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Peaceful Bible Verses for Sleep

Peaceful Bible Verses for Sleep

Do you need some Bible Verses to help with sleep? In this Bible Study, we’ll read Peaceful Bible Verses for Sleep. Each one is a gift from God to help you lie down and have a restful night.

Sleepless nights happen to the best of us.

And it seems like, the more we toss and turn, the harder it is to fall asleep.

In my life, sleep is a commodity that is in short supply. So much so, I recently dreamed about sleeping. When I woke up, I even thought, how crazy it was that I dreamed of sleeping. But that still didn’t give me the restful night I desperately needed.

Thankfully, God’s Word, the Holy Bible is full of inspirational Bible Verses about sleep and rest. Each one of these scripture references is sure to give us a good night’s sleep.

So, if you’ve already tried cup after cup of sleepy time tea and still have insomnia, reading these Peaceful Bible Verses for Sleep before bedtime will set your mind at ease. And help you give it to God and go to sleep once and for all.

 

Psalms to Help You Sleep Tonight

When I need peace and comfort, the Psalms are the first place I turn to.

They are full of great Bible Verses to help us have peaceful sleep in God’s comfort.

So, the next time you find yourself tossing and turning, open your Bible and turn to the Psalms.

Here are some of my favorite Psalms about sleep.

 

 In peace I will lie down and sleep,

for you alone, Lord,

make me dwell in safety.

                           Psalm 4:8 NIV

 

Be still, and know that I am God.

                           Psalm 46:10

 

Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.

                          Psalm 116:7 NIV

 

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”                            

                             Psalm 91:1-2 NIV

 

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.

                            Psalm 91:5

 

I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me.

                     Psalm 3:5

 

For He shall give His angels charge over you,

To keep you in all your ways.                 

                          Psalm 91:11 NKJV

 

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

                         Psalm 127:2 ESV

 

It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.

                         Psalm 127:2 NKJV

 

Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord

who minister by night in the house of the Lord.

 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary

and praise the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion,

he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.

                         Psalm 134:1-3

Trust in him at all times, O people;

    pour out your heart before him;

    God is a refuge for us. 

                        Psalm 62:8 English Standard Version

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

                      Psalm 46:1 NIV

I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,

Until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

                     Psalm 132:4-5 KJV

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Comforting Bible Verses about Rest from Jesus

When you’re laying in bed, wide awake and wondering if sleep will ever come, this list of helpful Bible Verses about rest will give you the good night’s rest you’re looking for.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.                    

                              Matthew 11:28-30

 

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.        

                            Matthew 6:34 NIV

 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

                           John 14:27

 

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

                          John 14:1-3 ESV

 

And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.

                         Matthew 8:24 ESV

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

                        Matthew 8:24 NIV

And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.

                          Matthew 8:24 NKJV

These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

                          John 11:11 New King James Version

Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

                        Matthew 26:45 ESV

 

And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

                        Mark 14:41 ESV

It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.

                          Luke 12:38 NIV

 

Are you worn out and in need of rest? This Bible Study, Your Labor is Not in Vain, will help you lay your burden down at Jesus’ feet.

 

Scriptures about Anxiety to Read Before Bed

Stress causes us to have bad dreams and even nightmares sometimes.

But the Word of God offers us hope for sweet dreams.

These scriptures will help you let go of the anxiety and worry of the day and get a restful night’s sleep.

Read them before you go to bed and allow God’s peace to guard your heart and mind as you sleep soundly in His embrace.

 

When you lie down, you will not be afraid, when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

                                Proverbs 3:24 NIV

 

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 4:7 NKJV

 

casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

                                1 Peter 5:7 ESV

 

 You keep him in perfect peace

whose mind is stayed on you,

because he trusts in you.

Trust in the Lord forever,

for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.                         

                             Isaiah 26:3 ESV

 

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

 Therefore we will not fear,

                             Psalm 46:1-2

 

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

                             2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

 

 For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:

“In returning and rest you shall be saved;

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”

But you would not,

                            Isaiah 30:15 NKJV

 

“I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.

                           Ezekiel 34:25 ESV

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

                           James 1:17-18 NIV

The wolf and the lamb will feed together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. But the snakes will eat dust. In those days no one will be hurt or destroyed on my holy mountain, I, the Lord, have spoken!

                           Isaiah 65:25 NLT

He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;

He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;

He guards the paths of justice,

And preserves the way of His saints.

                         Proverbs 2:7-8 New King James Version

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

                          Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer,

Because of the turmoil within me.

                        Job 20:2 NKJV

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

                       Psalm 91:1 NKJV

Say to those who have an anxious heart,

    “Be strong; fear not!

Behold, your God

    will come with vengeance,

with the recompense of God.

    He will come and save you.”

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

    and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

then shall the lame man leap like a deer,

    and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.

For waters break forth in the wilderness,

    and streams in the desert;

Isaiah 35:4-6 ESV

 

What does the Bible say about insomnia?

There are many Bible Stories to help us with insomnia.

Because the Bible characters we love so much were a lot like us. They had times of hardship and victory. And sometimes experienced insomnia and nights of restless sleep too.

Through their stories, we can find help for the sleeplessness we all have from time to time.

And if you suffer from chronic insomnia, spending time in God’s Word is always a great way to spend the night.

 

Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.

                            Daniel 6:18 ESV

 

In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him.

                           Daniel 2:1

 

In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,

                           Job 33:15

Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;

                         2 Corinthians 6:4-6 NIV

That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.

                        Esther 6:1 NIV

In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the Lord thy God.

                        Deuteronomy 24:13 KJV

 

We could all use a little more peace of mind in this crazy world! So, read this Bible Study and discover 4 Easy Steps to Peace of Mind.

God Does Not Sleep Bible Verses

Our bodies need sleep to function properly. But God does not need to sleep like we do.

Because of this truth, we can have confidence that God is always watching over us, protecting us, and causing all things to work for our benefit. Even while we sleep. so, if you’re having trouble sleeping read this short list of God does not sleep scriptures and experience the good things God has in store for you as you rest peacefully in God’s embrace.

 He will not let your foot slip

he who watches over you will not slumber;

 indeed, he who watches over Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.                        

                          Psalm 121:4 NIV

 

Don’t Confuse Sleep and Laziness

Peaceful sleep is a gift from God for those who labor. He will give you rest and restore your energy for the work ahead.

But the Bible also says that laziness is a sin. And God will not reward us for it.

Below is a list of Bible Verses about the difference between sleep and laziness. They are a warning to all Christians to get up and do the work of the Kingdom for the glory of God!

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

                               Psalm 6:10 ESV

 

How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?                            

                             Proverbs 6:9 KJV

 

Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;

stay awake and you will have food to spare.

                             Proverbs 20:13 NIV

Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

                          Proverbs 20:13 King James Version

 

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

                          Ecclesiastes 5:12

Sweet sleep comes to those who work hard, regardless of how much or how little they’ve eaten. But the abundance of the rich keeps them awake at night.

                         Ecclesiastes 5:12 VOICE

The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.                      

                          Ecclesiastes 5:12 KJV

 

Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.

                         Proverbs 19:15 ESV

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

                        2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV

Do not carouse with drunkards

    or feast with gluttons,

for they are on their way to poverty,

    and too much sleep clothes them in rags.

                        Proverbs 23:20-21 NLT

As a door turns on its hinges, So does the lazy man on his bed.

                           Proverbs 26:14 NKJV

 

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Death is Sleep Bible Verses

 

These Bible passages liken death to sleep. In each one, we see the glory of God in a saint’s death( that’s us, all Christians). And the eternal life we have in knowing Jesus as our Savior.

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

                        Daniel 12:2 KJV

In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

                        Job 33:15-17 KJV

Bedtime Bible Prayers

Great prayers often come from great Bible verses.

So, if you’re wondering… How do I pray for peaceful sleep? Just before you lay down, read these bedtime prayer scriptures.

Use their words as a goodnight prayer. Then give it to God and go to sleep. You’ll see Him give you the rest you so richly deserve.

The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,

And in the night His song shall be with me—

A prayer to the God of my life.

                                Psalm 42:8 NKJV

 

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

                              Psalm 143:8 NIV

 

Consider and answer me, O lord my God;

light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,

 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”

lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

                             Psalm 13:3-4 ESV

 

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

                             James 1:5 NASB

 

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

                            Colossians 3:15 NIV

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

                           Colossians 3:16 NKJV

May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.

                         Ephesians 6:24 NLT

 

 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

     He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

     He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.

 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

 

 You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.

                         Psalm 23:1-6 ESV

 

Sleepless, restless nights may come our way. And we may have a period of time when insomnia takes over. But now that we have a long list of Peaceful Bible Verses for Sleep, finding God’s rest has never been so easy.

May the Word of God give you a peaceful night tonight.

Good night and sleep tight, dear friend!

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Powerful Bible Verses about Grace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God’s grace gives us salvation

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

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

                                              Ephesians 2:8-9

 

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

                                             2 Timothy 1:9

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

                                             John 1:17

 

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

                                            Ephesians 1:7

 

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

                                            Titus 3:3-7

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

                                       Ephesians 2:4-5 NKJV

 

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

                                     Titus 2:11-14 English Standard Version

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

                                    Titus 2:11-12 KJV

 

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

                                      Acts 4:33 ESV

 

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

                                     Matthew 19:16 ESV

 

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

                                    Romans 3:20 ESV

 

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

                                   Acts 10:43 ESV

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.

                                    Romans 5:15 ESV

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

                                 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 ESV

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

                                 Ephesians 1:6 KJV

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

                                    Psalm 84:11 KJV

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Saved By the Blood of Christ

But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation.

                               Hebrews 9:11 NIV

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

                                2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

                                 John 1:14 NIV

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

                                 John 1:14 NKJV

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,

                               Romans 1:1-5 ESV

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

                              Ephesians 1:7 NIV

He has saved us and called us to a holy life not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

                            2 Timothy 1:9-10 NIV

who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

                            1 Peter 1:2 NIV

God gives us grace upon grace

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

 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

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

                                           James 4:6

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

                                        James 4:6 KJV

 

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

 

                                          John 1:16

 

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

                                         2 Corinthians 9:8

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

                                  Romans 11:33 NLT

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

                                 Ephesians 4:7 English Standard Version

 

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

                                1 Peter 4:10 NIV

 

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

                                Romans 5:17 ESV

 

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

                                Proverbs 3:34 KJV

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

                               Romans 12:3 KJV

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Jesus said My grace is sufficient for you

What power does grace give us?

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

 

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

                                      2 Corinthians 12:9

 

 

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

                                      Hebrews 4:16

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

                                    Hebrews 4:16 NIV

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

                                Hebrews 4:16 ESV

 

But 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

 

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

                               2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

 

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

                                Acts 20:32 NKJV

 

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

                               2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NIV

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

                              Acts 20:24 NIV

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

                            Acts 20:24 NKJV

So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.

                           Hebrews 13:9 NLT

 

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

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

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

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

                                      2 Peter 3:18

 

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

                                        Titus 2:11-14

 

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

                                         2 Peter 1:2

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

                                2 Peter 3:18 ESV

 

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

                               Ephesians 4:15 NIV

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

                                Colossians 3:16 KJV

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Amazing Grace Bible Verse

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

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

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

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

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

                                  Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV

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

                                 Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.

                                 Proverbs 16:6 ESV

Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

                                     Acts 14:3 NKJV

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and great grace was upon them all.

                                       Acts 4:33 KJV

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The Meaning of Grace

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

                               Romans 11:6 NIV

  

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

                              Hebrews 10:29 NKJV

 

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

                              Romans 5:1-2 NASB

 

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

                              Genesis 6:8 NKJV

 

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

                              2 Corinthians 8:9 English Standard Version

 

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

                              Romans 4:16 NKJV

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

                              Matthew 5:48 NIV

 

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

                               Ephesians 2:1-7 ESV

Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace.

