5:8 NKJV

 

Bible Verses about Hope in Hard Times

 

rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer

                                                   Romans 12:12 NKJV

 

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

                                                   Hebrews 10:23

 

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

                                                    Psalm 42:5

 

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.

                                                  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

 

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

                                                  Romans 8:18 ESV

 

 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

                                                 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

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Bible Verses about Love and Hope

 

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

                                                  Romans 5:1-4 ESV

 

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 

                                                  Romans 5:5

 

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

                                                  Romans 15:4

 

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

                                               1 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV

 

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,

                                         Psalm 33:18 English Standard Version

 

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

                                                Hebrews 10:23-24 ESV

 

 

Bible Verses about Hope and Trust

 

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.

                                                Jeremiah 17:7

 

For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.

                                                Psalm 71:5

 

 

Faith Hope and Love Verse

 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

                                              1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

 

 

When hope seems like a lost cause, this Essential Collection of Bible Verses about Hope will carry you through to the other side. I pray you will store them in your heart, put your trust in God, and see hope rise!

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Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free

Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free

The Good News of Salvation is found in these patriotic Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free. I pray they will inspire you during this July 4th holiday.

We are so blessed to call the United States of America home. And we celebrate our independence big!

Backyard barbecues with plates dripping with sauce, ice cream cones melting in the summer heat, and brilliant fireworks displays as far as the eye can see. Fun is the name of the game. But the meaning of this patriotic holiday is bigger than the celebration.

Our freedom came at a cost. Liberty was a hard-fought victory. And the battle to keep it continues even now.

Many of us have loved ones on the front lines and we salute them this Fourth of July. Their courage and commitment to the USA fills our hearts with pride. And we know it’s because of their bravery, we live freely.

So, with the American flag waving in the background, we honor the men and women in uniform both past and present who fought to make us free.

And I think we can all agree that the freedom we enjoy as American citizens is unlike any other place on earth!

But there is another reason to celebrate this time of year.

Independence Day is also a wonderful time to reflect on a different kind of freedom we enjoy.

As Christians, we have liberty in knowing Jesus as our Savior. Because of His sacrifice, we are free from the wages of sin! And we have victory over death!

Yes, true freedom comes from knowing Jesus Christ as our Savior. Through Him, we have forgiveness of sin and complete spiritual freedom!

Once you are a part of the family of God, everything else fades into the night, just like the fireworks in the sky.

By the grace of God, we have been set free!

So, to celebrate the birth of our great nation, all she has to offer, and the perfect gift of salvation in Jesus, I’ve put together a collection of Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free.

These uplifting scriptures offer a glimpse of the hope in store for us if we, as a nation turn to God. Each one is a gift God has given us as His children. And a reminder of what Christ has done to set us free!

I pray they will help you see God’s hand reaching out to you as we gear up for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

Get your flag out, it’s gonna be epic!

 

 

Best Bible Verses for the Fourth of July

 

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

                                                   Psalm 33:12

 

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

                                                   2 Chronicles 7:14

 

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

                                                 2 Corinthians 3:17

 

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—  because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

                                                  Romans 6:6-7

 

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

                                                  Galatians 5:13

 

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

                                                  John 8:32

 

 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

                                                   John 8:36

 

 

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4th of July Bible Verses about our Freedom in Christ

 

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.                                       

                                                Galatians 5:1 ESV

 

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

                                               Galatians 5:1 NKJV

 

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                              Romans 6:23 NIV

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                               1 Corinthians 15:57

 

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

                                              Romans 8:32 NASB

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

                                               John 3:16 NKJV

 

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

                                               Romans 8:1-2 NIV

 

 

 Independence Day Bible Verses about the Government

 

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ

                                                Philippians 3:20

 

 

 

Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.

                                               Psalm 117:1-2

 

 

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Bible Verses about Freedom as Bondslaves of God

 

Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.

                                                John 8:34 NIV


But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

                                              Romans 6:22 NIV

 

Act as free people, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bond-servants of God.

                                             1 Peter 2:16 NASB

 

For such is the will of God, that by doing right you silence the ignorance of foolish people.

                                            1 Peter 2:15 NASB

 

As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

                                            1 Peter 2:16 KJV

 

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

                                             Romans 7:25 NIV

 

 

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Meaningful Old Testament Independence Day Scriptures

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

                                            Isaiah 61:1 NKJV

 

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
     and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

                                            Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV

 

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

                                            Jeremiah 29:7 NIV

 

 

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Inspirational New Testament Fourth of July Bible Verses

 

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

                                                 1 Peter 2:15-17

 

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

                                                Galatians 5:13 NLT

 

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

                                              Matthew 28:19 ESV

 


But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

                                              1 Peter 2:9 NIV

 

 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

                                                Acts 13:38-39 ESV

 

Jesus *said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

                                               Matthew 26:64 NASB

 

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

                                              2 Timothy 2:15 NIV

One Nation Under God Bible Verses

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,  who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

                                              1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV

 

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,

                                              Titus 3:4-6 NIV

 

 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

                                            Philippians 3:20-21 NKJV


Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

                                              Romans 13:1 NKJV

 

For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

                                             Romans 8:3-4 NASB

As we can see, real freedom comes from the holy name of Jesus Christ and the salvation we find in Him.

My prayer is that you will know Him more and more through the words in the Holy Bible. And that you will celebrate your faith and declare “One Nation Under God” during this fourth of July holiday!

Now I’m off to hang out my American flag and grill some burgers.

Have a Happy 4th of July! And may God bless America!

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How to Have Liberty in Christ – Galatians 5:1

How to Have Liberty in Christ Galatians 5:1

Have you ever wondered… What does it mean to have Liberty in Christ? In this Independence Day devotional, we’ll learn the true meaning of freedom. And how to have liberty in Christ.

This time of year, my thoughts turn to how thankful I am for the independence that I experience as an American. But I also recognize the sacrifices that have been made by so many to ensure this freedom.

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” His words have never been more poignant than right now when we are once again facing the possibility of war to secure the freedom that some seek to take away from us.

Every day our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line for our liberty and for the values we hold dear as Americans. Independence Day is the time we set aside to support the ongoing efforts of our military. And to remember all of the freedoms we enjoy because of their sacrifice.

What does the Bible say about liberty?

While I am reflecting on my liberty as an American, I also think about a more important kind of freedom I experience as a Christian.

Jesus put His life on the line so that we could have everlasting liberty. He died to set us free, free from sin and free from the trappings of this world. It is only by His sacrifice that we can achieve this liberty.

Liberty in Christ Verse

 

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:1 NKJV

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In this verse, the Apostle Paul tells us how to have liberty in Christ in three parts. So, let’s break it down and examine each one.

#1 Stand Fast…

We cannot lose our salvation in Christ. That is the most basic fact of our Christian faith.

Even though we can’t lose our salvation, we are told many times in the Bible to stand fast or to stand firm in our beliefs.

The world is knocking on our door, trying to cause us to back down. They don’t want us to stand up for what we believe. They want us to agree with their misguided thoughts, that they are right and we are wrong. But we can’t back down. We must always be ready to stand fast and stand up for our faith.

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#2 the liberty by which Christ has made us free…

Liberty in Christ and freedom from sin come from accepting Jesus as your Savior. There is no other way.

We know this because we have experienced the love and grace of salvation in Christ. But sometimes it slips our mind and we forget that we have been set free. So now is the perfect time to remember all that Christ has done for us and experience the liberty by which we have been made free.

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#3 do not be entangled again by the yoke of bondage…

Sin is a burden that we don’t have to bear any longer. Jesus has taken that yoke on Himself so that we can be free from it.

We don’t have to become entangled by the things of this world or by the sin that so easily ensnares us (Hebrews 12:1). We can move forward knowing that because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we are able to live a life that is full and free from the bondage of sin and shame.

This Fourth of July, I hope that you will spend time with your family and friends, grill some burgers and hot dogs and watch the amazing fireworks displays.

But most of all, I hope you will remember the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ and that true liberty comes from knowing Him.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Calming Bible Verses about Peace

Calming Bible Verses about Peace

What is peace in the Bible?

Have you ever wondered… What does the Bible say about having peace in hard times? These Calming Bible Verses about Peace will answer the question, what is peace in the Bible? And they will show you how to find peace in God when you need it the most.

 

Encouraging Scriptures on Peace

Do you struggle with worry, fear, or doubt? Do you feel like your life is one catastrophe after another? Do you think peace is something that’s only talked about in church or in those feel-good movies on TV?

Yeah… I feel ya!

In our society, peace is a fleeting feeling, here one minute and gone the next. The world tells us we just need a mini-vacay, a shopping spree, or a pedicure and then we’ll have the peace we’re after.

Believe me, I love a girl’s day out as much as anyone, but these things will only distract us for a short time. Eventually, life catches up with us and we’re right back where we started, stressed out and knee-deep in chaos.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. The solution to all of the negativity is out there, and it can be yours if you want it.

Finding peace isn’t as hard as you might think. It’s found in the encouraging scriptures on peace in the Bible and given to us by our loving Heavenly Father for the hard times we face every day.

Peace of God

God gives us peace, real peace. It’s different from the peace the world offers, and it doesn’t cost a dime!

While fear and worry threaten to tear us apart from the inside out, they don’t stand a chance against the peace of God!

His peace calms the storm of life, and slays the beast of worry, fear, and doubt.

If we want to find the peace of God all we need to do is turn to the scriptures.

So, I decided to put together some Calming Bible Verses about Peace.

Once you read them, you’ll understand how God’s peace is the opposite of the world’s peace.

You’ll start to see His peace take shape in your life. And soon, the worry, fear, and doubt will fade away as you discover real and lasting peace is only a prayer away.

Let’s dive into these Bible Verses about peace, shall we?…

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Prince of Peace Bible Verses

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace for a reason.

Because He is our Savior, our Redeemer, and Peace itself!

When life is anything but peaceful and chaos is the reigning force in our lives… He says “Peace, be still”, and calms the raging storm. This is the peace that only comes from knowing Jesus.

So, let’s read these Prince of Peace Bible Verses, plus the Bible Verse about calming the storm together.

And may the peace of Christ rule in your heart!

 

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

                                     Isaiah 9:6

 


Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

                                    Isaiah 9:7 NKJV

 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

                                   John 14:27

 

 

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

                                John 16:33  

 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

                                   Colossians 3:15 NIV

 

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

                                   Colossians 3:15 NKJV

 

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

                                   Mark 4:39

 

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Inspirational Peace Bible Verses

Living a Christian life is full of blessings…Salvation, forgiveness, love, and yes…peace! These next inspirational Bible verses speak to the peace we find when we put our trust in the Lord.

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

                                  Philippians 4:6-7

 

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.

                                   Isaiah 26:3

 

 

Beautiful Bible Verses about Peace and Strength from Psalms

Some of my favorite Bible Verses about Peace come from the Psalms. The words of the psalmist is always encouraging during difficult times and remind me to lean on the peace of God that only comes from Him.

In these Psalms on Peace, we find a quiet place to rest in God’s embrace.

 

The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

                                   Psalm 29:11

  

Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.

                                  Psalm 119:165

 

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

                                 Psalm 4:8 ESV

 

In his days may the righteous flourish,
and peace abound, till the moon be no more!

                                Psalm 72:7 ESV

 

May the righteous flourish in his days, As well as an abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.

                                Psalm 72:7 NASB

 

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

                                 Psalm 23:2-4 NKJV

 

I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly.

                                  Psalm 85:8 NIV


Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!

                                  Psalm 85:10 NLT

The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.

                                  Psalm 29:11 NLT

 

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Old Testament Bible Verses about Peace

 

The Old Testament is filled with scriptures on peace. Each one gives us encouragement and strength for the long road ahead. And they offer us healing and comfort in the hard times we face.

I pray these powerful verses will fill you heart with peace and give you peace of mind to take with you on life’s journey.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

                                  Isaiah 53:5 NIV

 

A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.

                                  Proverbs 14:30 NIV

 

 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”

When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.”

                                  Daniel 10:19 NIV

 

Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called blessed.

                                   Proverbs 3:16-18 ESV

 

 
How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!                                 

                                  Isaiah 52:7 NKJV

 

And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

                                   Isaiah 32:17 ESV

 

The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.

                                 Numbers 6:24-26 NIV

 

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace

                                  Numbers 6:26 NKJV

For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

                                 Isaiah 54:10 NKJV

 

For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

                                   Isaiah 55:12 NKJV

 

David built an altar there to the Lord and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. And the Lord answered his prayer for the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.

                                 2 Samuel 24:25 NLT

 

Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.

                                   Jeremiah 33:6 NIV

 

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

                                   Proverbs 16:7 NKJV

 

And Hezekiah gave encouragement to all the Levites who taught the good knowledge of the Lord; and they ate throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings and making confession to the Lord God of their fathers.

                                   2 Chronicles 30:22 NKJV

 

For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.

                                    Proverbs 3:2 NKJV

 

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children.

                                  Isaiah 54:13 NKJV

 

The way of peace they have not known, And there is no justice in their ways; They have made themselves crooked paths; Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.

                                 Isaiah 59:8 NKJV

 

My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation,
In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,

                                Isaiah 32:18 NKJV

 

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New Testament Bible Verses about Peace

The Lord Jesus Christ is called the Prince of Peace. When we believe in Him, the God of peace fills our whole selves with peace, body, spirit, and soul.

It is a special kind of peace that you won’t find in the world. Only Christians have it because of our belief in the Prince of Peace Himself.

I pray you will be inspired by these New Testament Bible Verses on Peace and be filled with the peace that surpasses all understanding today!


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                    Romans 15:13 NIV

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

                                   Galatians 5:22-23 ESV

 

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

                                  Romans 16:20 ESV

 


For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

                                  Romans 14:17 ESV

 

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

                                    James 3:17 ESV

 

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

                                   Hebrews 12:11 NIV


Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

                                    Matthew 5:9 NIV

 

Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

                                   James 3:18 NIV

 

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

                                    Romans 5:1-2 NIV

 

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

                                     Romans 5:1 NLT

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.

                                    1 Corinthians 14:33 NLT

 

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

                                   1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV

 

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

                                      2 Timothy 2:22 NIV

 

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                    1 Thessalonians 5:23 NIV

 

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

                                     Ephesians 4:3 NIV

 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

                                     1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV

 

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.

                                      John 20:19 NKJV

 

 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

                                     2 Peter 1:2 NKJV


Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

                                     Matthew 6:26-27 NIV

 

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

                                    Luke 2:14 NKJV

 

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

                                    Philippians 4:7 NLT

Live at Peace

What does it mean to live in peace? The Bible Verses below give us a clear message about how to live at peace with everyone.

That’s because God blesses us with peace, and He wants us to live in peace with others.

I know it can seem like we have no control over a peaceful existence with our neighbors. But we always have a choice between stirring up conflict or working towards harmony.

In the heat of the moment, God says to offer an olive branch instead of a curt reply and to choose peace over adversity.

Here’s what the Bible says about living in peace…

 

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.                              

                                 Romans 12:18 NIV

 

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

                                 Hebrews 12:14

 

Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.

                                 1 Peter 3:11

 

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.

                                  Proverbs 12:20

 

Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

                                 Romans 14:19

 

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

                                Romans 14:19 NIV

 

Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

                                 James 3:18

 

Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.

                                Psalm 34:14

 

Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.

                                 1 Peter 10:11 ESV

 

Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

                               2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV

 

 

Prayer for calmness and peace

God’s peace comes from knowing Him and seeing His hand move in your life. And I truly hope these Calming Bible Verses about Peace have touched your heart and renewed your spirit.

Before we go, I’d like to share one last verse. This is my prayer for calmness and peace in your life today…

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

                                2 Thessalonians 3:16

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Strong Bible Verses for Father’s Day

Strong Bible Verses for Father's Day

Father’s Day is the time we set aside to honor the man we call Dad. His strength and encouragement are paramount in our lives. And no matter how old we get, he’s the one we turn to for wisdom and guidance.

The relationship between a father and child is the mirror image of a Christian’s connection with God the Father. It is meant to be close, personal and lifelong.

