10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 16)

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 15)” 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.


Jesus validated the biblical account of Jonah and the fish by making referring to it. (Matthew 12:40)

151)  Jonah 3:3

Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it.

In number 150 of 10 Bible Verses That Can change Your Life (part 15), I stated that there were similarities between Jonah and the apostle Paul. Both of these men, after God surprisingly intervened in their lives, preached to the Gentiles. Both were citizens of Israel and both went to foreign lands proclaiming God’s salvation for them.

Note the number three in Jonah’s account. Jonah had been three days and three nights in the stomach of a fish before being vomited out. After that, it took Jonah three days to go through and evangelize the Gentile capitol of Assyria, Nineveh. These two three-day periods, to me, are reminders of the great lengths God took in offering His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross who was buried for three days and nights and rose again.

If you are an unbeliever, God knows you. He created you. And He loves you. If you are ready to accept and believe what Jesus did on the cross for you, that is a strong indication that the He has been influencing you in various ways and wants to change your life.

152)  Jonah 4:11

And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

This verse is just the tip of the iceberg concerning God’s love for His creation. God did not create man in order to condemn him. God, in His sovereignty, has decided to love the world rather than condemn it (John 3:17). He now tells us that He so loved the world that anyone (and that includes you) who believes on Jesus Christ will be saved (John 3:16).

There is hope for you through Jesus Christ. All is not hopeless for you. There is more to life than the one you are presently in. Life should not be dreary and meaningless. There is purpose for your life. With God, you are not a mistake. You are not somebody who came about by mere chance. The awareness of yourself that you possess, an awareness that far exceeds any other creature of the animal kingdom, is one that was meant to be with you always. It should not end forever after you die. You were made for a reason. Why not stop and ask God to make it clear what He wants to do with you? It may be that you are a future Jonah for others to heed the Holy Spirit who will be in you. Your life will greatly change for you and for others.

image153)  Hosea 1:7

Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.

If you have studied ancient history you will see some of it in the pages of the Bible. In the Book of Daniel, for example, two prophetic visions are recorded regarding the major empires of the ancient world, namely the Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman Empires. Not only have they left an influence on the world to this day, they have also have affected Judah for most of her history.

The stone striking the feet of the image in Daniel 2 represents Jesus Christ who will save Israel. No longer will she be unable to understand Christ. The Holy Spirit will be doing a great work on behalf of Judah and all Israel.

The question remains, where will you be in relation to the end time events that are to occur? By first accepting, learning and walking with Christ now in your lifetime, you as a Christian, will have a tremendous part being involved in the resructuring of this world’s political, economic and social systems.

154)  Hosea 6:6

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

As my comments on the previous verse (Hosea 1:7) shows, God has been merciful toward His people. Even though He punished Israel and Judah for breaking His covenant, God has always loved His people. He was merciful in love in order to have them acknowledge Him as Lord of their lives.

If you respond to His call – His invitation for you – to be His disciple in your lifetime, and treat your neighbor with love as God does, your life will be one reserved to be continually influential in the kingdom of God.

155)  Hosea 9:7

The days of punishment are coming,
the days of reckoning are at hand.
Let Israel know this.
Because your sins are so many
and your hostility so great,
the prophet is considered a fool,
the inspired person a maniac.

This verse was a warning given to ancient ISrael concerning her future fate. She was facing being overtaken and removed out of her land. Yet, in the Book of Revelation, other earthshaking wars and conquests are yet ahead. There will be calamities that will horrify all of the world’s nations. Where will you be? How will you endure? For our day, promises of protection and deliverance are given to those who believe in the Lamb of God. Could you be one of them?

156)  Hosea 14:4

I will heal their waywardness
and love them freely,
for my anger has turned away from them.

This prophecy is yet to be fulfilled for ancient Israel. These inhabitants had been taken captive to Assyria. In future, after Christ returns these people will resettle in the land.

For us today, Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection was how God dealt with the sin of the world. This sin has vastly affected mankind’s relationship with God since the fall of Adam and Eve. But man was reconciled (good vocabulary word for you to study) back to God. This reconciliation spiritually involves you! If you accept and believe Jesus Christ, you are saved. This salvation is a free gift for you courtesy of the One who immensely loves you.


Jezebel and Ahab meeting Elijah in Naboth’s Vineyard (1 Kings 21:18-23)

157) 1 Kings 16:30

Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him.

King Ahab was probably one of the worst kings, in God’s sight, to ever rule Israel. Ahab totally abandoned God for other idols. Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, was also very evil and prominent in matters of that kingdom. Yet God, through Elijah, made Himself available through constant communication. God never abandoned Ahab. Ahab had abandoned God. But, in 1 Kings 21:28 King Ahab repented which God noticed and thereby extended some mercy to him.

God has dealt mercifully with the people He created. How? Jesus Christ died for the world in order to eliminate death. He is now in your presence. He is now communicating with you as you read this.

Please note there is something very common between Ahab and you. Item 158 (next) is that similarity that can change your life.

158) 1 Kings 17:2, 8

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah:
… Then the word of the Lord came to him:

Elijah in Ahab’s day, was presented the Word of God. Although the complete Bible as we know it did not exist at that time, the word of the Lord still came to Ahab through Elijah. Ahab, however, did not heed it.

The Word of God, the Bible, is being presented to you today. If you pay attention to it and ask for God’s Spirit to help you understand it, your life will change dramatically.

159)  Psalms 56:4,11

In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
… In God I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?

These two verses, verses 4 and 11, of this psalm are almost identical. I have learned that any Bible verse that is repeated elsewhere should be given more attention. So, according to these verses, the fear of men, which is common in this cruel and antagonistic world of ours, should not be your way of life if you are a believer in Christ.

If someone, for example, aggressively seeks legal action against you for something you know is undeserving and false, do not fear what man can do. If someone falsely accuses you before others, put it in God’s hand. If anyone threatens you in any way; if he is acting as a bully against you, trust in God and be not afraid. This will add peace of mind and courage of heart to your life.

160)  Psalms 130:3

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?

In the Old Covenant, before Jesus’ death on the cross, a person’s sin had to be removed by offering sacrifices and burnt offerings, etc. At the Cross, however, when Jesus died, that system of offerings became obsolete. Christ, right then and there, forgave our sins. This is a reality that many Christians do not yet fully understand. When a Christian today sins and asks Christ for forgiveness, that person repenting had already been forgiven at the cross. His attitude still shows he is in Christ. He is no longer condemned by the law anymore. There is no longer any condemnation when you are in Christ.

It is all about grace. Jesus Christ is grace. And grace is not a separate doctrine that is shelved along with other doctrines to later study. Jesus Christ is grace personified and the more you study grace the more you will be amazed at what Jesus Christ has already done for you to change your life.

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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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