                             2 Corinthians 1:12 NIV

Prayers for the Grace of God

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

                              Hebrews 4:16 NLT

 

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

                              2 Corinthians 13:14 NASB

We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

                              2 Thessalonians 1:12 NIV

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

                              Romans 16:20 NIV

May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.

                             Ephesians 6:24 NLT

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

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Inspiring Bible Verses about Tithing

Inspiring Bible Verses about Tithing

Tithing is a touchy subject. In my church, we only discuss it once or twice a year. But giving a tithe is a blessing from God and it should be honored as such. So, in this devotional, we’ll read Inspiring Bible Verses about Tithing. Once we understand what God’s Word has to say, we’ll have a new appreciation for the tithes and offerings we give to the Lord.

Let’s start with…

Top 10 Tithe Bible Verses

If you’re in a hurry and just want to read through a few scriptures on tithing, here’s a helpful list of the top 10 Bible verses about tithing.

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

                                Malachi 3:10 ESV

 

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

                                2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV

 

Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

                                    Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV

 

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

                                      Acts 20:35 ESV

 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

                                     Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV

 

Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.

                                    1 Timothy 6:18 NLT

 

For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.

                                    Malachi 1:11 ESV

 

On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once.

                                  1 Corinthians 16:2 NLT

 

“Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering.

                                  Exodus 25:2 NKJV

 

Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.

                                   Luke 12:33 NIV

Now let’s go deeper into God’s Word and discover what He wants us to know about tithing.

The best place to begin is…

 

First time Tithe is mentioned in the Bible

In Leviticus 27, the tithe is first introduced into law. This scripture is a reminder that all we have comes from God. And we learn the act of giving back one tenth to Him is holy to the Lord.

And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.

                                    Leviticus 27:30 New King James Version

 

Why does the Bible tell us to tithe?

Paying tithes is bigger than just giving ten percent of what we earn to the church. When we offer our tithes to God, we are acknowledging what He has given us.

It’s because of God’s hand working in our lives that we have the ability to make a living, to begin with. And when we understand this fact, we move beyond simply getting by and start growing true wealth.

The truth is, God isn’t concerned with money. And money isn’t what tithing is really about. It’s what is in our hearts that God truly cares about.

He understands our concerns about daily living and our desire for security. He knows we see money as our way to a secure future. And He wants to give us want we need to survive the day-to-day and so much more.

But He also wants to give us a different kind of security that lasts through the ages.

So, here are some tithing scriptures that remind us God is the source of our wealth and security.

Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,

for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;

you are exalted as head over all.

Wealth and honor come from you;

you are the ruler of all things.

In your hands are strength and power

to exalt and give strength to all.

                                 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 NIV

 

You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

                                 Deuteronomy 8:18 ESV

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Where did tithing 10% come from?

We’ve been taught in church that a tithe is 10 percent of our earned income. But where does that number come from? In these Bible verses about tithing 10 percent, we learn about the tenth part or tithe presented to God as holy.

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear,  so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God,  and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”

                                Genesis 28:20-22 ESV

 

The entire tithe of the herd and flock– every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod– will be holy to the LORD.

                                   Leviticus 27:32 NIV

 

When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.

                                   Deuteronomy 26:12 NIV

And he blessed him and said,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,

    Possessor of heaven and earth;

and blessed be God Most High,

    who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”

And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth,  that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’

                                   Genesis 14:19-23 ESV

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Bible Verse about Robbing God

Is not tithing robbing God? In Malachi 3 we learn the answer to this pressing question is… yes! God sees withholding our tithe as robbing Him.

And the consequences of robbing God are dire.

Because, if we continually rob God of our tithe, we are also robbing God of glory. When we decide not to tithe, we are depriving ourselves of His glory in our lives. And taking away the great blessings He wants to give us. Ultimately, we are robbing ourselves.

But when we combine both of these Bible verses about tithing from Malachi 3 below we see the Lord’s generosity poured out to those who offer tithes to Him.

 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

                                    Malachi 3:7-9 King James Version

 

I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.

                                     Malachi 3:11-12 NIV

If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it.

                                   Leviticus 27:31 ESV

Old Testament Verses on Tithing in the Bible

During Old Testament times, the people lived under the Law of Moses. And tithing was an important part of the law of the Lord.

The word tithe may not be our favorite in the English language. But what we do as Christians matters! As God’s people, it is important for us the follow God’s law to the letter.

So, in these Old Testament verses about tithes and offerings, we will read about the importance of giving back. Each one shows us how God uses His people to continue the work of the Kingdom through building the church, paying ministers, giving to the poor, and so much more.

And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. So they came, both men and women. All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicating an offering of gold to the Lord.                               

                                  Exodus 35:21-22 ESV

 

To the sons of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel as an inheritance, in return for their service which they perform, the service of the tent of meeting.

                                  Numbers 18:21 NASB

 

 “Moreover, you shall speak and say to the Levites, ‘When you take from the people of Israel the tithe that I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution from it to the Lord, a tithe of the tithe.

                                  Numbers 18:26 ESV

 

You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.

                                 Deuteronomy 14:22-23 ESV

 

“Come to Bethel, and transgress;

to Gilgal, and multiply transgression;

bring your sacrifices every morning,

your tithes every three days;

 offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened,

and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them;

for so you love to do, O people of Israel!”

declares the Lord God.                           

                                 Amos 4:4-5 ESV

 

And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.                           

                                2 Chronicles 31:4-5 ESV

 

Then they faithfully brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts.                              

                                2 Chronicles 31:12 NIV

 

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

At that time men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, firstfruits and tithes. From the fields around the towns they were to bring into the storerooms the portions required by the Law for the priests and the Levites, for Judah was pleased with the ministering priests and Levites.

                                Nehemiah 12:43-44 NIV

 

In the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah all Israel gave the portions for the singers and the gatekeepers, a portion for each day. They also consecrated holy things for the Levites, and the Levites consecrated them for the children of Aaron.

                               Nehemiah 12:47 NKJV

 

All Judah brought the tithes of grain, new wine and olive oil into the storerooms.

                               Nehemiah 13:12 NIV

 

Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

                                 1 Kings 17:13-16

 

And they received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing,  and said to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.                                 

                                     Exodus 36:3-7 ESV

 

“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

                                     Haggai 1:9-11 NIV

One who is slack in his work is brother to

one who destroys.

                                   Proverbs 18:9 NIV

 

The stingy are eager to get rich

and are unaware that poverty awaits them.

                                  Proverbs 28:22 NIV

 

With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble—all of these in large quantities. Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple:

                                 1 Chronicles 29:2-3 NIV

 

and for the other gold and silver work to be done by the craftsmen. Now then, who will follow my example and give offerings to the Lord today?”

 Then the family leaders, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the generals and captains of the army, and the king’s administrative officers all gave willingly. For the construction of the Temple of God, they gave about 188 tons of gold, 10,000 gold coins, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, and 3,750 tons of iron. They also contributed numerous precious stones, which were deposited in the treasury of the house of the Lord under the care of Jehiel, a descendant of Gershon.

                                1 Chronicles 29:5-8 NLT

 

Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the Lord; and King David also rejoiced greatly.

                                 1 Chronicles 29:9 NKJV

 

Some of the heads of families, when they came to the house of the Lord that is in Jerusalem, made freewill offerings for the house of God, to erect it on its site. According to their ability they gave to the treasury of the work 61,000 darics of gold, 5,000 minas of silver, and 100 priests’ garments.                                      

                                       Ezra 2:68-69 ESV

 

 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.

 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.

If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

                                    Psalm 50:10-12 King James Version

 

Then celebrate the Festival of Weeks to the Lord your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the Lord your God has given you.

                                   Deuteronomy 16:10 NIV

 

But a generous man devises generous things,

And by generosity he shall stand.

                                    Isaiah 32:8 NKJV

And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be chief over the chief of the Levites, and have the oversight of them that keep the charge of the sanctuary.

                                  Numbers 3:32 KJV

And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the Lord.

                                  Exodus 24:5 KJV

Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.

                                 Genesis 14:18 NKJV

We obligate ourselves to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the Lord;

                                Nehemiah 10:35 ESV

As it is also written in the Law, we will bring the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, of our herds and of our flocks to the house of our God, to the priests ministering there.

                                Nehemiah 10:36 NIV

We will also bring the first of our dough, our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the new wine, and the oil to the priests at the chambers of the house of our God, and the tithe of our ground to the Levites, for the Levites are they who receive the tithes in all the rural towns.

                                   Nehemiah 10:37 NASB

On that day men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the offerings, the first part of the harvest, and the tithes. They were responsible to collect from the fields outside the towns the portions required by the Law for the priests and Levites. For all the people of Judah took joy in the priests and Levites and their work.

                                  Nehemiah 12:44 NLT

And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that pass under the herdsman’s staff, shall be holy to the Lord.

                                  Leviticus 27:32 ESV

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Tithes and Offering Scriptures in the New Testament

Tithing in the New Testament is a lot like it was in Old Testament times. Christians still fund the work of the church and give to the needy. The difference is now we live under Messianic law.

Jesus changed everything when He died on the cross for our sins. And these tithes and offering scriptures give us a glimpse of His glory. Because when we obey the command to tithe, we are showing the world the love of Jesus for all people.

 

Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

                                      Luke 18:9-14 NKJV

 

 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,  they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 

                                     2 Corinthians 8:2-5 NIV

 

Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.

                                   2 Corinthians 8:7 NLT

 

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine.  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

                                  2 Corinthians 8:8-9 ESV

 

And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. or if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

                                   2 Corinthians 8:10-12 NIV

 

We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.

                                    2 Corinthians 8:20-21 ESV

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

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

                                     Matthew 6:27-32 NIV

 

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.  They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

                                  Mark 12:41-44 NIV

 

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

                                  1 Timothy 6:6-8 NIV

 

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

                                   1 Timothy 6:9 ESV

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

                                  1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV 

 

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

                                  1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV

 

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

                                   Hebrews 6:10 NIV

 

For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

                                   Hebrews 7:1-2 King James Version

He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.

                                   Hebrews 7:3 ESV

Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?

                                   Hebrews 7:11 ESV

And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers, though these also are descended from Abraham.

                                    Hebrews 7:5 ESV

 

Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.

                                    Galatians 6:6 NKJV

 

having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

                                    Colossians 2:14 NIV

For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the Holy Place by the high priest as an offering for sin are burned outside the camp.

                                 Hebrews 13:11 NASB

 

What did Jesus say about tithing?

Have you ever wondered, what did Jesus say about tithes and offerings?

The Savior taught us many things while He was with us here on earth. And tithing was no different.

Jesus has a lot to say about how we should tithe and what we should focus on.

Like God the Father, Jesus’ concern is not for money. Instead, He challenges us to store up treasures in heaven, meaning to do the work of God’s Kingdom rather than dwelling about financial matters.

In these Bible verses about tithing, Jesus encourages us to stop worrying about today and think about eternity.

 

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

                                    Matthew 23:23 NIV

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

                                  Matthew 23:23 NKJV

 

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

                                    Matthew 6:1-4 NIV

 

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

                                      Luke 18:22-27 NIV

 

But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

                                       Luke 11:42 ESV

 

 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

                                     Matthew 19:21 NKJV

 

But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

                                     Luke 12:48 NKJV

 

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

                                 Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums.

                                 Mark 12:41 ESV

 

And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.

                                    Mark 12:43 ESV

 

 

Read More about How to Store up Treasures in Heaven in this Devotional.

 

What does Paul say about tithing?

The Apostle Paul encouraged generosity when he wrote to the church at Corinth. And his instructions to them are a great lesson for us too. In the following Bible Verses about tithing, we learn the importance of being a cheerful giver and serving the Lord with a generous spirit.

 

So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;

their righteousness endures forever.”

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 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.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

                                2 Corinthians 9:5-13 NIV

On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

                                1 Corinthians 16:2 NIV

I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit.