In my life, my dad has always been faithful to point me to Jesus and guide me to His truth. This source of unwavering strength has given me the resolve to push past the hard times and move forward in faith even when it seemed impossible. What a blessing it is to have a strong father who loves the Lord!

Plus, my dad and I have so many things in common. We love antiques and shopping for them together. We love old black and white movies, especially if they have Cary Grant in them. And we may not love it, but we work pretty well as a team on home repair projects.

So, as Father’s Day approaches, I wanted to share some Strong Bible Verses for Father’s Day. I hope they’ll encourage you as you think back on all the wonderful things your father has done over the years. And give you some inspiration in your relationship with him going forward.

Additionally, they are the perfect addition to your Father’s Day card!

Let’s jump right into these scriptures about Father’s Day…

 

Bible Verses about a Father’s Blessings

The father of a righteous child has great joy;
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

                                                 Proverbs 23:24

The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.

                                                 Proverbs 20:7

 

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

                                              Psalm 127:3-5

 

Children’s children are the crown of old men,
And the glory of children is their father.

                                           Proverbs 17:6 NKJV

 

The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.

                                       Proverbs 20:7 New International Version

 

Do not eat it, so that it may go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

                                       Deuteronomy 12:25 NIV

 

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.

                                       Psalm 127:4 New International Version

 

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

                                           3 John 1:4 NKJV

 

Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who find great delight in his commands.

Their children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.

                                             Psalm 112:1-3 NIV

For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.

                                          Genesis 18:19 ESV

 

 

Father’s Day Bible Verses about Honoring Your Parents

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

                                                  Ephesians 6:1-3

 

 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

                                                 Exodus 20:12

 

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

                                                Deuteronomy 5:16

 

For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.

                                                Matthew 15:4-6

 

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Father’s Day Bible Verses about Listening to Your Father

 

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.

                                              Proverbs 1:8-9

 

My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.

                                              Proverbs 6:20-22

 

Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

                                            Proverbs 22:6

 

Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
 Buy the truth and do not sell it—
wisdom, instruction and insight as well.

                                          Proverbs 23:22-23

 

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

                                         Psalm 34:11 NKJV

 

When I was a son with my father,
tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
keep my commandments, and live.’

                                          Proverbs 4:3-4 ESV

 

I have instructed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.

                                          Proverbs 4:11 NASB

 

 

Father’s Day Bible Verses about Discipline

My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

                                            Proverbs 3:11-12

 

 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

                                            Hebrews 12:7

 

He who spares his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.

                                          Proverbs 13:24

 

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

                                         Ephesians 6:4 NIV

 

And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.

                                        Malachi 4:6 NKJV

 

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.

                                       Proverbs 3:11-12 NIV

 

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!

                                       Hebrews 12:9 NIV

 

 

Father’s Day Bible Verses about God the Father

yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

                                             1 Corinthians 8:6

 

Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.

                                             Matthew 23:9

 

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

                                             Galatians 4:6

 

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

                                             John 14:2

 

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

                                             Luke 11:13

 

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

                                             Psalm 103:13

 

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

                                           Joshua 24:15 NIV

 

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge.

                                          Proverbs 14:26 NKJV

 

But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.

                                         Psalm 103:17-18 ESV

 

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

                                         Matthew 7:11 ESV

 

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

                                        Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NKJV

 

And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you.

                                          Deuteronomy 4:1 ESV

 

 

Father’s Day Scriptures for Strength

 

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

                                           Ephesians 6:12 NIV


Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

                                          Ephesians 6:13 NIV

 

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

                                         Ephesians 6:14-15 NIV

 


In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

                                         Ephesians 6:16 NIV

 

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

                                         Ephesians 6:17 NKJV

 

Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.

                                          Joshua 1:6 NKJV

 

Father’s Day Scriptures for Husbands

 

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

                                        Ephesians 5:28 NIV

 

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

                                       Psalm 128:3 NIV

 

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.

                                       Ephesians 5:31-32 NIV

 

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her  to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,  and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

                                       Ephesians 5:25-27 NIV

 

For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.

                                      1 Corinthians 7:4 ESV

 

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

                                     1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV

 

 

Father’s Day Bible Verses about Love

 

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

                                      1 Corinthians 13:1 ESV

 


If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.

                                     1 Corinthians 13:2 NLT

 

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

                                      1 Peter 4:8 NIV

 

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

                                       Proverbs 3:3-4 NIV

 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

                                      1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV

 

 

Father’s Day Scriptures about Eternal Life

 

Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead.

                                         Matthew 27:50-52 NLT

 

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

                                        Philippians 1:6 NIV

 

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

                                        Matthew 19:29 NIV

 

For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

                                       1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 NIV

 

 

Scriptures about the Prodigal Son for Father’s Day


So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

                                          Luke 15:20 New International Version

 

But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

                                         Luke 15:22 NIV

 

 

P.S. In case you didn’t know, my father is also my hand model in each work of art you see here on Master’s Hand Collection. I chose him to represent the hand of God because of the close relationship we have and his strong faith in Jesus Christ. And he thinks it’s kinda funny being a hand model. I guess that wasn’t on his bucket list.

I truly pray these Strong Bible Verses for Father’s Day have shined a light on your relationship with your earthly father, and more importantly with your Heavenly Father!

Let me know which scripture for Father’s Day spoke to your heart in the comments below. I promise to answer back and pray for you.

Have a very Happy Father’s Day!

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Bible Verses about Joy that will Fill Your Heart with Gladness

Bible Verses About Joy that will fill your heart with Gladness

Have you ever wondered… What does the Bible say about joy?

Then you’ve come to the right place! In this devotional, we’ll read Bible Verses about Joy that will fill your heart with gladness! In each one, you will discover the true joy that only comes from knowing Jesus as your Savior.

Today I’m playing “The Glad Game” by channeling my inner Pollyanna and sharing these Bible verses about joy that will fill your heart with gladness.

If like me, you’re a fan of the book or movie, you know that the glad game is a central part of the story of Pollyanna.

Her father made up this game to teach her how to deal with the disappointments in her life. And he showed her that by focusing on the things that bring joy instead of sorrow she could rise above and overcome any hardship.

Likewise, our Heavenly Father has given us the one tool we need to play our own version of the glad game, the Bible.

It’s through His Word, God teaches us how to overcome the difficult circumstances we are faced with every day.

Joy in the Bible is a big topic. And this powerful verse from Philippians has a very close relationship to the glad game because it tells us to focus on the positive instead of the negative …

whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

                                                            Philippians 4:8

Our version of the glad game is not about pretending we don’t know or see the bad things going on around us. Of course, we do.

But God commands us to not let negativity weigh us down or take hold within us. Instead, He wants us to put our thoughts and energy into the goodness that surrounds us every day.

When we do, God promises to renew our hearts and minds. Refresh our souls. And give us strength for the journey ahead.

We can choose joy over sorrow! And find true happiness in our faith!

With that in mind, let’s play “The Glad Game” by looking at some scriptures about joy that are sure to fill our hearts with gladness. God’s Word is full of them! And we’re sure to see the goodness of God in each scripture.

Are you ready? Let’s start with some of my favorite Bible Verses about the Joy of the Lord.

Best Bible Verses about Joy in the Lord

Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

                                                      Nehemiah 8:10

 

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

                                                     Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

 

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

                                                      Psalm 16:11 NKJV


You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

                                                    Psalm 16:11 NIV

 

You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.

                                                      Acts 2:28

 

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

                                                   John 15:11

 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                                   Romans 15:13

 

Read this Joyful Bible Study: In His Presence is Fullness of Joy

  

Bible Verses about Joy and Happiness

 

You have put gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

                                                   Psalm 4:7

 

You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

                                                   Hebrews 1:9

 

He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

                                                  Proverbs 16:20

 

Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

                                                Romans 14:22

 

You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.

                                              Isaiah 9:3 NIV

 

The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will rejoice over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

                                             Zephaniah 3:17 NASB

 

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

                                            Zephaniah 3:17 KJV

 

Bible Verses about Joy in the Morning

 

Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.

                                                      Psalm 30:5

 

My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.

                                                   Psalm 130:6

 

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.

                                                  Psalm 143:8 NIV

 Read More: What is the Joy of the Lord?

Bible Verses about Joy in Suffering

 

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

                                                    1 Peter 4:12-13

 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

                                                     James 1:2-4 NKJV

 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

                                                    James 1:2 NIV

 

Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

                                                     John 16:22

 

 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

                                                    1 Peter 1:7-8 NKJV

 

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 

                                                   1 Peter 1:7-8 NIV

 

obtaining as the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

                                                  1 Peter 1:9 NASB

 

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

                                                 Romans 5:3 ESV

 

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, 

                                                1 Thessalonians 1:6 NKJV

 

I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.

                                              2 Corinthians 7:4 ESV

 

I have the highest confidence in you, and I take great pride in you. You have greatly encouraged me and made me happy despite all our troubles.

                                              2 Corinthians 7:4 NLT

Read the Bible Study: A Reason to Rejoice and Be Glad

 

Uplifting Joyful Bible Verses

 

Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

                                                     Isaiah 12:3

 

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                                   Hebrews 12:2

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.                                               

                                                 Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

                                                Hebrews 12:3 NLT

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

                                                   Habakkuk 3:18

 

 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—  to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.                                             

                                                  Jude 1:24-25

 

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

                                                   Galatians 5:22-23

 

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

                                                Isaiah 61:10 NKJV

 

Read More: How to Rejoice in the Lord Always

 

Bible Verses about Joy and Thankfulness

 

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.

                                               Psalm 95:1-3 NIV

 

With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:

“He is good;
his love toward Israel endures forever.”

And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

                                                 Ezra 3:11 NIV

 

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

                                                Colossians 2:6-7

 

Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.

                                               Ecclesiastes 9:7 ESV

 

 

Beautiful Psalms about Joy

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

                                            Psalm 126:3 NIV

 

The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord; And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

                                          Psalm 21:1 NKJV

 

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

                                          Psalm 51:12 ESV

 


Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

                                          Psalm 37:4 ESV

 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

                                        Psalm 136:1 ESV

 

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

                       Psalm 95:1 English Standard Version of the Bible

 

I have inherited Your testimonies forever, For they are the joy of my heart.

                                       Psalm 119:111 NASB


The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.

                                     Psalm 22:26 NLT


the precepts of the Lord are right,

rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;

                                    Psalm 19:8 ESV

 

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

                                        Psalm 94:19 ESV

 

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

                                       Psalm 118:24 KJV

 

May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.

                                       Psalm 20:5 NIV

 

Inspirational Old Testament Scriptures on Joy

A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

                                       Proverbs17:22 NASB

 

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

                                       Proverbs 17:22 NIV

 

The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree— all the trees of the field—are dried up. Surely the people’s joy is withered away.

                                      Joel 1:12 NIV

 

Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy.

                                         Isaiah 65:18 NLT

 

And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.

                                        Nehemiah 12:43 NIV


Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became a joy to me and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, Lord God of armies.

                                       Jeremiah 15:16 NASB

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Encouraging New Testament Scriptures on Joy

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

                                        Romans 14:17 NIV


I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

                                       3 John 1:4 NASB

 

Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you.

                                     Romans 15:30-32 NKJV

 

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

                                    Matthew 25:23 NKJV

 

And so the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

                                    Luke 2:10-11 NASB

 

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

                                      Romans 5:1-2 NKJV

 

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

                                     Luke 15:7 NIV


Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

                                      Luke 15:10 NKJV

 

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

                                     1 Timothy 6:6

 

The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!

                                      John 4:36 NLT

 

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

                                       Acts 20:24 NKJV

 

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

                                      Philippians 2:1-2 ESV

We all face difficult situations in life. But as God’s children, we don’t have to let the hard times drag us down. Biblical joy is God’s plan for those of us who believe in Jesus Christ.

What I love most about the story of Pollyanna is her infectious positivity. The joy she had quickly spread throughout her town and changed the hearts of everyone she met. All it only took to make a real impact was one little girl who had the gumption to share her joyful worldview.

We can have that same gumption too.

By allowing these scriptures on joy to change us from the inside out, we can have a positive outlook and make a real impact for God’s kingdom.

And when we follow the simple guidance inside of these verses about joy from the Word of God, the fruit of the Spirit… love, joy and peace will be with us wherever we go.

People will see the difference in us. And before we know it, the joy of the Lord will spread like wildfire to all those around us. And God’s joy will have a lasting, positive effect in our communities.

I truly hope these Bible Verses about joy that will fill your heart with gladness will get you through the tough times and remind you of all Jesus has done in your life.

And I pray everyone around you will feel the joy the Lord surrounding them today.

May the grace, peace, and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

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High Paying Christian Affiliate Programs

High Paying Christian Affiliate Programs

If you’re a Christian blogger or website owner, there’s a good chance you’re looking for some great Christian products to promote in your latest blog post or online store. So, let’s look at some High Paying Christian Affiliate Programs offering the best commission rates around.

Monetizing your website traffic is the dream of every blogger and online business owner. When you started our fresh and green you had hope that you could earn some money to support your family and follow God’s plan for your life at the same time.

That’s where affiliate marketing comes into play. It’s one of the simplest and fastest ways to turn your traffic into a profit.

Whether you’re a new blogger or a seasoned veteran, there’s something for everyone here.

Can a Christian do affiliate marketing?

Before we start, I’d like to address something I hear Christian bloggers talking about a lot…

There seems to be a misconception that earning money from a “Christian blog” is bad or wrong or whatever.

For some, it’s a hobby, and that’s great. But if you have aspirations of making a living from your faith-based blog that’s great too!

To show you that it’s okay, let’s turn to God’s Word and read about a woman from a long time ago. She ran a business, raised a family, and did it all for the glory of God…

She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.

                          Proverbs 31:16-18 NIV

The Proverbs 31 woman knew that what she had to offer was good, profitable, and would bring God the glory He rightfully deserves. So, let’s be just like her as we run our blogs and online stores for God’s kingdom!

Now that we’ve answered the question, is it okay to make money from a blog or online business, let’s find the perfect fit for your ministry with these High Paying Christian Affiliate Programs…

Best Christian Affiliate Programs for Christian Bloggers

The Christian market is huge! In fact, over 50% of Americans profess to be born-again Christians.

With numbers like that it doesn’t matter what part of the Christian niche you focus on, because these faith-based affiliate programs each have unique offers available to inspire your website visitor’s faith.

You’ll find artwork, home décor, Bible studies, and more in them.

Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates

Master’s Hand Collection is a series of artwork that represents God’s hand working in our lives. Each piece of art combines the truth of scripture with the beauty of nature and the artistry of American Sign Language.

Even though this art features sign language, you don’t need to be deaf to experience the awe-inspiring touch of the Master’s hand on your life. And your audience doesn’t either. They will be inspired by the image of God’s hand on them as they view this artwork in their home.

Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates is a great affiliate program with a dedicated affiliate manager. You’ll earn a 20% commission on museum-quality art print, art canvases, and digital downloads of this unique artwork. Plus, it has a lifetime cookie duration! That means you’ll continue earning each time someone purchases art after clicking on one of your affiliate links.

So, join now and start earning huge commissions while showing your audience God’s hand!

American Bible Society

The American Bible Society and Bible.com have a mission to make the Good News of the Bible available to every person in a language they can understand and afford.

If you have an interest in different versions of the Bible, you can’t go wrong with their line of both English and Spanish Bible translations.

Help them share the truth of the Bible’s life-changing message by joining their program through Share-A-Sale, a top affiliate network.

DaySpring Affiliate Program

As part of the Hallmark family, DaySpring is the largest publisher and distributor of Christian greeting cards and the leading provider of Christian gifts, home décor, jewelry and more.

They offer a 13% commission on sales. Plus, they have a biweekly affiliate newsletter and many different Banners, Text Links and other creative assets to help you promote products on your blog or social media channels.

Join DaySpring’s affiliate program on one of these affiliate networks, Share-a-Sale or CJ Affiliate.

