Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free

Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free

We are so blessed to call the United States of America home. The freedom we enjoy as Americans is unlike any other country.

But this freedom came at a cost. Liberty was a hard-fought victory. And the battle to keep it continues on 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.

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!

So, as we celebrate the birth of our great nation, let’s read these Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free. Each one is a gift God has given us as His children. And a reminder of what Christ has done to set us free!

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

                                                   Psalm 33:12

 

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

 

 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

 

 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

 

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

                                                   Philippians 3:20

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

                                                   1 Corinthians 15:57

 

 

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

 

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,a]”>[a] 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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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.

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.

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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. 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.

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Calming Bible Verses about Peace

Calming Bible Verses about 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 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. A solution to all of the negativity is out there, and it can be yours if you want it.

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

Fear and worry threaten to tear us apart from the inside out. But they don’t stand a chance against God’s peace! It calms the chaos life throws our way. And it slays the beast of worry, fear, and doubt.

If we want to find God’s peace 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. You’ll begin to see His peace take shape in your life. And soon, the struggle of worry, fear, and doubt will fade away as you discover real and lasting peace is only a prayer away.

Let’s dive in, shall we?…

The Peace of Jesus

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace for a reason. 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 and you can find it in these verses.

 

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

 

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  

 

 

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

 

 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

                                   Colossians 3:15

 

 

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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Peace is a Blessing from God

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

 

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

                                   Isaiah 26:3

 

 

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

 

 

Live in Peace

God blesses us peace, and He asks 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 there are times when we have a choice between stirring up conflict or working towards harmony. In those moments God says to offer an olive branch instead of a curt reply and choose peace over adversity.

 

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

                                  Romans 12:18

 

 

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

 

 

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

Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

Matthew 5:9

 

God’s peace comes from knowing Him and seeing His hand move in your life. 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 you 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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Bible Verses about Joy that will Fill Your Heart with Gladness

Bible Verses About Joy that will fill your heart with Gladness

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 sadness 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 is through His Word that God teaches us how to overcome the difficult circumstances we are faced with every day. This verse from Philippians 4:8 has a very close relationship to the glad game as it tells us to focus on what is positive instead of what is 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.

Our version of the glad game is not about pretending that we don’t know or see that there are bad things going on around us. Of course we do. But God commands us to not let negativity weight us down or take hold within us. But instead to put our thoughts and energy into the goodness that surrounds us. When we do, God will renew our hearts and minds. He will refresh our souls. And He will give us strength for the journey ahead.

We can choose joy over sorrow!

With that in mind, let’s play “The Glad Game” by looking at some scriptures about the joy that is sure to fill our hearts with gladness.

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

                                                      Nehemiah 8:10

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

 

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

                                                      Acts 2:28

 

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

                                                      Psalm 30:5

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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

 

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

 

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

                                                   Habakkuk 3:18

 

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

                                                   John 15:11

 

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

 

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Amen.

                                                  Jude 1:24-25

 

 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

 

What I love most about 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 worldview.

We can have that same gumption too. By allowing God’s Word to change us from the inside out, we can have a positive outlook and make a real impact for God’s kingdom. The fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, and peace will follow us wherever we go. People will see the difference inside of us. And before we know it, the joy of the Lord will spread like wildfire to all those around us and have a lasting, positive effect in our communities.

I truly hope that these Bible Verses about joy will fill your heart with gladness and remind you of all that Jesus has done in your life. And I pray that everyone around you will feel the joy the Lord surrounding them today.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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12 Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

12 Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

Life is hard! Really hard. And some days are tough to get through. 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 His word provides comfort anytime we need it. No matter what you’re going through, I truly hope that these 12 uplifting Bible verses for faith in hard times will give you the strength to carry on.

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 for ourselves. Likewise, we know our faith in Jesus is real because we feel it in our heart and experience it 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”.

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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

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.

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

                                                            1 Corinthians 16:13

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

 

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The book Psalms is full of wonderful descriptions of God’s protection and love for us. In fact there are too many to list here, so I encourage you to seek out these comforting scriptures for yourself. To get you started here are two of my favorites. They always give me comfort and inspiration when I’m feeling knocked down. I hope that they will lift you up and give you comfort as well.

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

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There is no doubt that hard-ships 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 hard-ships in this life and that we should find joy in it. 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! Because of Jesus our current circumstances will fade away in the light of eternity. We are victorious over this world and the hard-ships we face! And it’s all because of Jesus and His glory!

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

 

Each of these 12 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. Keep the faith and claim the victory in Jesus name!

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Powerful Bible Verses about Grace

Powerful Bible Verses about Grace

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!

Grace, it’s a word that gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles. Theologians and other “smart people” spend countless hours debating the concept of grace. But grace is not just for theologians to debate. It’s something for each one of us, not only to understand but to possess.

So, what exactly is grace? Hint… it’s not the prayer we say before dinner. Although, it’s always a good idea to thank God for everything He has given 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 the scriptures with these powerful Bible verses about grace.

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 was poured out through His Son, our Savior on the cross. And these verses attest to the fact that faith in Jesus and the free gift of grace are the only 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

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God gives us more and more grace as we need it.

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

 

Grace helps us in time of need.

Hard times will surely come our way and we may feel weak and powerless in the face of them. But the grace of God 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

 

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. 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

I hope that these powerful Bible verses about grace have given you a place to start thinking about grace and it’s meaning 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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Precious Bible Verses for Mother’s Day

Precious Bible Verses for Mother's Day

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 her greatest gift to me and my brother was her love for the Lord. 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 the Word of God 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 God has to say about Mother.

 

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. 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

 

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

                                           Proverbs 22:6

 

Honor Your Father and Mother

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.

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

 

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Blessed

Proverbs 31 tells the tale of a virtuous woman. Her most precious characteristic is recognized when her children see all she has done to keep the home running smoothly, her family feed, and God first in her life. Then they honor her and call her blessed!

Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

                                                Proverbs 31:28

 

Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

                                             Proverbs 31:31

 

 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

 

 

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.

 

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

                                             Psalm 139:13

 

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

 

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. God has words of comfort for you on this difficult day.

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

 

 Each of these Precious Bible Verses for Mother’s Day celebrates Mom. I pray they speak words of wisdom into your heart as you prepare for her special day!

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How to Praise God in a Pandemic

How to Praise in a Pandemic

Everyone has those special Bible Verses God uses over and over again to speak directly to us.

In my life, Habakkuk 3 is one of them. God puts this scripture in front of me every time I need a little reality check.

Honestly, I’ve thought I was in dire straits before. But the current global crisis we’re living through puts them all to shame. I realize now, no matter how hard I thought I had it, I never knew real hardship until now. And this piece of scripture has never been more relevant than it is during this pandemic.

 

Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines:
Though the labor of the olive may fail’
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls-
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.
                                           Habakkuk 3:17-19

When Habakkuk wrote these words, he knew his people were moving into a time of struggle. Soon they would be without the basic necessities of life. The food and water that was once abundant would become scarce. A safe harbor would be hard to find. And survival would become an epic battle of willpower.

But Habakkuk also knew if they continued praising God even in the midst of hardship, He would see them through this troubling time.