                                  Romans 15:16 NLT

 

Bible Verses about Giving to Others

Have you heard the saying… sharing is caring? That’s what these next offering scriptures are all about.

Giving to others is a big part of our faith. And it’s an important part of God’s will for all Christians.

Our generosity to others, whether they’re fellow believers or not, is a direct reflection of God’s generosity to us. It’s through giving and sacrificing that we learn the depth of God’s grace in our own lives.

So, give generously and God will bless you greatly.

 

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

                                       Luke 6:38 NIV

All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

                                       Acts 2:44-45 NIV

 

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

                                      Romans 12:13

 

Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

                                     Hebrews 13:16 NIV

 

And you shall not neglect the Levite who is within your towns, for he has no portion or inheritance with you.

“At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns. And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.

                                 Deuteronomy 14:27-29

 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

                                    Romans 12:1 NKJV

 

Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,

but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

                                   Proverbs 28:27 NIV

 

 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

                                  Matthew 25:35-40 ESV

 

If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

                                      1 John 3:17 NLT

 

 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.

                                      Galatians 2:10 NIV

“When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your increase in the third year – the year of tithing – and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your gates and be filled,

                                    Deuteronomy 26:12 NKJV

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.

                                   2 Corinthians 8:1-5 ESV

There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

                                  Acts 4:34-35 ESV

 

How to Tithe Correctly

The book of Malachi along with an assist from Haggai teaches us how we should tithe.

In each verse below we learn about giving God our very best. Because God is good and He always offers us His best. So, shouldn’t we do the same for Him?

If you’re wondering how to tithe correctly, these scriptures will teach you what God has to say about giving tithes and offerings.

 

“A son honors his father,

And a servant his master.

If then I am the Father,

Where is My honor?

And if I am a Master,

Where is My reverence?

Says the Lord of hosts

To you priests who despise My name.

Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’

“You offer defiled food on My altar,

But say,

‘In what way have we defiled You?’

By saying,

‘The table of the Lord is contemptible.’

                                 Malachi 1:6-7 NKJV

 

 When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.

“Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty.

“Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands.

                                 Malachi 1:8-10 NIV

 

“All except you. Instead of honoring me, you profane me. You profane me when you say, ‘Worship is not important, and what we bring to worship is of no account,’ and when you say, ‘I’m bored—this doesn’t do anything for me.’ You act so superior, sticking your noses in the air—act superior to me, God-of-the-Angel-Armies! And when you do offer something to me, it’s a hand-me-down, or broken, or useless. Do you think I’m going to accept it? This is God speaking to you!

                                 Malachi 1:12-13 MSG

 

“Cursed is the cheat who promises to give a fine ram from his flock but then sacrifices a defective one to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “and my name is feared among the nations!

                                 Malachi 1:14 NLT

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

                                 Malachi 3:10 NIV

 

“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

 Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord.

                                      Haggai 1:5-8 NIV

 

No one should appear before the Lord empty-handed: Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.

                                    Deuteronomy 16:16-17 NIV

 

What does God promise when you tithe?

When we tithe or give ten percent of what God has blessed us with, He promises to bless us in return. He will bless everything we do and give to us in abundance.

In fact, tithing is the one thing God says we can test him on! In every other circumstance, God says do not test Me!

But tithing is different. God wants to give us more than we could ever imagine. That doesn’t mean we’ll become millionaires or that we’ll never have to work again. It means God will take care of us in every area of life, financially and spiritually.

So, put God to the test and start tithing today! He promises you will see the results. And the blessing of the lord will be on you wherever you go!

The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.

                                 Deuteronomy 28:12 NIV

 

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!

                                    Malachi 3:10 NLT

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and put Me to the test now in this,” says the Lord of armies, “if I do not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

                                    Malachi 3:10 NASB

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

                                    Romans 6:23 NKJV

 

 

Tithes and Offering Prayer

 

To end our study about tithing, I thought we should read some Bible Verses about Tithing that offer God praise for all He gives to us.

They both make a great prayer. Because praying scripture is a powerful way to speak with God.

So, use them as a starting point for prayer and see where they take you.

 

Now, our God, we give you thanks,

and praise your glorious name.

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

                              1 Chronicles 29:13-14 NIV

 

“O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own. I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You.

                            1 Chronicles 29:16-17 NKJV

 

My personal prayer is that these Inspiring Bible Verses about Tithing have been helpful and will encourage you to begin giving. And most of all, that you will see God’s hand blessing you today!

Where Should You Give Your Tithe?

It’s important to remember when you tithe you are giving to the Lord, not to a church or charity. And no matter where you tithe, God will be faithful to use this money for His Kingdom. But if you’re not sure where to send your tithe, I wanted to give you a few ideas…

#1 Your Home church. 

Giving to the church you’re already a member of is always a great idea. It’s easy and God will use your tithe to support your local church and the surrounding community.

#2 A Local Deaf Church.

You might be surprised to learn that only 2% of deaf people worldwide have ever “heard” about Jesus. I know I was! And this makes the deaf community one of the most under evangelized groups of people.

It’s our job as Christians to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who need it. And giving to your local deaf church would be a wonderful way to do this and help out a church that is working within the deaf community to turn that sad 2% number around. Plus, deaf churches are greatly underfunded and could always use the help!

You can just Google to find a deaf church in your area.

Or you can give to this extraordinary church… Bethel Deaf Fellowship. I have a great relationship with this church and I know they would appreciate your tithe. And just in case you’re wondering… this is where I tithe.

 

 

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Bible Verses about Joy that will Fill Your Heart with Gladness

Bible Verses About Joy that will fill your heart with Gladness

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

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

Today I’m playing “The Glad Game” by channeling my inner Pollyanna and sharing these Bible verses about joy that will fill your heart with gladness. Because that one word joy has the power to change everything!

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

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

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

It’s through His Word, God teaches us how to overcome the difficult times we are faced with every day and understand that our best days are still ahead.

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

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

                                                            Philippians 4:8

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

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

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

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

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

Are you ready for the feeling of joy God has in store for you? Good! Let’s start with some of my favorite Bible Verses about the Joy of the Lord.

Best Bible Verses about Joy in the Lord

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

                                                      Nehemiah 8:10

 

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

                                                     Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

 

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

                                                      Psalm 16:11 NKJV


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

                                                    Psalm 16:11 NIV

 

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

                                                      Acts 2:28

 

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

                                                   John 15:11

 

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

                                                   Romans 15:13

 

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

  

Bible Verses about Joy and Happiness

 

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

                                                   Psalm 4:7

 

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

                                                   Hebrews 1:9

 

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

                                                  Proverbs 16:20

 

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

                                                Romans 14:22

 

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

                                              Isaiah 9:3 NIV

 

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

                                             Zephaniah 3:17 NASB

 

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

                                            Zephaniah 3:17 KJV

 

Bible Verses about Joy in the Morning

 

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

                                                      Psalm 30:5

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

                                               Psalm 30:5 KJV

 

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

                                                   Psalm 130:6

 

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

                                                  Psalm 143:8 NIV

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Bible Verses about Joy in Suffering

 

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

                                                    1 Peter 4:12-13

 

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

                                                     James 1:2-4 NKJV

 

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

                                                    James 1:2 NIV

 

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

                                                     John 16:22

 

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

                                                    1 Peter 1:7-8 NKJV

 

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

                                                   1 Peter 1:7-8 NIV

 

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

                                                  1 Peter 1:9 NASB

 

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

                                                 Romans 5:3 ESV

 

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

                                                1 Thessalonians 1:6 NKJV

And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.

                                            1 Thessalonians 1:6 KJV

 

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

                                              2 Corinthians 7:4 ESV

 

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

                                              2 Corinthians 7:4 NLT

 

For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,

                                            Philippians 1:29 ESV

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

                                          2 Thessalonians 3:5 NIV

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Uplifting Joyful Bible Verses

 

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

                                                     Isaiah 12:3

 

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

                                                   Hebrews 12:2

 

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

                                                 Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV

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

                                                Hebrews 12:3 NLT

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

                                                   Habakkuk 3:18

 

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

                                                  Jude 1:24-25

 

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

                                                   Galatians 5:22-23

 

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

                                                Isaiah 61:10 NKJV

 

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Bible Verses about Joy and Thankfulness

 

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

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

                                               Psalm 95:1-3 NIV

 

With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:

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

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

                                                 Ezra 3:11 NIV

 

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

                                                Colossians 2:6-7

 

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

                                               Ecclesiastes 9:7 ESV

 

 

Beautiful Psalms about Joy

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

                                            Psalm 126:3 NIV

 

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

                                          Psalm 21:1 NKJV

 

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

                                          Psalm 51:12 ESV

 


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

                                          Psalm 37:4 ESV

 

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

                                        Psalm 136:1 ESV

 

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

                       Psalm 95:1 English Standard Version of the Bible

 

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

                                       Psalm 119:111 NASB


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

                                     Psalm 22:26 NLT


the precepts of the Lord are right,

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

                                    Psalm 19:8 ESV

 

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

                                        Psalm 94:19 ESV

 

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

                                       Psalm 118:24 KJV

 

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

                                       Psalm 20:5 NIV

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

                                     Psalm 100:2 NIV

You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.

                                    Psalm 63:5 NLT

 

Inspirational Old Testament Scriptures on Joy

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

                                       Proverbs17:22 NASB

 

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

                                       Proverbs 17:22 NIV

 

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

                                      Joel 1:12 NIV

 

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

                                         Isaiah 65:18 NLT

 

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

                                        Nehemiah 12:43 NIV


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

                                       Jeremiah 15:16 NASB

On the following day he sent the people away. They blessed the king and then went home, joyful and glad in heart for all the good things the Lord had done for his servant David and his people Israel.

                                       1 Kings 8:66 NIV

 

On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the Lord had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel.

                                      2 Chronicles 7:10 NIV

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Encouraging New Testament Scriptures on Joy

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

                                        Romans 14:17 NIV


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

                                       3 John 1:4 NASB

 

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

                                     Romans 15:30-32 NKJV

 

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

                                    Matthew 25:23 NKJV

 

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

                                    Luke 2:10-11 NASB

 

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

                                      Romans 5:1-2 NKJV

 

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

                                     Luke 15:7 NIV


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

                                      Luke 15:10 NKJV

 

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

                                     1 Timothy 6:6

 

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

                                      John 4:36 NLT

 

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

                                       Acts 20:24 NKJV

 

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

                                      Philippians 2:1-2 ESV

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                      Hebrews 12:2 NIV

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

                                    James 1:2-4 ESV

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

                                   Philippians 4:1 NIV

And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

                                     Acts 13:52 KJV

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

                                   Matthew 13:44 NKJV

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

                                     2 Corinthians 9:7 NKJV

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

                                     1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV

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

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

We can have that same gumption too.

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

And when we follow the simple guidance inside of these verses about joy from the Word of God, the fruit of the Spirit… love, joy and peace will be with us wherever we go. And we will experience joy as we never have before.

We can be sure people will see the difference in us. Before we know it, the joy of the Lord will spread like wildfire to all those around us. And God’s joy will have a lasting, positive effect on our communities.

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

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

May the grace, peace, and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! Because a joyful life in Christ awaits!

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Life-Changing Bible Verses about the Seasons

Life-Changing Bible Verses about the Seasons

Do you wonder… What does the Bible say about the 4 Seasons? In this Bible Study, we’ll read Life-Changing Bible Verses about the Seasons and discover how God made the four seasons for a purpose. And how they help us navigate each season of life.

God created each season for a purpose.

In each of the four seasons, nature abounds with God’s glory. The beautiful Spring flowers lead us into the warm Summer days. Vibrant fall foliage fades into gently falling snow. These pictures of the beauty of nature remind us of God’s hand working in our lives.

Because each season represents a time in our life as well.

Spring gives us a new beginning. The Summer season is a time to work. Fall is a time to reap what we’ve worked so hard for. And Winter a time of much needed rest.