Bible Belles

Bible Belles turns young girls into strong women of faith. Each book is an adventure into the lives of the women of the Bible teaching girls real lessons about beauty, leadership, and walking boldly in their faith in Jesus.

Sign up for this fun affiliate program and start earning a 15% commission with a 90 day cookie duration.

Christian Strong Affiliate Program

Christian Strong offers faith-based religious apparel with styles for men, women, and children. Your audience can show their love for Jesus Christ and carry God with them everywhere they go!

This program pays a 20% commission rate with a 30 cookie duration. Join today on the Share-a-Sale affiliate network.

Answers in Genesis Affiliate Program

Answers in Genesis has brand names you’re probably familiar with including, Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. Christian families will enjoy vacationing with their children at their fun family-friendly locations in North America.

And you’ll earn a 12% commission from sales through your affiliate links.

Kerusso Affiliate Program

Kerusso has been creating Christian T-shirts, jewelry, toys, accessories and other religious gifts for over 25 years. Their fun designs inspire millions of Christians to start conversations about Jesus Christ every day.

Unfortunately, Kerusso is not accepting any new affiliates at this time. If and when they do, I will update this blog post with the link to join their affiliate program.

PureFlix Affiliate Program

You probably know PureFlix for their successful movie franchise God’s Not Dead. They are the #1 Christian streaming service offering Christian-centered, family-friendly entertainment for all ages.

You can join their affiliate program through the affiliate network, CJ Affiliate.

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Top Christian Affiliate Programs from the Holy Land

Gifts from the Holy Land aren’t just for Jewish families to give. They are a great fit for faithful Christians who want to support Israel and the Jewish community as God called us to do.

The following Holy Land Affiliate Programs have beautiful gifts from Jerusalem, Galilee, and beyond.

Jerusalem Gift Shop

The Jerusalem Gift Shop is the perfect place to find gift ideas for everyone on your list straight from the holy land! Their different products include anointing oils, Bible scripture rings, carved olive wood nativity sets, Roman glass jewelry, and that’s just the beginning.

Earn a 15% commission rate and give your readers a glimpse into the holy land of Jerusalem by joining this Christian affiliate program.

Bein Harim Tours

What Christian doesn’t want to visit Israel? Your website visitors will love the guided tours offered by Bein Harim Tours. Vacationers can choose from all of the popular holy land sites in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Galilee, Petra, and Jordan.

Join the Bein Harim Tours affiliate program for a 15% commission rate and a 90 day cookie duration.

Judaica Webstore

Judaica Webstore is the number one online marketplace for top-quality Israeli products! Their product line has over 20,000 items and features jewelry, home decor, Jewish art, and Dead Sea Cosmetics. Each is the perfect gift for Christians interested in the holy land.

Partner with them and start earning 10% affiliate commissions.

Best Affiliate Programs for Christian Books

Christian books are always big sellers. And it’s easy for affiliate marketers to promote Bibles, Bible Study guides, devotionals, Bible journals, and so much more to believers. So, get started with one or more of these programs today!

FaithGateway

FaithGateway is a resource for Christian faith-based content that helps people share the good news of Jesus Christ and grow in their faith. With great content from trusted brands from Thomas Nelson, Tommy Nelson, and Zondervan, the FaithGateway Store provides multiple forms of inspirational content including Bibles, books, curriculum, and more.

Join this top Christian affiliate program through the eBay Affiliate Network today!

Christianbook.com Affiliate Program

Christianbook.com has a plethora of books, Bible Studies, music, DVDs, toys, gifts, and church supplies, all meant to encourage faithful Christian Living.

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Sign up for their affiliate program and start promoting these inspirational religious products today!

Catholic Affiliate Programs

If you’re Catholic or your online business focuses on the Catholic faith, these affiliate programs can help you earn from your Christian affiliate marketing efforts.

Ignatius Press

If your blog or online store is focused on the millions of Catholic believers on the web, then this next affiliate program just might be the perfect fit for you.

Ignatius Press publishes Catholic books, videos, music, art, and magazines. Start earning a 10% commission on their Catholic products by joining CJ Affiliate.

Trinity Road Websites

Trinity Road Websites is a Catholic company with multiple online brands. They distribute family-friendly Christian and Catholic books, gifts, and other religious products.

No matter what your blog or online presence is, you’ll find beautifully crafted Catholic products to inspire your audience of believers in one or more of their brand names including, CatholicCompany.com, Rosary.com, ProvidenceJewelers.com, GraceDesigns.com, or CelticHills.com.

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The Catholic Company

The Catholic Company is the world’s largest online Catholic store with thousands of Catholic books and gifts. Their mission is to provide outstanding products and services that honor God and Christian communities.

Join their affiliate program through the CJ Affiliate network and start earning an 8% commission.

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Affiliate Programs for Church Resources

Affiliate programs that focus on the whole church can bring in more revenue and add to your annual income in a big way. Churches will often order in bulk and then pass on the savings to their members. So, sign up or one or more of these affiliate programs and start promoting them right away.

Ivy Robes

Ivy Robes sells religious apparel including affordable choir robes, clergy robes, judicial robes, stoles, clergy shirts, cassocks, and more.

Join their affiliate program on the affiliate network Share-a-Sale and start earning a 7% commission.

Churchsource Affiliate Program

ChurchSource.com has thousands of Bibles, Bible studies, Christian books, study guides, and devotionals for your shoppers to choose from.

Join their affiliate program for a unique opportunity to earn commissions for your blog, online business, or ministry.

Christian Music Affiliate Program

Learning to lead worship for church services, Bible studies, or in your own home is a fun way to praise the Lord. These Christian affiliate programs have what your audience of believers needs to make their music dreams a reality.

 

Worship Guitar Class

Worship Guitar Class is a Christian guitar instructional DVD series designed to teach worship leaders to play guitar from the comfort of home.

Join the affiliate program for Worship Guitar Class and start promoting this music resource today.

 

 

Christian Dating Affiliate Programs

Finding your soulmate can be difficult in this fast-paced world we live in. And as an affiliate marketer, you can spread God’s love, help Christian singles find the love of their life, and earn additional income with this Christian dating affiliate program.

 

Christian Café

This Christian dating site has been successfully connecting Christian singles since 1999.

Christian Café pays a generous affiliate commission of 40% of every sale with the average order value ranging from $29.95 to $149.95.

Homeschool Affiliate Programs

Christian affiliate marketing doesn’t just have to be about selling Christian products like Bibles or devotionals. It can encompass product lines that appeal to Christian living as well. And one of the best ways to be successful in affiliate marketing is to broaden your affiliate relationships.

Many Christians choose to homeschool their children and the following affiliate programs are a great way to offer your target audience what they need for this purpose.

Nest Learning Affiliate Program

If you focus on Christian families, Nest Learning might be a great fit for your audience.

Nest Learning is one of the nation’s foremost trusted suppliers of educational products, providing premium homeschool curriculum, school supplies, and other classroom resources. Plus, they are also the producer of the award-winning NEST Animated Hero Classics, Animated Bible Stories series.

They offer an 11% commission with incentives up to 15% based on monthly sales volume and a 30 day return cookie policy.

Sign up for their affiliate program by joining the affiliate network, Share-a-Sale.

S&S Worldwide Affiliate Program

Earn a 7% commission when your website visitors purchase from S&S Worldwide. Your target audience of believers will love their product line of arts and crafts supplies, games, Christian activities for kids, and party supplies.

More Affiliate Programs for Christian Bloggers

Think outside of the box in your affiliate marketing and you’ll be surprised by what you can promote to your audience. The next batch of programs isn’t from the Christian niche, but you can still offer products from them to your faith-based followers.

Amazon Associates

Although Amazon is not a “Christian” company, many faith-based products are sold on the website every day. They make it easy for bloggers and online business owners to sign up for their affiliate program Amazon associates. So, if you’re looking to tip your toe into affiliate marketing, this program is a great way to get started.

Mozaico Affiliate Program

Mozaico is the industry leader in handcrafted mosaic art. They offer the finest custom mosaics crafted from hand-cut marble and glass tesserae. Your audience will love their religious offering such as reproductions of Michelangelo’s Creation of Man.

Join their affiliate program and earn a 15% commission on every mosaic artwork sold through your affiliate link.

Christian Counseling Affiliate Programs

There is a great need for more mental health services right now. And many Christians prefer the help of a Christian counselor. So, signing up for a Christian Counseling affiliate program can benefit both the person in need of mental health treatment and you the affiliate marketer. It’s a win-win situation!

My Counselor Online

The top-rated therapists at My Counselor Online specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, marriage, addiction, and more. They love Jesus and are trained with the best evidence-based counseling practices.

Become a Wellness Advocate for My Counselor Online and the people you refer to the program will receive 25% off of their services. And you’ll receive a gift card to Amazon, Best Buy, or Olive Garden.

Great Christian Affiliate Programs from Faith-Based Bloggers

I love lifting up and supporting my fellow Christian bloggers. They work hard to provide quality Bible study resources, devotionals, printables, and so much more. And they do it for God’s glory, not their own.

If you’re a Christian blogger, you know how hard it can be to write, advertise, and do all the other things a blog needs to survive and thrive.

So, together let’s support these bloggers as they fulfill the Great Commission of Christ Jesus!

 

Bible Verses for You

Sign up to sell monthly Bible Reading Plans from Bible Verses for You by contacting Natalie via the blog contact form on her blog. She uses Gumroad to sell her products. So, make sure you sign up for this service and include your Gumroad account email when you contact her.

 

Kingdom Bloggers

Every Christian blogger should know Leanne at Kingdom Bloggers! Because her blog is all about getting Jesus on page one of Google. And she does a great job of helping new bloggers understand how to get there.

To sign up for Leanne’s amazing affiliate program through Gumroad, sign up for the service and then send her a private message on Facebook.

Before you know it you’ll start earning affiliate commissions selling Prayer journals and Scripture coloring pages! Plus, you can sign up for her email newsletter and learn how to get your blog to rank on Google.

 

Woman of Noble Character

Sue at Woman of Noble Character offers some wonderful courses on Bible study, Bible journaling, and Christian marriage.

Join her program and earn a 40% commission on course sales.

 

As you can see, the Christian niche is a vast marketplace. There are so many different ways to earn from your hard work. And no matter what kind of online ministry God has placed you in, there are more than enough affiliate programs for you to join.

So, I pray this list of High Paying Christian Affiliate Programs has inspired you start promoting offers to your faith-based audience today! And that you will see the fruit of your labor very soon.

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By |2022-05-21T15:42:54-05:00May 21st, 2022|Affiliate, Christian Life|0 Comments

Jesus is our Firm Foundation – Matthew 7:24-27

Jesus is our Firm Foundation - Matthew 7:24-27

My family lives in an old farmhouse. We love it’s character and charm. But as much as we love our house, the truth is older homes need more care and maintenance.

Recently we decided it was time to replace the window in our laundry room. We had overlooked it for a long time while we focused on other projects around the house. But that window suddenly became a priority when I began to smell a musty odor while doing the laundry.

It seemed like a pretty straight forward repair. Just take the old window out and put the new one in. We thought it would take a day or a weekend at most. But when we got the darn thing out we realized that our little project had suddenly become a major renovation. We had put off the repair for far too long and the damage was extensive. The entire exterior wall would need to come down so it could be reframed and rebuilt. It was a huge undertaking!

Once the wall was finally down, we could see exactly where the problem had started. The foundation of the wall, the 2×4 footer board, was completely rotted and had been reduced to sawdust. I could see straight through the board on either side! It was a pitiful sight and really it’s a wonder that that the wall didn’t fall down all by itself.

I felt like I was on one of those house flipping shows where nothing goes right. It was a hopeless feeling standing there staring at a huge gaping opening into our house. And to be perfectly honest the idea of sleeping in a house with one wall missing was a little bit scary. But until the foundation of the wall was rebuilt we couldn’t close up the rest of the wall and feel safe in our own home.

Free Devotional 7 Simple Ways to See God's Hand in Your Life

We had neglected our laundry room wall to the point that it was built on sand.  And as I stood there contemplating the deteriorated wall and the huge gaping hole that had become our house, I was reminded of these words of Jesus.

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.

                                                            Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV

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Just like our laundry room wall, sometimes our lives need to be rebuilt too. It’s easy to become distracted by everything we have to do. And it’s easy to veer off the path God has for us. We keep going and going until one day we realize we’ve neglected our relationship with Jesus and somehow we’ve built our spiritual house on sand. We didn’t mean for it to happen, it just did.

But if you find that you have built your house on sinking sand, don’t be discouraged. We’ve all been there. And we’ve all had to rebuild our house from time to time, (myself included).

So how can we rebuild our home on the rock instead of sand? Jesus said that those who hear His words and do them will be like the wise man that built his house on the rock. That means if we put our faith in Jesus, pray, read the Bible and then actually follow through and do what He says, we will be founded on the rock.

It sounds simple and really it is, but I know that hopeless feeling of being in a place you never intended to be and thinking that there is no way out. I have been in the sinking sand of life, in a house of my own making. But I want to encourage you…Don’t be afraid to turn around and go back to the basics.

Jesus is our firm foundation! He is our rock! When we build our foundation on the truth of Jesus and who He is, then we are on unshakable ground. When the storms of life rage all around us we will not fall down. He will keep us from sinking. Because there is no storm too great and no circumstance too big for Jesus to overcome.

I read a bit of wisdom recently that I would like to share with you. It has so much simple truth within it, it took me by surprise.

Don’t be in crisis, be in Christ!

Wow! That really blew me away! It seems that we all live in a state of crisis. But we don’t have to. When the storms of life threaten to knock us down, we can put a stop to the crisis by building our house on the rock right now. We don’t even have to wait for the mortgage to go through, our house has already been bought and paid for by the blood of Christ.  We can simply be in Him!

With that I will leave you with one last thought…

From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

                                                Psalm 61:2

If your heart is overwhelmed, cry out to God and allow yourself to be lead to the Rock. No matter what you are going through right now, Jesus will be your firm foundation and your unshakable ground. May God bless you as you stand on the rock that is higher!

Bible Verse Art Prints from Master’s Hand Collection

My Redeemer Lives Bible Verse Art Print

God is Love Bible Verse Art Print

Rock That is Higher Bible Verse Art Print

Inspiring Printables from Master’s Hand Collection

My Redeemer Lives Printable Art

My Redeemer Lives Printable Art

Rock That Is Higher Printable Card

Rock That Is Higher Printable Card

Rock That Is Higher Printable Art

Rock That Is Higher Printable Art

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Quick Start Guide for Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates

Not a member of our Christian Affiliate Program yet? Find out all of the details and sign up here.

Welcome and thank you for joining Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates! I’m so glad you’re here and I can’t wait to get to know you and your ministry better!

Hi, I’m Connie, your Affiliate Manager and the Artist behind the artwork you’ll be selling through this Christian Affiliate Program.

You are always welcome to email me at connie@mastershandcollection.com I’m here to help you in any way I can.

There are two goals within this program and I’d like to share them with you now.

The goal of Master’s Hand Collection artwork is to show God’s hand to everyone who needs a little grace in their life! And who doesn’t need some grace every now and then? Amen?!

I created this art to show believers and the unsaved alike who God is and how much He loves them!

When they view my artwork, I want them to see God’s hand reaching out for them!

I want them to feel the deep love He has for them.

And I want their relationship with Him to flourish.

That’s the message of Master’s Hand Collection in a nutshell. And it’s a message I hope and pray you’ll share with your audience. We’ll talk more about how to do that a little later.

The goal of Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates is a little different. It’s to help you flourish in your ministry.

Whatever your ministry is, God has placed it on your heart for a reason. And He wants you to succeed in it!

Likewise, God has placed a call on my heart to create a way for other like-minded Christians to follow God’s call on their lives.

It doesn’t matter whether you share the love of Jesus across the internet or through brick and mortar stores, the goal is the same… to keep your business and ministry up and running so the truth of who Jesus is can be known. And the way to do that is to make sure you’re bringing in enough money to pay the bills.

