10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 15)

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 ouf 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 14)” 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.

141)  Psalm 79:5

How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever?
How long will your jealousy burn like fire?

Is God always angry? No. He has been sorrowful often and He loves the inhabitants of the world, each and every one of us. Despite the world’s crimes, hatred and wars, God still loves us. He hates the sin but so loves us that He gave His only begotten Son to die for us in order to eliminate death in the world (John 3:16).  Jesus Christ is not chronically angry at everybody.

Is He angry at you? Yes you, you reading this. Is He angry at you? No, He loves you and He wants to elevate your life to that of glory. He wants to change your life.

142)  Psalm 84:12

Lord Almighty,
blessed is the one who trusts in you.

Many of you are tired – tired of how this way of life exists in the world. It presents pressures, burdens and pain that seem at times unbearable. Some of you sigh, “Why get out of bed and again go through this madness, this unfairness, and this endless rat race called living?” You ask, “Why deal with family hang ups, coworker jealousies and work office intrigues?” All of this has very likely caused some of you to become angry, depressed, or without hope.

But what if you look to God and talk to Him? What if you tell Him all your frustrations? What have you got to lose? Just having conversations with God will bring a positive change of heart. Trusting in Him will transform your life.

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Solomon’s Temple

143)  1 Kings 8:13

I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.

Many years ago, King Solomon, son of King David, built a temple for God in the nation of Israel. Yet, no matter what temple man erected for God, the one He constructed is better. Jesus Christ was the best temple who was “built” when He was born of Mary. Man destroyed it when they nailed Him on the cross. But God now has a resurrected Temple, this same Jesus Christ, for you to go for rest, to be strengthened and to be joyful forever.

Here is another thing, just as King Solomon built a temple for God to dwell in, when you accept and believe Christ, your life becomes a temple, a temple where the Holy Spirit resides (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). What a tremendous change that will be for your life!

144)  Jeremiah 32:17

Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

We all have problems. Some are more difficult to solve or manage than others. You may now be having a particular personal problem that you believe has no solution. Nothing is too hard for God to solve. As a matter of fact, God has seen it all before. He knew about your problem before you were even introduced to it.

In the Bible, one person told Jesus Christ that it was impossible for God to heal his son. Jesus said, “Nothing is impossible with God” (Mark 9:17-27). He has the solution. Patiently knowing that God is in full control and can help you, will change your life – His way.

145)  Jeremiah 42:3

Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.

There are some of you, I pray not many of you, after sensing and beginning to acknowledge a calling from God, are facing resistance by friends, family and nay-sayers who tell you that you do not know what you are doing. They are unaware that God has stirred your heart to do His work. Despite what they throw at you, pray that God will tell you exactly where you should go and what to do next. If you follow Him, He will guide you to carry out His purpose.

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The children following the pillar of cloud by day.

As an illustration, when you read the Biblical account of the ancient Israelites sojourneying through the desert toward the Promised Land, you will read how the people followed God’s lead. As soon as the pillar of cloud lifted away from the mobile tabernacle, the Israelites would pack up their belongings and then follow the cloud to its next destination (Exodus 13:21).

This may also be true with you. When you should start moving forward and following God’s lead is between you and God. He will always ultimately remove your doubts, your concerns and your questions as to where to go and what to do next. All this will not only change your life and give you hope, it will renew your life to share with others what He also has in mind for them in their lives.

146)  Luke 11:13

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

If you are already a Christian, a believer, why would you ask the Father for the Holy Spirit? Because the Holy Spirit needs to be renewed for you to use and be used. All Christians receive the Holy Spirit when they accept Jesus Christ, but as time goes on, for whatever reason, they are not as filled with the Holy Spirit. Having the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Spirit are two different scenarios. (Possible future blog here, God-willing). So, why ask for the Holy Spirit?

1) In order to do God’s work, to complete your spiritual project (ministry) given to you.

2) In order to love your neighbor.

3) In order to love your enemies.

4) In in order to edify others and …

5) In order to fulfill God’s commission to go out into the world as a witness and make disciples (Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19-20).

147)  Luke 18:1

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

The Jesus of the Bible gave several illustrations and stories (parables) about future events such as the coming kingdom, and how God will judge the world. He told this parable in Luke 18 with the purpose of telling His disciples that when things get tough, and they will, they should pray rather than giving up.

You may have heard that when events in your life get so bad that your only last hope is praying to God, it is hopeless. The opposite is true. Whenever you start facing a tough moment, immediately pray. Even pray over small matters. I remember looking for my car keys which I had misplaced in order to leave for work. It was starting to get very late. I looked everywhere for them and nothing. I prayed for God to help me find them. Within seconds I found the keys. A thought had quickly occurred to look where I never thought to look before, and sure enough, there they were. It left a deep impression on me.

No matter what you are facing in life, seek God and make a request to Him. He will help you simplify your life from needless worry and anxiety to one of confidence and faith. He will improve your life.

Garden of gethsemane

In the garden of Gethsemane.

148)  Luke 22:40

On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”

Many of us underestimate the power of prayer. By not praying, you limit what God can do for you. Falling into temptation is usually the result of not reminding yourself that you need His strength, His power, and His guidance. It is easy to become distracted, lose focus and be overcome and consumed with your interests and desires.

Well, just keeping this verse in mind will guide and change your daily life!

149)  Luke 23:34

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

(Future blog here about this verse coming soon –  very, very soon! God willing. Stay tuned!)

150)  Jonah 1:3

But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

What do Jonah and the apostle Paul have in common? Answer: Jonah, a commissioned prophet, knowingly ignored God’s mission to evangelize to Nineveh, Assyria. Instead, he headed for Tarshish, Spain (Jonah 1:1-3). Saul, who later became Paul and was from Tarshish, unknowingly went contrary to God’s plan by being a fanatical and Pharisaical terrorist against Christians.

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Saul blinded on his way to Damascus (Acts  9)

Both Jonah and Saul were stopped in their tracks by God’s intervention. Nothing can stop God’s work. Jonah was swallowed up into the darkness of a belly of a large fish. Whereas, Saul’s eyesight became darkened by a blinding light. Both changed their way of thinking once they understood (saw the light) and repented – changed their course in life.

It may seem at times that God’s work in this world is being curtailed, but He is right on schedule! And if God has given you an assignment to do, a beneficial, holy and loving job to do, you better follow through or you may be in for a big surprise in 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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