The glory of the Lord is always on display in our lives if we’ll just take a moment to look for it. So, is it any wonder that God’s Word has a lot to say to us about the Seasons?

Let’s dive in and learn the meaning of the seasons and how God meant for them to guide us through life.

Four Seasons in the Bible Meaning

The meaning of the four seasons and how they apply to our everyday lives can be summed up in this Bible verse from the book of Ecclesiastes.

I’m sure you already know this scripture. But it’s popular for a reason.

In it, we learn there is a season for everything. Wise King Solomon shares God’s plan for seasons of change. Both in nature and in our lives. So, if you’re in a long season of waiting, take heart, your appointed time will come.

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

                                    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NKJV

 

 

Understanding Seasons Biblically

God’s Word uses the seasons as a metaphor for Biblical living.

Whether it’s a beautiful tree planted by streams of water or the stars put in their place, these Bible verses teach us how to live a Christian life for God’s glory!

He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.    

                                    Psalm 1:3 NKJV

 

Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

                                   Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV

 

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

                                  Daniel 12:3

 

 So they will fear the name of the Lord from the west
And His glory from the rising of the sun,
For He will come like a rushing stream
Which the wind of the Lord drives.                                

                                   Isaiah 59:19 NASB

 

For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.

                                 Psalm 90:4

 

He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

                                Proverbs 10:5

 

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.

                                James 5:7 ESV

 

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.        

                                2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT

 

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you.

                                1 Thessalonians 5:1

 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  

                                Hebrews 13:8 NLT

 

She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.

                                 Proverbs 3:18 NIV

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God Made the Seasons Bible Verse

Because of God’s love, He created the earth and gave it to us as a beautiful gift. This gift also includes the seasons and their unique way of giving us everything we need to survive while we’re here on earth.

Sometimes we forget about the wonder of this amazing gift of God. But these scriptures remind us why God made the seasons and how He provides for us throughout them.

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

                                 Genesis 1:14-19 NKJV

 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

                               Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV

 

You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter.

                               Psalm 74:17 ESV

 

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, …

                                Genesis 2:1-5

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

                              James 1:17 NKJV

 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. …

                               Genesis 1:1-5 ESV

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire.

 He set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be moved.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.

                                       Psalm 104:1-6

 

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

                                     John 1:3

 

He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.

                                    Job 26:7

 

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.         

                                   Genesis 1:27 NASB

 

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

                                      Psalm 90:2

 

They and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature.

                                      Genesis 7:14

 

And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing.

                                      Ezekiel 34:26

 

He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills.

                                    Psalm 147:8

 

Thus says the Lord,
Who gives the sun for a light by day,
The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
Who disturbs the sea,
And its waves roar
(The Lord of hosts is His name):

                                  Jeremiah 31:35 NKJV

 

Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
They will perish, but You will endure;
Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;
Like a cloak You will change them,
And they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will have no end.
The children of Your servants will continue,
And their descendants will be established before You.”

                                  Psalm 102:25-28 NKJV

The Lord will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.

                                 Deuteronomy 28:24 NKJV

However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.

                                  Ecclesiastes 11:8 NIV

 

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Bible Verses about Seasons Changing

In life there is one constant we can be sure of, seasons change. And the Change of Seasons is well identified in the scriptures.

Whether it’s Jesus’s parable of the fig tree in Matthew 24:32 or God’s promise about the seasons from Genesis 8:22, the different seasons blending into each other represent the constant change of season in our lives.

As you read the following Bible verses, you’ll recognize the change of seasons in your life, see how God’s hand guides you through each one.

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

                                         Acts 1:7 KJV

 

Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:                            

                                       Daniel 2:20-21 KJV

 

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

                                    Genesis 8:22

 

then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.

                                     Deuteronomy 11:14 NIV

 

He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

                                   Psalm 104:19 King James Version

 

Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.

                                 Song of Solomon 2:12 NIV

 

Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”

                                     Acts 14:17

 

Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.

                                   Proverbs 26:1

 

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”

                                 Jeremiah 8:20

 

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

                                 Proverbs 20:4

 

She prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

                                 Proverbs 6:8 English Standard Version

 

These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.

                                Leviticus 23:4 NKJV

 

From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.

                               Matthew 24:32 ESV

 

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

                                Isaiah 55:12 NKJV

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Inspirational Bible Verses about Spiritual Seasons of Life

Like everything, our spiritual lives ebb and flow. An easy season of our life turns into a difficult season in the blink of an eye.

But God’s plan for us never changes. He wants to have a close relationship with us in both the good and bad times. And even though the up and downs are hard, these spiritual seasons have a way of bringing us closer to God. I’m sure that’s why He allows them.

But the following scriptures show us God’s great love and help us remember He is with us always.

 

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood …

                                 Revelation 1:1-5 ESV

 

 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

                                  2 Peter 3:13 NIV

 

My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.                                

                                  Psalm 31:15 KJV

 

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

                                  Isaiah 54:10

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

                                  Romans 8:28 NKJV

 

The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.

                                Psalm 145:15

 

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

                               John 4:13-15

 

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.

                                   John 4:35

 

    “Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
   Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
   Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.                              

                                    Matthew 6:9-13 ESV

 

These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;                              

                                  Jude 1:12 NKJV

 

They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”

                               Matthew 21:41

 

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;

My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.

                                 Psalm 16:7 NKJV

 

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

                                 Hebrews 12:11

 

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

                                 Matthew 28:18-20

 

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

                                 Mark 1:35

 

And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

                                Exodus 18:26 KJV

 

Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

                                Matthew 7:17 NIV

And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

                                Acts 1:7 NKJV

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

                                Galatians 6:9 NIV

Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.

                                Hosea 10:12 NIV

O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent.

                               Psalm 22:2 NKJV

Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?

                                Matthew 24:45 NKJV

 

 

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Whether you’re looking for a new season to begin in your life, or encouragement to get through the one you’re in, I pray these Life-Changing Bible Verses about the Seasons have inspired your faith and have helped you see God’s hands in your life today!

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Festive Bible Verses for Christmas

Festive Bible Verses for Christmas

Are you wondering… What is a good Bible Verse for Christmas? The good news is, God’s Word is full of inspiration for our Christmas Day festivities. These Festive Bible Verses for Christmas are the perfect way to remember Jesus is the reason for the season!

And I’m so excited for the holiday season ahead! Because the countdown to Christmas is on! And the excitement of the season is just getting started!

This past weekend my family got our festive on!

We put the Christmas tree up and decorated it with happy wishes for a bright and light holiday. There are even a couple of presents wrapped in festive red and green underneath it already.

The nativity has been lovingly arranged in its place of honor, our buffet table.

The ceramic snowmen from my childhood have found their way to the side tabletops.

The candy canes and chocolate fudge are waiting to be gobbled up.

And Christmas cards are calling my name.

Yes, we are ready and well prepared for the festivities.

But before it all begins, let’s reflect on the most essential part of Christmas…

The Messiah, the Chosen One, the Savior of our souls, Jesus Christ.

In this short devotional, we’ll read some Festive Bible Verses for Christmas. Each one fills my heart with the true meaning of the season, and I pray they will do the same for you.

Plus, they make a beautiful addition to Christmas cards. Just choose one of your favorite Bible Verses below for your cards and include their inspiring message along with your heartfelt greetings.

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The Christmas Story in the Bible

The birth of Jesus in the Bible is the greatest story ever told! And each year we celebrate this joyous event.

The cute ceramic nativity we set out on our tables represents that story.

The nativity story that changed history forever!

The shepherds who came to worship. The wise men who came bearing gifts. The angel announcing the birth of the Savior. The holy family, Mary and Joseph.

And most importantly, the Messiah Himself, the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and sleeping in the hay.

They all remind us of the Christmas story and the importance it has in our lives every day of the year.

But this time of year holds special meaning to believers. And reading the Christmas story is a wonderful way to celebrate our Savior.

So, let’s read these Christmas story Bible verses and answer the question… What verse is the Christmas story in the Bible?

 

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

                                                    Matthew 1:18

 

But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 

                                                 Matthew 1:20 NKJV

 

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

                                               Matthew 1:21 NIV

 

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

                                                  Luke 2:7 KJV

 

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

                                                  Luke 2:11

 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

                                               Luke 2:13-14

 

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

                                               Luke 2:15-16 NIV

 

 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

                                               Matthew 2:9-10 KJV

 

And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.

                                               Luke 2:33 NKJV

 

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David because he belonged to the house and line of David.

                                               Luke 2:4 NIV

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

                                                Matthew 2:1-2 NKJV

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

                                               Luke 2:8-10 ESV

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

                                                Matthew 2:11 NIV

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

                                              Luke 2:14 KJV

 

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

                                             Matthew 1:20 NIV

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

                                            Luke 2:10 NKJV

 

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

                                           Matthew 1:23 NKJV

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

                                            Luke 1:35 NIV

Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

                                           Luke 2:34-35 NKJV

“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

                                           Mark 11:10 NIV

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

                                          Matthew 2:6 ESV

 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, for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name.

                                          Luke 1:46-49 NIV

 

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Old Testament Bible Verses about Jesus’ Birth

These encouraging Christmas scriptures are awe-inspiring!

So many years before Christ would come, God gave us a promise of a Savior. To see that promise in black and white should bring tears to our eyes and thankfulness to our hearts every time we read them.

Because without this amazing promise, there wouldn’t be a reason to celebrate this glorious season.

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,

Yet out of you shall come forth to Me

The One to be Ruler in Israel,

Whose goings forth are from of old,

From everlasting.

                                                  Micah 5:2

 

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 NKJV

 

Of the increase of His government and peace

There will be no end,

Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,

To order it and establish it with judgment and justice

From that time forward, even forever.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

                                            Isaiah 9:7 NKJV

 

Therefore God, Your God has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

                                            Psalm 45:7

 

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

                                            Zechariah 9:9

 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

                                            Isaiah 7:14

  

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.

                                           Isaiah 11:1 ESV

 

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

                                         Zechariah 9:9 KJV

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.

                                         Micah 5:2 ESV

 

 

 

Bible Verses about the Meaning of Christmas

In this collection of Christmas Bible Verses, we see the most precious promise made to us in the Old Testament became the most wonderful Christmas gift we will ever receive.

This precious gift came silently on a dark night, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

What an amazing gift to see the Old Testament promise of the Messiah fulfilled in these scriptures!

Not because He said He would come, but because He came to save us and give us a new life in Him.

This is the true meaning of Christmas. Praise Jesus, the greatest Christmas present on our wish list! And now is the perfect time to celebrate our salvation in Him!

 

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

                                                   2 Corinthians 9:15

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

                                                   John 3:16 KJV

 

Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

                                                    Acts 5:31

 

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

                                                   Luke 15:10

 

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

                                              John 14:6

 

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

                                               Luke 19:10

 

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.

                                             Colossians 2:9

 

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

                                             1 John 5:11-13 NKJV

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

                                            James 1:17 NIV

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

                                           Romans 15:13 NKJV

 

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

                                           Luke 1:32-33 ESV

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

                                          John 1:9 ESV

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”

                                         Galatians 4:4-6 NIV

 

 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

                                         John 1:29 NIV

 

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

                                        1 Timothy 1:15 NIV

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

                                         Titus 3:4-7 NIV

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

                                         Romans 6:23 NKJV

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

                                         Acts 2:38 NKJV

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

                                          Romans 14:8-9 NIV

 

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

                                          Acts 20:35 NKJV

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

                                         James 1:17 NKJV

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

                                         Philippians 2:8 ESV

 

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

                                         John 3:16 NIV

 

 

Did you find some Christmas verses that inspired you for the coming holiday season?

I’m praying the very best Merry Christmas wishes to you and yours this Christmas season! And I hope one of these Festive Bible Verses for Christmas showed you the true meaning of Christmas and this joyous holiday!

Please let me know which scripture is your favorite in the comments. I’d love to read your thoughts and stories about what Christmas means to you.