I know, in Christian/Faith blogging circles there’s a question as to whether or not it’s okay to make money. So, I’d like to show you a woman who ran a business, made money, and did it God’s way…

She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.

She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.

She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.

                            Proverbs 31:13;16;18

This is the story of the Proverbs 31 woman. She’s a strong independent woman who loves God and her family. And whether you’re a woman or a man, I’m sure we both have a lot in common with her. I encourage you to read more about her in Proverbs chapter 31, starting in verse 10. I promise we’ll learn more about her in the coming months and together begin to see how God wants us to run our business and/or ministry as she did.

 

For now, let’s get you started earning commissions with Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates using this Quick Start Guide.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

New to Affiliate Marketing? These resources will give you the basics to get started and be successful in your new venture.

How Affiliate Marketing Works, from ThirstyAffiliates.com, is an easy to understand article that will walk you through the process of becoming a successful affiliate. It explains how it all works, who the players are, and how it all fits together.

This article from Bigcommerce.com, Affiliate Marketing in 2020: What It Is and How You Can Get Started is a great place to start learning the ins and outs of affiliate marketing. It outlines exactly what being an affiliate is all about and how you can earn money in this Christian Affiliate Program or any other program you join.

Affiliate Marketing For Beginners is a short 16-minute video from, Project Life Mastery, that explains in plain English what affiliate marketing is and how you can make money as an affiliate.

Your Affiliate Dashboard

Affiliate Dashboard of Master's Hand Collection Affiliates

Bookmark the link below to get to the Affiliate SignIn page.

https://mastershandcollection.com/idevaffiliate/login.php

Once you’re logged in, your Affiliate Dashboard should look like the picture above. Here are a few of the most common things you’ll be doing…

  • Find your Standard Affiliate Link and start promoting Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates to your audience.
  • Find and use Creatives including, Banners, and Text Links. (More about that in a minute.)
  • View your sales and commissions in the “Commissions” tab.
  • View past and upcoming payments in, what else?, the “Payment History” tab.
  • Sign up other affiliates to the program and earn a 5% commission on their sales. (More about that in a little bit too.)

Now let’s go over each one of these in more detail…

How to Find and Use Your Standard Affiliate Link

Standard Link for Master's Hand Collection Affiliates

Your Standard Affiliate Link is located at the top right hand of the Affiliate Dashboard. It’s always there if you’re looking for a quick link to share with your audience. It will lead them directly to the “Shop” page of Master’s Hand Collection. And it will generate commissions within Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates once they click on a product and purchase it.

How to Find and Use Banners, Text Links & Other Creatives

You’ll find different kinds of Creatives in the “Marketing Materials” section of your Affiliate Dashboard. Feel free to place any of these Creatives on your website, in social media, in emails, or use them on promotional materials offline. Whatever you can imagine, you can use them for.

Here’s how you find and use the two most popular Creatives…

Banners

“Banners” are picture links. And because art is a visual medium, they’re the Creative you’ll probably use the most with Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates.

There are Banners for…

  • Master’s Hand Collection logos are linked directly to the Shop page.
  • Each physical Art Print is linked to their individual product page.
  • Each printable piece of art is linked to their individual product page.
  • Printable greeting cards linked to their product page.
  • Products such as Workbooks, Bible Verse Memory Cards, etc. are linked to their product page.

Banners work extremely well because customers like to see what they’re buying before they purchase. So, use these Banners anywhere on your website (in blog posts, sidebars, headers, etc.), in emails, or on social media.

Here’s how to find and use them…

#1 Click the “Marketing Materials” tab at the top of the Affiliate Dashboard. A drop-down menu will appear and you can choose “Banners”.

#2 Pick the Marketing Group, which is either the title of the artwork or All Products for logo and sidebar ads.

#3 Click on the “Display Banners” button and you’ll see several pictures for each product.

#4 Copy the code under the Banner you want to use.

#5 Paste the code where you would like to see the Banner. This step will vary depending on which platform you use, ie WordPress, Weebly, etc., so there isn’t a picture. But you’ll paste this code just like any html code.

Text Links

Embed “Text Links” into your blog posts, on your website, and in emails. These text-only hyperlinks will lead customers directly to individual product pages or the Master’s Hand Collection “Shop” page.

Like “Banners”, they can be found in the “Marketing Materials” tab at the top of your Affiliate Panel. Just click on “Text Links” instead of Banners and follow the same instructions from above.

P.S. Please keep in mind that as an affiliate you CANNOT change the Master’s Hand Collection logo as per the Program Terms and Agreement. Thank you. 😊

Sign up Sub-Affiliates and Earn an Extra 5% on their sales too!

Sub-affiliates are people you ask to join this affiliate program. They can your friends, family, website visitors, email subscribers, or complete strangers. Anyone you think will be interested in joining the journey is welcome. And earning an extra 5% commission is definitely worth asking them, right?

Plus, it’s super easy to do. Here’s how you can make this extra bonus commission…

#1 Sign in to your Affiliate Dashboard.

#2 Click the “Marketing Material” tab at the top left-hand side.

#3 In the drop-down menu click “Tier Linking Code”.

#4 Copy the special code and paste it into your invites!

#5 Earn 5% commission on their sales!!! 🤑

Super simple and easy! 👍

How to Add an Affiliate Disclaimer

Including an Affiliate Disclaimer on your website and in blog posts where you have affiliate offers is mandated by the FTC! It’s the law. And it’s extremely important to maintain compliance with all FTC regulations as they pertain to our affiliate relationship. Failure to do so will force me to end our affiliate partnership, and I don’t want to do that! 😥

Don’t worry it’s super simple to comply with the FTC’s regulations. Just copy and paste this disclaimer onto your website or blog post (Wherever you put your affiliate links)…

Affiliate Disclaimer: I’m proud to be an affiliate partner of Master’s Hand Collection, whose artwork represents God’s hand in our everyday lives. If you purchase a product, I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you.

Payments & Refunds

Cuz, getting paid is super important!

Payments for “evergreen” product commissions, meaning those that are available year-round, will be paid on the second Friday of each month for the previous month’s sales.

Payments for “open-close cart” promotions, meaning those that have a beginning and end date, will be paid 30 days from the “close cart” date. All payments will be paid out via PayPal and you MUST provide a valid email where your PayPal payment can be processed.

In the event a customer requests a refund, the Affiliate will not be paid for the transaction. For a transaction for which the Affiliate has been paid a commission and a refund was awarded to the customer, the refund amount will be deducted from the Affiliate’s future balance.

You can check on your past and future payments in the Affiliate Dashboard in the “Payment History” and “Commissions” tabs.

When to Contact Your Affiliate Manager?

I love to hear from you! I want to be your partner and advocate in this journey we’re on together to spread to good news of God’s hand working in our lives.

If you need help, please feel free to contact me at connie@mastershandcollection.com

I try to answer each email ASAP, but I promise to get back to you within 24 hours on weekdays, or the next business day if you email on the weekend.

So, what can I not help with?

I’m here to help you be successful as a member of Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates. I’m happy to answer any questions you have about the affiliate program, creating links, commissions, etc.

However, I cannot help with website building software such as WordPress. I refer you to your web hosting service (GoDaddy, HostGator, BlueHost, etc.) for questions regarding WordPress or other website building tools.

Disclaimer: I am not a web developer so I will not assist in changing code on your website. And believe me, you don’t want me to. If you need help in this area, please consult a trained website developer. At this time I cannot recommend anyone, but if I find a reliable developer I will be happy to pass his or her name along.

Your Next Steps

Your Next Steps to Affiliate Success

#1 Keep promoting your website/blog/business. The more traffic/hits you have coming to your site the more chances you’ll have to be successful as an affiliate with this program or any other.

#2 Keep promoting Master’s Hand Collection products on your website, blog, social media, emails, or offline.

#3 Test your affiliate links to make sure they’re working.

#4 Don’t give up! Affiliate marketing takes time to be successful at, so don’t throw in the towel if it doesn’t work right away.

#5 Pray! Even though I put this one last on the list, it’s the most important. Take all of your feelings, thoughts, victories, or frustrations to God and let Him show you the next thing to do.

And when in doubt email me at connie@mastershandcollection.com

I’m dedicated to ensuring your success and I’m available to answer your questions. When you’re successful, I’m successful. And when we work together to bring the truth of who Jesus is to the people who need Him, we all succeed! 😊

By |2022-05-03T15:28:31-05:00May 2nd, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Powerful Bible Verses about Grace

What does the Bible say about grace? And what is the meaning of grace? These Powerful Bible Verses about Grace give us the answers.

Grace is a word that gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles. Theologians and other “smart people” spend countless hours debating the concept of grace. And because there are so many scriptures on grace, it’s a topic that deserves discussion. But grace is not just for theologians to debate. It’s something for every believer, not only to understand but to possess.

When I think of grace, I see in my mind a beautiful ballerina taking the stage. Her hair is pulled up in the perfect ballet bun, her organza and tulle tutu frames her body just right and her pirouette is on pointe, y’all. The way she turns and spins and jumps through the air, oh, what grace! And she is graceful! But this type of grace is different from Biblical grace.

So, what exactly is grace? Hint… it’s not the prayer we say before a meal. Although, it’s always a good idea to thank God for everything He’s given to us.

Instead, grace is God’s favor bestowed on those who believe in His Son, Jesus. It is the power of God to freely forgive our sin even though we don’t deserve it. That seems simple enough, and really it is.

So together, let’s dive deep into these powerful Bible verses about grace and answer this question…

What does the Bible say about grace? And discover the full meaning of grace in our lives.

God’s grace gives us salvation

There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. We just don’t have the power to save ourselves. But that’s okay because God has given us a way to be saved. His grace and mercy were poured out through His Son, our Savior on the cross. And these scriptures on grace attest to the fact that faith in Jesus and the free gift of grace combined are the one thing that has the power to give us salvation. Grace is yours if you choose to accept Jesus as your Savior. He is the One and only way to grace and forgiveness of sin.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

                                               Ephesians 2:8-9

 

who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

                                              2 Timothy 1:9

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

                                              John 1:17

 

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

                                             Ephesians 1:7

 

not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

                                             Titus 3:3-7

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

                                        Ephesians 2:4-5 NKJV

 

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

                                      Titus 2:11-14 English Standard Version

 

And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.

                                       Acts 4:33 ESV

 

And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”

                                      Matthew 19:16 ESV

 

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

                                     Romans 3:20 ESV

 

To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

                                    Acts 10:43 ESV

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God gives us grace upon grace

Thankfully, grace, God’s favor, is not a one-and-done proposition. We receive His grace continually, daily in fact. The more we need grace, the more God gives it to us.

 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

                                            James 4:6

 

  And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

 

                                           John 1:16

 

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

                                          2 Corinthians 9:8

Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!

                                   Romans 11:33 NLT


But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

                                  Ephesians 4:7 English Standard Version

 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

                                 1 Peter 4:10 NIV

 

For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

                                 Romans 5:17 ESV

 


Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

                                 Proverbs 3:34 KJV

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Jesus said My grace is sufficient for you

What power does grace give us?

We all know hard times will surely come our way. And we may feel weak and powerless when they do. But Jesus told us My grace is sufficient for you, It’s His grace that gives us strength and power to continue on. As the children’s hymn, Jesus Loves Me, says, “They are weak, but He is strong.”

 

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

                                            2 Corinthians 12:9

 

 

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

                                          Hebrews 4:16

 

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

                                        1 Peter 5:10

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

                                 Hebrews 4:16 ESV

 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

                                2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

 

So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

                                 Acts 20:32 NKJV

 

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

                                2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NIV

 

We can grow in grace and watch it blossom in our lives

God’s grace is given to us the minute we know Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. And there’s nothing that can take grace away from us. But each day that we live with Jesus, we learn more about Him and His character. We go deeper into grace, grow in it, and learn more from it. Grace takes root in our hearts and we see it blossom in our lives. As we see in these Bible verses about grace it simply becomes a part of who we are as believers.

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

                                           2 Peter 3:18

 

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

                                           Titus 2:11-14

 

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord…

                                          2 Peter 1:2

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

                                 2 Peter 3:18 ESV

 

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

                                Ephesians 4:15 NIV

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Amazing Grace Bible Verse

We all know the hymn Amazing Grace. It’s one of the most popular songs in history. But are the words of this hymn found in the holy scriptures?

The New Testament is full of scriptures about God’s grace. But there’s one verse that must have served as an inspiration for this great hymn.

Both Ephesians 2:8-9 and the lyrics of Amazing Grace tell us how we can have the favor of God and receive the free gift of grace.

Let’s read two different versions of this Bible verse about grace and compare it to the beautiful Amazing Grace lyrics.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

                                          Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

                                         Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

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The Meaning of Grace

But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, since otherwise grace is no longer grace.

                                Romans 11:6 NIV

  

Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

                               Hebrews 10:29 NKJV

 

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we also have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we celebrate in hope of the glory of God.

                               Romans 5:1-2 NASB

 

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

                               Genesis 6:8 NKJV

 

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

                               2 Corinthians 8:9 English Standard Version

 


Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all

                               Romans 4:16 NKJV

 

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience  among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

                               Ephesians 2:1-7 ESV

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

                               2 Corinthians 13:14 NASB

I hope these powerful Bible verses about grace have given you a place to start thinking about the meaning of grace in your life. God has so much He wants to give to you. I pray that you will accept it and grow in grace and knowledge. To Him be the glory! Blessings to you!

 

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Trusting God Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense Proverbs 3:5-6

Trusting God Even When It Doesn't Make Sense Proverbs 3:5-6

What does the scripture Proverbs 3:5-6 mean?

We’ve all heard the inspirational scripture from Proverbs 3:5-6. It tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart. But how can we do that when life doesn’t make sense? In this devotion, we’ll read this verse and learn 4 Steps to Trusting God Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense.

But first, let’s read the Bible stories of two people who decided to trust God’s plan when it didn’t make sense. They are more than the earthly parents of our Lord Jesus Christ, they’re a great example of trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense.

Mary the Mother of Jesus

Imagine being fifteen and pregnant, not knowing what would happen to you.

Could you turn to your parents for support or would you face your future motherhood alone? Would the kids at school still be your friends, or would they give you judgmental stares?

Mary, the mother of Jesus, faced a similar circumstance.

As a betrothed young woman, showing up pregnant was a big no-no. She was under contract to marry Joseph, and a breach of that contract meant she would lose everything.

Instead of judgmental stares from her classmates, she would have been shamed in the public eye.

At best, her husband would leave her, and she would be an outcast for the rest of her life. At worst, she would be stoned.

When Mary turned up pregnant, she faced a very unsure future.

And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
                                                                        
“For with God nothing is impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” 

                                                              Luke 1:28-35; 37-38 NKJV  

Trusting God When It Doesn’t Make Sense

Even though it didn’t make any sense how she, a virgin, could conceive and give birth to a child, Mary believed what God’s messenger, Gabriel, told her with an open heart.

In the midst of her dilemma, her faith was unshakeable. She knew she could count on God to see her through because He is always reliable.

She chose to trust God’s plan for her life.

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Joseph

At the same time, Mary was facing the news of her pregnancy, her betrothed Joseph also had a choice to make.

He could continue with his marriage to Mary, knowing she was carrying a child that was not his, or he could cancel the marriage contract and leave her in disgrace, alone to face the crowd.

Being a godly man, Joseph chose to end the marriage quietly so Mary’s life wouldn’t be ruined. But God intervened on Mary’s behalf and sent an angel to speak to Joseph.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,  because he will save his people from their sins.”

                                         Matthew 1:20-21 NIV

It must have been confusing and frightening for Joseph to hear these words.

Because let’s be honest, it’s pretty crazy to think a woman could suddenly be pregnant and still be a virgin, right?

But Joseph believed what the angel said and took Mary as his wife. In doing so, He chose to trust God and to continue on the path God put him on.

Mary and Joseph both trusted God even when it didn’t make sense. They believed God is faithful and His plan would be fulfilled in their lives.

They didn’t understand it all, but they followed God anyway.