Each part of this verse speaks to the effects of a pandemic on our daily lives.

Though the fig tree may not blossom…

In ancient times, the fig tree was plentiful, and the fruit used to make cakes, candy, or other sweets. For us, the fig represents the creature-comforts, the little luxuries we enjoy. We like them but we can live without them too.

Nor fruit be on the vines:

We turn an important corner in this part of the verse. Instead of missing the luxuries, we can do without, we begin to talk about the essentials. The fruit of the vine became wine, an important commodity back then. It was used not only to drink with dinner but also to purify water. Without grapes, there would be no wine. And without wine no life-sustaining drinking water. Nowadays, we have filtration systems that supply fresh water to our homes and easily accessible bottled water. But when systems break down or truckers can’t deliver, our most essential commodity is cut off.

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Though the labor of the olive may fail’

And the fields yield no food…

The people used olive oil the same way we use butter. Without this precious oil, there would be no bread to eat. And without the crops, no vegetables on the table.

 

Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls…

Ancient people were not vegetarians (sorry vegans). They relied on flocks of sheep and herds of goats for protein. And without access to these animals, they would starve.

In modern times, we rely on farmers and ranchers to supply both of these sources of food. But during this crisis, they’re struggling to keep up with the demand and deliver their goods to market. Without their hard work and commitment, we’ll struggle to find what we need to feed our families at the grocery store.

Our lives have been turned upside down by a pandemic we couldn’t see coming. Everything we once had is gone. At least for the time being. But there is still hope for us. And it comes in the form of praising God in a pandemic.

Sounds crazy, right?

How can we praise God when the world is falling apart?

Truthfully, if Habakkuk could see the defeat of his people coming on the horizon, still remember the times God saw His people through hardship, and praise Him in such dire circumstances, then surely we can find it in ourselves to do the same too.

Because God has not forgotten us. Our struggle is not invisible to Him. And He is still there in the fight with us.

I was reminded of this while I was taking a shower the other night, (I do all my best thinking in the shower ya’ll) 🛁

God chose that moment to speak words of wisdom into my heart. They’re an updated version of Habakkuk 3, a mirror image of this scripture for a modern time. I’d like to share them with you now. But please remember they are not meant to replace scripture, only to understand it better. Here’s what God had to say to me.

Even though toilet paper is in short supply and I can’t find it anywhere…

I will praise You!

Even though there’s a meat shortage on the horizon and I have no idea how I will feed my family…

I will praise You!

Even though I’ve lost my job and I don’t know how I’ll pay the bills…

I will praise You!

Even though my grandma is on lockdown in a nursing home, I can’t visit her, and now she’s being tested for COVID-19…

I will praise You!

Even though I’ve lost a loved one to this terrible virus and my heart is broken…

I will praise You!

Even though the future seems so uncertain and I’m scared…

I will praise You!

Praising God is more than wishful thinking. It’s a resolve to have faith in hardship. And it’s understanding that even if we lose everything, we still have the God of our salvation.

Our confidence in our loving Father is unshakable because we know He has us in the palm of His hand. And we understand He will give us the strength to face whatever lies ahead.

This is the same confidence Habakkuk wrote about in verse 19.

 

The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

Deer never wonder if they’re gonna plummet to their death when they scale a rocky mountain cliff. They instinctively know their feet are made for it. They’re unwavering in their ascent, jumping higher and higher until they reach the top. Sure-footed and confident.

So, let’s keep ascending higher and higher in our faith, believing God is our strength in times of trouble. And allow Him to give us sure-footed deer’s feet as we praise Him through this pandemic.

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Your Labor is Not in Vain – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Your Labor is Not in Vain 1 Corinthians 15:58

Does it seem like no matter how hard you work nothing ever changes? Are you worn out from the demands of daily life? Believe me, I feel your pain. We’ve all been there and sometimes we just need a little inspiration to get through it.

No matter how weary or exhausted you feel right now, God doesn’t want you to remain there. He wants you to be energized and ready to take on the world. So, He gave us some much needed inspiration for a time such as this. Here’s His promise for a worn out, down-right tired heart.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
                                                                                                                                         1 Corinthians 15:58

Let’s break this down into bite sized pieces and find out exactly what Paul meant when he wrote these words.

My beloved brethren…

Like many of the promises within the Bible this one is meant for us, the body of Christ and not the whole world. God has so much that He wants to give us, but we must be a believer first in order to be partakers of His promises.

as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
                                                                                    2 Peter 1:3-4

Steadfast…

We are to be focused on Jesus, and to continue focusing on Him even when life throws us a curveball. At times, it can seem to be a hard task, but if we remain steadfast we will see a real change happening. Instead of the daily chaos of life, that steadfast attitude will turn into a peace that stays with us.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
                                                                                  Philippians 4:7

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Immovable…

Many people have called me stubborn over the years and I’m sure they didn’t mean it as a compliment. 😉 While being stubborn about silly things that don’t matter is not the right way to be, stubbornness in Godly things is always good. The Apostle Paul is calling on us to not be wishy washy, but instead to stand our ground and keep the faith when it really does matter. We know that God does not change, His ways are always the same. Likewise, we are to be, stubborn, single-minded and immovable in the ways of Christ.

God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
                                                              Psalm 46:5

Always abounding…

As I read this verse, the catchphrase, “under promise and over deliver comes to mind”. It’s about an abundance of love for our fellow man that flows out of us and covers them with the love of Christ. And it’s about going that extra mile even when we’re tired and exhausted because we want them to understand exactly who Jesus is and what He means in their life.

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
                                                                                   Hebrews 13:16

Work of the Lord…

The work of the Lord is wide and varied. It can mean different things to each one of us. So the question becomes, what has God asked of you specifically? At home? At work? At church? And in any other area of your life? If you are unsure of God’s plan for you, simply ask Him. He will tell you. Then when you have the answer, you can put it into practice in a way that is pleasing to Him.

equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever, Amen.
                                                                                   Hebrews 13:21

Not in vain…

Whatever we do for the kingdom of God, it will not be in vain. God has promised to reward us for our efforts. That reward may come in this life, and wouldn’t that be great? But if not in this life, our reward will definitely be waiting for us in the next.

And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
                                                                                  Revelation 22:12

When we labor for the Lord we lose nothing and gain everything. He has promised to equip us with what we need for the work He has given us. And He has promised to repay us a hundredfold for our sacrifice. So, my dear friend and fellow laborer, my prayer for you today is that you will not lose heart when fatigue sets in and that God will energize you for the work ahead. May God bless you and give you rest!

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God takes pleasure in the well being of His people. He wants to bestow blessing upon blessing to us. And this Bible Verse about Grace gives us a vision of God smiling down on us in our time of need. It’s a beautiful picture of our loving Heavenly Father and the grace He provides. May it fill your heart with goodness and grace today!

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Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? – John 10:11

Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? John 10:11

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. But it’s an intriguing and important question, so I did a little research.

In John 10, Jesus calls Himself the good shepherd many times. Today I’d like to explore four of the different aspects of what Jesus was talking about.

#1 Jesus is the door.

Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  John 10:7

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

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 pin. He did this to keep the sheep safely inside of the pin and to keep predators out.

Jesus is the door that 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.

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#2 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 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 has lead 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 and shepherd, Jesus.

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#3 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

When the shepherd called to his sheep, they could easily recognize his voice and they would come to him. But sheep are timid and scared animals and they will run and hide from someone they don’t know. Sheep may be timid, but they are smart enough to tell the difference between a stranger’s voice and the voice of their shepherd. They would never follow a stranger even if the stranger called to them the same way that their shepherd would call.

We can recognize our shepherd too. Because we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and because we have an intimate and personal relationship with Him, we can easily recognize His voice. 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.

#4 Jesus is the Savior

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.  John 10:11

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

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A shepherd takes care of and protects his sheep no matter what the cost. 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 find his sheep and bring it back into the fold.

How fortunate we are, that we have a Savior and Shepherd who died for us! Jesus willingly gave up His life as a sacrifice for us. Then He took it back up three days later because He has the power to do so!

Jesus is the Good Shepherd because He is our door and way to the Father. He is our leader and example. He is the voice that we know. And above all else, He is our Savior.

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Do you have a story to tell about how Jesus has been the Good Shepherd in your life? I’d love to read it, so please leave a comment below.

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Easter is almost here! And it promises to be a memorable one!

We might be celebrating in a slightly different way this year but in our house and our church, we’re preparing for this holiday just like we always do.

Part of that celebration is the annual Easter egg hunt. Soon, we’ll hard-boil eggs to dye them or fill plastic eggs with jelly beans and chocolate. The kids have a lot of fun decorating the eggs. And we have fun hiding them and watching as the kids hunt for the precious little things. Their faces lighting up in glee when they see the pastel colors peeking out from the grass.

But is there a deeper meaning behind this Easter tradition? What is the meaning of an Easter egg?

Traditionally, an egg represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new life we have in Him. The boiling symbolizes the sealing of the tomb where Jesus was laid. And the cracking of the egg is a symbol of Jesus’s resurrection, bursting forth in victory over death. These words of Jesus show us the importance of the resurrection.

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 11:25-26

With this one statement, Jesus told us so much about Himself and about our identity in Him.

I am the resurrection and the life…

Jesus is the resurrection. It was by His own power that He conquered death and rose from the grave. Jesus is the life. Because of Him, we can experience a new life through our belief in Him.

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He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live…

Physically we will all die, it’s just a fact. But spiritually, we have a choice of where we want to spend eternity. If we chose to follow, Jesus we will live in heaven forever with Him! If we chose not to follow Jesus, then we won’t have this promised spiritual life after death and we will be condemned to hell.

Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…

We should be living our lives here on earth for Jesus. We should be spreading the good news of salvation in Jesus to everyone around us. My pastor recently put it in perspective by sharing this. “Jesus is the headline, we are just the paperboy.” I love that statement! It speaks volumes to me and makes me see my role so much clearer.

Do you believe this?…

God is always concerned with the condition of our heart. With this simple question, Jesus is prompting us to take action! What is the condition of our heart? Do we believe and trust in Jesus? Are we certain about where we will go when we die? Have we given our lives over to Jesus? Are we living for Him right here and right now? These are the questions that we need to answer before we can move forward.

I hope that you will take the time during this Easter holiday to answer these questions in your life. To really nail down what motivates you.

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If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Savior yet, now is the time. The free gift of salvation is yours for the taking. If you have questions about what it means to be saved, you can read more about it in the Accepting Jesus section, or please go to your local church and ask the pastor to speak with you about it. I know they will be happy to talk with you.

If you are already a Christian and have fallen away from the faith or have lost the luster you once felt for Christ, Easter is the perfect time to reconnect with the joy of your salvation. There is a peace that only comes from knowing Jesus, and you can find it again. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

Happy Easter and May God bless you greatly!

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Bible Verses about Winter that will Set your Soul on Fire!

Bible Verses about Winter that will Set your Soul on Fire

Winter is a God given time of rest. A chance to hit pause and reflect on what He is doing in our lives. Because no matter what the season is, God still has a lot to say to us. In theses Bible Verses about Winter that will Set your Soul on Fire, we can read what the Ancient of Days is up to while the weather outside is a mix of rain, ice, and snow. Together, let’s allow His Word to warm our hearts and light a blaze within us.

 

For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
                                       

                                 Song of Solomon 2:11

For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’
He seals the hand of every man,
That all men may know His work.

                                  Job 37:6-7

 

You have set all the borders of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.

                                  Psalm 74:17

 

Out of the south comes the storm,
And out of the north the cold.
From the breath of God ice is made,
And the expanse of the waters is frozen.

                                 Job 37:9-10

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For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.                              

                                   Isaiah 55:10-11

 

He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

                                 Psalm 147:16-18

 

Praise the Lord from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;
 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

                                Psalm 148:7-8

 

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.

                                Isaiah 1:18

 

She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

                               Proverbs 31:21

 

“I watched till thrones were put in place,
And the Ancient of Days was seated;
His garment was white as snow,
And the hair of His head was like pure wool.
His throne was a fiery flame,
Its wheels a burning fire;

                                 Daniel 7:9

 

and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 

                                 Revelation 1:13-14

 

And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

                                 Matthew 28:2-6

 

 

These are just a few of the many Bible Verses about Winter that will set your soul on fire! I pray you will seek out more of them and most of all be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2) during this brief pause in nature.

Please leave a comment and let me know which of these scriptures spoke to your heart today.

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What is the Purpose of Life? -Matthew 28:18-20

What is the Purpose of Life? Matthew 28:18-20

Last week we discussed, “What is the Meaning of Life?” People have searched for the answer to this question since the beginning of time. They are hoping to find a meaning to all of the chaos we face. They mistakenly believe that if they can answer this one question, then all of their problems will fade away. As Christians we know that God gives us the answer in His Word. It’s surprisingly simple, yet powerful. If you missed last week’s post, you can read it here.

This week, I’d like to take the discussion one step further and look at the Purpose of a Christian’s life. Because we are followers of Jesus our purpose is different from the rest of the world. While most people are working hard to buy expensive possessions or rack up their 401k, we are called to achieve a more important goal.

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
                                                                                       Matthew 28:18-20

This passage of Scripture we all know as “The Great Commission”. But what does it mean in our lives right now? This verse is our purpose and our calling as Christians. It is a commandment from our Savior about how we should be living every day. Within this one commandment there are three distinct points about the purpose we have been given, and how we are to grow God’s kingdom.
 
Go and make disciples…
 
Some of us will have the opportunity to serve God in foreign countries. But most of us will serve God here in our own country. We don’t have to go to a far off land to follow the Great Commission. Wherever we are, and whatever we are doing it is our responsibility to tell people about Jesus. We can’t leave it to chance that someone else will do it for us. God puts us where He wants us to be and we can win souls for Him right here in our own backyards. All we have to do is look around us and we will see that there are so many people who are already in our lives that need Jesus. Whether it is our calling to serve God at home or abroad, we have been given the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill our purpose to make disciples.
 