And I promise I’ll answer back.

Until next time, Merry Christmas! And let the festivities begin!

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The Blood of Jesus -Luke 22:20

The Blood of Jesus Luke 22:20

Why do we talk so much about the blood of Jesus, even celebrate it? In this Luke 22:20 devotional, we’ll find out why Jesus’ blood is so important to us and why His sacrifice on the cross is the most important moment in human history.

Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

I grew up singing the song Nothing but the Blood of Jesus in church most Sundays. And I bet you did too. The lyrics of this song have a significant meaning to all Christians. It speaks to the power of the blood of Jesus. However, it’s not something I gave a lot of thought to until it was brought to my attention.

Recently, I was asked, “Why do you sing songs about the blood of Jesus in church? Isn’t it a little bit macabre to sing about blood?”

I admit, these questions jolted me out of my “Christian bubble”. It seems so normal to me to sing about the blood of Jesus. But it’s something we should think about and discuss in detail.

So, today I’d like to turn to the Word of God and take you through some of the blood of Jesus scriptures that shed meaning on the significance of the blood of Christ.

 

What does Luke 22:20 mean?

 

This cup is a new covenant in My blood, which was shed for you.

                                                  Luke 22:20 NKJV

A few times each year we participate in the Lord’s Supper. Or if you’re Catholic you probably do it more often and call it Communion. Either way, it is the remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus.

In this Bible verse from Luke 22, Jesus commanded us to remember His sacrifice and the blood He shed for us on the cross through the Lord’s supper.

Because it’s by His blood sacrifice that we are redeemed and have victory over death.

But why do we need a blood sacrifice, to begin with?

Significance of Blood Sacrifice in the Old Testament

To understand the importance of the blood of Jesus, we need to look at the Old Testament covenant when people lived under the Law of Moses and made animal sacrifices . Through these sacrifices the sins of the people would be forgiven by God.

That may seem strange to us now, but it was God’s way and commonplace during this time period.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.

                                                   Leviticus 17: 11 NKJV

 

God has given blood a significant role to play in our lives, specifically the shedding of blood. It has the power to give us forgiveness of sins.

And before Jesus came to earth, people were required to sacrifice animals for this forgiveness or atonement.

But this old covenant redemption was only temporary, and another sacrifice was required to stay within the grace of God.

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Importance of the Blood of Jesus

What does the blood of Jesus do for us? Why do we talk about it so much, even celebrate it? And why is His blood so important?

Because Blood = Life!

If there is no blood, then there is no life.

Just as it is true that without blood in our bodies we will die physically, the same is true, that without a blood sacrifice we will die spiritually.

But there is life in Jesus’ blood.

That’s why God sent Jesus to be our sacrifice. He died once and saved us from our sin permanently.

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

                                                 Hebrews 9:12 NKJV

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Saved by the Blood of Jesus

When Jesus died on the cross a new covenant between God and His people was formed. We no longer live under Old Testament law, and we no longer need to offer the blood of animals as a sacrifice for our sins.

Under the blood of Jesus and this new covenant, our salvation comes directly from the blood sacrifice of Jesus. And one drop of His blood has the power to save us eternally!

 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.                                             

                                               Hebrews 10:14 NIV

 

Because Jesus is perfect, His sacrifice is also perfect. It doesn’t need to be repeated over and over again.

It is His selfless sacrifice on the cross that washes away our sin and gives us eternal life with Him.

for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

                                                Matthew 26:28 ESV

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

                                               Hebrews 10:4 NKJV

Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

                                                 Hebrews 10:8-10 NKJV

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The Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

 

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

                                                 1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV

We were bought for a price. Not an earthy cost of silver or gold.

But with the precious blood of Christ Jesus.

He is the Lamb who was slain for us. Christ’s blood, His precious blood flowing over us cleanses us of all unrighteousness and redeems us of all sin and shame.

Because of His sacrifice, we can call ourselves children of God!

The Blood that Jesus Shed for Me

The blood that Jesus shed is the only way to salvation. And all you need to do to share in this redemption is…

First, believe Jesus is the Son of God.

Second, know He died for your sins.

And lastly, accept Him as your Savior.

He has already done the rest!

Here’s how the Bible Verse from 1 John explains it…

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

                                                  1 John 1:7-9 NKJV

If you are not a believer in Jesus, my prayer is for you to understand the sacrifice He made for your sins on the cross and see His great love for you today.

If want to know what the blood of Jesus can do in your life, or you have questions about what it means to accept Jesus as your Savior… please read “Accepting Jesus”.

You’ll find a list of scriptures that will answer your questions in this short devotional. I also encourage you to talk to a minister at a church in your area. I know they’ll be happy to explain anything I may have left out.

If you are saved, then I rejoice with you that you are redeemed. And your sins are forgiven and washed away by the blood of Jesus!

I pray you’ll be encouraged and uplifted today by this reminder of what the blood of Christ has done for you!

New Testament Bible Verses about the Power of the Blood of Christ

In the following verses, the Apostle Paul explains the redeeming power of the blood of Christ. The old system of forgiveness was over. And the new was ushered in.

And through these scriptures, we can see how the death of Jesus on the cross was always God’s plan for the redemption of mankind.

But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.

                                                 Hebrews 9:7 NIV

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.

                                                Hebrews 9:11 NKJV

how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

                                               Hebrews 9:14 ESV

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

                                             Ephesians 2:10 ESV

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

                                            Colossians 1:19-20 ESV

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

                                            Hebrews 10:19-22 ESV

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

                                             Hebrews 10:22 NIV

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

                                            Ephesians 1:7-10 ESV

The Blood of the Lamb

The power of Christ’s blood still redeems today!

And the mention of blood in the book of Revelation and John’s gospel shows us that the blood of Jesus will continue to be the most important sacrifice ever offered until the end of time.

answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

                                             Revelation 7:14 NIV

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

                                            Revelation 12:11 ESV

And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

                                           Revelation 5:9 NIV

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.

                                          John 6:54 NIV

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

                                         John 1:29 NKJV

Through the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary, Jesus made a way for us to have remission of sin. And because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can have grace, the free gift of God that only comes from accepting God’s Son as our Savior.

I pray you have learned the significance of the blood of Jesus in this short Bible Study. And that you will give your life to the Lord Jesus Christ and have eternal life in Him today!

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You are the Light of the World Matthew 5:14

Light of the World Matthew 5:14

In Matthew 5:14 Jesus tells us, you are the light of the world. But what is the meaning of this scripture? And how can we be the light in the darkness of the world? In this Matthew 5 devotional, we’ll explore this Bible verse and answer these important questions about it.

 

What does the Bible mean by you are the light of the world?

Let’s read this light of the world scripture and find the meaning of Matthew 5:14 together…

You are the light of the world. A city on the hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

                                                 Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

 

Have you seen the commercial on TV for Bring Your Bible to School Day? It shows a group of teenagers wearing a bushel basket on their heads as they go about their day. It’s funny and a little bit silly too, but it conveys the message clearly… our bright light cannot shine when it is hidden under a bushel.

Sometimes we find ourselves figuratively wearing a basket over our heads. Maybe we’re afraid of what people will think of us if we share our faith with them. Or we mistakenly assume everyone has already heard the good news of Jesus.

Satan would like for us to believe these lies and keep our faith to ourselves.

But Jesus has called Christians, the children of God, to be the light of the world and to put our light on a lampstand for everyone to see.

It’s our job to reflect the glowing light of Jesus and to be bold enough to take the basket off of our heads and let our light shine brightly.

Because the truth is…

Jesus is the light of the world

God gave us the sun to shine light into the darkness. He created this heavenly body to illuminate the earth and separate day from night.

Then God gave us His only Son, or should I say Sun, to illuminate sin and separate us from it.

Jesus is the light of the world. And He came into the darkness to give us His glorious light. When He shines His light into all the dark places of this earth, He gives us more than just a little light, He gives us life!

Jesus said…

 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

                                                   John 8:12 NIV

The truth is, without sunshine nothing survives. All of nature needs some sunshine to live and grow.

And we need Sunshine to survive everything the world throws at us too. So, we need Jesus, the light of the world in our lives. Because we want to not only survive but bloom into the person God wants us to be.

With His light, Jesus gives us eternal life and all we need to thrive in a dark world to live for Him.

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You are the light of the world

for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

                                                    Ephesians 5:-10 ESV

Christians reflect the light of Jesus.

That means it’s not our light that illuminates the darkness of this world. It’s God’s light that shines bright. The glory of God radiates through the Son of God, our Savior, Jesus Christ. And His glorious light should shine through us for everyone to see.

One of my favorite CS Lewis quotes reminds us to let your let shine bright…

Don’t shine so others can see you, shine so that through you others can see Him. CS Lewis

This is our call as Christians, to be the light of the Lord in a dark world. And to shine bright so others can see Jesus in us and have His light in their lives too.

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How do we become light to others?

When we shine for Jesus, we become the light of the world. And these three things happen in our live and in other people’s live too…

#1 Opportunities to share our faith open up.

How can someone ask us about God’s truth and our faith in Jesus if they don’t know we have it to begin with?

When people see us, they can tell there is something different about our lives. And they want to know what that difference is.

With each person, we meet, and with every question they ask, God gives us an open door or a new opportunity for us to share our faith.

A seemingly chance encounter in the grocery store checkout line or a random meeting at the DMV just might be the perfect time for us to share our faith with someone who needs the light of Christ in their lives.

My pastor likes to call these “chance” encounters divine appointments. God loves to give them to us, especially when we least expect them.

So, let’s be on the lookout for our next divine appointment and take every opportunity God gives us to let our light so shine before men.

#2 We show the path to Jesus.

A lighthouse points the way to safety. It stands tall and shines brightly to keep a ship from crashing into the shore.

And just like a lighthouse, we point the way to safety. Our light stands tall above the darkness of this world and shows the path to Jesus.

It is a shining beacon of hope that keeps the unsaved of the world from crashing and burning into the despair of Satan’s lies and guides them into the loving arms of the Savior.

And this is what Jesus meant when He said a city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

In the darkest of nights, we stand tall on the hill of faith and shine the way to salvation!

#3 We give God the glory! 

Most importantly our light gives God the glory for what He has done, for us, and for everyone else.

God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and be raised again to save us!

And our lives are changed forever because of it. We no longer live in guilt and shame because we have been forgiven.

By letting our light shine, we are showing the world what Jesus has done for us and for them. And we give God the glory that rightfully belongs to Him for it all.

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Light of the Knowledge of God

The metaphor of light continues in this scripture from the Holy Bible…

For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

                                                    2 Corinthians 4:6 New Living Translation

This scripture isn’t talking about the physical light of a light bulb that can be switched on and off in a room. It’s referring to the true light of the world, the great light that God switched on in our hearts when we first believed in His Son, Jesus Christ. In that moment we saw the light for the first time. And it can never be turned off once it is on. It is the light of God that was turned on at the beginning of creation and continues to shine today.

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Be the Light

The world at large wants the light of the gospel to remain hidden. I guess it’s natural for unsaved people to not care about the light of truth shining through. Or not to want the daily lives of people to change for the better. They just don’t understand, because they haven’t seen the light for themselves.

However, in stark contrast to the world’s view, we as Christians should strive to extinguish spiritual darkness. But the only way for the glory of God to be revealed here on earth is to shine the light of God’s love so bright they won’t be able to ignore it!

In these next Bible Verses, we learn how we can be the light in a darkened world. John’s gospel in particular sheds light on the truth of God’s Word, His Living Word, Jesus Christ. And how by walking in Him we can be the source of light the world needs.

After all, Jesus died for the sins of the world. It’s by His saving grace and the power of the Holy Spirit that we have forgiveness of sins. And the rest of the world can have it too!

So, let’s learn how to be the light…

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

                                                     Romans 13:12 New King James Version

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

                                                    John 1:4 NKJV

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.

