10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 31)

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 30)” 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.


301) Matthew 18:15

 If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.

How would you like to live in a world where there is no gossip or slander about you, behind your back. It is sad
that there is too much of it in this present world –
especially within our families and even within our churches, of all
places!

I am going to relate something that has become more
evident the longer I live on this earth. I have seen where
“friends”,  acquaintances and family members who
always gossiped viciously behind other peoples’ backs,
later suffered the consequences of their actions.

Interestingly, (and I cannot prove these were of God), I have seen very difficult trials and problems later hang over these gossipers’ heads like a dark cloud in their lives. It was as if God had punished them for gossiping. I know this is just my observation, but because of this I have always been mindful of the verses in Deut. 32:35, Romans 12:19, Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31.

These words of Jessus Christ are strongly to be heeded:

Judge not others lest you be judged (Matthew 7:1-3).

Enough said. It is not a pleasant topic for me to think about but, again, please heed this main verse here in Matthew 18:15 – especially if you are a Christian. It was written for the church for a reason.

And if you do not like gossip and slander being used against you, then do not behave this way toward others. Instead, try devotedly to understand the principles found in this verse. It will greatly improve and protect your life in many, unseen ways!

302)  2 Corinthians 2:11

… lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. (NKJV)

One of the greatest advantages you will have when you become a Christian is knowing what are Satan’s devices.
You may therefore ask, how many devices does Satan use?
Answer: Many! This is a huge topic!

And as most of us Christian know, Satan has been around
much, much longer than mankind. He has way too many “aces”
up his sleeve. Therefore, we are no match for him. So, how
can we know what devices he is using against us at any given
moment?

Well, here is my point in all this. Although Satan has many tricks up his sleeve, he does not have the Holy Spirit in him. It is the Holy Spirit who helps us be aware of what Satan is up to, what he has done, and what he can do. In other words, you, as a Christian, will have more “aces” than Satan has! AND, he will flee from you once you begin resisting him and relying on God according to His will (James 4:7).

Edward G. Robinson also starred in this movie.

303) Exodus 3:1

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Whenever I think about the Moses of the Bible, I cannot help but picture in my mind the Moses of Hollywood depicted by Charlton Heston in the film, The Ten Commandments. There, Moses confronts pharaoh of Egypt and tells him to let the Israelites go worship God in the wilderness.

It is also hard for me to imagine Moses herding a flock of sheep. Yet, that was what he did for many years after he fled for striking an Egyptian (Exodus 2:11-12).

The point I am making here is what Moses did in his early life was a foretaste of his later work that God wanted him to accomplish. He was to lead the children of Israel to the Promised Land.

If you sense that God wants you to accept Jesus Christ, (and He just may be doing that right now with you), it is very likely He also has a certain job(s) for you in mind – an assignment(s) He has been preparing you to fulfill all along. That job(s) will change your life as well as the lives of others.

304) Exodus 5:22

Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me?

When you read the context of this verse, you will see that God did not personally influenced the taskmasters to become more harsh against the children of Israel. God did not actually cause this to happen. The Egyptian supervisors made their own decision what to do against the Israelites. Whether God definitely knew this would happen is definitely another matter. But in reality, God had nothing to do with it. He being omniscient (all knowing), however, understands human nature and took advantage of man’s ultimate decisions to cause events to continue to happen.

When you become a Christian, your first experiences will, sooner or later, be ones of perpetual troubles and difficulties. Yes, just as what was presented to ancient Israel, God will allow trials and challenges to come your way in order to discipline, instruct and mature you on to further growth. In other words, it is all about us changing us for the better – not for the worse.

Many Biblical scholars believe Thutmose II (1493 – 1479 B.C.) was the Pharaoh who interacted with Moses.

305) Exodus 14:17

I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.

Here is an online article entitled, Who Hardened Pharaoh’s Heart?  I believe God has given man free moral agency to chose whether to do good or to do evil. And, yes, outside of conversion, without having the Spirit of God, a person will naturally be prone to be against God and His way.