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
                                                                                            Acts 1:8

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Baptize…
 
Baptism is an outward showing of our faith. It is a symbol of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Being baptized doesn’t save us, instead it shows the world that we are changed and have a new life in Jesus. When someone is saved, the next step is baptism. We need to make sure that we follow Christ’s command to baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit once they have received Jesus as their Savior. As always, Jesus is our example. He was baptized by John the Baptist and in doing so, fulfilled God’s will.
 
It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
 
                                                                                        Mark 1:9-11
 
 Teach…
 
Once someone that we have witnessed to is “saved”, our job isn’t over. They need to be taught the Bible and about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus. I’m very grateful for all of the wonderful people who poured their knowledge of Jesus into my young mind while I was growing up. Of course, my parents, but also many Sunday School teachers, VBS workers, Deacons and friends. They invested in my life and discipled me along the way. Now it’s our turn to be the teacher. All of the things we learned, probably many years ago, God tells us to teach to the new Christians in our lives. Jesus spent time, one on one, with people. He taught them all that God wanted them to know. He is our example of how to be a teacher, and how to invest in the lives of the people around us. Just as He gave His knowledge to the twelve disciples, we must pass on our knowledge to the people that we have witnessed. Then one day they will be ready to teach all that they have learned to the next batch of new Christians.
 
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
 
                                                                                       2 Timothy 2:2
 
While other people are worried about their place in life, we can rest easy. Our loving Heavenly Father has given us the answers the most pressing questions we face. What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? And what is our purpose? We now know that we were created for His glory and our purpose is to share Him with everyone we meet.
 
I’m so excited to bring this Bible study to you this week! And I hope that it will encourage you, as you go out into your personal mission field, wherever that may be! There are so many people in our lives who are lost and need Jesus. I pray that you will be able to show them Christ’s love. May the God of hope guide you as you fulfill the Great Commission!
 
Again, if you missed the first part in this series “What is the Meaning of Life?” you can find it here.

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What is the Meaning of Life? -Isaiah 43:7

What is the Meaning of Life? Isaiah 43:7

It’s the age-old question that scholars have pondered since the beginning of time…

What is the meaning of life?

For a Christian, the answer is very obvious. God doesn’t leave us in suspense. He tells us, in His Word, exactly why we were created.

Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory:
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.
                                    Isaiah 43:7

So the simple answer is this, we were made for God’s glory! We were put on this earth not for our own glory, but to bring glory to the One who created us.

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This revelation leads us to another, more important question…

How do we bring glory to God? Let’s take a look at a few verses that tell us some of the ways we can glorify Him.

#1 Praise God.

Whoever offers praise glorifies Me…
                                     Psalm 50:23

If we want to bring glory to God then the first thing we need to do is to praise Him. It’s easy to praise God when life is good. But sometimes praising God is the last thing in world that we want to do. Maybe times are tough and things aren’t going so great in our lives. But God doesn’t ask us to praise Him only in the good times. When we praise God, in good times and in bad, we bring glory to Him. No matter what our current circumstances are, we can rest assured that when we praise the God who made us for His glory, He will lift us up.

#2 Live our lives in a way that pleases God.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
                                 1 Corinthians 10:31

The way that we conduct ourselves can either bring glory to God or dishonor to His name. The world is watching us to see how Christians react. Most of us probably don’t think about if we are bringing glory to God when we are at work or school or wherever we are spending our time. It’s not really about what we are doing at these places, it’s if the people around us can see that there is something different about us. Do they see Jesus when they look at us? Or do we act just like the rest of the world? Sometimes I live up to that standard and sometimes I fail. But what’s important is to keep trying to set an example of why we are different. And that brings us to the last verse I’d like to look at today.

#3 Let your light shine.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
                                   Matthew 5:16

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I’m sure there is an unsaved person in your life that you know is watching you. They ask questions that they think you can’t answer or they point out the things that you do wrong and say, see they aren’t so perfect after all. We all have a few of those people in our lives and it’s our job as believers to shine our light in a way that shows them Jesus. I have people in my life like this too and I want so badly to show them the Savior. I try to be a good example of Christ’s love, but somehow I always leave feeling like I said or did the wrong thing. I wonder if I’ll ever get it right. But it’s a humble reminder that I am living my life not for myself but for Jesus, and whatever I say or do should bring glory to our Father in heaven.

We no longer need to ask the question, what is the meaning of life? If we are saved, then we already have the answer. So, let’s start living our lives to glorify God. He will surely bless us for it!

Now that we know the Meaning of Life let’s take it one step further and discover the purpose of a Christian’s life. Check out Part 2: “What is the Purpose of Life?”

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More Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love

More Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love

The “L” word, LOVE.

We’re drawn in by the promise it provides…

A special someone to buy heart shaped boxes of candy and red roses for us. A partner to hold hands with through life’s up and downs. A better half of yourself to share those cherished memories with as you grow old together. And someone who is completely devoted to you.

Last week we looked at several Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love, if you missed it you can read them here.

As we discussed then, Biblical love is the foundation of our Christian faith. It defines who we are in Jesus and brings us together as the body of Christ. And it’s a promise of all God has in store for us.

God has a lot to say to us about love. His Word is a promise of His perfect love. And an offer to hold us close when life becomes too much.

Since we barely scratched the surface last week, I’d like to share More Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love with you today. Together, let’s continue reading the many scriptures that reveal God’s love for us and be drawn in by the promise they provide.

How God Loves Us

Each of these scriptures show us the depth of God’s devotion. He is completely unwaverinig in His affection for His children. No matter what we do, or how bad we mess up, our Heavenly Father promises to love us with an everlasting love.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

                                             Romans 5:8

 

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

                                            1 John 3:1

 

The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.

                                           Zephaniah 3:17

 

But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them

                                           Nehemiah 9:17

 

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

                                           Jeremiah 31:3

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How We Should Love

It’s not enough for us to be loved by God. As His children, our greatest desire should be to show His love to those who need it. And these verses give us some pretty amazing tips on how to model our love on God’s love and spread it around to eveyone we meet.

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

                                              Ephesians 5:2

 

A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.

                                             Proverbs 17:17

 

with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

                                              Ephesians 4:2-3

 

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

                                             Luke 6:35

 

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

                                           Romans 13:8

We love Him because He first loved us.

                                            1 John 4:19

 

Love in the Psalms

I couldn’t end this Bible Study on love without some inspiration from the pslams. They’re filled with lovely words and encouragement straight from God’s heart to ours!

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

                                            Psalm 91:14

 

I will love You, O Lord, my strength.

Psalm 18:1

 

The earth is filled with your love, Lord;
teach me your decrees.

                                          Psalm 119:64

 

I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

                                         Psalm 89:2

 

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.

                                        Psalm 63:3

 

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.

                                       Psalm 143:8

 

Whew!!!.. We’ve covered a lot of Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love in these two posts, but there are still many more. I encourage you to look them up and be blessed by the truth they contain. Here’s just a snippet…

God loves you!

He is always there for you!

And He will never let you down!

P.S. Psalm 143 is a cry to God to see His unconditional love in action. And it’s a call to trust Him when we need guidance. This is the verse that really spoke to my heart today. And one we’ll look closer at next week in God’s Unconditional Love.