                                                    John 12:36 ESV

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

                                                    1 Peter 2:9 ESV

for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them.

                                                    Psalm 44:3 ESV

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.

                                                    Isaiah 9:2 ESV

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

                                                  Psalm 27:1 ESV

holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

                                                  Philippians 2:16 ESV

As we can clearly see in these Bible verses, Christians are the light of the world! The city on the hill and a shining beacon of hope. As a follower of Jesus, we point the way to Him by reflecting His radiant light for everyone to see. And His light cannot be overshadowed or hidden from view.

So, let’s get out of the safety of our Sunday morning comfort zone and take a chance on being the light and shining so others can see the Lord Jesus Christ today!

I pray we will be the light of the world and give glory to God for what He has done in our lives.

May God bless you!

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Ruth@plantedbylivingwaterr

11/2/2017 11:14:22 am

I definitely believe in divine encounters! It has happened to me numerous times.
May the Lord daily give us courage to let our light shine in the dark world around us instead of our trying to hide it under a bushel.
Thanks for this great reminder!

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

11/2/2017 11:26:55 am

Hi Ruth! Thank you for your encouraging words. I’m saying a prayer for you today. May God bless you and give us all the courage to be the light of the world!

sue

11/3/2017 10:38:29 am

so true – how can someone ask me if they don’t know i am a woman of faith? super reminder and praying today I’ll shine and that someone will ask. Light to shine. Invited to invite.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

11/3/2017 03:59:30 pm

Thanks Sue, Praying for you today that your light will shine bright. God bless!

Rachel Lee

11/3/2017 04:06:14 pm

Connie, I love your ministry! Very original!

You wrote, “Sometimes we find ourselves figuratively wearing a basket over our heads.”
Yep. I can definitely relate to this. It’s a shame, but it’s true.

I believe in divine encounters, and I truly try to view every “chance encounter” as a divine encounter. We never know how we may impact another in our day to day life!

-Rachel

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

11/3/2017 04:29:44 pm

Hi Rachel, Thank you for your kind words. They have uplifted me and encouraged my heart today! I’m saying a prayer for you, that you will also be encouraged.

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You are the Salt of the Earth Matthew 5:13

Salt of the Earth Matthew 5:13

What is the meaning of Matthew 5:13? And how can we be the Salt of the Earth?

In Matthew 5:13, Jesus said you are the salt of the earth. But what does that mean? And how does it affect our lives as Christians? In this Bible study, we’ll explore the meaning of being the salt of the earth and discover the lesson Jesus was teaching us about applying it to our daily lives and the lives of others in this scripture.

Bible Verse about salt losing its saltiness

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

                                                      Matthew 5:13 NKJV

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16 ESV

In this famous sermon and popular scripture, we learn that followers of Christ are to give flavor to a tasteless world and be the light in a dark world too. But in this devotional, we’ll focus completely on salt because there’s plenty to savor in it.

 

Everyone loves salty food! Potato chips, French fries (anything fried, right?), pizza, pretzels, and the list of yummy foods could go on forever…

But doctors and dieticians tell us not to eat too many salty foods because they’re bad for our health. And they say we should check the amount of sodium on food labels. Because a little salt goes a long way.

But if you take too much saltiness out of these foods, they lose their flavor, and we lose our lust for them.

The same is true in our spiritual lives too.

Spiritual Importance of Salt

More important than the amount of sodium in our diet is the importance of salt in our spiritual life. Even though we may not sprinkle salt liberally on our food it should be sprinkled on our hearts abundantly. Our spiritual health and the spiritual health of those around us depend on this kind of salt, even if our diet doesn’t.

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Salt and Light

Jesus’ sermon in Matthew 5 tells us, Christians are to be salt and light. But what did Jesus mean when He said we are the salt of the earth? And how can we apply this lesson to our day-to-day lives?

Learn how to let your light shine in this devotional: Light of the World Matthew 5:14

The Importance of Salt in the Old Testament

In ancient times, before Jesus came to earth to save us from our sins, righteous people lived under the law of Moses. As God’s people they were instructed to make sacrifices for forgiveness. And salt was always a part of these special offerings to God. Let’s turn to the Holy Bible and read three verses that shed light on the importance of salt in the Old Testament.

You shall season all your grain offerings with salt. You shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be missing from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.

Leviticus 2:13 ESV

Whatever is needed—young bulls, rams, male lambs for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine and olive oil, as requested by the priests in Jerusalem—must be given them daily without fail, 

Ezra 6:9 NIV

Whatever is set aside from the holy offerings the Israelites present to the Lord I give to you and your sons and daughters as your perpetual share. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the Lord for both you and your offspring.

Numbers 18:19 NIV

The covenant of salt was a reminder of God’s covenant with the people of Israel made at Mt. Sinai and a person’s obligation to be faithful to God in all things. When Jesus said “You are the salt of the earth”, He may have had this covenant on His mind. Because it represents the faithfulness of God and the promise of forgiveness fulfilled by Jesus Himself.

Now, we no longer need to offer these kinds of sacrifices to be forgiven. Jesus did the work for us on the cross. But as disciples of Jesus, we should still remember the importance of salt and the love of God it depicts in our lives.

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What is the spiritual meaning of salt in the Bible?

To fully grasp Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:13, we need to understand the purpose of salt in the ancient world of Bible times and what salt symbolizes to us now in a modern world.

So, let’s look at some of the key elements of salt and find the spiritual meaning of this salt metaphor together. Here are some different ways salt is important to us…

#1 Salt is Stable

Salt is a valuable commodity because it is a very stable substance. The molecules of sodium chloride form an ionic bond that is extremely strong.

In the same way, salt symbolizes the strength of our stability in Jesus. Our faith is firmly bound together in the tangible, real truth of the Living Christ.

This stable foundation we have in Him is as factual as the science of salt molecules.

 

#2 Salt is Life-Sustaining

Salt is essential for life. Human beings physical bodies need just the right amount of salt every day. Without the trace amount of minerals and electrolytes in it, we will die.

But spiritually, we must have an overflowing amount of salt. We need this kind of salt for ourselves, so our spirit will flourish in this life and the next.

And we need it to season the lives of the people around us with the salt of God’s wisdom and love, so they can have this life-sustaining nutrient too.

 

#3 Salt creates Thirst

Each of us is born with a spiritual thirst inside of us. It starts out as a longing or a feeling of being parched but not knowing why. The longer this thirst goes on, the bigger it becomes. Until one day it’s full-on dehydration that quickly becomes an undeniable need and must be filled right now.

Movie theatres are the perfect example of this. They put a lot of salt on popcorn to make us thirsty so they can upsell us a giant soft drink.

As Christians, we don’t want to “sell” anyone our faith. We just want them to know who Jesus really is and to understand how our life is different from theirs because of Him.

So our goal is to sprinkle our spiritual salt around in a way that allows the world to see Jesus, become thirsty for what He offers, and lead them to the living spring of water that quenches eternal thirst.

The secret Christians have is simple. We know Jesus is the only One who has the power to quench the spiritual thirst inside each of us. And we have received our fill of His Living Water.

Read this Bible Study to learn more: Living Water John 4:10

#4 Salt Preserves Food

God created our bodies with a need to eat. And with that need comes another, preserving food for future consumption.

Since God created us, it’s no wonder He also gave us a natural way to preserve our food with salt. But modern technology has replaced our need to preserve food naturally. Now that we have refrigerators, chemicals, and 24-hour grocery stores we’ve conveniently forgotten how to salt meat and can vegetables. But the use of salt as a food preservative has been practiced for centuries.

This is exactly what Jesus was talking about when He said we are the salt of the earth. As Christians, we understand Jesus is the only One who can truly preserve life. And we know He took our place on the cross and became the life-preserving salt we so desperately needed Him to be.

But because of what Jesus has done for us, it is our responsibility to be the salt for others. Not that we can preserve their life, we know we can’t. But we can point the way to Jesus, our Life Preserver!

 

#5 Salt can lose its flavor

Salt is a flavor enhancer. But when salt loses its flavor, it also loses its purpose and becomes useless. Because let’s face it, no one likes tasteless food.

The common practice in Jesus’ day was to throw tasteless salt out onto the street where it would be trampled over by people’s feet and probably an animal’s too.

Sometimes we lose our saltiness as believers. We don’t intend to, it just happens.

We get caught up in our mundane daily routines, go through crisis after crisis, or get hurt by another church member. Little by little, we lose our taste for salvation.

The incredible joy we once felt diminishes and we find ourselves just going through the motions. Then, one day we wake up and realize we’ve lost our purpose too. We’ve become ineffective Christians, something we never wanted to be.

But unlike salt, which cannot regain its flavor once it is gone, we don’t have to remain stuck in this pattern of joyless, tasteless being. We can turn to Jesus and regain the purpose and zest for salvation we once had! And we can once again be useful and productive for the kingdom of God!

Be Salty

Now that we’ve learned the primary uses of salt, its power is undeniable! God’s Word shows us the value of salt in true believers lives and how it has a positive impact on us every day.

As disciples of Christ, Jesus has called us to be the salt of the earth. Because, when we share our faith, we are giving the unsaved world all of the redeeming qualities of salt just like Christ has redeemed us with His selfless sacrifice. We are showing them the stable foundation we have in Jesus Christ. And the thirst-quenching, life-sustaining, preserving power they can have in Jesus too.

Together, may we season the life of an unsaved person with the love of the Father and the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ each day!

So, go out there and be salty. In a spiritual way, of course!

God bless!

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How to Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a Hearing Person

How to Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week As a Hearing Person

Most of us, myself included, are hearing individuals instead of deaf. So, we may not give a lot of thought to the important cause Deaf Awareness Month and Week celebrates. But there are a few things we can do to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a hearing person and bring awareness to the amazing people it represents.

But first, let’s learn a few facts about Deaf Awareness Week…

When is Deaf Awareness Week and Deaf Awareness Month?

Did you know… September is International Deaf Awareness Month? And the last full week of September is International Week of the Deaf, also known as Deaf Awareness Week? Now you have a new holiday to mark on your calendar!

 

Why do we celebrate Deaf Awareness Week?

This special time celebrates deaf history and culture and the achievements of deaf people through a different theme each year. Events and activities bring together the whole deaf community, which includes both deaf and hearing-impaired people. And this week raises awareness for the organizations and churches that support them.

What is the color of the Deaf Awareness Ribbon?

The color of the Deaf Awareness ribbon is gold and silver.

When was Deaf Awareness Week first founded?

The answer to this question seems to vary depending on who you ask. So, I’ll give you both answers.

International Week of the Deaf was first founded in 1958 in Rome, Italy, and was celebrated during the last week of September each year.

And in the United States, Deaf History Month started in 1996 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. When two deaf employees working at the library decided to teach their co-workers sign language. Later the library created Deaf Awareness Week as we know it today.

Why is Deaf Awareness Important?

The deaf community is bigger than just those with complete deafness. It includes people who have total hearing loss, some hearing loss, and those who use hearing aids or cochlear implants to allow them to hear.

The rights of deaf people are vastly overlooked by the hearing world. But they need equal access to the same things we do. You know, all of the little things that add up and make our everyday life a little easier. And this day of awareness is the perfect time for us, the hearing community to focus on them for a change.

 

Now that we know the facts about this special time, let’s see how we can celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a hearing person.

 

First, can we agree as Christians, that it’s important for us to show the love of Jesus to everyone we meet? I thought you’d be on board for that one! 😊

And second, let’s agree that each and every person on the planet is created in God’s image and is extremely important to Him. I know you’ll agree to that one too!

But here’s where it gets a little dicey, ya’ll.

Most hearing people ignore the deaf.

I’ve never understood why.

Maybe it’s a fear of looking foolish, an overwhelming feeling of awkwardness, worrying that we won’t be able to overcome the language barrier and understand the other person, or a million other excuses we come up with on the fly.

