10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 33)

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 32)” 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.

321)  Matthew 5:14

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

In 1963 Edward Lorenz, a scientist, made an unusual theory which influenced several meteorologists. He
stated that the flap of a butterfly’s wings would be
enough to later alter the course of the weather
forever. The Butterfly Effect would be enough to
affect the weather later on.

I have a hard time believing that concept. Are you kidding me? What about the blasts of jet engines all over the world? What about the hundreds and hundreds of leaf blowers being used to clear sidewalks and lawns of grass clippings and leaves? God is sovereign over the weather. If these scientists can get away with that kind of thinking, then I will try to get away with this one:

Your Christian light, your witness of Jesus Christ to someone – from you –  one person – is the light that may eventually greatly influence the world!

So there!

322)   Matthew 5:48

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

I have heard many angles explaining this passage of scripture.  How can complete perfection be achieved here? No one will ever be perfect in this life. Anyone, for example, who says he has not sinned is fooling himself (1 John 1:9) and therefore never perfect. But the perfection Christ spoke here about, if understood spiritually is to wear Jesus Christ. Put on Jesus Christ. Even though you are not perfect, with Christ in you and working though you, you will come across as being perfect in God, your Father’s, eyes.

Moot question: Will we be perfect in the next life? Answer: We will be perfect just as Adam and Eve were perfect before they sinned in the garden of Eden.

Therefore, since you are not perfect now, and Christ is perfect and has justified you before the Father in heaven, this verse can powerfully inspire you to change the attitude you have daily about yourself – especially when you become a Christian. It will change your life!

323)  Matthew 6:25

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

If, in the course of your life, you become laid off from your job, should you worry? I realize many of you unfairly (or justifiably so) have perhaps been fired from your employment, should you become worried about getting another one?

God fully knows your situation. He understands
the motivations of your heart and those unfortunate
scenarios that perhaps were out of your control.

If you made a mistake which caused you to become
unemployed, bring it to God. Ask forgiveness if so
necessary. God always forgives and understands.
Always. After receiving a new job, with God’s help,
be determined to change your life by daily pursuing
Him and His guidance.

324)  Matthew 13:1

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.

Referring to this passage, what did Jesus do when He was indoors? Apparently, He was in someone’s home fellowshipping – eating, drinking lemonade, whatever. Then He went outside and sat by a lake. He could have stayed indoors and continued teaching, healing, socializing, but He did not. Once outdoors, His view was different. He was then able to look further beyond Himself than if He had stayed indoors. Once outside, He was then able to see the other side of the lake, watch sea birds fly, and even behold fish peeking out above the water sea level. A whole new world was before Him. This was all because He went outside of the house and sat on the edge of a lake.

You too can do this often, if possible. Just go outside for awhile. Drive around. Bike on trails. Perhaps, after a hard day’s work, just grab a cup of coffee or tea at a nearby coffee shop (I like Dunkin’ Donuts) and sit in your car and think, quietly, in peace, for a few minutes.

There will always be times when you just need to get yourself out of the house – away the normal bustle of life in this world. Go to a new location. Go to where God infinitely resides. You will then receive a new perspective on the things that really matter in this life. When your thoughts are on God and His Word, you can be sure that when you need it, He will refresh, if not change, your life.

325)  Matthew 22:29

Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”

I used to believe I understood all the truths of the Bible – more than all other Christians. I used to believe that I will always be right and never change my views about any particular doctrine or teaching. Boy, was I wrong!

About 80% of all the “true” doctrines I once believed, I was in error about. I was wrong about the Trinity, wrong about being born again, wrong about the Old Covenant holy days, and wrong about holidays such as Easter, wrong about Christmas and not celebrating the birth of Christ in December. Wrong, wrong wrong.

In this verse in Matthew, Christ was speaking to the Sadducees. They believed they were right on their understanding of the resurrection and were testing Christ on this doctrine. But Jesus told them they were not Biblically correct here and proceeded His discourse on the nature of God’s power the course of human affairs.