Please leave a comment below and let me know which verse spoke to you.

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Heartfelt Bible Verses About Love

Heartfelt Bible Verses About Love

Love makes us who we are, it defines us as people. We all want to be loved and to give love. We love our family, our friends and even our pets. And they love us back. No matter what, we always return to the ones who love us and accept us for who we are. In that sense, love brings us together when everything else tries to tear us apart. This kind of love is a wonderful thing to have!

But the kind of love I’d like to share with you today is Biblical love. At the very core of Christianity is love. It is the foundation of our faith in Jesus. Love defines who we are in Christ and brings us together as believers. Without love there wouldn’t be a pathway to salvation or even a reason to believe. But praise Jesus! We are loved by God and fully accepted by Him! And most importantly, no matter what may happen, we can always return to Him because of love.

So, together let’s look at these heartfelt Bible Verses about love and discover how the different kinds of Biblical love impact our lives.

 

What is Biblical love?

Biblical love starts with God, Himself. He is the very definition of love! And His every characteristic is a picture of what true love is.

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

                                                        1 John 4:16

 

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

                                                       1 John 4:8

The Hallmarks of Christian Love

These verses are the hallmarks of Christian love. And it is true that God is each of these things listed below. But these scriptures also give us a way to recognize real love when we see it. They are the benchmarks that we should measure love by. So as we read them we can ask ourselves… Is this how I feel? Is this how I am treated or how I treat others? All good things to consider when we look at what Christian love is all about.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 Love never fails.

                                                        1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

                                                        1 Corinthians 13:13

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God’s love for us

God loves us! And He showed His love by sending His Son to save us. And by doing so, made a way for us to spend eternity in heaven with Him.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

                                                         1 John 4:9-10

 

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

 

The love of Jesus for us

Just as God the Father loves us, so does the Son. Jesus gave up His rightful place in heaven, willing came to earth and freely died in our place. And because Jesus has risen from the grave we can claim this sacrifice of His love as our own and have eternal salvation in Him.

 

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

                                                        John 15:13

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                                       Romans 8:35-39

 

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

                                                        John 15:9-10

 

A Command to love the Lord your God

God has commanded us to love Him. I know, none us likes to be commanded to do anything. But when we follow this commandment, God’s blessing is on us and we receive so much more than we could ever imagine!

 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

                                                     Deuteronomy 6:5

 

But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

                                                    Joshua 22:5

 

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

                                                  Matthew 22:37-39

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A New Commandment to love one another

We all need the love of Jesus. So, if we are truly His followers, then it makes perfect sense that we should show the love of Jesus to everyone around us. And as these next scriptures attest to, Jesus has given us a new commandment to do just that. And if we love Jesus, we will obey Him and show an unsaved world who He is through love.

 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

                                                     John 13:34-35

 

If you love Me, keep My commandments.

                                                    John 14:15

 

Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God.

                                                     1 John 4:7

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Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

                                                    1 John 4:11

 

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

                                                    1 Peter 4:8

 

We have barely scratched the surface of all that the Word of God has to say on the subject of love. But I pray that these heartfelt Bible verses about love have encouraged you to seek the love of Jesus in your life and to show His love to everyone you meet. His love is the greatest gift that any of us could ever receive. And the greatest gift that we could possibly give to so many around us. May your faith be strengthened by His love and grace always!

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3 Ways to Grow in Grace

3 Ways to Grow in Grace

Grace is God’s love poured down on us. It’s a gift we don’t deserve, and no matter how hard we work, we can’t earn it.

Ephesians 2:8 tell us this simple truth…

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God

 

Grace through faith in Jesus saves us. But this only the beginning of a Christian’s salvation journey. So, what comes next?…

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

                                                     2 Peter 3:18

 

This verse is about becoming a mature Christian. It’s continuing to learn the Bible, pray, and seek God’s guidance in our lives. Because we can always dig deeper, stretch farther, and grow a little more in God’s grace.

Just like a tree needs certain nutrients to turn from a tiny twig into a towering oak, we also need life sustaining truth to grow in the faith.

Today we’re looking at 3 Ways to Grow in Grace. Each one takes us closer to understanding our Lord, Jesus Christ. And combined they show us the depth of God’s grace toward us.

So, let’s jump in and discover how we can grow in grace and knowledge.

 

#1 Prepare the Soil

Let’s face it… We all start out with a little rocky terrain. For some of us, it’s because we’re new Christians, learning the ways of the Lord from the beginning. For the rest of us, it’s contentment, not wanting to push the boundaries of our daily lives. We feel like we’ve already made it and our relationship with God is good enough.

But to get to the next level of spiritual maturity we must plow the field and prepare the soil to receive the seed.

Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.

                                                   Hosea 10:12

 

We’ve all heard the term, “fallow ground”. But what is it?

Fallow ground is abandoned land. It’s been unused for so long it has become hard and riddled with weeds. For it to become useful again it must be worked. The weeds pulled, the clumps of dirt broken up, and the rocks removed.

Over time our hearts can become fallow ground. We go through the motions, attending church each week, but never actually moving forward in our relationship with God. We’re on a hamster wheel of spirituality, never getting where we want to go.

But God is calling us to a new and exciting place. A deeper relationship with Him!

It’s time for us to get off the hamster wheel and onto the plow! The first step is to break up the fallow ground in our lives by clearing our hearts of unused space and readying our minds to receive God’s Word.

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#2 Water the Seed

We know from experience water is essential for anything to grow. And without it, all living things dry up and blow away.

So, it only makes sense that once we’ve plowed the field and planted the seed of God’s Word in our hearts, it needs to be watered before it can grow.

For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

                                            Jeremiah 17:8

This is an image of a Christian’s life. We are the tree, planted by the Living Water of Jesus Christ. When we spread out our roots, He gives us all that we need to overcome the heat and bear fruit. It’s a stark contrast to the uselessness of fallow ground. The tree, us, is always useful to God. It is alive and vibrant, growing leaps and bounds above everything else. All because it is watered by the Living Water of the One who saves.

It’s true, we will always have difficulties, because life is hard sometimes. And this verse is not a promise that our lives will be easy. Instead it’s a promise that God will take care of us when our drought comes around.

If we want to be fruitful, it’s as simple as planting ourselves next to Jesus and allowing Him to water the seed of God’s grace in our lives.

#3 Let the “Sonshine” In

Nothing grows in darkness. Expect maybe a mushroom, and who wants to be a mushroom?

As our tree analogy continues, we see the need for a little sunshine to enter the picture. Without it our tree won’t have the proper nutrients to survive. It will become weak and turn a terrible, sickly shade of yellow.

This is true of our spiritual lives too.

In the beginning, when God created the world, He commanded the light to shine and separated day from night.

When we became Christians, again God commanded the light to shine by flipping the switch in our hearts. Out of the darkness we once where, the glorious light of the Son shone.

That’s the moment of salvation. The time when we acknowledged who Jesus is.

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

                                                    2 Corinthians 4:6

 

By letting the “Sonshine” of Jesus in, real growth and knowledge happens! Without that moment of light, our hearts and minds wouldn’t be changed. We wouldn’t be a new creation in Christ. That’s Pure, Simple, Truth, ya’ll.