Because of their faith, God chose them to play a big part in the promised Messiah coming into this world. And we are all blessed by their decision to trust God.

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Trusting God’s Plan

How does the story of Mary and Joseph affect our lives?

Because of our faith in His Son, God has chosen us too!

Just like Mary and Joseph, we each have a part to play in God’s amazing plan!

When we think of Mary and Joseph, we tend to put them on a pedestal.

We picture two amazing people, chosen by God to bring about His plan.

The perfect couple, unafraid, and trusting God in all things.

We see them like they appear in the nativity on our table, angelic and holding the baby Jesus in their arms. Halos surround their heads as they gaze into the eyes of the child who would one day die on a cross for our sins. It’s a beautiful picture of grace under fire.

And this is the way we want to see ourselves too. But we know deep down we’re not perfect, we don’t have halos around our heads, and we aren’t always the picture of grace we want to be. So how could God ever use us in His plan?

What does it mean to trust in the Lord with all your heart?

Let’s read this Bible verse from Proverbs 3. It gives us 4 steps to trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

 Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

#1 Trust in the Lord with all your heart

God wants our whole heart! Not a tiny little piece of it. So, the first step is simply to trust Him with all your heart.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

                                 Psalm 37:3-4 NIV

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.

                                 Psalm 28:7 NIV

#2 Lean not on your own understanding

Our understanding isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Because we see the world as it is right now.

But God sees things differently. He knows our past, our present, and our future. And He puts all of those together to work for our good. Once we realize we don’t know it all and our understanding fails us, that’s when God steps in.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

                                 Psalm 20:7 ESV


Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

                                Isaiah 26:4 ESV

#3 In all your ways acknowledge Him

Blessings come from God. Period.

And God is asking us to understand and acknowledge where everything we have, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual comes from.

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

                                 Psalm 9:10 ESV

 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

                                 Psalm 136:1 ESV

#4 He shall direct your path

This is the result of trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense.

God is with us and when we put our trust in Him, He will get us where we need to be according to His perfect plan.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.

                                  Psalm 37:5 ESV

 

    
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 

                                  Philippians 1:6 NIV

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One day it will all make sense

Maybe you don’t have it all together, I know I don’t. Maybe you don’t understand everything God has in store for you. Or maybe there’s something He’s asked you to do that seems impossible.

You want to follow God, but His plan just doesn’t make sense.

It’s okay if you don’t understand the big picture plan God has for you right now. Step out in faith the way Mary and Joseph did. Chose to trust God to lead you on the path.

Take the first step. He will give the next step, then the next one, and then the next. Eventually, you’ll get to the place He wants you to be. And one day it will all make sense.

My prayer for you is, that you will take that first step and allow God to direct your path. All it takes is trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense.

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More Motivational Bible Verses about Trusting God

The Christian life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns. And no matter how hard we try to see God’s plan for us, sometimes life doesn’t make sense.

But God’s promises are true. He is a faithful God, always ready to show us He is worthy of our trust and in control of what the future holds. Our Heavenly Father has good plans for those of us who put our trust in Him instead of our own strength.

And God’s character is on display in these motivational Bible verses about trusting God. So, if you still need a little more inspiration during the hard times, they will fill your heart with His grace and peace.

So, let’s turn to God’s Word and find encourement for the difficult situations we face every day.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

                                 Romans 15:13 ESV

 

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

                                Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

 

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

                                John 17:3 ESV

 

Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.

                                Joshua 21:45 ESV

 

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

                               Proverbs 29:25 ESV

 

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in humans.

                               Psalm 118:8 NIV

 

They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.

                              Psalm 112:7 NLT

 

Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

                              Psalm 34:10 NLT

 

He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.

                              Jeremiah 17:8 ESV

 

Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings—just like you! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.

                              Acts 14:15 NLT

 


For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.

                           Matthew 20:28 NLT

 

Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.

                             Joshua 21:45 NLT

 


As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

                            Psalm 18:30 NKJV

 

I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

                           John 10:11 NASB

 

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

                            Philippians 4:7 NASB

 


Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

                            Psalm 62:8 ESV

 


But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.

                            Luke 22:69 ESV

 


Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand

                              Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

 


Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

                             Matthew 6:26 NIV

 


He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

                            Psalm 40:3 NIV

 


But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the faithfulness of God forever and ever.

                            Psalm 52:8 NASB

 


The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

                            Psalm 29:4 NKJV

 

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

                           Ephesians 2:4-6 NKJV

As you can see, the Word of God has a lot to say to us about trusting God and relying on Him in difficult times. God’s faithfulness keeps us close to Him and lifts us up with His righteous right hand when life doesn’t make sense. So, hold tight to the promises of God found in these scriptures and He will get you through the tough times you’re facing!

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Ultimate Guide of Bible Verses for Birthdays

Ultimate Guide of Bible Verses for Birthdays

Are you wondering… What is a good Bible verse for someone’s birthday? Then, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re looking for a short verse to write on a birthday card or an inspirational scripture for special birthday wishes. There’s something for everyone in this Ultimate Guide of Bible Verses for Birthdays.

What does the Bible say about Birthdays?

Birthdays are a special day to celebrate the ones we love.

We’re thankful God put them in our lives and grateful for every moment we spend with them. Because they fill our lives with joy and bless us just by being who God created them to be.

No matter who you’re celebrating, a family member, close friend, or co-worker, they’re a gift of God. And it’s no wonder, the Word of God is filled with scriptures that are perfect for birthday blessings on our loved one’s big day.

So, let’s read the Ultimate Guide of Bible Verses for Birthdays. Each one will inspire you and your cherished relatives and friends. Write one in a birthday card, recite it at the birthday party, or make artwork inspired by it as a birthday gift.

Top Scriptures for Birthday Blessings

With these Top Birthday scriptures, you’ll rejoice and be glad in the birthday celebration, thanking God for your loved one and the day they were born! No matter who you’re celebrating, you’ll find just the right verse for birthday blessings.

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

                                   Psalm 118:24 KJV

 

Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!

                                  1 Samuel 25:6 New International Version

 


Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

                                   James 1:17 NKJV

 

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

                                   Psalm 16:11 NKJV

 

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” 

                                   Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV

 

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

                                   Ephesians 2:10 NIV

 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

                                   Ephesians 2:8 NIV

 

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—

                                  1 Corinthians 1:4-5 NIV

 

For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.

                                  Proverbs 9:11 NKJV

 

Short Birthday Verses

These short birthday verses are the perfect length for birthday cards or other special occasions. They not only give your special someone a little bit of Biblical truth, but they also show God’s love and encouragement on this birthday and every day of the year.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

                                 Psalm 37:7 NKJV

 


May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

                                Psalm 20:4 NIV

 

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us,

                                Psalm 67:1 ESV

 

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

                                2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV

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Beautiful Birthday Bible Verses for Woman

Every godly woman deserves to be celebrated on her special day. These beautiful Bible verses are perfect for your mother, grandmother, sister, or friend. So, chose one or more to bless the godly woman in your life on her birthday. And remind her how much she is loved, by God and you.

From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
I will ever praise you.

                                Psalm 71:6 NIV

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

                               Romans 15:13 ESV

 

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.

                               Psalm 139:13 NKJV

 

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

                              Proverbs 31:30-31 NIV

 

When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

                              John 16:21 ESV

 

 

Birthday Bible Verse for Man

God’s blessings are evident in the men He puts in our lives. They are strong, courageous, and faithful.

Most of all, they are an example of what it means to live for the Lord Jesus Christ every day of the year.

Let’s celebrate him with these Bible verses for a man on his birthday.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

                              James 1:17 NIV

 

For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

                             John 6:33 KJV

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

                             Romans 8:28 NIV

 

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

                            James 1:12 KJV

 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

                               Joshua 1:9 ESV

 

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Blessed Birthday Bible Verses for Husband

Knowing just what to write in your husband’s birthday card can be tricky. It’s easy to just say, I love you, and move on.

But with these birthday Bible verses for your husband, you’ll never go wrong. Let him know how much you care and admire his spiritual leadership with one or more of them today.

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.

                               Psalm 1:1-2 NIV

 

He will be like a tree planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

                              Psalm 1:3 NASB

 

Never take your word of truth from my mouth,
for I have put my hope in your laws.

                              Psalm 119:43 NIV

 

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

                             Galatians 6:9 New International Version

 

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.

                              John 3:16 NASB

 

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.

                              Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV

 

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

                              1 Peter 4:10 NLT

 

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.

                            Joshua 1:7 KJV

 

Inspirational Birthday Bible Verses for Daughter

A daughter is God’s most precious gift. So, turning her to God’s Word, the Holy Bible on her birthday is the very best thing you can do.

In these inspirational birthday Bible verses for your daughter, you’ll find a beautiful message from your heart to hers. Each one will inspire her faith and daily walk with Jesus. And remind her, in God’s eyes and yours, she is more precious than rubies!


She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.

                                  Proverbs 3:15 NIV

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

                                 Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

                               Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB

 


Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

                              Colossians 3:15 NIV

 

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

                               Proverbs 4:13 KJV


keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

                              Jude 1:21 NIV

 

For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.

                               Psalm 91:11 ESV

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Happy Birthday Bible Verses for Son

Raising a strong man of faith is the task God has given you as the parent of a son. And what could be more powerful than religious birthday wishes from you?

With these happy birthday Bible verses for your son, you can remind him of God’s strength and wisdom, as he grows into the man God always intended him to be.

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

                             Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

 

I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge.

                             Psalm 71:7 NIV

 

Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore.

                             Psalm 113:2 NIV

 

He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

                            Psalm 103:5 NLT

 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

                             Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV


I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.

                             Psalm 4:11 NIV

 

Listen, my son, and accept my sayings, And the years of your life will be many.

                             Proverbs 4:10 NASB

 

But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And yet, I am going to show you a far better way.

                             1 Corinthians 12:31 NASB

Heart-Touching Birthday Verses for Friend

What a blessing and joy it is to have a faithful friend! They are there through all of life’s ups and downs. And they stick with you in the dark times and laugh along with you in the joyful ones.

So, wish them a wonderful day with one of these heart touching birthday verses for a friend.

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

                              3 John 1:2 NIV

 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

                              Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

 

However many years anyone may live,
let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness,
for there will be many.
Everything to come is meaningless.

                            Ecclesiastes 11:8 NIV

 

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.

                            Job 8:21 NIV

 

You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.

                             Psalm 21:2 NIV

 

he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

                             Psalm 23:3 NIV

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Uplifting Birthday Bible Verses for Myself

A new year of life has just begun. Maybe the path up ahead looks like smooth sailing, or maybe the waters are murky at best. Whatever this new year brings, God has your back.

It’s true, we all need a little encouragement from time to time. So, what could be better than reminding yourself how much God loves you on your big day? These uplifting Bible verses for your own birthday will lift you up and set you on the right path for the year to come.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

                              James 1:12 NIV

 

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

                              Psalm 16:11 NIV

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

                             Psalm 23:6 NKJV

 

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

                             Isaiah 41:10 NIV

 

Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

                            Isaiah 46:4 NIV

 

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

                            Psalm 139:16 ESV

 

Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

                            James 1:18 NKJV

 

Encouraging Birthday Prayers

Asking God for His heart and an understanding of how we should use the time He gives us here on earth is the ideal way to spend any birthday.

These encouraging verses are the perfect beginning to a birthday prayer. They are heartfelt gifts from God’s heart. Each one teaches us to seek Him and His wisdom on our special day and every day of our lives.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

                             Psalm 90:12 ESV

 

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.

                             Psalm 89:1 NIV

 

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

                             Philippians 4:7 NIV

 

For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.

                            Psalm 27:5 NIV

 

O Lord, for Your servant’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.

                              1 Chronicles 17:19 NKJV

 

One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.

                              Psalm 27:4 NIV

 

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

                             2 Corinthians 9:15 ESV

Birthday celebrations come in many shapes and sizes. Each one is meaningful in its own way. But sharing the Word of God and the love of Jesus is always the perfect way to mark the occasion.

I pray this Ultimate List of Bible Verses for Birthdays has helped you find just the right scripture to share with your loved one or yourself on the special day.

Happy Birthday and God bless you!

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Courageous Bible Verses for Memorial Day

Courageous Bible Verses for Memorial Day

Are you wondering… What is a good Bible Verse for Memorial Day? In this Bible Study, we’ll read some Courageous Bible Verses for Memorial Day and learn how the sacrifice of our veterans is a mirror image of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Memorial Day is a special time in the United States when we celebrate both the fallen soldier and active members of the military. Through the dedicated service and selfless sacrifice of our veterans, we have been blessed with the gift of a free society.

As we honor them this holiday, let’s also remember the most precious gift ever given, salvation.

Through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we have received a different kind of freedom. Sin and shame no longer have a hold on us. We have been set free from them for all eternity!

These Courageous Bible Verses for Memorial Day celebrate the freedom we have in knowing Jesus, remind us of His great sacrifice, and give us courage to face each new morning.

May you be blessed with courage, and live free in Jesus today!

 

Inspirational Memorial Day Bible Verses

The Word of God is full of inspirational verses that are perfect for celebrating this special federal holiday. Each one reminds us of the gift of freedom, liberty, and justice we are blessed with.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

                                              John 15:13

 

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 

                                             Romans 12:10

 

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

                                            1 John 3:16

 

 

Bible Verses about Courage

This collection of Bible Verses about Courage shows us God’s love for His people. He promises to never leave us no matter how hard the road becomes. And that should make us strong and courageous in the face of anything!

 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

                                            Deuteronomy 31:6

 

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

                                            Deuteronomy 31:8

 

“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

 

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                           1 Corinthians 15:56-57 NIV

 

for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

                                          1 John 5:4-5

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Memorial Day Scriptures about Freedom

As we look back at the history of Memorial Day, we can understand the importance of this holiday. It was originally known as Decoration Day because it was the time when people would honor the fallen soldiers by decorating their graves or memorials.

After the Civil War, the name of this holiday was changed, but its meaning lives on today. We still honor our loved ones who have passed away. And we remember the sacrifice of our military then and now.

These brave heroes fought for our freedom. And we are thankful for them.

But these Memorial Day Scriptures about Freedom, give us a glimpse of the unfailing love of Christ. He fought for our freedom in a different way. And in Him we have eternal life and freedom.

 

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

                                          Galatians 5:1

 

Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

                                         Psalm 146:7

 

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

                                         Romans 6:22

 

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

                                        John 8:36

 

 

 

Bible Verses for Memorial Day about the Nations

 

Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.

                                       Revelation 16:19 NJKV

 

For this is what the Lord says: “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and rocked back and forth on the knees.

                                      Isaiah 66:12 NASB

 

Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.

                                      1 Chronicles 16:24 NASB

 

 

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Memorial Day Bible Verses about Soldiers

In scripture, the Christian life is often likened to a soldier. There are many reasons why. But the most important is that we are to be like Jesus.

He made the ultimate sacrifice for us the same way a soldier fighting in a foreign land might do today. As we remember those brave men and women who have sacrificed it all on this holiday, let’s read some Bible verses about sacrifice and be inspired by their heroism.

Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints.

                                     Psalm 116:15 NKJV

 

Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

                                     2 Timothy 2:3 NIV

 

All these were descendants of Asher—heads of families, choice men, brave warriors and outstanding leaders. The number of men ready for battle, as listed in their genealogy, was 26,000.

                                    1 Chronicles 7:40 NIV

 

Look, their brave men cry aloud in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly.

                                    Isaiah 33:7 NIV

 

They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all valiant mighty men, and were captains in the army.

                                   1 Chronicles 12:21 NASB

 

And you shall be filled at my table with horses and charioteers, with mighty men and all kinds of warriors,’ declares the Lord God.

                                    Ezekiel 39:20 English Standard Version

The Armor of God

Every good soldier needs to put on a full set of armor before entering the battlefield.

As we have already seen, Christians are warriors. And we need to be ready for the spiritual battle we face each day.

