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 31)” 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.
311) Philippians 1:9
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…
I as a Christian must always be on guard on being critical of those in positions of leadership in Christian churches. But there are times, without naming names of course, when I have to scratch
my head and wonder why certain of them do what they do.
For example, why do many pastors, preachers and teachers not suggest to their congregations, on a regular basis, worthwhile books and other materials they have been reading? Why don’t they mention honorable written publications with authors’ names that they used in preparing their lessons? Is it because they want to always appear superior and all knowledgable before the saints – God’s disciples?
I applaud you pastors who equip the brethren in any way, manner, shape and form for the tasks God has given them to accomplish. I remember one visiting speaker to a church who gave a sermon about leadership and he referred the congregation to the book he had just read . Did he have to do it? No. Would the entirety of the congregation follow up and read the book? I say, probably not everyone. Probably 20% of the membership will have an initial desire to get a copy of that book because of interest of the subject at hand. And from that number, another 20% will actually read it. Just my thoughts.
Anyway, why don’t church leaders (pastors , teachers, Sunday school teachers, etc.) especially in those communities whose congregations are more literate, encourage their brethren to read pertinent books that complement their sermons as well as the Bible?
If you leaders encourage curiosity for learning rather than just funneling information, it will ever more so elevate the lambs of God to a deeper level of knowledge and depth in the understanding of His Word. It will definitely aid, mature and change their lives.
312) Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (KJV)
One of the first books about Christian living that I read when I was in high school was called, The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. I very much remember how strongly Mr. Peale elaborated and expounded on this verse in Philippians.
It was during that time in my life where I was trying to find meaning and purpose in the world. Why was there all of this suffering? And how was I going to succeed in this kind of world? I found this book to be extraordinary inspiring.
Anyway, thinking positively on what Jesus Christ can do in your life and leaving all your cares, worries; all of your negative “can’t-do-anything” mentality up to God will help you understand and apply His faith required to move forward.
If you are wondering what your future potential in this world is. If you are having difficulty with self-confidence and not knowing what to do in order to get on with your life, this verse in Philippians, when you use it, will change your life.
313) Colossians 1:26
… the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.
For much of my life, I have been surrounded by mysteries. When I was a Roman Catholic in my youth, I was bombarded by the mysteries of that church. Her doctrines, teachings and traditions were (and still are) clouded by “mysteries”. Lord willing, I may post my thoughts about them in the future.
Anyway, my dad, a very devout Catholic when I was growing up, often, almost daily, led the family devotions by praying the rosary. This would happen in the late afternoon or early evening. This family prayer time consisted basically of repetitions of Hail Marys and Our Fathers. It was so repetitive I would drift away and daydream during most of that time. Not until my later teens did I begin to listen in and try to understand why this was being done.
And not until I departed from Catholicism (I have today nothing against the saints of God who are Catholic) did I realize that the biggest Mystery of the Ages is Jesus Christ.
If you are new to Christianity, everything will of course initially seem a mystery to you. I therefore pray you become a saint who does not fellowship among those whose purpose it is to maintain the important things of God as a mystery. I pray you do not become a saint whose membership is one where the church withholds from you what will help you grow and mature as a Christian. If you sense you are in a membership such as this and are asking yourself why and how this can be so, let me encourage you that it is all according to God’s will for the time being when and until He decides for you to change – even if it occurs at the moment of His return.
314) 1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
If you are beginning to read or listen to passages from the Bible for the very first time, will it eventually affect you in some way? Let us say you were meditating on it, gleanning its wisdom from it and enlightening your thinking from what it says, would all that have an influence on you? Well, if you are seeking answers for your life and you begin reading this book called the Bible and begin to sense God is communicating and interacting with you and telling you the things you need to know – that, indeed, will change your life!
315) 1 Thessalonians 4:13
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.