And since we’re speaking the truth today, I’d like to add this to the conversation… It’s not enough for us to have “Sonshine” in our hearts. We need to pass it on. It’s contagious and once you have it, you want to give it away.

There’s a quote from C.S. Lewis that I absolutely love… Don’t shine so others can see you, shine so that through you others can see Him.

Once we have the knowledge of who Jesus is, it’s our job, our honor and privilege, to share that truth with everyone we meet. So, let’s shine bright and let others see the Sonshine in us!

I pray you will take these 3 Ways to Grow in Grace and seek a closer relationship with the Lord. Don’t be afraid to plow the field, water the seed, and let the Sonnshine in. Combined they will take you farther than you ever imagined as you grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving

Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving means getting together with family and friends, breaking out the good china, cooking copious amounts of delicious food, then shoveling it in and wondering how we’ll ever make it to the Black Friday sales before our top buttons burst.

I’ve been looking at my family photo albums as I tend to do this time of year. And I have to say one thing stands out to me and it’s hilarious! Every single Thanksgiving picture I have shows my family in the very best light… forks raised, cramming food into our faces like it’s our last meal. Not one picture is of us laughing or hugging or telling stories, but you’ll just have to believe me when I say we shared those times too.

When I see these pictures my heart smiles. They bring back the cherishied memories of the wonderful times we spent together.  And they remind me how special each member of my family is. Each of them has a unique part to play in our family and what can I say… I love them!  🥰

Thanksgiving is also a time we set aside to reflect on everything that’s happened over the past year. Mostly we talk about the the good times, maybe even go around the table and say what we’re grateful for. (If you can get it all in before someone faints away from hunger.) But personally, I think it’s okay to talk about all the bad stuff too. Because without those hard times we wouldn’t appreciate the happy ones and the people that made them possible.

As I’ve grown a little older, Thanksgiving has become more than just a day on the calendar. And more than a once a year type of thing.

And the funny thing is… that’s how the Bible sees it too. There are a lot of Bible Verses about thanksgiving. Not the American holiday as we see it today. But instead, a heartfelt gratitude for God and all He has done in our lives.

So, with that in mind, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving. Each one shows God in His very best light… holding us up when we’re down and loving us no matter what. Because He is good, always so good!

I pray these scriptures will fill your heart with thankfulness for all our loving and faithful Heavenly Father has done this past year!

Be blessed and have a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

 

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

                                    1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

                                      Psalm 100:4

 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

                                     Psalm 107:1

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

                                   1 Chronicles 16:34

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You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

                                   2 Corinthians 9:11

 

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

                                   Philippians 4:6-7

 

 Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High.

                                  Psalm 50:14

 

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

                                 Jonah 2:9

 

For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;

                               1 Timothy 4:4

 

I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

                               Psalm 69:30

 

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

                               Colossians 4:2

 

Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.

                               Revelation 7:12

Turkey and cranberry sauce. Crescent rolls and pie. Kitchen counters overflowing with yummy food. Tabletops set with the good china. Warm hugs and carefree smiles. These are the pictures that fill my mind when I think of Thanksgiving. They comfort me and make me feel at home.

Do you have a picture in your mind’s eye of Thanksgiving? Is it something close to my crazy family photos? Or is it more subdued and Norman Rockwell like? However you’re celebrating this year I hope you see the goodness of God in your life and all He is doing for you right now. May your heart be filled with  thankfulness this holiday season!

Did one of these Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving strike a chord with you? Please leave a comment below and let me know which one. I promise to read and answer each comment. God bless! 😇

Just in time for Christmas! 🎄

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You Are God’s Masterpiece

You Are God's Masterpiece

Welcome to the final leg of our artistic journey of faith! If you missed the first two, The Master’s Hand, and God’s Muse, you can go back and read them from the beginning. See you when you get back…

Now the creative process begins…

A blank canvas stands on the easel.

Paint is mixed on the palette.

The muse is gracefully posed.

And the brushes are ready for the Master’s Hand.

The artist doesn’t hold back. He pours himself into the work knowing it will be a painstaking experience. But with hard work and determination, his greatest masterpiece will emerge.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

                                             Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

This verse is clear… You are God’s Masterpiece!

A priceless work of art carefully planned out and made according to the Master’s design. Each brush stroke inspired by His love and admiration for you.

Personally, it’s hard to see myself as a masterpiece. When I look in the mirror, I don’t see the same perfection I see on museum walls. Instead, I count every tiny flaw. And, believe me, there are a lot of them to choose from. So, I pick apart the masterpiece thinking I’m undeserving of the title.

Can you relate?

Comparison is hard too. In this social media obsessed world, all we see are the post worthy pictures of the perfect family vacation, the promotion at work, the shiny new car or house.

It’s easy to get caught up in the comparison trap. And it’s hard to understand how God could possibly say, “you are my masterpiece.”

But that’s exactly what you are…

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It didn’t happen suddenly or accidentally. The creative process was followed, and the work completed.

It started with a blank canvas. The moment God spun the world into motion, His master plan began to take shape. The intimate details of your life were accounted for as He sketched the outline of your being, painted your portrait, and carefully feathered in the background. He poured Himself into you, and over time, created the masterpiece that is you.

It was a painstaking process. And the final brushstroke of pure genius came as the nails were driven into the Savior’s hands.

It was the hard work of Jesus on the cross that made you a new being. He gave the very best of Himself that day, knowing you would emerge as His greatest masterpiece!

Now let’s dig deeper into that by reading the same verse from Ephesians again, this time from the NKJV translation…

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

This translation says we are God’s workmanship. It refers to the idea of building a great structure, a piece of architecture.

In this version God is the Master craftsman, building us from the ground up, turning us into the architect’s vision of a grand palace.

What I love most about this verse is the phrase, created in Christ Jesus… It was His blood that was poured out for us, His blood that painted the picture of victory in us, and His blood that created the masterpiece! Can I get an Amen!?

And His blood wasn’t shed without a purpose, this verse continues… for good work which God prepared beforehand. Like any great masterpiece, whether it’s a painting or architecture, there is a reason behind the creation.

You can bet, God didn’t make you just so you could hang on a gallery wall and look pretty. You were created in Christ Jesus for good works. This is the vision behind the creation of the masterpiece. It is your purpose here on earth to do good work for the kingdom of God! Good works that God prepared just for you before you were ever born.

So, if you look in the mirror and wonder, why on earth did God create me in the first place…

Remember you are the work of the Master Craftsman. Your purpose is found in Him.

You are a completed work of art for the ages. You are loved and adored by your Artist and Creator. He has poured Himself into creating you, and He will continue to do so every day! All because you are His Masterpiece.

TOMORROW: Each of these lessons, the Master’s Hand, God’s Muse, and You are a Masterpiece, have led up to the release of the Spring Collection 2019 from Master’s Hand Collection. I pray that each of these studies inspired you to search for God’s hand in your everyday life. Because it’s my heart’s desire for you to see His hand in the artwork and to feel His touch on your life! Please come back tomorrow when the Spring Collection arrives!