Whatever the true reason is, it’s not okay to treat people like they’re invisible.

That’s not how Jesus treated us when we needed a Savior. And it’s not how He wants us to treat anyone else, whether they’re hearing or deaf.

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My personal story with American Sign Language

When I was growing up, I had the chance to witness how the deaf are treated first-hand.

My best friend’s parents were both deaf. They were great people, loving, kind, and would do anything for their kids and their kid’s friends.

I loved spending time with their family. Her mom had a gentleness about her and a real knack for making me feel welcome and special. That was a big part of why I loved being with them, because who doesn’t want to feel special, right?

Plus, I loved watching my friend sign for her mom. It was awesome! And it’s one of the reasons I fell in love with American Sign Language or ASL in the first place. Those childhood memories still hold a special place in my heart. They always will.

But there was a dark side to those times too. I remember how the other moms treated my friend’s mom. They chose not to see the loving, sweet person she was. To them, she was an outsider, someone to shun and toss aside at football games and PTA meetings. All because she was deaf.

Thankfully, my mom taught me better. Not by her words, but by her actions. She loved my friend’s mom with the love of Jesus. So, she made a point of sitting with her at those football games, buddying up with her at PTA meetings, and writing notes back and forth with her for hours. Basically, just being the kind of friend, we all want to have. Not because she had to, but because she wanted to.

That doesn’t seem like such a big deal, does it? But to someone who is ignored on a regular basis, being treated like a friend instead of an outcast can mean all the difference in the world.

This story plays out in my mind whenever I’m with someone who is deaf. Because no matter what I may feel on the inside (fear, anxiety, not measuring up when it comes to my sign language skills), I never want to treat someone the way my friend’s sweet mother was treated.

And I’m sure as a loving follower of Christ, you feel the same way too!

Read More: Why Should We Love One Another? 1 John 4:7 

So, let’s look at my Top Tips about How to Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a Hearing Person.

 

#1 Show the love of Jesus

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 we’ve learned anything from following Jesus, it’s to open our hearts to different kinds of people and to show His love to all of them. That includes the deaf. And this week’s celebration of deaf culture is the perfect time to give it a go.

Don’t worry, even as part of the hearing community, it’s not hard to follow this command from Jesus. And it’s even okay if you don’t know sign language. You can still talk to someone who is deaf in other ways. Most can read lips, but if they can’t, all you need to do is pull out your phone and use the text function. Super simple. 😊

Remember, it’s about showing the love of Jesus to someone who needs Him in their life. So, when all else fails, a big smile and a little kindness go a long way!

                           

#2 Donate to Deaf Charities

 

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

                                                             2 Corinthians 9:7

Whether it’s our money, time, or talent, we all have something to give and deaf communities are in great need.

Maybe you’ll never cross paths with someone who is deaf. But you can still make a difference in the life of someone who needs Jesus.

Wycliffe Bible estimates that only 2% of deaf people worldwide have “heard” of Jesus. That’s a sad number, and one we as Christians shouldn’t forget about.

God has blessed us with so much, Amen?! In return, He asks us to give of ourselves for His glory. So, please consider donating to a charity that is making an impact on the deaf community for Christ.

Here are a few worthy candidates to think about…

Your local church with a deaf ministry.

Google your local group or deaf church, because they are always in dire need of funds and volunteers.

Deaf Bible Society

This amazing organization is working to translate the Bible into every sign language. Yes, there’s more than one! And the people who know sign language as their first language need these translations ASAP.

DOOR International

Both church planting and Bible translation are at the heart of DOOR’s ministry. They believe in a “Deaf reaching Deaf for Christ” philosophy that is evident in their outreach to the deaf community worldwide.

 

#3 Pray

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

                                                                1 John 5:14-15

Prayer is our most precious resource in a world that doesn’t understand the love of Jesus. And we can have complete confidence that when we pray God not only listens, He responds. It’s the single greatest thing we can do for those who are not saved, including deaf individuals. And as we already know prayer is a game changer!

So, set aside some time during this special week to pray for the 98% of deaf people who don’t know Jesus as their Savior.

Ask God to give them an understanding of who He is and how much He loves them. And pray for God to meet their needs far above all we could ask or comprehend.

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I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

                         Isaiah 41:10

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Currently, I’m donating to a local deaf church, Bethel Deaf Fellowship. And you can too by clicking on the link. 😉

And most of all, you can be sure I’m in the fight right along with you to bring the love of Jesus to the deaf community. Every. Single. Day!

Together, let’s face the fear and awkwardness of sharing the gospel with the deaf community. And jump straight into the fire knowing these wonderful people need Jesus too.

Because that’s how to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a hearing person the right way!

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Restful Bible Verses for Labor Day

Restful Bible Verses for Labor Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inspirational Labor Day Bible Verses

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

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

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

 

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

                                         Proverbs 16:3

 

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

                                        Ephesians 2:10 ESV

 

 

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

                                         John 4:34

 

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

                                       Psalm 128:2 ESV

 

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

                                       Matthew 5:16 ESV

 

 

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

                                       1 Thessalonians 3:10

 

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

                                      Psalm 90:17 ESV

 

 

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

                                       Ecclesiastes 3:12-15

 

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

                                       1 Timothy 6:18 NIV

 

 

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

                                         Psalm 35:8

 

 Read the Bible Study: What is the Purpose of Life?

 

 

Positive Bible Verses about Work

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

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

                                         1 Corinthians 10:31

 

 

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

                                           Ecclesiastes 5:12 ESV

 

 

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

                                           Ephesians 4:28 ESV

 

 

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

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

 

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

                                           Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

 

 

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

                                           Ecclesiastes 2:24 NLT

 

 

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

                                            Proverbs 10:4

 

 

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

                                            Acts 20:35

 

 

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

                                           Proverbs 12:11

 

 

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

                                         Proverbs 22:29

 

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

                                        Exodus 23:6 ESV

 

 

Bible Verse about Laboring for the Lord

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

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

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

                                          Colossians 3:23 NIV

 

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

                                          Colossians 3:24 ESV

 

 

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Bible Verse about Labor in Vain

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

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

 

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

                                         1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

 

 

Favorite Bible Verses about Hard Work and Perseverance

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

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

 

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

                                            Proverbs 14:23

 

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

                                          2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 ESV

 

 

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

                                           Proverbs 18:9

 

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

                                            Ecclesiastes 9:10

 

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

                                             James 5:4 ESV

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

                                            Psalm 127:1-5

 

 

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

                                           1 Timothy 5:8 ESV

 

 

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

 

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

 

Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

                                              Matthew 7:15-20

 

 

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

                                           Deuteronomy 15:7-11 NIV

 

 

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Bible Verse about Labor of Love

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

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

 

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

                                           1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 ESV

 

Powerful Bible Verses about the Sabbath Day of Rest

 

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

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

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

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

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

                                                Exodus 20:8-11 ESV

 


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

                                                Exodus 20:10 NLT

 

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

                                                Leviticus 25:6-7 ESV

Labor Day Scriptures from Genesis

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

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

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

                                                 Genesis 1:31

 

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

                                                 Genesis 2:15 ESV

 

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

                                                Genesis 3:19 ESV

 

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

                                                       Genesis 2:1-3 NIV

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

Have a very Happy Labor Day!

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Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

12 Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

Are you wondering…

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

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

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

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

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

So, let’s jump in and discover…

How do you keep your faith strong in tough times?

 

Favorite Bible Verse about Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                               Hebrews 11:1

 

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

                                             2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Short Bible Verses about Faith in Hard Times

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

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

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

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

                                               Galatians 2:20 NIV

 

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

                                               Hebrews 4:14 NIV

 

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

                                            Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB

 

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

                                           Hebrews 11:17 NIV

 


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

                                         Hebrews 11:30 ESV

 

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

                                         Romans 15:13 NKJV

 

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

                                         2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV

 

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

                                        1 Timothy 6:12 NIV

 

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

                                         2 Timothy 4:7 NIV

 


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

                                          James 2:26 NLT

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Encouraging Bible Verses on Faith and Strength

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                        1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV

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

                                        1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV

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

                                          Proverbs 18:10

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

                                        Deuteronomy 31:8

 

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

                                      Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version

 

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

                                         Exodus 15:2 ESV

 

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

                                        1 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV

 

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

                                        1 Peter 1:6-7 ESV

 

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

                                       2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

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Comforting Psalms for Difficult Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

                                             Psalm 46:1-5; 10

 

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

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

                                              Psalm 27:13-14

 

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

                                              Psalm 9:9 ESV

 

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

                                             Psalm 143:1 NKJV

 

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

                                          Psalm 32:1 New King James Version

 

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Best Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                   James 1:2-4

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

                                                  1 Peter 4:12-13

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

                                                   2 Corinthians 4:8-9

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

                                               1 Peter 1:6-9

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

                                               1 Corinthians 15:57

 

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

                                             Philippians 3:13-14 ESV

 

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

                                            Hebrews 12:1 NIV


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

                                            Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

 

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

                                           2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV

 

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

                                            Matthew 6:26-27 NIV

 

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

                                            Romans 8:18-19 NKJV

 

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

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

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

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

A Prayer for Troubled Times

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

In Jesus Name, Amen!

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Essential Bible Verses about Hope

15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope

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

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

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

What is hope?

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

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

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

These small hopes get us through the day.

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

Hope in the Bible

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

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

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

Where does real hope come from?

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

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

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

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

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

Inspirational Words of Hope from the Bible

 

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

                                                  Psalm 146:5

 

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

                                                 Lamentations 3:24

 

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

                                                 Romans 8:24-25

 

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

                                              Colossians 1:26-27

 

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

                                        Titus 3:6-7 English Standard Version

 

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

                                                 Titus 2:13 NASB

 

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

                                               Hebrews 6:19 ESV

 

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

                                               Proverbs 24:14 NIV

 

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God of Hope Bible Verses

 

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

                                                 Romans 15:13

 

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

                                                1 Peter 1:3

 

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

                                                 1 Peter 1:3 NIV

 

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

                                                1 Peter 1:21

 

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

                                                1 John 3:3

 

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

                                               Hebrews 11:1 ESV

 

 

Best Bible Verses about Hope and Strength

 

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

                                                    Psalm 31:34

 

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

                                                 Isaiah 40:31 NIV

 

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

                                              Psalm 31:24 NIV

 

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

                                                Ephesians 1:18-20 NIV

 

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

                                               1 Peter 5:10 NIV

 

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

                                             1 Thessalonians 5:8 NKJV

 

Bible Verses about Hope in Hard Times

 

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

                                                   Romans 12:12 NKJV

 

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

                                                   Hebrews 10:23

 

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

                                                    Psalm 42:5

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

                                                  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

 

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

                                                  Romans 8:18 ESV

 

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

                                                 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

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Bible Verses about Love and Hope

 

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

                                                  Romans 5:1-4 ESV

 

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

 

                                                  Romans 5:5

 

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

                                                  Romans 15:4

 

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

                                               1 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV

 

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

                                         Psalm 33:18 English Standard Version

 

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

                                                Hebrews 10:23-24 ESV

 

 

Bible Verses about Hope and Trust

 

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

                                                Jeremiah 17:7

 

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

                                                Psalm 71:5

 

 

Faith Hope and Love Verse

 

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

                                              1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

 

 

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

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Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free

Bible Verses for the Fourth of July to Set You Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Best Bible Verses for the Fourth of July

 

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

                                                   Psalm 33:12

 

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

                                                   2 Chronicles 7:14

 

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

                                                 2 Corinthians 3:17

 

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

                                                  Romans 6:6-7

 

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

                                                  Galatians 5:13

 

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

                                                  John 8:32

 

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

 

                                                   John 8:36

 

 

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4th of July Bible Verses about our Freedom in Christ

 

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

                                                Galatians 5:1 ESV

 

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

                                               Galatians 5:1 NKJV

 

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

                                              Romans 6:23 NIV

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

                                               1 Corinthians 15:57

 

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

                                              Romans 8:32 NASB

 

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

                                               John 3:16 NKJV

 

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

                                               Romans 8:1-2 NIV

 

 

 Independence Day Bible Verses about the Government

 

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

                                                Philippians 3:20

 

 

 

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

Praise the Lord.

