10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 22)

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!

Recently, 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 21)” 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.

Bread and Wine211)  1 Corinthians 11:26

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

As a Christian, you just may see several interpretations of this verse. Some Christian groups partake of the symbols of breaking bread and wine only once a year. Others do this monthly, while others weekly and more.

Will it offend God if you do this more often than what others say you should? Will it offend God if you do this less often than what others say you should? Of course not! This is what I want to leave you. Be free from any limitations or intimidation other Christians may impose on you about proclaiming the symbols of Jesus’ death. Be ye free! Love your brothers and sisters, yes. And, yes, do not be careless about your freedom (1 Corinthians 8:9). Instead, be responsive to God according to the faith He has given you. All this will improve your life – especially as you begin your walk with the Lord.

212)  Isaiah 30:21

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

The setting of this verse is about an approaching danger against the ancient city of Jerusalem and the threat of destruction by Assyria’s king Sennacherib. King Hezekiah of Judah, however, turned to God which averted disaster (see Isaiah 36  and  Isaiah 37).

But how does all this apply to your life today? My answer: The Holy Spirit. Once you seek His help and His guidance – no matter which avenue or circumstance of life you may now be in – depend on His voice. This voice will be unique for you to hear. It will guide you to also make course changes or corrections in your life.

King (pharaoh) and Queen of ancient Egypt. Painting by Winifred Brunton.

King (Pharaoh) and Queen of Egypt. Painting by Winifred Brunton.

213)  Isaiah 32:1

See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.

In this period of time in US politics, a new president will soon be elected. Many will expect him or her to govern rightly and with justice. But soon afterwards, the voters will see how human he or she really is. They will also witness outside forces resisting him or her from the changes he or she promised. These voters will also behold unfriendly kings and adversaries causing trouble against the country.

When you become a Christian, you will always be sharpening your eyes preparing to see a soon-coming King who will finally bring the righteousness and justice this world needs. That ruler is Jesus Christ. He will change your life now as well as the lives of all inhabitants of the world when He returns.

214)  Isaiah 59:2

But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear.

When Isaiah spoke these words, he was prophesying warnings about a soon impending invasion against the nation, Northern Israel. It went mostly unheeded. The Assyrians later came down and deported all ten tribes out of the land (Northern kingdom of Israel – not Jerusalem of the Southern Kingdom. See item No. 212 above).

This is, in a way, what happened when man fell from grace in the garden of Eden. This verse pictures a repetition of history, another separation away from the things of God.

But, I have good news for you. Our sins and iniquities have been dealt with when Jesus Christ died on the cross. We have been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18;  Colossians 1:22). Separation from God is no longer true with you. When you repent and believe on Christ, you will have a relationship with the God of the universe that you cannot imagine could ever exist. It will change your life.

Meteor215)  Amos 5:18

Woe to you who long
for the day of the Lord!
Why do you long for the day of the Lord?
That day will be darkness, not light.

There is a time coming that will be devastating for most, if not all, inhabitants of the earth. It will be a time of trial and gloominess. This is greatly elaborated in the book of Revelation in the Bible. Referring to the above verse, how could anyone “long for”or desire for a time such as this? Time will tell.

But this does not have to be the way with you. Long for instead for a Redeemer who will save the world from annihilating itself. Look for His light by reading the Bible about these events yet to come and note how God will win in the end. It will enlighten your life.

216)  Amos 8:11

“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
“when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.

Amos, speaking these words to the Northern ten tribes of Israel, prophesied about the consequences resulting from their way of life against God’s way.  Question: Why would God send a famine of His Word throughout the land when the people themselves already had stopped feeding on the Word of God? What famine of the Word is this verse indicating? Could it be a famine of the broadcasting and witnessing of the things of God?

Could this happen in our age? Yes!

Could the Bible no longer be allowed to be preached from the pulpit? Yes.

Could radio broadcasts proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ become illegal? Yes.

Could internet sites related to the preaching of the gospel be censored? Yes.

What does this have to do with you? Well, if you believe in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, God may, according to His will and the spiritual gifts imparted to you, be sending you to witness His truth about His love for man and His soon return. Even during a future famine, you may find yourself (because of the Holy Spirit in you) still desiring to feed others by proclaiming God’s truth that will change lives in one way or another.

mountains217)  Micah 4:2

Many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Note: In the previous verse (#216) it stated that there will be famine of food and water. But here we see the knowledge of God and His ways being disseminated to all the nations.  What is the lesson here? God is our provider.

There may yet be a future famine of spiritual food and water, but if you have the Holy Spirit you will always be feeding others especially after Christ returns. God will still teach His ways to the world through you and me as we co-rule with Christ in the kingdom of God. Yes, your current career will change dramatically to teaching others the very word of God.

218)  Micah 6:7

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

In the Old Testament, God required the Israelites to sacrifice lambs, bulls and other animals as part of the Law for the forgiveness of their sins. But what Micah was stating here was that even sacrificing his (Micah’s) son would not please God to forgive his sin.

By the the way, many of the Israelites were sacrificing their own children to a false god. That sacrifice being practiced was a false imitation of what God the Father was to offer later on through His only begotten Son, Jesus. He was going to do it for us – not we offering anyone to Him.

If you are becoming a Christian, please note that it will not nessarily be what sacrifices you give that will please God, but how you respond to His Son, who died on the cross for you.

219)  Psalm 9:18

But God will never forget the needy;
the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

Here is a major reason why you should heed God if you are sensing His calling. This verse is proof that God never has forgotten you. He created you. And He will provide for all your needs so that the needs of others will be taken care of. That outreach of having God alongside you and within you toward your surrounding neighbors will change your life.

Flower God's Creation220)  Psalm 10:11

He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.”

This verse concerns those who refuse to heed God’s call – namely the atheists or the rebellious. They do not realize that God never sleeps but always sees us. He sees everything. Nothing is out of sight or out of reach from Him.

And if He always sees us, that means He will always hear us. Therefore, speak to Him now even if you are not sure about Him. Do not stop. His response to you will be life-changing.

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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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