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God’s Muse

God's Muse

A few short days ago we began our artistic journey of faith with The Master’s Hand. On our first stop along the path from blank canvas to masterpiece, we talked about the Old Masters and their influence on our lives. Then we discovered the One True Master and the impact He plays in the journey. If you missed The Master’s Hand, don’t worry,  you can still read it here. 

Now, the second stop on our journey takes us to the inspiration behind the art.

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.

                                             Psalm 143:5

Muse is a funny word and it’s not used much in our modern vocabulary.

It means to carefully, thoughtfully weigh something in our mind.

And it can also refer to an artist’s source of inspiration. It can be a person, a thought, a poem, an object, or whatever gives the artist inspiration and leads them into the creative process.

As an artist myself, this is the definition of muse I think of…

In my mind, I see a beautiful girl with flowing long hair and perfect porcelain skin. She’s sitting in an artist’s studio as he paints her portrait. She captivates the artist, gives him creativity and influences the work of his hands.

For centuries the relationship between artist and muse has played a crucial part in the creation of art. The artist chooses their muse carefully, drawing on the inspiration they provide. The muse poses for the artist for the love and admiration they gain as the inspiration behind the artist’s work. This relationship is immeasurable as the artist pours themselves into the muse painting their likeness and discovering new aspects of their character to draw inspiration from over time. As the art takes shape, they form an unbreakable bond and create a portfolio of gallery-worthy art.

But for us, Christians, the word muse takes on a deeper meaning.

Why? Because…

We are God’s muse. That’s a surprising thought, isn’t it? 😊

God is our Master, the artist creating an image of us. And we are His muse, posing for the picture, adored by our artist, and inspiring Him as He paints the portrait of our lives. It’s a relationship that plays a crucial role in the creation of the art.

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So, let’s reflect on it for a moment…

Sometimes it seems like the painting will never be complete. We’ll be sitting in the studio, posing forever.  And the love and admiration of our artist feels lightyears away. During these times, it’s easy to forget we are God’s muse, His beloved, and the inspiration behind all He does.

But God is still at work, even when we can’t see Him. He is pouring Himself into us, painting over what doesn’t belong, gently touching up the edges, and watching as the art take shape.

We are the reason He puts paint to canvas. The reason He creates. All because we are His muse, His inspiration, and the object of His affection.

The relationship between artist and muse is evident in my artwork too. But I’ve flipped it around a bit.

My muse, my inspiration, is God’s hand. This is what I think about each time I take a picture or sit down at my computer to work.

But it extends beyond me. The desire in my heart is for you to see God’s hand for yourself. That’s what motivates me to create. When you view my art, I want you to see God’s hand reaching out to you. I want you to feel His gentle touch on you.

Can you see it? Is there a place in your life where God’s hand is working?

Let His hand be your muse just as much as you are His. Be inspired by all God is doing in your life right now!

Because one day soon, you’ll look back and remember the days of old. You will see how God had a plan for your life and how it came to pass. You will muse on the work of God’s hands as you view your life from afar. And the longer you know the Lord, the more profound it will become.

 

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ON TUESDAY:

The journey from blank canvas to masterpiece is a long one. An artist works diligently learning their craft and honing their skill. And with a little determination and inspiration, a gallery-worthy piece of art is created.

Together, we’ll embark on the final leg of our artistic journey this Tuesday. I hope you’ll come back then and discover the truth behind God’s masterpiece.

Until then,

Praying you will see God’s hand in your life!

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The Master’s Hand

The Master's Hand

Who were the Masters? And why are they important?

The “Master’s” were the artists who changed our world view by their brilliance and vision.

Leonardo Da Vinci is the first “Master” that comes to most of our minds. His paintings of the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper are two of the most important works of art to ever be created. With people traveling from all over the world to stand transfixed by the grace of the Mona Lisa’s smile, is it any wonder how he claimed the title of Master?

Michelangelo forever altered the way we think of architecture when he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. His incredible mural of the Creation of Adam made him one of the most influential artists of his time and secured his place in history.

Raphael’s beautiful interpretation of the crucifixion of Jesus in his masterpiece, Mond Crucifixion, conveys a realism that is unmatched by his counterparts. It is this mastery over realism that makes his works some of the finest pieces to come out of Europe and earned him status as a Master.

These three men are considered the trinity of the Renaissance. High praise indeed! Their combined work represents the cultural movement of literature, science, and art that blossomed during this brief but glorious time.

Their hands crafted priceless works of art by delicately brushing canvas to perfection, expertly chiseling marble into fine sculpture and molding raw clay into lifelike form.

Even now, hundreds of years after they left this earth, we are still learning from the wisdom of these Masters. Their magnificence hangs on the walls of the best museums and cathedrals the world has to offer. We view each piece with awe and wonder how such greatness could be achieved. Through their critical thinking and creativity, they have transformed our society.

Yet, even with that level of greatness, they still have nothing on the true “Master”!

As Christians, it is the Holy Trinity of Masters that we look to for our wisdom and truth. Their creativity is beyond human comprehension.  Still, it draws us in and gives us the vision we so desperately yearn for.

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God the Father laid the foundation of the world. When the earth was void and without form, He stretched out His hand and created the brilliant work of art we now call home.

I am He, I am the First,
I am also the Last.
Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth,
And My right hand has stretched out the heavens;
When I call to them,
They stand up together.

                                Isaiah 48:12-13

 

And His hand wasn’t finished… the Master craftsman molded us like clay into His likeness, making us a vessel for His kingdom.

But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.

                                Isaiah 64:8

When sin entered the world, it separated us from the Father. His work of art cut off and unfinished, unable to hang on the gallery walls of eternity.

But through the nail-scarred hands of the Son, Jesus Christ, sin no longer holds us in its grasp. We are saved and complete, a work of art worthy of His righteousness. Because of Him, it is finished. And our place in heaven is secure.

and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

                               1 Peter 2:24

Even now, as we struggle in our daily existence, the hands of the Holy Spirit lead us. He is our source of truth and a gift from the Father to help us in our time of need.

It is through the Holy Spirit that the vision of the Master is revealed. His hand draws us to the Father and creates a blank canvas for the Master to paint a beautiful portrait of His design.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

                               John 16:13

The Master’s Hand has done the impossible! He has chipped away the broken pieces of our lives and created a smooth sculpture. Turned our lumps of clay into beautiful pottery. And made a blank canvas into a masterpiece.

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STAY TUNED: Every artist has a creative process. And because each one sees the world in a unique way, the process varies from artist to artist. The Old Masters, like those we just discussed, sketched their thoughts before putting paint to canvas. The sculptor, Rodin, made small clay models or plaster casts and then cut them up before taking his ideas to the marble. For me, it starts with one word of scripture and then a color appears.

There are as many variations on the process as there are artists, but creation always starts in the mind. That’s the place where inspiration is free to swirl around until it forms a tangible piece of art.

On Saturday, I’d like to share with you the inspiration behind God’s creative process, because like all artists He has one. And I think it might just surprise you. So, I hope you’ll check back and discover His unique way of seeing the world.

