10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 34)

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 33)” 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.

331)   1 Corinthians 11:26

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

When I was a Catholic years ago, it was mandatory for me to attend Mass every Sunday. To not do so deliberately was a grave sin – a mortal sin. As I look back, the focus of this Mass was highly on the communion table and not so much on the Bible. Very little of it was read and expounded on during the service.

Later on, when I became a Protestant, the opposite was
true. There was much from the Bible and less on the
symbols of the bread and wine. As a matter of fact, I
partook of the bread and wine only once a year!

Today I do partake of them more often.

Again, going back to my Roman Catholic days, I believed the Sacrament of the Eucharist, as the communion

table was called, primarily consisted of the bread and the wine which  was believed to be the body and blood of Christ. Even as I believed this, I still remember seeing bread and wine. And when I partook of it, the body still tasted like bread.  Anyway, this event was called transubstantiation.

I am not criticizing the saints of the Catholic Church. They are, I believe, still Christians as they believe in Christ as being their Lord and Savior. No problem with me there. But I must ask, if this were true that the bread and wine became the actual body and blood of Christ, was there a clone created? Did Christ in Heaven make a duplicate of Himself on earth? And is not the Spirit of God in us as it says in Romans 8:9 and Galatians 4:6?  These are just questions that has led me to perhaps write a future post about it – Lord willing.

Here is my point of all this: If you study the Bible with an open mind – not with a critical heart – and use your intellect, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can indeed ask questions such as these to God about any passage and grow spiritually! Nevertheless, it is God’s will for your life that matters most; not how you understand a doctrine or two that will ultimately, if not sooner, change your life.

332)  Psalm 17:15

As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Many righteous people belonging to God have been executed for believing and serving Him. They were martyred for their faith in Christ. Only two persons who are recorded in the Bible have outwardly spoken to forgive their executioners, Jesus the Messiah and Stephen a deacon of the church in the Jerusalem church.

Christ said that all who love Him and are following Him will be persecuted to some extent (John 15:18-27; see also 2 Timothy 3:12). This doesn’t sound very encouraging, does it? But as you go through various  trials remember this verse in Psalm 17:15 above. It will not only strengthen you, but prepare you for what is yet ahead in your changed life.

333)  Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.

Do you find yourself angry all the time? Anger, in my opinion, is one of the easiest of emotions to have and
nurture. Why do I say this? Because you see very much
of it all around you. I guess depression is also everywhere
but not as much easily seen. Just my thoughts. I could
be wrong.

Nevertheless, even as a Christian I have often become angry for one reason or another. And when I do, I reflect and realize that I was probably highly focused on myself – on how I was disrespected; on how I was cheated; on how I was mistreated, etc.

Therefore, when you look to God, when you have sought and learned His will for you on a particular matter, no matter what happens, you will, with His help, very likely be at peace. When you love God as well and have a love toward others (which is God’s will) it will change your life.

334)  Psalm 82:6

I said, ‘You are “gods”;
you are all sons of the Most High.’

According to the first chapter of John, the Word, the Logos, was with God and the Word was God. This Word became flesh and lived and walked among men. His name was Jesus Christ or Jesus the Messiah. This Person, the Word, often prayed to the Father. You therefore will recognize from this passage there are at least two Persons in One God.

But, I remember how I misunderstood (yes once again I wrongly misread the Bible) this verse in my early Christian experience. I believed that God was reproducing Himself – that He was literally creating gods via human beings who became Christians. I believed, since we Christians are called the children of God (1 John 3:1), we are maturing to one day be gods. But I now realize that a created being cannot be equal to God. Only God has been around eternally – not me or any other human.

My point? If you believe in God and have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, in the next life, you will have eternal bodies (very much like what the resurrected Jesus has after He was resurrected now has), you will see God as He truly is, and will do what Jesus is doing – restoring the universe to its formerly designed purpose, exquisite glory and potential relevance beyond.

335)  Psalm 85:10

Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.

This verse is simple to understand yet very powerful when applied. It is God who loves you and is faithful to you. If you want to be like God, love your God (and neighbor) and be faithful to Him.

Having Christ living in you and walking with you
will provide you peace far beyond what man and
this world can provide.

Therefore, being always aware of the components of
this verse: love, faithfulness, righteousness, and
joy, you will one day completely help transform
many other lives here on this earth!

 

336)  Deuteronomy 1:13

Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.

Whether you are a citizen at a voting booth choosing a political candidate or helping select a new deacon or elder in your church (depending on your church’s Ecclesiastical polity), God wants you to recognize and focus on those who are wise. But, how would you know who is wise among you?  Let God help you.

How will He help? By you studying His Word, digesting His sermons and teachings and heeding broadcasts of Christian programming, you will learn where and how wisdom enters a man. Then, after asking God to show you where His wisdom is embodied in others, His response to you will change your life.

337)  Deuteronomy 8:3

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

If you are not a Christian and sense a void in your life, that may very well be an important signal. Right now you may be hungering, not for food, but for what God has to say to you which is found in His Word, the Bible.

God has caused you to hunger for Him so that you may live a better life now because of Him. Therefore, if you turn to His Book, the Bible, you will encounter Jesus Christ.

In all fairness, this Jesus, through certain events in your life, has already started changing your life! And there is more of it just ahead for you! So, go to His Book, my friend. Go to His Book!

338)  Isaiah 32:17

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

What is righteousness? Martin Luther, 500 years ago, wrestled with his inability to be righteous in the presence of God.

I suggest you study the life of Martin Luther and meditate
on the insights God gave him that changed the course of
Christianity and the world. It will also greatly change your
way of relating with God.

339)  Isaiah 33:22

For the Lord is our judge,
the Lord is our lawgiver,
the Lord is our king;
it is he who will save us.

Why did the prophet Isaiah say this? He was a prophet who lived during the reigns of Uzziah through Hezekiah who ruled Israel (the Southern Kingdom). Despite having government officials over him, Isaiah knew that God was The King of his life.

Today, despite what your government leaders do or not do, have Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior……

  • He only can best help you – not human government.
  • He only can best serve you – not human government.
  • He only can best provide for you – not human government.
  • He only can change your life – for the best – not human government.

340)  Psalm 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

There is little doubt that often your life is filled with stress.
Stress is caused by knowing that you have a lot of
responsibilities on your shoulders. You have children to
feed, you have a mortgage to pay, utility payments to complete,
food to purchase and daily problems to solve. Deadlines at
work can cause you stress. Then there are the job evaluations,
and negative gossip mongrels from among your coworkers.

Many people have suffered nervous breakdowns because of stress. Others have turned to depressants such as alcohol in the hope of lessening the heavy loads in their lives. If you believe (or do not yet believe) in God, the verse above is a verse you can turn to that will greatly calm you down once you have meditated on it and received a grasp of what it means. It is a verse that will change 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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