So, our Heavenly Father has given us a special kind of armor just for us. The Armor of God. With it, we are fully equipped for the battle.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

                                     Ephesians 6:10-12 NKJV

 

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

                                    Ephesians 6:13 NIV

 

For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating 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.

                                    Hebrews 4:12 NASB

 

 

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Bible Stories for Memorial Day


Joshua was a great warrior. A strategic commander of God’s army here on earth. And his story of victory is one the best Bible stories for Memorial Day.

So. Let’s read part of Joshua’s story and learn how to live by his example and fight the good fight.

 

So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.”

                                  Joshua 6:6 NIV

 

And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.”

                                 Joshua 6:7 NIV

 

The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

                                 Joshua 3:17 NIV

 

and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.

                                 Joshua 4:3 English Standard Version


and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites,

                                 Joshua 4:5 NIV

 

tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”

                                  Joshua 4:7 NIV

 

 

God and Memorial Day

Sometimes a soldier needs a safe place to rest. And for believers, our safety is found in God alone.

So, here are some wonderful verses about God and Memorial Day. They’re great encouragement for those times when we need shelter from life’s demands.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

                                    Psalm 46:1 NKJV

 

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.

                                   1 Chronicles 29:11-12 ESV

 

Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day.

                                   Psalm 52:1 ESV

 

For they name themselves after the holy city, And lean on the God of Israel; The Lord of armies is His name.

                                   Isaiah 48:2 NASB

 

My soul waits in hope for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Yes, more than the watchmen for the morning.

                                     Psalm 130:6 NASB

 

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

                                    Psalm 46:9 NKJV

 

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

                                   Hebrews 13:6 NIV

 

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

                                    Psalm 91:1 NIV

 

 

Memorial Day Bible Study of Psalm 23

Just like the previous Bible verses for Memorial Day, this Bible study of Psalm 23 shows us God’s sovereignty as He gives us rest.


He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

                                   Psalm 23:2-3 NKJV

 

he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

                                  Psalm 23:3 NIV

 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

                                 Psalm 23:4 ESV

 


Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

                                Psalm 23:4 NLT

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

                              Psalm 23:6 NKJV

 

 

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Memorial Day Scriptures about Eternal Life

I have family members serving in the military right now. It’s their sacrifice and the sacrifice of so many just like them that keeps us free. And I couldn’t be more thankful to each of them.

But I’m even more grateful for the sacrifice Jesus made to set me and you free. These next scripture references are about the eternal life we have in Jesus Christ once we believe in Him.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

                                    1 Peter 1:3 NKJV

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

                                   2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV

 

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                   Romans 6:23 NIV

 

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                   Romans 8:38-39 NIV

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

                                  Romans 8:35 NIV

 

 

Memorial Day Prayers

What is a good prayer for Memorial Day?

This verse from Psalm 27 always offers serenity amid any battle.

It’s about seeking God and finding peace in Him no matter what is going on in the world around us.

And it’s the perfect prayer to offer up to our Heavenly Father on Memorial Day.

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.

                               Psalm 27:4 NKJV

With the truth of these Memorial Day Bible Verses, we can live courageously for Jesus and share His love with everyone we meet each day!

I pray you’ll be blessed with liberty and justice knowing Jesus has made you free!

Happy Memorial Day!

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Summer is Near… – Matthew 24:32

Summer Is Near, parable of the fig tree, Matthew 24:32

In this Matthew 24:32 devotional, we will read the parable of the fig tree and learn the meaning of the phrase summer is near.

I fully intended to write a lighthearted Bible study this week about the carefree days of summer. All of the fun activities we look forward to all winter long while we’re stuck inside, swimming, hiking, boating, grilling. But Jesus just wouldn’t let me do it. The longer I tried to write that post, the more He pulled at my heart.

When I started this blog a few years ago, I worried that I wouldn’t know what to say or that my words wouldn’t be good enough. I compared my writing to all of those other blogs out there whose writers have beautiful, flowery words that I don’t have. I spent a lot of time praying about how I should approach writing this blog and God’s answer was very clear to me. He said, “You don’t need flowery words, you need honesty.”

His words set me free and I began writing with newfound confidence. I will always write the truth about God’s word even when honesty is hard. His truth isn’t carefree, it’s straightforward and in your face. We all have times when we don’t want to hear the truth because it holds a mirror up to us that isn’t always pretty. But the truth is what we need to hear and it is what God has asked me to write. So with that, in mind, I yield to His plan for this devotional.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

People often ask, ”Why did Jesus teach in parables”? And the answer is simply this, we can all relate to these parables. After two thousand years, the meaning is still the same. No matter where we come from or what stage in life we are in, the story is something we can all understand.

Jesus Christ is coming back! And the Parable of the Fig Tree is a call to all Christians to be ready when He does. Just like we would prepare ourselves for a summer vacation by booking a flight and packing our bags, there are things we can do to prepare for the second coming of Jesus.

#1 Recognize the Signs.

Now learn the parable of the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
                                                              

                                                                  Matthew 24:32-34 

When we see the leaves budding on the trees and the flowers blooming, we know that summer is just around the corner. If we are familiar with Scripture and know what to look for, we will recognize the signs that Jesus is just around the corner too. We should be immersing ourselves in God’s word every day. And when we do that, the signs that the coming of Jesus is near should be as plain to us as the coming of summer.

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#2 Watch.

Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
                                                               

                                                                Matthew 24:42-43 NKJV

We should always have an eager expectation that Jesus could come back at any moment. And that expectation should be reflected in our lives. If we knew that someone was getting ready to break into our house and take everything we have worked so hard for, we wouldn’t just go to bed and pretend that the thief wasn’t coming. We would be sitting up all night waiting, ready to catch him in the act. This is the kind of eager expectation we should feel for the second coming of Jesus. We should be sitting up waiting for Him to come through the door like a thief in the night. It’s easy to become complacent and forget that He is coming soon. We get caught up in other things that seem so important at the time. But we can take this time to refocus and start watching for Him to come back because it could happen at any moment. While we’re watching and waiting for Jesus, we should be telling other people about Him, so that they could be saved too.

#3 Be Ready.

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
                                                              

                                                                 Matthew 24:44  

We don’t know when Jesus is coming back. It could be today, or it could be years from now. It doesn’t matter when it happens, just that we are ready for Him when He comes. What will He see when He gets here? Will He be pleased by how we are living our lives? Are there things that we need to change to make our lives acceptable to Him? These are the questions that I am asking myself today.

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This blog post is about my heart and mind as much as it’s about yours. Today God hit me with a hard truth. Am I ready to see Jesus coming? What do I need to change in my life? I know that I need to be better prepared… to understand the Bible fully, to be ready to answer any question about my faith, and to be watchful of His return. I pray that you will take the time to become prepared for Jesus to come back and that God will bless you greatly for it. Be well friends, and God bless you!

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Sunny Bible Verses for Summer

Sunny Bible Verses for Summer

The Summer season is when we think of relaxing and enjoying some downtime. But God’s Word has a lot to say to us about this season. So, in this Bible Study, we’ll read some Sunny Bible Verses for Summer and discover all God has to say to us this time of year.

These Summer scriptures are perfect for memorization, cute Sunday school lessons, or a personal devotion.

Summer is in full swing, ya’ll! 😊

Golden rays of sunshine fill my heart with a renewed sense of optimism. The shade trees give me a reprieve from the rising temperature and remind me to rest in God’s embrace. Sunglasses and sunscreen are my favorite things right now. I take them with me wherever I go, and they help this very fair-skinned girl survive the scorching season.

While the sun is shining bright, and I’m looking for a cool shady place to rest, God pointed me to a quote from Christian author C. S. Lewis…

“Don’t shine so others can see you, shine so that through you, others can see Him.”

Such wise words to ponder. And truth be told, I’ve kept this quote pinned on the board above my desk for a long time. Too long, because I guess I forgot it was there. But God wanted me to think about it today and I know He wants the same for you too. Because this quote is exactly what our Christian lives are all about, pointing others to Jesus!

So, as summer turns up the heat and we look for new ways to shine for Him… let’s turn the AC up, grab an ice-cold drink, and read some Sunny Bible Verses for Summer!

God’s hand created Summer

God established the seasons when He created the earth. He made each one for our benefit and He promises they will remain as long as the earth remains.

 

You have set all the borders of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.

                                        Psalm 74:17

 

While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat, Winter and summer,
And day and night Shall not cease.

                                      Genesis 8:22

 

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

                                    Genesis 8:22 KJV

  

Summer is Near

The parable of the fig tree is our call to be ready for Christ’s return and to witness to those around us who need Him.

Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

                                      Matthew 24:32

 

and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley, will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer: when someone sees it, he swallows it as soon as it is in his hand.

                                    Isaiah 28:4 ESV

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God is our Sun

What a wonderful picture, God as a sun and shield! He is our light in the darkness and protector from harm. His gives good gifts, and He gives them to us freely.

In these Bible verses about sunshine, we’ll see how God illuminates the earth for us.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.

                               Psalm 84:11

 

For so the Lord said to me,
“I will take My rest,
And I will look from My dwelling place
Like clear heat in sunshine,
Like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”

                            Isaiah 18:4

 

Summer Time verses about the Sun and Moon

Another gift that comes down from the Father of lights, the sun to shine the way in daytime and the moon to glow at night. Each of these heavenly bodies speaks to the divine nature of God and the cycle of nature He alone created. These verses paint a picture of God’s sovereign character, reigning over His creation.

 

Thus says the Lord,
Who gives the sun for a light by day,
The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
Who disturbs the sea,
And its waves roar
The Lord of hosts is His name

                              Jeremiah 31:35

 

The sun and moon stood still in their habitation;
At the light of Your arrows they went,
At the shining of Your glittering spear.

                            Habakkuk 3:11

 

The earth quakes before them,
The heavens tremble;
The sun and moon grow dark,
And the stars diminish their brightness.

                              Joel 2:10

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

                             James 1:17 New International Version

 

Inspirational Summer Proverbs

Proverbs is full of practical wisdom, and these scriptures are common sense at its best. If we follow them, we can’t go wrong in the summer months or any other season.

Plus, a little inspiration from Song of Solomon just for fun.

He who gathers in summer is a wise son;
He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

                            Proverbs 10:5 NKJV

 

He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

                           Proverbs 10:5 NIV

 

The ants are a people not strong,
Yet they prepare their food in the summer;

                          Proverbs 30:25 NKJV

 

Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;

                         Proverbs 30:25 NIV

 

Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.

                          Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV

 

Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.

                       Song of Songs 2:12 NIV

 

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Summer heat reflected in our lives

In our minds, summer is about fun and vacation, but these next Summer Bible verses are a cautionary tale.

As I read them, I’m reminded to fear the Lord and walk in His ways. I don’t want the summer heat to reflect badly in my life, so I chose to learn from the mistakes written about here.

 

For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.

                                    Psalm 32:4

 

Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit.

                                   Amos 8:1

 

I will destroy the winter house along with the summer house; The houses of ivory shall perish, And the great houses shall have an end,” Says the Lord.

                                Amos 3:15 NKJV

 

Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

                              Daniel 2:35 ESV

 

Surely the great houses will become desolate,
the fine mansions left without occupants.
 A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath of wine;
a homer of seed will yield only an ephah of grain.

                              Isaiah 5:9-10 NIV

 


They shall all of them be left to the birds of prey of the mountains and to the beasts of the earth. And the birds of prey will summer on them, and all the beasts of the earth will winter on them.

                              Isaiah 18:6 ESV

 

 

Encouraging Summer Bible Verses in the Psalms

The book of Psalms is full of encouragement for every season of life! And there are so many beautiful psalms to inspire us during the summer break.

Let’s read a few of these scripture quotations and find encouragement for the sunny days ahead.

 

It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.

                                 Psalm 74:17 NIV

 


From the rising of the sun to its setting, The name of the Lord is to be praised.

                                Psalm 113:3 NASB

 

Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.

                               Psalm 25:13 NIV

 

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

                             Psalm 1:3 NIV

 

He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings.

                            Psalm 107:35 NKJV

 

Learn more about the different seasons in this devotional: Life-Changing Bible Verses about the Seasons

 

Bible Verses about Summer Fruit

 

The blessings of God are the meaning behind these next Bible verses about Summer fruit.

When we walk with God and follow His will for our lives, God’s blessings are as abundant as the growing season in summer.

But when we go our own way, God removes His blessings and draws us back to Himself.

I pray they will help you the next time you feel far from God and His blessings.

 

When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, bearing two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of summer fruits, and a skin of wine.

                                2 Samuel 16:1 ESV

 

And the king said to Ziba, “What do you mean to do with these?” So Ziba said, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for those who are faint in the wilderness to drink.”

                             2 Samuel 16:2 NKJV

 

O vine of Sibmah! I will weep for you with the weeping of Jazer.
Your plants have gone over the sea,
They reach to the sea of Jazer.
The plunderer has fallen on your summer fruit and your vintage.

                               Jeremiah 48:32 NKJV

 

they all came back to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah at Mizpah, from all the countries where they had been scattered. And they harvested an abundance of wine and summer fruit.

                              Jeremiah 40:12 New International Version

 

Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt,

                             Genesis 41:29 NIV

 

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

                            Genesis 1:29 NIV

 

Summer Bible Verses about a New Beginning

Sometimes we need a new beginning. And the next scriptures are about that desire. Not just within our own selves, but in God’s heart too. He wants to give us good things. And He wants to have a close relationship with us.

So, He sent His Son the Lord Jesus Christ to give us the Kingdom of God and all that comes with it!

 

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

                             Revelation 1:1-2 ESV

and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood

                           Revelation 1:5 ESV

 

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 

                           Romans 1:20 NKJV

 

Read these Heartwarming Bible Verses for Fall

 

A Little “Sonshine” to bask in today!

I wanted to end on a happy note. And what could possibly be better than the words of our Savior, Christ Jesus?!

The eternal life we have in Him is the greatest gift we will ever receive. So, let’s shine forth and reflect His glorious light!

Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

                             Matthew 13:43 NKJV

 

As you can see, the Word of God is full of inspiration and encouragement for the summer season. And the lazy days of Summer are the perfect time to connect with God.

So, I pray these Sunny Bible Verses for Summer have refreshed your mind and revived your spirit. Most of all I hope they have helped you see the “Sonshine” in your life! Bask in His love, drink it in, and shine bright!

Have a wonderful and safe summer vacation! 😊 And may you see God’s hand in your life now and always!

 

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Precious Bible Verses for Mother’s Day

Precious Bible Verses for Mother's Day

Are you looking for the perfect Bible Verse for a Mother’s Day card, to recite as part of your Mother’s Day gift, or to include in a Sunday School lesson? These Precious Bible Verses for Mother’s Day have something for everyone. So, let’s celebrate mom on her big day with this collection of Bible Verses all about her!

 

It’s the time of year we set aside to celebrate the most precious woman in our lives… our Mother. She’s the one who brought us into this world and made us the person we are today.

My mother was a strong independent career woman. The very definition of a modern-day Proverbs 31 woman.

But she was more than that to me. She was my best friend and confidant. The person I could always turn to no matter what. She listened patiently to all of my problems, secrets, and dreams.

She held me close when I hurt and gave me the nickname “Precious”. Because that’s what I was to her, and she was never afraid to let me know it.

She was also a lot of fun and had a way of turning everyday things into a game. She was an amazing lady who loved her children and put us above herself.

But my mom’s greatest gift to me and my brother was her love for the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a gifted Bible teacher, sharing her knowledge in Sunday school classes, Wednesday night Precept meetings, family gatherings, and most importantly in our own home.

What a blessing it was to grow up in a house where I was taught God’s Word every single day!

This is where we begin our look at Precious Bible Verses for Mother’s Day! There’s something here for everyone. So, let’s dive in an learn what the Bible says about a good mother.

Inspirational Mother’s Day Verses

 

Being a great mom is about nurturing your children, taking care of their physical needs, and building a secure family life for them to thrive in. A mom’s dedication to daily providing for her kids is inspiring.

So, these inspirational Mother’s Day verses are a great way to start off our devotional dedicated to moms everywhere.