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The Beauty of Autumn Leaves – Galatians 6:9

The Beauty of Autumn Leaves Galatians 6:9

Autumn is a time of change. The carefree days of Summer have passed and we look forward to a new season. Here in the Ozark Mountains, the temperature is falling and soon the Master’s paintbrush will turn the leaves from green to brilliant red, orange and yellow. The colors are so vibrant and there’s a sense of excitement for the change ahead. Since moving to Arkansas, Fall has become my favorite time of year. I revel in this brief moment of beauty that God gives to us.

But Autumn is also a time for new obligations. The beginning of school for the kids, Sunday school and Bible study classes, football practice, the coming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and so much more. We keep the wheels turning by taking care of our families, volunteering at church and witnessing to those around us who are not saved. And as much as we love doing all of it, these new commitments can leave us feeling stressed out and just plain tired. Sometimes, it can feel a little bit overwhelming.

So, during this busy time of year, let’s seek a little inspiration from the words of Paul to the Galatians.

And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
                                                                            Galatians 6:9

As women of faith, we endeavor to do what is right in God’s eyes. We want to do it all and be everything to everyone. But the challenge for us is, to do good and to not grow weary. When life becomes hectic and we start to feel like we’re being pulled in a lot of different directions, the truth of this verse is a source of encouragement for us. It has so much to say about how to get through these busy moments we all experience.

Let us not grow weary…

We all have times when we feel overwhelmed, discouraged, tired and downright unappreciated. In these moments, it’s easy to think that no one sees the good work that we do. But God does see the effort we put in and He doesn’t want us to give up and throw in the towel.

In due season we shall reap…

Sometimes it feels like that “due season” is just out of reach or will never come. But the seeds we sow today will determine what we reap in the future. God has a plan and He promises to reward us for all that we do in His name. His timing is different than our own and if we keep looking forward our season to reap that reward will come.

Do not lose heart…

We may feel like we’re drowning in a sea of endless things to do. And we may feel down and out, but all is not lost. God is on our side and ready to offer our heart the encouraging boost we need. But we have to be willing to take hold of that encouragement and use it in a way that will cause us to not lose heart.

Just as God creates the beauty of the autumn leaves, He also wants to create beauty in our lives. He knows that we’re only human and that we get tired and discouraged. When we’re down, He wants to encourage us to forge ahead and to not grow weary. And He promises us that when we do, we will reap the reward of a life well lived. So, during this time of great change in nature, I pray that we will revel in all the beauty God has put in our lives and in the beauty of Autumn leaves!

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sue

9/29/2017 09:21:07 am

Weariness is part of the curse, but I’m hiding in Christ with God (Col. 3:3) and learning to let Him to His thing through me.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/29/2017 02:58:39 pm

Hi Sue! Thanks for sharing this with me. I’m saying a prayer for you today. May God bless you!

Lyli @lylidunbar.com

9/29/2017 01:47:28 pm

Hi, Connie,

Welcome to Faith on Fire! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and creative artistry with us this week. I look forward to reading more from you in the weeks ahead.

Blessings,
Lyli

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/29/2017 02:49:12 pm

Hi Lyli! Thanks so much for welcoming me into your community at Faith on Fire! I’m looking forward to being a part of it and contributing in the weeks ahead.

Lani

9/30/2017 08:51:57 am

Beautiful writing

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/30/2017 10:15:25 am

Hi Lani! Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I appreciate it. God bless!

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7 Simple Ways to See God’s Hand in Your Life

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

There’s an anonymous quote I love. It says… Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.” That’s such a beautiful sentiment and one I can completely get behind.

Because the truth is, the more we look for God in our lives, the more we see Him. He is always at work behind the scenes, molding and shaping us into the people He wants us to become. And He is always protecting and loving us no matter what challenges we face.

Take a moment to imagine what it would be like to see God’s hand in your life.

What does His hand look like in your mind’s eye? Would it change your everyday life if you could see His hand clearer?

We’re all searching for God’s hand. Because at our core we know He is the answer to the problems we face every day. And we know if we could just figure out how to see His hand, our lives would turn around and be changed forever.

You’ve probably heard someone say,” I saw God’s hand in my life!”. It’s a phrase that comes up often in Christian circles, in conversations with other believers, or in testimonies given at church.

But what exactly does it mean to see God’s hand in your life? Is this something you’re supposed to look for? Or is it already there?

So, in our quest to find God’s hand, I decided to write a devotional…

7 Simple Ways to See God’s Hand in Your Life is completely free to download and written to help YOU find God’s hand in YOUR life. In this Bible Study, we’ll explore and answer the burning question, how can I see God’s hand in my life today? As we work our way through this short (and free 😊) Bible Study, we’ll look at six simple ways to see God’s hand in our lives.

#1 Walk Hand in Hand with God

A new beginning starts on day 1! To see God’s hand, take hold of it and learn to walk hand in hand with Him.

#2 Inscribed on His Hand

Day 2 is all about God’s deep and unwavering affection for us. This lesson will reveal the true nature of our relationship with Him.

 

#3 Protected Under a Mighty Hand

As we discussed before, the struggles we face are real. And the burdens and worry of life are never far away. But on day 3 we’ll discover the answer to life’s troubles and the perfect place to be when they hit us hard.

 

#4 A Generous Hand

God’s generosity is immeasurable! And His hand goes above and beyond to provide all we need. This is the truth we’ll explore on day 4.

 

#5 The Strength of God’s Hand

We all have times when we feel weak. But at our lowest, we have the strength of God’s hand to rely on. Day 5 offers us hope for our weakest moments.

 

#6 Secure in His Hand

It’s human nature to seek safety. On day 6 we’ll talk about where real security comes. I’ll give you one guess… That’s right, it’s God’s hand!

 

#7 is a Life Changer!

You won’t want to miss this special lesson on day #7. It will change everything you thought you knew about your relationship with Jesus!

I hope you’ll resist the temptation to jump ahead because each of the six lessons leads up to this life-changing truth!

Yah! Jazz hands! High fives! And a big thumbs up! 😊

Seeing God’s hand in everything is a hallmark of Christian life. His hand tells us the story of who He is and how He reaches out to us in our struggles. It’s an image of the divine interaction between God and His people. And it’s God’s characteristics, His very nature, that are on display when we feel His healing touch. And just like the anonymous quote above tells us… The more we leave our problems in God’s hand, the more we’ll see Him working in our lives!

So, if you’re ready, let’s get started on 7 Simple Ways to See God’s Hand in Your Life…

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15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope

15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope

Hope is a word that gets thrown around a lot.

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.

But 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. Where does hope, 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 strength, His faithfulness, and His special kind of hope!

Today, we’re looking at 15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope. Each one will fill you with hope as you store them in your heart for safekeeping.

So, let’s get started…

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

                                               Psalm 21:34

 

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

                                                 Psalm 71:5

 

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

                                             Psalm 146:5

 

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

                                             Jeremiah 17:7

 

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

                                              Lamentations 3:24

 

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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 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

 

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

                                           Romans 12:12

 

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

 

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

 

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

                                           Hebrews 10:23

 

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

 

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

 

When hope seems like a lost cause, these 15 Essential 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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