If you, as a Christian (or a new believer), have the attitude of mind that you may be wrong about anything pertaining to the Bible, the healthier and happier Christian you will be as you study God’s Word.  Sounds strange,  doesn’t it? The more you see yourself as needing to learn more and more about the things of God, the more fulfilled and free your life will be for you. ALWAYS seek to learn from your mistakes and grow.

And if you believe and accept what is the most important truth you can ever believe – that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior –  that would be enough to carry on in this life. And because of that, your whole life will be changed forever.

326)  1 Corinthians 3:4

For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?

One of the biggest complaints unbelievers have against Christianity is why there are so many Christian churches and sects all claiming to have the truth yet differ in many ways.

Yes, most of you know that all Christian churches
cannot be correct when you examine their teachings
(often laced with traditions) conflicting one
with another.

And yes, the Bible says there is only ONE true Christian church (Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:8). This was especially true in the apostle Paul’s day. NOTE: There were no other Christian churches around that were NOT started by the apostles. How could there have been other Christian denominations at that time? Paul wanted to maintain the unity of these newly established churches that he (Paul) mostly fathered!

But today there are many Christian churches and denominations God has allowed to flourish. This is important to understand! Just because one church teaching differs from another does not mean God does not exist and working among them. Again, let me repeat, these differing Christian churches do not prove there is no God.

If you keep in mind that Christians worshiping within these differing denominations; Christians who attend these churches such as the: Methodist, Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian churches, etc., WERE PLACED THERE BY GOD and will one day rise to meet Christ in the air. Understanding this will keep you stable, strong and solid in the faith, in the new life, God has given you.

327)  1 Corinthians 4:20

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

I believe Christians will soon once again become very relevant to the communities around them. I believe this will happen in the United States as well as in other countries. A short-lived revival of some sort, a new awakening, will once again influence many to become devoted Christians. It will be a mighty work of the Holy Spirit – not because of a national calamity per se (although I may be wrong here).

When this pouring of the Spirit flows upon the land, it will significantly lead Christians to not only be talking the talk (proclaim Jesus Christ)but be walking the talk  (as Jesus Christ did).

Knowing this and being involved in the great work of the Spirit soon to arrive will change your life.

328)  Proverbs 11:21

Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free.

Who are those who will go unpunished? Answer: The wicked (Proverbs 11:21). They will have to bear the consequences of their own actions.

Yet, the entire book of the Bible seems chock full of accounts of the wicked not going unpunished in their lifetimes. But they all were punished when they finally faced death without perceiving any hope of eternal life.

I believe the wicked intrinsically now know what evil does to others. They know what evil looks like. They know what evil means. How? When they experience all of the dishonesty and hateful deeds others do against them [the wicked]  which also cause them pain and misery.

But if you deeply understand what is wickedness, then you will know better not to be among those who will ultimately be taken into account by the great God in heaven. If you understand these things; if you turn away from evil and accept Jesus Christ’s way of living, it will change your life.

329)  Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.

This verse caught my attention and made me stop and think  awhile because it contains a bonus! First of all, when a person is under stress and the anxiety continues for a long period of time, the heart of the person very likely suffers tremendously and ultimately become ill. Medical science has proven over and over that a cheerful contentment and disposition is very conducive for the heart.

But here is the bonus, when you love and do kind things to others, as God does, through you, by helping others alleviate their stress, it will also bring great benefits to your overall well being.

You giving comfort and promoting peace toward others – along
with maintaining a healthier and positive mental attitude – will
enrich and enhance  your life. By you displaying God’s love toward
others, you will know what I mean.

330)  James 5:13

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

This verse is very simple to understand. But if you were to tell this to an unbeliever, he would, of course, perceive it much differently. As you know, every human being in this world will sooner or later experience trouble. Many of those who do not have God in their lives, will often take matters into their own hands. Some of them, because of this, will cause problems on themselves and on others. They will harm their neighbor or hurt themselves in the process. Crime and substance abuse are examples of this.

If, however, you are learning about God and you find yourself in some kind of predicament, no matter what it is, turn it over to God. Tell (pray to) God about your problem. It won’t matter how many times you tell Him about your trials, if you are in trouble, pray. Doing so will strengthen you now and in your future thus dramatically changing 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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