 

Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

                                 1 Peter 3:4 NIV

 

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

                                 Proverbs 14:1 NIV

 

Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

                                 Proverbs 3:16 ESV

 

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

                                 3 John 1:4 NIV

 

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

                                 2 John 1:4 NIV

 

Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:

                                1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV

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Beautiful Bible Verses about A Mother’s Teaching

A mother’s most important job is to teach her children to love and respect the Lord. This instruction is the foundation of a child’s faith. It stays with them when they are grown and follows them wherever they go.

As you’ll see in these beautiful Bible verses about a mother’s teaching, it truly is the most precious gift a mother could give her child.

My son, keep your father’s command
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them always on your heart;
fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.

                                 Proverbs 6:20-22

 

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.

                                 Proverbs 1:8-9 NIV

 

Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

                                 Proverbs 22:6

 

A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

                                 Proverbs 29:15 NIV

 

 

Bible Verses on Honoring Your Mother and Father

As you’ll read in just a few seconds, honoring your parents is the very first of the Ten Commandments with a promise.

Respect your mother and father and in return, God will give you a long and successful life.

This promise builds strong, godly families and shows the faith of all who live in your household.

No One represented this commandment better than Jesus Himself. As He faced the cross, He remembered His precious mother and made sure she would be cared for in His absence.

So, let’s honor the sacrifice of our Savior Christ Jesus and our mother by reading these Bible verses on honoring your mother and father.

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

                                Deuteronomy 5:16

 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

                                Ephesians 6:1-3

 

 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

                               Exodus 20:12

 

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

                                John 19:26-27

 

Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:

                                Proverbs 23:19 NIV

 

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.

                                 Proverbs 10:1 ESV

 

 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’  they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.

                                 Matthew 15:5-6 NIV

 

 

Mother’s Day Bible Verses from Proverbs 31

What does Proverbs say about mothers?

Proverbs 31 tells the tale of a virtuous Christian woman. Her most precious characteristic is recognized when her children see all she has done to keep the home running smoothly, her family fed, and God first in her life.

Then her husband and children honor her and call her blessed!

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

                                Proverbs 31:10 NIV

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

                                Proverbs 31:11 NIV

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

                                Proverbs 31:12 NIV

 

Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.

                                Proverbs 31:25 NKJV

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

                                Proverbs 31:26 NIV

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

                                Proverbs 31:27 NIV

Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

                               Proverbs 31:28 NKJV

 

There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!

                               Proverbs 31:29 NLT

 

Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

                               Proverbs 31:31

 

 

Mother’s Day Bible Verses about the Joys of Motherhood

 

God lovingly created each one of us. He knew us before we were born. And His greatest joy is in His children.

This is the same joy God gives to mothers everywhere.

The knowledge of their precious unborn child growing inside of them. The sweet face of their newborn baby as they hold them for the first time. Gently guiding them along life’s path. And seeing them follow the Lord with all their heart.

These are the joys of Motherhood found in the following Bible Verses for Mother’s Day.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.                                       

                              Psalm 139:13 NLT

 

May your father and mother rejoice;
may she who gave you birth be joyful!

                               Proverbs 23:25

 

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!

                               Isaiah 49:15

 

A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.

                                John 16:21

 

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.

                                 Psalm 127:3

 

 

Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.

                                 Proverbs 17:6

 

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.

                                  Psalm 127:3-4 NKJV

 

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Scriptures for When Mother’s Day is Hard

Mother’s Day isn’t always a happy event. Sometimes it’s downright hard.

Maybe you’ve lost your mom like me. Or you struggle with infertility and the deep desire to be a mom yourself.

But no matter what heartache you feel, God has words of comfort for you on this difficult day in these scriptures for when Mother’s Day is hard.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

                                   Psalm 34:18

 

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

                                    Matthew 5:4

 

For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.  Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.” So they worshiped the Lord there.

                                   1 Samuel 1:27-28

 

He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.

Praise the Lord.

                                   Psalm 113:9

 

and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

                                   Exodus 23:26 NIV

 

 

Best Bible Verses about Mothers in the Bible

Some of the best examples of motherhood are found in the Bible. Their faith carried them through many ups and downs. And helped them grow as mothers and faithful followers of Jesus.

Here are just a few examples of mothers in the Bible. I pray they will encourage you to live out your faith as a mom and strong Christian woman.

 

And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
   for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,

                                    Luke 1:46-48

 

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

                                   John 19:25 NIV

 

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

                                   Genesis 3:20 NKJV

 

I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.                           

                                   2 Timothy 1:5 NLT

 

And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac.

                                  Genesis 21:3 NKJV

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Bible Verses about a Mother’s Love

 

A mother’s love is the gift that keeps on giving, even when we’re grown and have children of our own.

These Bible Verses about love are more than just about moms. They’re about the love of God for His children and the gift of a mother’s love. A wonderful blessing for sure!

 

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

                                 1 Peter 4:8 ESV

 

But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children,

                                 Psalm 103:17 ESV

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

                                  Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.

                                  1 Thessalonians 2:7 NKJV

 

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.

                                  Isaiah 66:13 NIV

 

 

Encouraging Bible Verses for Mothers

God’s Word is filled with guidance. And these Verses for Moms tell us how we should act as Christian women. Encouraging one another, caring more about what is in our hearts than our outward appearance, and bearing fruit for God’s Kingdom throughout our lives.

Let’s read them and find inspiration for the days ahead.

 

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
 planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,

                                   Psalm 92:12-14 NIV

 

well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.

                                  1 Timothy 5:10 NKJV

 

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.

                                  1 Peter 3:3 NIV

 

A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.

                                  Proverbs 11:16 NIV

 

Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters. 

                                 1 Timothy 5:1-2 NLT

 

 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

                                  Titus 2:3-5 NASB

 

Each of these Precious Bible Verses for Mother’s Day celebrates Mom and everything she is. My prayer is that they will speak words of wisdom into your heart as you prepare for your mother’s special day and show her all the love you have for her!

Please take a moment and let me know which is your favorite Bible verse for Mother’s Day in the comments below. I’d love to know. And I promise to answer back.

 

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A Risen Savior – Mark 16:6

A Risen Savior Mark 16:6

In this A Risen Savior Mark 16:6 devotional, we’ll learn the most exciting and important statement in human history. Jesus died on a cross and for three days all hope seemed lost. But then He was resurrected! He’s alive and well. And because He lives, now we have the hope of a new life in Him.

 

He is Risen Bible Verse

The gospel of Mark recounts the women who went to the tomb to take care of the body of Jesus. On the way there, they talked about which one of them would roll the heavy stone away from the tomb’s opening. Something most women might worry about.

But when they arrived, they didn’t need to worry anymore. They were greeted by an angel who said to them…

Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.                                     

                                          Mark 16:6 NKJV

 

What is the meaning of Mark 16:6?

What an exciting statement!

Jesus conquered death and has risen from the grave!

On Friday, things looked bleak. The Messiah, the Chosen One, suffered great pain and humiliation on the cross.

But on Sunday morning, His suffering turned to victory when He rose again. A miraculous act of God for our benefit.

Without the resurrection, all hope of heaven would be lost. But because of Jesus’ resurrection, we have a living hope for a future life after death with Him.

We Serve a Risen Savior

All over the world, Christians are preparing to celebrate Easter. On that morning, we’ll get dressed up in our Sunday best, go to church, sing hymns to worship Jesus, and listen to the pastor deliver the gospel message.

Why?

Because this is our holiday! It’s a time to reflect on the fact that Christ has saved us from our sin by His resurrection. And a time to get pumped up about the salvation we have in Jesus!

No other religion worships a risen Savior as we do.

Other world religions worship little “g” gods who are long dead. But we worship a great big God who has the power to raise the dead to life again just as He did two thousand years ago!

Jesus Christ is alive and well! And His resurrection is proof that God is in control no matter how bleak things might look.

Our Heavenly Father has the power to turn the darkest day in history into the brightest future we could ever imagine.

And if He could do it then, He can still do it now in our lives.

So, let’s celebrate the bright future that awaits us, all because we serve a Risen Savior!

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Jesus Our Risen Savior

The apostle Paul wrote about our hope in Jesus our Risen Savior. And the futile nature of hope without the resurrection.

Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

                                          1 Corinthians 15:12-14

The resurrection is the central component of our Christian faith. It is essential to our belief in Jesus. Without it our faith would be as empty as the empty tomb found that day.

But our faith is not empty. It is as alive and well as Christ Jesus Himself. And it is based on these facts…

#1 Jesus lived a sinless life so that He could pay the price for our sin.

 

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

                                           2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus lived the perfect, sinless life we never could. He didn’t do anything wrong. Yet, He faced the cross, the punishment reserved for only the worst criminals under Roman rule.

He did it so we could be righteous or justified in the eyes of God. And He did it because of His great love for us.

#2 Jesus died on the cross in our place.

 

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.)

                                              Galatians 3:13

 

When we think of Jesus we usually turn to the New Testament. But the Old Testament law of Moses is referenced in this scripture.

Even though thousands of years had passed since the law was written, the people of Jesus’ day were familiar with it and probably fearful of facing punishment if they were to break it. They might even have perceived it as a curse.

But by explaining to the people that Jesus became the curse and redeemed them, Paul comforted and encouraged the faithful.

What does this mean to us in the modern age? This verse is as true today as it was then. And we can be comforted by the knowledge that Jesus became the curse for us too.

 

Read these Easter Bible Verses that will inspire you every day!

 

#3 Jesus rose from the grave on the third day.

 

He is not here; but has risen! Remember how He spoke to you, when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.

                                               Luke 24:6-7

The gospels each tell the story of Jesus. However, they do it in a different way.

This scripture echoes our original verse from Mark 16:6. Here the women are reminded of Jesus’ own words.

Before His death, He told the disciples He would be turned over to the Roman guards to be crucified and rise again on the third day.

It’s an inspirational message of hope for us today straight from the mouth of our Savior.

#4 Jesus’s resurrection was witnessed by over five hundred people.

 

He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me, as one born out of due time.

                                              1 Corinthians 15:5-8

 

When the Apostle Paul wrote this scripture about the resurrection of Jesus, the truthfulness of it was without question. It could be verified by over five hundred eyewitnesses. This made the resurrected Christ a fact, not a theory.

Even now, for those of us who doubt the validity of the resurrection, we can hold fast to the truth of who Jesus is, a Risen Savior, because so many people saw Him after He was raised again.

 

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#5 Jesus spent forty days on earth before His ascension to heaven.

 

to whom He also presented Himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

                                                Acts1:3

 

We believe Jesus lived a perfect life, died on a cross for our sins, rose again, and is seated at the right hand of God interceding for us now.

These facts, or infallible proofs as Luke called them, are not happenstance. They are what our belief in Jesus is built upon.

God planned the death and resurrection of Christ very carefully. And Jesus spent forty days on earth before ascending to heaven. Because of these infallible proofs, we can have complete confidence in our faith and salvation no matter what the world throws at us.

What was Jesus doing during those forty days?

He was doing more of what the Father sent Him to do.

His mission to die for the sins of the world was accomplished. And spreading the good news of salvation was the next mission.

So, Jesus spent time teaching the disciples how to create more disciples.

In Matthew 28, Jesus gave them and us the Great Commission. Let’s read it together…

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age

                                             Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

 

Because of Jesus’s death, we have forgiveness of sin. And because of His resurrection, we have eternal life in Him.

It is not a myth or a story we tell to entertain. It is a fact. And one that we are called to spread to everyone who needs Jesus in their lives.

So, this Easter, let’s celebrate the fact that Jesus lives and share His saving grace with everyone around us.

An Easter Prayer

My prayer for you this Easter is simple. That you will know Jesus died to set you free from sin. That He cares about you and whatever hardship you’re facing today. And that you will know Him as your Savior.

Many Blessings to you on this glorious holiday!

Praise the Lord, we serve a Risen Savior!

Happy Easter!

If you want to say, I serve a risen Savior but you’re not sure how… This easy-to-follow guide, How to Be Saved, will explain it all.

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Easter Bible Verses that will inspire you everyday!

Easter Bible Verses that will inspire you everyday

If you have come here looking for inspirational Easter Bible verses, you’re in the right place! I pray that these Easter verses will give you encouragement and inspiration as we prepare for this momentous holiday season.

Easter is THE Christian holiday. It represents the most important and fundamental belief of our Christian faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Without the resurrection, Christianity would be pointless. But because of it, we have the hope of a future here on earth and a new life in heaven with Him to come.

It is no small wonder that we are the only world religion that worships a living god. Jesus is alive! He has risen from the grave! Easter is the time we set aside to remember the sacrifice of our loving Savior. And God’s Word is full of inspiration about this important holiday. So let’s celebrate Him today with these Easter Bible Verses!

 

 

Classic Easter Scriptures…

These Easter Bible verses are perfect for writing in Easter cards, Sunday School lessons, or reading aloud at your Easter Sunday dinner or annual Easter egg hunt.

 

He is risen! He is not here.

                             Mark 16:6 NKJV

 

Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

                            1 Corinthians 15:12-14 NKJV

 

He is not here; but has risen! Remember how He spoke to you, when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.

                                  Luke 24:6-7 NKJV

 

And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say Place of the Skull, they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.

Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.

                                   Matthew 27:33-36 NKJV

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to whom He also presented Himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

                                      Acts1:3 NKJV

 

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

                                         Luke 24:1-3 ESV

 

And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them.

                                         Acts 4:33 NKJV

 

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

                                       1 Corinthians 15:3 NIV

 

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

                                        John 6:40 ESV

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

                                         1 Peter 1:3 NIV

 

 

Short Easter Bible Verses

These short Easter Bible Verses deliver the Biblical message of the Easter story and are kid friendly for a Sunday School lesson the whole family will love!

Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

                                         John 2:19 NKJV

 

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

                                         John 17:3 ESV

 

“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

                                       John 11:27 NIV

 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

                                      Romans 5:8 NIV

 

 

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In His Own Words: Jesus spoke about His impending death and resurrection…

There is nothing better than the words of Jesus! You just can’t improve on them. Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him, yet He still chose the cross. And to “hear” His words flow through our lives as we read them is an amazing experience.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

                                         John 11:25 NKJV

 

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

                                          Matthew 12:40 NKJV

 

The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.

                                          Matthew 17:22 NKJV

 

All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:

I will strike the Shepherd,

And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.

But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.

                                        Matthew 26:31-32 NKJV

 

Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priest and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And on the third day He will rise again.

                                           Mark 10:33-34 NKJV

 

 

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.

                                          John 10:17-18 NKJV

 

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

                                         Matthew 16:21 NIV

 

When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

                                         Mark 2:17 NLT

 

 

Old Testament Prophecies of Jesus’ death and resurrection…

These scriptures plainly show how much forethought went into the coming of the Messiah and His sacrifice on the cross. Before time began God was making a way for us to be with Him. He had a plan, a plan to redeem us through His Son.

For me, these Easter verses kick-start my faith when I need it the most. When I read them, fear and doubt disappear and all that is left is the peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,

Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.

                                            Psalm 16:10 NKJV

 

For dogs have surrounded Me;

The congregation of the wicked has

enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;

I can count all My bones.

They look and stare at Me.

They divide My garments among them,

And for My clothing they cast lots.

                                           Psalm 22:16-18 NKJV

 

And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; and they will look on Me whom they have pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

                                        Zechariah 12:10 NKJV

 

For I know that My Redeemer lives,

And He shall stand at last on the earth;

                                     Job 19:25 NKJV

 

He will swallow up death forever,

And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;

The rebuke of His people

He will take away from all the earth;

For the Lord has spoken.

                                      Isaiah 25:8  NKJV

 

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

                                    Isaiah 53:3 ESV

 

But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

We have turned, every one, to his own way;

And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

                                      Isaiah 53:5-6 NKJV

 

Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.

                                     Isaiah 26:19 ESV

 

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

                                    Zechariah 9:9 ESV

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Good Friday Scriptures

 

We couldn’t have the glory of Easter Sunday without the sorrow of Good Friday. These powerful Easter scriptures take us through the agony of the cross and lead us into the glory of resurrection Sunday!