But, now you are understanding more and more the things of God like never before. That is no accident. It is God working with you now so that He can change,
improve, and transform your life!

306) Exodus 15:24

So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”

The context of this verse indicates that water (actually, the lack of it) was the first thing the Israelites in the wilderness were grumbling and complaining about. It seems ironic that water (albeit salty and unfiltered at the Red Sea) that was dried by God to make a path for them to leave Egypt was now lacking in the dry desert for the Israelites who were thirsty and needing fresh and pure water to drink.

The Israelites who had recently been cornered and trapped from the approaching Egyptian army because of the deep waters of the Red Sea, were now complaining they could not advance because of the thirst-enducing dryness of the region. Is there a lesson here for us? I believe so.

The Israelites after leaving the wilderness of Egypt (the ways of this world) were still in the wilderness of another sort. That wilderness was that area that demanded the continuing reliance on God and not on the world.

Likewise, when you a become Christian, when you accept Christ, there will still be the wilderness of this world before you. Nevertheless, you are admonished to look always to the One who will never leave you. He is your water, your spiritual, fresh and pure water, that will never run out. Knowing that will help you always look ahead and move forward.

King Saul’s grandson very likely would have used a wheelchair if one had been around in his day.

307)  2 Samuel 9:3

The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”

Jesus Christ can greatly be seen here. How? He is giving grace toward Jonathan’s son who was handicapped (2 Sam. 4:4) and had become fatherless. If a different king had been reigning in Israel instead of David, he would have seen Jonathan’s son as an heir to the throne and therefore a threat to his kingship. But David did not see it that way. Neither does Christ today.

When you become a Christian, Christ sees you as an heir, not a threat. He made you to become a co-ruler with Him to one day rule this world God’s way. Great changes are soon coming, my friend, that will even more change your life!

308)  Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 

Many Christians in this world are worshiping and fellowshipping in homes and are therefore called, home churches. These Christians are often together this way, clandestinely, because Christianity is illegal and hated by the cities and countries they are in.

Years ago, I was involved in helping in the birth and the nurturing of one of them.  God-willing, I may post my experiences within it. But, at that time, due to a lack of understanding of it by a few, it was greatly resisted. I remember somene, a fellow Christian, telling me that I did not know what I was doing. I was surprised by that comment because I knew it was God who was showing me and those involved the way to do it.

Anyway, if you are new to Christianity, or been a Christian for many years, and you passionately sense that God wants you to begin a beneficial ministry of some kind, by all means follow through with it. God will present to you the persons and events that will confirm that you are indeed to proceed. And then it will strongly be the Holy Spirit who will show you how to develop it. Let no one tell you you cannot do it because you have no experience or do not know how to do it. God’s counsel and loving eye will always be on you.

309)  Psalm 80:14

Return to us, God Almighty!
Look down from heaven and see!
Watch over this vine,

King David called the Israelites a vine. Yet, what kind of fruit did they produce later on? Was there not very little fruit produced and of poor quality? Eventually, God had
to let them go into captivity.

But God, in a way, returned to His people. How? A change of symbolism became evident. Jesus Christ said He was (and still is) the vine and we Christians are the branches. It is at the branch level that healthful fruit are produced that will help you and others with whom you share. In other words, be allowed to be changed to become a person God can work through to provide the fruit of the vine this world needs.

310)  Psalm 113:1

Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, you his servants;
praise the name of the Lord.

There is a “trinity” of praises here in this verse. Are there good reasons we should give the Lord praises? Why should even servants mentioned in this verse, whose job it is for them to serve, offer praises? Who are God’s servants today? Answer: All Christians.

Well, if you do not know this God and decide never to call upon His name, nor seek and ask Him what He wants in your life, your song of life will be an empty one. But it can change dramatically once you begin thanking and praising Him because of what you will then be seeing…..

You will then begin see (understand):

His forgiveness for you. Praise Him
His love for you. Praise Him
His mercy and grace toward you. Praise Him.

Yes, yes, yes, praise Him.

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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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