10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 9)

lighthouseFor those of you who have studied the Bible for several years, no matter how often you read a particular verse, oftentimes a new understanding of it will suddenly light up at you as if it were new!

Last year, there were verses that for years I have been familiar that all of a sudden took on a whole new dimension when I began writing about them.

If you are a new Christian or a person who does not know yet what the Bible is all about, I pray that the verses below will cause you to start thinking differently about yourself and the world you live in.

On the other hand, chances are you are now beginning to study the Bible. If so, I believe it will be a Supreme Being, the Great God, who will be communicating to you mostly through your thoughts.

Below are ten more Bible verses added from “10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 8)” that have changed my life and other people’s lives as well. These verses have been doing this throughout the centuries. I am sure you long-time students of the Bible can think of other verses that are also life-changing.

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How did the owl in our western societies become a symbol of wisdom?

81)  James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Have you ever wished you were smarter than what you believe you are? I mean, if you had been smarter would you have made less mistakes in your life?

Is great intelligence enough? Not so, what is very valuable for a person to have is wisdom. Wisdom uses knowledge and intelligence in a greater and more efficient way. It is wisdom that will help you in life physically, financially and even spiritually.

This verse says that wisdom – true and pure wisdom – comes from God. How do you receive it? Believe in God, believe in Jesus Christ and ask Him for wisdom. What happens next will change your life.

82)  James 2:19

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

I have been writing recently about the Trinity and about my belief in three persons in one God. Well, if demons believe in “one God”, as this verse says, then God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are one God. And God as three (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in one is what demons see!  No wonder James in this verse wrote that demons are fearful of Him!

If you begin to trust in God instead of shirking away from Him as the demons do, it will change your life.

83)  1 Kings 2:19

When Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king’s mother, and she sat down at his right hand.

Bathsheba, at the time of this verse, was the widow of King David. On this occasion, she was given a throne by her son, King Solomon, to sit when she approached him. So? You ask.

She was not esteemed as a queen by ancient Israel. Yet, King Solomon treated her as one. The ancient kingdom of Israel never recognized queens in its government, only kings. Why? Because that was what the Israelites wanted – a King – not a queen (1 Samuel 8). And that is what God only gave them.

David and BathshebaBut here we see Bathsheba sitting on a throne at the right hand of Solomon. Significance? I believe Bathsheba represents Christians being the Church of Jesus Christ. This verse to me pictures the Church ruling with Jesus after He returns to earth (Click here to read my post, The Sin of Bathsheba). Believing in Jesus Christ and becoming a Christian will change the status of your life to that of heir-apparent to rule with and alongside Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of God.

84)  Job 28:12,20

But where can wisdom be found?
Where does understanding dwell?

In Psalm 110:10 and Proverbs 9:10, it says that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Whenever a verse is repeated almost exactly word for word there is much importance attached to it.

If you want wisdom and understanding of the things of God and how you can deal with other people, start with God. Receiving the Holy Spirit and asking Him for guidance will dramatically alter your life!

85)  1 Corinthians 1:30

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

When you accept Jesus Christ, you will have the following benefits from God: His wisdom, righteousness, holiness and salvation (redemption).

86)  Proverbs 8:23

I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.

If you are not a Christian, it may be difficult to recognize those who misinterpret the Bible in order to fit their own doctrines. For example, many people have been misled by some to believe that this verse refers to Jesus Christ being created by God the Father. If this is true then this means Jesus is not God.

The error here is caused by the assumption that this verse must be used literally, not figuratively. Nowhere does this verse say wisdom was actually created. If this verse is literal, then God was not wise before He created wisdom, which is not true.

The word, “formed” is the Hebrew word, qanah, meaning “brought forth.” Therefore, it was through the wisdom of God that caused the earth to be brought forth – to come into being. It points to Jesus Christ as God’s wisdom personified (1 Corinthians 1:23-24). It strongly shows that Jesus and the Father are one.

If you are in a religion that does not believe in the deity of Christ, then I pray that, through further study of this verse and its context, the Holy Spirit would give you the wisdom to see who He really is. It will change your life!

87)  Proverb 9:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

“Fearing God”, which means believing in God, is true wisdom. It is wisdom that comes from God. That wisdom is Jesus Christ. And when you believe and accept what He has done for you, His mind will be in you – especially as you ask Him (Philippians 2:5-11).

Why should we have this wisdom from Jesus Christ? Because He tells us to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). In order for you to do this, you will need God’s help. And once He is there for you, your life will take on a whole new course.

anger88)  Proverbs 15:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Do you often deal with people who become contentious toward you? Do you ever find yourself in conversations that start harmless and cool but then begin to get increasingly heated until an argument ensues? The way to handle this is by applying this verse. It is very simple to understand, but difficult at times to carry out.

But, I am purposely being redundant here, if you ask God to fulfill this verse in your life, the Holy Spirit will help you – not only inspire you as to what to say to others (when the need occurs), but how to wisely say it. Your life will be transformed by this verse. People will quickly notice a positive change in how you deal with them. This verse is indeed a game changer.

89)  Proverbs 22:6

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

If you are a parent with very young children, toddlers, then this verse is for you! Understanding and applying it may help avoid entrenching negative developments to your child’s behavior. It may prevent your child from becoming, for example, a juvenile delinquent later on in life.

cribAlthough nothing is guaranteed in life, when you apply this verse toward your children, even if they err in judgment at a later time when they are away from home, they will remember what you taught them by your word and example.

This important verse, if you study, meditate, and ask Bible teachers and pastors (note: the plural here) about it, will be one of the best things you will ever do in your and your children’s lives.

90)  Ecclesiastes 7:2

It is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,

If you look around you today, especially in our western culture in the USA and the like, you will see people spending an inordinate amount of time partying. It is one party after another. You can, for example, see this in many college campuses on weeknights – especially Friday and Saturday nights.

Is there anything wrong with having a good time with friends and neighbors? No, of course not. But when a person’s life is nothing but seeking only pleasure, fun, and thrills; when it is nothing but having seemingly endless revelings, sooner or later, in due time, an incident will occur that will change your focus.

A dear friend of yours dies in an auto accident. A close relative suffers a massive heart attack. Your brother or sister overdoes on drugs. It is these moments that, in many ways, cause you to begin reflecting what life is all about.

Is this all there is to life? Is it just one party after another? Is every weekend only a time of football, soccer or basketball TV gatherings? How about God? Yes, what about Him? Does He exist? Yes He does. Can He give you a better life full of meaning and purpose? Yes He can. Why not dedicate some time reflecting on what He wants you to see?

He wants you to look all around you. He wants you to see how people are messing up their lives by being foolish. And He wants you may be involved in doing something about it.

What can you do? First, (again) believe in God. Begin looking what this Jesus Christ is all about. Seek wisdom. Get wisdom. Receiving wisdom by becoming a follower of Christ will help you realize how much good awaits this world because of God. It will change your life.

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Acknowledgements:

1) All Bible verses are quoted from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. Holy Bible: New International Version. (2011). Grand Rapids, MI.: Zondervan

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