 

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,  for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”

                                         Luke 23:45-47 NIV

 

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

                                         John 19:30 NKJV

Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

                                      Matthew 27:56 NIV

 

this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.

                                   Acts 2:23 ESV

 

Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council,  but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.

                                   Luke 23:50-52 NLT

 

Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb which had been cut out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

                                    Mark 15:46 NASB

 

and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.

                                  Matthew 27:29 NIV

 

 A sign announced the charge against him. It read, “The King of the Jews.”

                                 Mark 15:26 NLT

 

Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.

                                  John 19:40 NIV

 

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What Bible verse is the resurrection?

The true meaning of Easter is found in these Resurrection Bible Verses. They begin with the magnificence of our Risen Savior and continue with the joy of our salvation we have in Jesus today. Because the story of Easter is evident in our lives every day!


Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

                                  Romans 8:34 NIV

 

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

                                    Mark 16:5 NIV

 

Truly, truly, I say to you, a time is coming and even now has arrived, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

                                    John 5:25 NASB

 

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

                                   Romans 8:11 NIV

 

and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

                                  Romans 1:4 NIV

 

And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.

                                   Matthew 28:2 ESV

 

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

                                  Romans 6:4 NKJV

 

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

                                   1 Thessalonians 4:16 ESV

 

When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.

                                 Luke 24:23 NKJV

 

An Easter Prayer

As we wrap up our look at Easter Bible Verses that will Inspire You Every day, I want to leave you with one last Easter scripture. This verse is my Easter prayer for you…

 

 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength  he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

                                 Ephesians 1:18-20 NIV

 

 

                                       

As you can see in these Easter Bible Verses that will Inspire You Every Day, God planned the death and resurrection of Christ very carefully. Each intricate detail was thought out and painstakingly put into place so that we could have complete confidence in our faith and salvation. Because of Jesus’s death, we have forgiveness of sin. Because of His resurrection, we have eternal life in Him. Praise the Lord, we serve a Risen and Living Savior!

Have a very Happy Easter and may God bless you during this joyous holiday!

If you are not a Christian and would like to know more about what it means to accept Jesus as your Savior, please read this easy-to-follow guide How to Be Saved or click the link at the top of the page.

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Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? – John 10:11

Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? John 10:11

In this John 10:11 devotional, we’ll learn the meaning of this popular Bible verse and why Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. Plus, how this scripture plays a big part in our modern lives as Christians.

 

Why did Jesus say He is the Good Shepherd?

Recently, I was asked the question, “Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd?”

Truthfully, I never gave it much thought. I simply accepted what I was taught as a child in Sunday School.

But it’s an intriguing and important question.

So, I did a little research into the book of John 10.

Today I’d like to explore the different aspects of what Jesus was talking about when He called Himself the Good Shepherd.

We’ll break it down into bite-sized chunks. In the end, we’ll fully understand the meaning behind this scripture.

Jesus is the True Shepherd

In John’s gospel, we find the story of the Good Shepherd. It’s one of the parables of Jesus from the New Testament.

In this parable, we learn that Jesus is the Shepherd of the people of God. And we as the body of Christ Jesus are His sheep.

This story begins where John 9 leaves off. Funny how that works, right?

So, let’s recap what was happening.

After Jesus had traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles, He was speaking with the Jewish leaders about faith. And He explained to them that He is the Son of Man.

This term, the Son of Man, comes from the prophet Ezekiel’s revelation of the promised Messiah. In the Old Testament God gave him a vision of the Son of Man and what His coming would mean.

These men were what we would call in today’s world Biblical scholars. And they understood that Jesus was referring to this prophecy.

Jesus’ claim that He is the Son of God did not impress the Pharisees. In fact, it enraged them.

But Jesus had an answer for them…

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.

                                          John 10:1 NIV

 

By saying they were thieves and robbers, Jesus’ words called out these religious leaders for the way they illegitimately gained power by manipulating the system.

Instead of relying on Almighty God and His power, they used scripture to extort their influence over the people of Jesus’ day.

 

Don’t be fooled by False Shepherds

 

Jesus continued His teaching with this Bible verse…

But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

                                         John 10:2-3 NKJV

In sharp contrast to the ill-gotten gains of the Pharisees, the True Shepherd comes through the front door and is immediately recognized by His sheep. He has a personal relationship with His sheep and knows them by name.

By calling us sheep Jesus isn’t saying God’s people are wild animals wandering the hillside, or livestock with a tag stuck to our ear.

We are treasured and unique children of God. And we enjoy an intimate relationship with Him.

But there are bad shepherds out here who will try to lead us astray. They will tell us what we want to hear instead of the truth of scripture.

It’s our job to know what the Bible says and to recognize false teachers when we see them.

In this next verse, Jesus shows us how to do it.  

 

And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

                                         John 10:4 NKJV

 

The meaning of the Greek word for the phrase “brings out” is to cast out or to excommunicate. It’s a direct response to the Pharisees casting out a blind man in John 9:34-35.

Essentially, Jesus is calling these men false prophets or false shepherds. The people of the early church did not know the Pharisees’ voice because these men didn’t know God’s voice.

So, how could they possibly follow God’s word and lead the sheep?

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Jesus the Good Shepherd

Have you ever wondered, what does the Good Shepherd do for His sheep?

Well, there are several qualities of Jesus as a Good Shepherd.

So, let’s look at each one and discover the different ways Jesus cares for His sheep.

 

Jesus is the door of the sheep

 

Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 

                                           John 10:7 NKJV

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 

                                            John 10:9 NKJV

In ancient times, the shepherd kept the sheep safe at night by laying down to sleep in front of the door of the sheep’s pen. He did this to keep the sheep safely inside of the pen and to keep predators out.

Spiritually speaking, Jesus is the door we must enter through if we want to see God the Father.

Jesus said in John 14:6 “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the door is opened to the Father.

Then Jesus becomes not only “the Good Shepherd” but our shepherd. He keeps us safely in the fold and protects us from the predators of a Christian life.

 

Jesus is the leader

…and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them: and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

                                              John 10:3-4

A shepherd doesn’t follow behind his sheep, he leads them. The shepherd would go out in the front of the fold and the sheep would follow behind their shepherd.

Jesus leads the way for us. His life is the example for us to follow. Everything He did and everything He said was to teach us how to live. Our path is to follow the example set by our leader, Jesus.

 

Jesus is the One We Know

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. 

                                            John 10:5

I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 

                                            John 10:14

Because sheep are timid and scared animals. They will run and hide from someone they don’t know.

Sheep listen for their shepherd’s voice. When he calls to them, they easily recognize his voice and respond. They know exactly who is talking to them and it is a comfort to their fearful nature.

But just because they’re timid creatures, doesn’t mean they’re not smart enough to tell the difference between a stranger’s voice and the voice of their shepherd.

They can, and they won’t listen to a stranger’s voice, even if he calls them the same manner their shepherd does.

In the same way, we can recognize the voice of our shepherd too.

Because we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, and because we have a personal relationship with Him, we can easily recognize His voice when He calls to us.

There are many competing voices out there in the world. And they all want our attention.

But just like the sheep, we shouldn’t listen to or follow anyone other than our shepherd, Jesus.

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Jesus Protects the Sheep

 

The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

                                        John 10:12-13 NIV

A shepherd takes care of the sheep and protects them no matter what the cost to him.

If just one sheep goes missing, he will go out to find that missing sheep.

And the shepherd will put his own life at risk to bring it back into the fold.

But a hired hand doesn’t have the same love for the sheep. He’s paid to take care of them. But when push comes to shove, he will leave them to face the wolves all alone and save himself.

Jesus put His life on the line and died to save us. When the wolves came around in the form of the Roman guards, He didn’t run and hide. He faced the cross head-on. And He did it because He loves us.

Jesus is the Savior of the Sheep

 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

                                        John 10:10 ESV

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.                                       

                                      John 10:11 NIV

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power take it again. 

                                         John 10:17-18

The words of Jesus in the gospel of John couldn’t be clearer.

Jesus came to lay down His life for us, His sheep. He willingly gave up His life as a sacrifice for us. Then He took it back up again three days later. Because He has the power to do so!

How fortunate we are to have a Savior and Shepherd who died for us! And who gives us not only abundant life here on earth, but eternal life in heaven through faith in Him!

How is Jesus a Good Shepherd in your life?

Have you ever thought, why do we need a Good Shepherd, to begin with?

Sheep are prone to wander. For no reason at all, they’ll leave the safety of their little flock and go their own way.

Before long, they’re so lost they can’t find their way back to the fold.

So, the shepherd leaves the flock behind and goes out in search of his lost lamb. Its safety is his utmost concern.

And as God’s sheep, we’re no different.

Sometimes we go astray, get lost, or need a rescue mission to pull us back from the brink of disaster.

Our safety is God’s priority. So, He gave us a Good Shepherd who will head out in search of His lost sheep every time we need Him to. That’s how much God cares for us.

 

Parable of the Lost Sheep

 

In Matthew 18, Jesus tells another story. This one is the parable of the lost sheep. It’s about the shepherd who leaves his ninety-nine sheep to find the one that went astray.

 

What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

                                      Matthew 18:12-14 ESV

 

This story is a great example of God’s love. It’s the reason Jesus was sent to earth to die in our place. And it’s the reason we have a Good Shepherd.

No matter what happens to us in this life, He will leave the ninety-nine to come find us, and bring us back to a place of safety within the fold.

And He’ll continue to do it every time we wander off. Even if it’s a daily habit.

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Psalm 23

Long before Jesus came to earth, there was another shepherd who wrote what is probably the most comforting Bible verse. It’s for those times when we feel like lost sheep searching for someone to save us.

King David is an earthly ancestor of Jesus. And it isn’t a coincidence that he started out life as a lowly shepherd on a hill.

As a young shepherd, David put in the hard work of caring for his flock through thick and thin. He understood what each little lamb needed to thrive and the effort it took to keep them safe.

I’m sure when he wrote these words, he was thinking of his experiences as the shepherd of his sheep.

But Psalm 23 is a direct reflection of the effort our Good Shepherd puts into each lamb in His flock. And how our Lord Jesus Christ cares for us in both the good and bad times.

Let’s read this familiar scripture together and feel the comfort of our Shepherd in each verse.

 

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

                                       Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve read this scripture so many times that now I just gloss over it.

But God wants us to find great comfort in the words His servant David and the beautiful shepherd imagery he provides so well within it.

So, let’s break down Psalm 23 the same way we did with John 10 and find out what God has to say to us.

The Lord is My Shepherd

The comforting visuals that spring to mind as I read this verse begin with the statement, the Lord is my Shepherd.

This idea of the Lord being a shepherd is something David could relate to. The way he cared for his sheep is the same way he saw God caring for him in his time of need.

And it’s what God is ready and willing to do for us too.

He makes me lie down in green pastures

The open country isn’t a safe place for sheep to lie down. They would be vulnerable to attack from predators. But green pastures and rolling hills offer sheep a place of security where they can rest.

For us, the green pastures represent a place of rest from life’s worries. Because sometimes life takes a toll on us, and we just need a rest stop along the way.

 

He leads me beside the still waters He restores my soul

A raging river is no place for timid sheep. They would be scared of the fierce tide. And bending down to drink from the rivers crashing waves would be impossible.

But still waters are the perfect thirst quencher for the sheep.

And for us too. They are a place of refreshment and restoration. Another place where we can rest from the troubles of life and allow God to restore our souls.

 

For His name’s sake

God’s name and His very nature are present in the way He cares for His flock.

Everything that He does flows from the goodness of who He is. And we should praise His Holy name because of it.

 

The valley of the shadow of death

How many times have you heard this verse read at funerals? Presumably because it mentions death.

But the valley of the shadow of death doesn’t have to mean physical death. It can.

And in David’s case, it did.

He was on the run and hiding for his life, while the king was seeking to kill him.

But the valley of the shadow of death can be anything in your life that is so overwhelming you can’t handle it without God.

It’s the thing that weighs you down and keeps you from experiencing all God has in store for you.

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me

In ancient times, shepherds used their rods to gently lead the sheep along a path. And the crook of their staff was used to pull a lamb from imminent danger.

Now in contemporary times, the shepherd’s rod and staff are a symbol of the care and protection we receive from our Shepherd.

He gently leads us along life’s path and pulls us back on course when we veer too far off.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies

If we follow Jesus, the world will hate us and they will become our enemies. But that’s okay.

Because in the presence of our enemies, God lavishes us with His love and grace.

The table He has set for us is better than anything we could ever imagine! It is overflowing with God’s love and provision.

 

Jesus is still the Shepherd of His people today

The parable of Jesus in John 10 is as true today as it ever has been. Jesus promises us He will be our Good Shepherd through all of life’s ups and downs.

He is our door and gateway to the Father. He is our leader and example. He is the voice that we know. He is our Savior. And above all else, He is our loving Shepherd today and always.

Do you have a story to tell about how Jesus has been the Good Shepherd in your life? I’d love to know how He is shepherding you, so please leave a comment below.

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Living the Life of Job -Job 19:25 Devotional

Living the Life of Job Job 19:25

Do you feel like you’re living the life of Job? Then take heart because Job’s story is one of great triumph! So, in this Job 19:25 devotional, we will read about the Life of Job. His story is one of the most inspirational in the Old Testament. And we’ll learn how his life can be a reflection of our own even in the modern world we live in.

What is the meaning of Job 19:25?

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;

                                               Job 19:25 NKJV

A few years ago, God told me that I would live the life of Job. Now, that’s a pretty big pill to swallow! And if I’m completely honest, I wasn’t thrilled with the news. No one wants the life of Job, because everything he had was taken from him.

True to His word, God has followed through on His “life of Job” promise to me. I have faced many trials in my life. Loved ones have been taken from me either through death or through broken relationships, my livelihood has diminished, my health has suffered and my faith has been tested.

I can see the parallels between Job’s life and mine. And I find myself referring back to the book of Job for inspiration often. With everything that Job went through, it would’ve been easy for him to curse God as his wife told him to and no one would have blamed him for it. (Job 2:9) But Job trusted God and refused to curse Him no matter what circumstance God placed him in. When everything seemed lost, Job said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (v. 1:21) This kind of resolute belief Job had, inspires me to get up, keep moving forward and remain faithful to God no matter what circumstance I’m in.

God has allowed my faith to be tested, just as He allowed Job’s to be tested. But He didn’t do it to hurt me. He did it to bless me and teach me the lessons I need to know as I move forward in my life. And with each trial and lesson God has shown me His plan and will for my life in a way I couldn’t see before.

Proverbs 17:3 says “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.” In this scripture, we learn that God allows us to go through trials and He tests our hearts. But He doesn’t do it as some kind of punishment. He knows what is ahead and He is preparing us for it. He is refining us like silver or gold, melting us down to our core, taking the impurities out of our lives, and leaving us with all of the good that He has in store for us.

Yes, Job faced many hardships and he was tested. But the lesson that I take away from reading the book of Job is not one of defeat. It’s a story of great faith and triumph over adversity. Through it all, God was there right next to him. He never left Job. He was Job’s mediator and ultimately his redeemer.

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By sending Jesus to die for our sins, God has given us a redeemer and mediator. Right now, this very moment, He is seated at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. (Romans 8:34) When we face trials and our faith is tested, we can have complete confidence that Jesus is still there, in the fight with us.

It’s been a few years now that I’ve been living the life of Job. It’s been a hard path, full of unexpected twists and turns. But, when it seems that the world is against me, I can take comfort in knowing that Jesus is always for me. No matter what comes my way, I can face the future with confidence because… I know my Redeemer lives!

If you are facing a trial in your life today, I pray this Job 19:25 devotional has helped you see God’s grace in your life. And that you will turn to Jesus and trust in Him. He loves you and wants to refine you like the silver and gold that you are. To find out more about Accepting Jesus as your Savior, click on this link or go to the Accepting Jesus tab above. Cast your cares on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) God bless!

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