Most of you know atheists or agnostics or others who desire very little knowledge about God. Do you ever wonder what they go through when one of their loved ones dies? Yes, they grieve, of course, but wouldn’t you say their grief is much sadder, much darker, more poignant because they believe these loved ones will never live again, talk to them again, or love life again? But if you know that God lives (and He does), and that your loved ones will be hugging you again someday, wouldn’t that change your life? You bet it will!
316) 1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
If you are struggling to believe Jesus is God, it could be because you are asking yourself how can there be two persons (actually three when you consider the Holy Spirit) yet be one God? You may ask, how could God have been in heaven (where the Father is) and also been on earth (Jesus Christ living on earth as a man) at the same time? Also, how could God (Jesus Christ while on earth) have prayed to God (His Father in heaven)?
This God is One. One God. That is who God is! But again you may ask, how could God die for us in the person of Jesus Christ and still be alive in heaven as the Father?
Well, this one thought I leave you. It may not satisfy you, but it is a thought, nevertheless, you may want to meditate on:
What is impossible with men is possible with God (Luke 18:27).
Here is another thought: If Jesus Christ is in you now because you are a true follower of Him, He is also in another true follower of Him on the opposite side of the globe. He is also in heaven seated at the right hand of God. You praise God who is in heaven AND who is also in you! How can that be? Only God knows. Yet, that is who God is. Knowing this will strengthen your perspective about God and therefore change your life.
317) 1 Timothy 4:1
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
Why would a Christian abandon the faith and be led astray? This verse states that some Christians will be enticed away from the truth by deceiving spirits – fallen angels who have followed after Satan. If these angels, who can see God and fear the Holy Spirit, have abandoned, eons ago, what they have seen, how easily can a human believer also abandon his faith!
This is a huge topic! How do demons deceive? There are many, many ways. For example, if you go to spiritual mediums and participate in their seances desiring to talk with a deceased relative, that relative you hear is a deception – an imposter. A deceiving spirit is what is causing that to transpire.
If you are caught up in these ways, pray to God, seek Him. His Spirit will free you and change your life.
318) 2 Timothy 3:17
… so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
How does a servant of God become thoroughly equipped in our day in the New Testament age? If you are new to the faith or a mentor who disciples new
believers, how do you equip others? Well, the time-tested
methods of prayer, fasting, meditation, Bible study and
fellowship are key. The Bible will prepare you through
the power of the Holy Spirit and through the ministry of
the Word. Teaching about the Word comes from sermons,
Bible studies. Christian publications and fellowship with
It takes exposure, training and practice to use tools properly
– especially spiritual ones – that repair and change broken lives.
319) 2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
What this verse greatly indicates to me is that Christians who abandon truths of God’s teachings will often transfer their allegiance to other teachers of their own choosing who teach the things not fully from God (this is key here!)
Also, if you are a Christian, of course, always study God’s Word to deepen your understanding and always be ready to be corrected. And when you know you have been corrected, do not resist it by seeking others, notably teachers, who support your stubbornness not to change.
There is a difference here. There are the open-minded Christians who, like the Bereans, continue to verify what they have heard and then move forward(Acts 17:11). But, then there are those who disagree with what they sense is true and seek supporters who embolden them to hold on to – or “validate”- what they want to believe.
Maturity concerning your desires will become a part of your life when you know when to accept and maintain the things of God yet also be willing to correct and change in order to grow on in the faith. May God be with you regarding this.
320) Philemon 1:25
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
When Jesus Christ is within you, your human spirit will be affected. The mind of God will be with you. But the anger, hatreds, and vices of your fallen human nature
will still be lingering within you. Yes, spiritual battles
will often ensue. But, as you commune with God you
are becoming more like Jesus Christ because of His
grace constantly being extended for you.
Share your life with Him, praise Him, but most of all
be willing to change because of Him.
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 The title of the sermon was: “The Importance of Leadership.” The book the speaker mentioned was: The Truth About Leadership by Kouzes and Posner.
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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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