                                               Psalm 117:1-2

 

 

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Bible Verses about Freedom as Bondslaves of God

 

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

                                                John 8:34 NIV


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

                                              Romans 6:22 NIV

 

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

                                             1 Peter 2:16 NASB

 

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

                                            1 Peter 2:15 NASB

 

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

                                            1 Peter 2:16 KJV

 

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

                                             Romans 7:25 NIV

 

 

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Meaningful Old Testament Independence Day Scriptures

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

                                            Isaiah 61:1 NKJV

 

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

                                            Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV

 

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

                                            Jeremiah 29:7 NIV

 

 

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Inspirational New Testament Fourth of July Bible Verses

 

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

                                                 1 Peter 2:15-17

 

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

                                                Galatians 5:13 NLT

 

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

                                              Matthew 28:19 ESV

 


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

                                              1 Peter 2:9 NIV

 

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

                                                Acts 13:38-39 ESV

 

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

                                               Matthew 26:64 NASB

 

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

                                              2 Timothy 2:15 NIV

One Nation Under God Bible Verses

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

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

                                              1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV

 

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

                                              Titus 3:4-6 NIV

 

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

                                            Philippians 3:20-21 NKJV


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

                                              Romans 13:1 NKJV

 

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

                                             Romans 8:3-4 NASB

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

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

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

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

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How to Have Liberty in Christ – Galatians 5:1

How to Have Liberty in Christ Galatians 5:1

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

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

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

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

What does the Bible say about liberty?

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

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

Liberty in Christ Verse

 

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

Galatians 5:1 NKJV

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

#1 Stand Fast…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Fourth of July!

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Calming Bible Verses about Peace

Calming Bible Verses about Peace

What is peace in the Bible?

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

 

Encouraging Scriptures on Peace

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

Yeah… I feel ya!

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

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

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

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

Peace of God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Prince of Peace Bible Verses

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace for a reason.

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

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

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

And may the peace of Christ rule in your heart!

 

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

                                     Isaiah 9:6

 


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

                                    Isaiah 9:7 NKJV

 

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

                                   John 14:27

 

 

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

                                John 16:33  

 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

                                   Colossians 3:15 NIV

 

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

                                   Colossians 3:15 NKJV

 

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

                                   Mark 4:39

 

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Inspirational Peace Bible Verses

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

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

                                  Philippians 4:6-7

 

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

                                   Isaiah 26:3

 

 

Beautiful Bible Verses about Peace and Strength from Psalms

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

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

 

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

                                   Psalm 29:11

  

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

                                  Psalm 119:165

 

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

                                 Psalm 4:8 ESV

 

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

                                Psalm 72:7 ESV

 

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

                                Psalm 72:7 NASB

 

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

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

                                 Psalm 23:2-4 NKJV

 

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

                                  Psalm 85:8 NIV


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

                                  Psalm 85:10 NLT

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

                                  Psalm 29:11 NLT

 

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Old Testament Bible Verses about Peace

 

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

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

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

                                  Isaiah 53:5 NIV

 

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

                                  Proverbs 14:30 NIV

 

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

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

                                  Daniel 10:19 NIV

 

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

                                   Proverbs 3:16-18 ESV

 

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

                                  Isaiah 52:7 NKJV

 

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

                                   Isaiah 32:17 ESV

 

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

                                 Numbers 6:24-26 NIV

 

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

                                  Numbers 6:26 NKJV

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

                                 Isaiah 54:10 NKJV

 

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

                                   Isaiah 55:12 NKJV

 

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

                                 2 Samuel 24:25 NLT

 

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

                                   Jeremiah 33:6 NIV

 

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

                                   Proverbs 16:7 NKJV

 

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

                                   2 Chronicles 30:22 NKJV

 

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

                                    Proverbs 3:2 NKJV

 

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

                                  Isaiah 54:13 NKJV

 

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

                                 Isaiah 59:8 NKJV

 

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

                                Isaiah 32:18 NKJV

 

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New Testament Bible Verses about Peace

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

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

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


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

                                    Romans 15:13 NIV

 

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

                                   Galatians 5:22-23 ESV

 

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

                                  Romans 16:20 ESV

 


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

                                  Romans 14:17 ESV

 

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

                                    James 3:17 ESV

 

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

                                   Hebrews 12:11 NIV


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

                                    Matthew 5:9 NIV

 

Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

                                   James 3:18 NIV

 

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

                                    Romans 5:1-2 NIV

 

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

                                     Romans 5:1 NLT

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

                                    1 Corinthians 14:33 NLT

 

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

                                   1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV

 

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

                                      2 Timothy 2:22 NIV

 

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

                                    1 Thessalonians 5:23 NIV

 

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

                                     Ephesians 4:3 NIV

 

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

                                     1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV

 

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

                                      John 20:19 NKJV

 

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

                                     2 Peter 1:2 NKJV


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

                                     Matthew 6:26-27 NIV

 

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

                                    Luke 2:14 NKJV

 

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

                                    Philippians 4:7 NLT

Live at Peace

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

                                 Romans 12:18 NIV

 

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

                                 Hebrews 12:14

 

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

                                 1 Peter 3:11

 

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

                                  Proverbs 12:20

 

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

                                 Romans 14:19

 

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

                                Romans 14:19 NIV

 

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

                                 James 3:18

 

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

                                Psalm 34:14

 

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

                                 1 Peter 10:11 ESV

 

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

                               2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV

 

 

Prayer for calmness and peace

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

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

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

                                2 Thessalonians 3:16

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Strong Bible Verses for Father’s Day

Strong Bible Verses for Father's Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bible Verses about a Father’s Blessings

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

                                                 Proverbs 23:24

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

                                                 Proverbs 20:7

 

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

                                              Psalm 127:3-5

 

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

                                           Proverbs 17:6 NKJV

 

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

                                       Proverbs 20:7 New International Version

 

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

                                       Deuteronomy 12:25 NIV

 

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

                                       Psalm 127:4 New International Version

 

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

                                           3 John 1:4 NKJV

 

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

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

                                             Psalm 112:1-3 NIV

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

                                          Genesis 18:19 ESV

 

 

Father’s Day Bible Verses about Honoring Your Parents

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

                                                  Ephesians 6:1-3

 

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

                                                 Exodus 20:12

 

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

                                                Deuteronomy 5:16

 

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

                                                Matthew 15:4-6

 

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Father’s Day Bible Verses about Listening to Your Father

 

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

                                              Proverbs 1:8-9

 

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

                                              Proverbs 6:20-22

 

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

                                            Proverbs 22:6

 

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

                                          Proverbs 23:22-23

 

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

                                         Psalm 34:11 NKJV

 

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

                                          Proverbs 4:3-4 ESV

 

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

                                          Proverbs 4:11 NASB

 

 

Father’s Day Bible Verses about Discipline

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

                                            Proverbs 3:11-12

 

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

                                            Hebrews 12:7

 

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

                                          Proverbs 13:24

 

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

                                         Ephesians 6:4 NIV

 

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

                                        Malachi 4:6 NKJV

 

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

                                       Proverbs 3:11-12 NIV

 

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

                                       Hebrews 12:9 NIV

 

 

Father’s Day Bible Verses about God the Father

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

                                             1 Corinthians 8:6

 

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

                                             Matthew 23:9

 

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

                                             Galatians 4:6

 

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

                                             John 14:2

 

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

                                             Luke 11:13

 

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

                                             Psalm 103:13

 

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

                                           Joshua 24:15 NIV

 

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

                                          Proverbs 14:26 NKJV

 

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

                                         Psalm 103:17-18 ESV

 

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

                                         Matthew 7:11 ESV

 

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

                                        Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NKJV

 

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

                                          Deuteronomy 4:1 ESV

 

 

Father’s Day Scriptures for Strength

 

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

                                           Ephesians 6:12 NIV


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

                                          Ephesians 6:13 NIV

 

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

                                         Ephesians 6:14-15 NIV

 


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

                                         Ephesians 6:16 NIV

 

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

                                         Ephesians 6:17 NKJV

 

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

                                          Joshua 1:6 NKJV

 

Father’s Day Scriptures for Husbands

 

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

                                        Ephesians 5:28 NIV

 

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

                                       Psalm 128:3 NIV

 

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

                                       Ephesians 5:31-32 NIV

 

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

                                       Ephesians 5:25-27 NIV

 

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

                                      1 Corinthians 7:4 ESV

 

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

                                     1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV

 

 

Father’s Day Bible Verses about Love

 

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

                                      1 Corinthians 13:1 ESV

 


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

                                     1 Corinthians 13:2 NLT

 

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

                                      1 Peter 4:8 NIV

 

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

                                       Proverbs 3:3-4 NIV

 

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

                                      1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV

 

 

Father’s Day Scriptures about Eternal Life

 

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

                                         Matthew 27:50-52 NLT

 

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

                                        Philippians 1:6 NIV

 

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

                                        Matthew 19:29 NIV

 

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

                                       1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 NIV

 

 

Scriptures about the Prodigal Son for Father’s Day


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

                                          Luke 15:20 New International Version

 

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

                                         Luke 15:22 NIV

 

 

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

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

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

Have a very Happy Father’s Day!

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High Paying Christian Affiliate Programs

High Paying Christian Affiliate Programs

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

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

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

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

Can a Christian do affiliate marketing?

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

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

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

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

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

                          Proverbs 31:16-18 NIV

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

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

Best Christian Affiliate Programs for Christian Bloggers

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

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

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

Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates

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

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

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

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

American Bible Society

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

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

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

DaySpring Affiliate Program

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

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

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

Bible Belles

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

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

Christian Strong Affiliate Program

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

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

Answers in Genesis Affiliate Program

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

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

Kerusso Affiliate Program

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

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

PureFlix Affiliate Program

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

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

Read More: Your Labor is Not in Vain 1 Corinthians 15:58

 

Top Christian Affiliate Programs from the Holy Land

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

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

Jerusalem Gift Shop

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

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

Bein Harim Tours

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

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

Judaica Webstore

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

Partner with them and start earning 10% affiliate commissions.

Best Affiliate Programs for Christian Books

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

FaithGateway

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

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

Christianbook.com Affiliate Program

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

As an affiliate you can earn up to 8% on any merchandise sold via your affiliate links and you will have access to the entire Christianbook catalog with over 550,000 products.

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

Catholic Affiliate Programs

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

Ignatius Press

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

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

Trinity Road Websites

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

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

Sign up for the Trinity Road Websites Affiliate Program today!

The Catholic Company

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

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

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Affiliate Programs for Church Resources

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

Ivy Robes

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

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

Churchsource Affiliate Program

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

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

Christian Music Affiliate Program

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

 

Worship Guitar Class

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

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

 

 

Christian Dating Affiliate Programs

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

 

Christian Café

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

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

Homeschool Affiliate Programs

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

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

Nest Learning Affiliate Program

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

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

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

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

S&S Worldwide Affiliate Program

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

More Affiliate Programs for Christian Bloggers

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

Amazon Associates

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

Mozaico Affiliate Program

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

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

Christian Counseling Affiliate Programs

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

My Counselor Online

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

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

Great Christian Affiliate Programs from Faith-Based Bloggers

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

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

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

 

Bible Verses for You

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

 

Kingdom Bloggers

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

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

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

 

Woman of Noble Character

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                            Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t be in crisis, be in Christ!

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

With that I will leave you with one last thought…

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

                                                Psalm 61:2

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

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Quick Start Guide for Master’s Hand Collection Affiliates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And I want their relationship with Him to flourish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                            Proverbs 31:13;16;18

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

 

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

What is Affiliate Marketing?

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

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

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

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

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