10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 37)

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 36)” 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.

361)  Ephesians 1:11

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

Variations on the doctrine of election (often called predestination) among several Protestant denominations are highly controversial within the Christian community. One interpretation suggests that God decided, long before any human ever existed, all who would be saved and all who would not be saved. This in NOT, they insist, something that God chose to do after people lived out their lives on earth but what He, God, decided to do eons before He created them.

I do not agree with this position which is mostly found within the Reformed, Calvinistic and to some extent, the Augustinian (Saint Augustine) points of view.

If you click on the Predestination link in my Categories list of topics to your right, you will get a better feel of where I stand regarding their viewpoints of scripture.

This understanding of salvation by these Calvinistic groups are not new but have existed long before medieval times when the reformation began.

I have more thoughts to express about predestination, which, Lord-willing, I will post in the future. [1]

But, what I want to convey to you here, however, is that God is a very merciful God and He wants persons like you and me to hear and respond positively to His gospel. If you are not a Christian at this time, you should not have any fear of where you stand right now before God. He just may, right at this very moment, be working with you as you read this in order to change your life.

The bread and wine is used in the Bilble to symbolically represent Christ.

362)  Ephesians 5:18

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

During the 1920’s, legislation on prohibition against the buying and selling of alcohol in the United States was established. It prohibited the production, marketing and imbibing of any alcoholic product. This law was soon repealed around 1933. Why? It did not work. No man-made government can adequately enforce this type of human behavior.

No laws against the consummation of alcohol were ever
given to the God-made nation of Israel as a whole by
God in the Bible! Only those individuals who were under
Nazaritic- type vows remained alcohol free.

I know I will receive negative feedback for this, but please do not let any church official impose legalism such as prohibition in determining you becoming a Christian.

The Old Testament Hebrew culture drank wine. Its main beverages consumption were milk, water and wine. Grape juice may not even have been common as a food staple back then. If so, it probably was given to the younger ones in the family. I do not really know.

But I will say this to all of you, be free in Christ! It is drunkenness, the immoderate use of alcohol, that is the sin. If any member of the clergy of a church, in order for you to qualify for membership, requires you not to drink any alcoholic beverage, ask them for the reason. Ask them how drinking is a sin according to the Bible.

Don’t allow anyone to cause you to be consumed with guilt on areas you, as a Christian, should never feel guilty about.

Enjoying your life to the full is what change is all about – not the age-old slavery to man’s controlling legalistic rules over people.

363)  Ephesians 6:12

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

This verse, at first, seems to say that Christians are battling spiritual forces only – such as Satan and his demons. But, on closer examination, we see there are authorities and powerful rulers who have been strongly influenced by these spiritual forces of Satan and his demons.

These groups are all working together against the saints. Plus, our own lustful nature within us also battles against us.

Okay, so I sounded a little redundant here, but it is being aware of these negative forces and praying them over to Christ that will help you overcome and change your life.

Storm at Sea

364)  Mark 4:39

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

This verse is very interesting. Jesus had been discoursing one parable after another to the multitude at the edge of the Sea of Galilee when He decided to leave there and cross over to the other side. As they were sailing a vicious storm ensued. The
disciples were terrified, but Jesus was recharging His
strength through sleep.

At this point, there were two components causing the boat Christ and His disciples were in to rock to and fro precariously on the sea – the wind and the waves. Christ, who had been awakened, spoke to both! He rebuked the wind first and then dealt with the waves to be quiet and still. Couldn’t Christ just order the wind to stop blowing and then everything would have quieted down? Yes, but even if the wind suddenly stopped, the inertia of the waves would have continued for a length of time over the expanse of the sea of Galilee causing waves to still crash against the boat.

Anyway, when Christ solves your problems, it will many times (not always) be instantaneous. You will often be surprised how suddenly your outlook to an ominous situation had subsided. You will see how God, very likely now working with you, wants more change for your life.

365)  Mark 5:1

They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.

What happened after Christ calmed the winds and stopped the motion of the sea as mentioned in verse 364? Did the crew on that vessel turn around and head back to shore where they originally departed? No! They continued forward to their destination.

When obstacles occur to your spiritual ministry and you seek guidance from God, you are to pray to continue going forward. It is God’s will for you to continue growing onward – to continue maturing as His kingdom and Christ’s return nears.

Not thinking first of giving up, but praying never to quit, will change your outlook on life.

Why would Jesus Christ be knocking on the door of a house – supposedly of His own church (Rev. 3:20)?

366)   Mark 7:24

Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.

Why did God enter someone else’s home and not want anyone anyone to know He was there?

Understanding the potential possibilities of His example is very important to every Christian – especially if he is is working in ministry for the Lord.

Everyone must take a respite once in a while – at times. a little longer – in order to get refocused and maintain his bearings on his mission from God. Every person in ministry must recharge. He must stop once in a while and learn by studying, meditating, taking classes, going to seminars, being taught by mentors, whatever, in order to continue strong in the Lord.

This verse even applies if he is not a Christian and earning a living in any beneficial career. Growing by resting will indeed change his life!

367)  Mark 8:27

Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

Continuing from my comments on verse no. 366, why do you suppose Christ then asked His disciples this question about who people saying He represented? Did He not know the answer already? As a human, He probably was not given this knowledge from the Father. Or perhaps He was testing His disciples.

Either way, God in this present age, always knows where your heart is –  it is usually evident by your actions, for example, as you give praises to Him.

If you do not yet know Christ, He already knows what you now think of Him, and He also knows how you will think about Him perhaps in just a few more days. And, when you truly come into contact and accept Him, He will interact with you and change your life!

368)  Mark 9:43

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.

Question: Who was Christ talking to here? Was He talking to the saints as Paul later did to the churches he had planted? No, He was talking basically to the unconverted. But even as a Christian, it is sin if you continue to commit sins that were previously removed, right?

And here is another question: Should you a Christian literally cut off your hand in this life because that is where you place the blame for causing you to sin? And at the resurrection, will you be resurrected with one hand? Of course not. You will be a whole person – physically – once again.  You will then have an immortal,  greatly improved, renewed, restructured, revised, and everlasting, resurrected body.

Whether or not you now are a new Christian, ask those who are more mature in the Christian faith these types of questions just mentioned. Their answers may just surprise you as the Holy Spirit speaks to you through them. Okay? And be ready to have your whole life be changed!

Jesus prays to His Father God in heaven.

369)  Mark 10:27

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

This is one of my favorite verses for explaining (to myself, at least) how there could be a God in heaven and at the same time be a God on earth – as Jesus Christ was when He walked the earth at one time.

Physically speaking, for us humans, this all seems impossible, but if God is everywhere at the same time so can He manifest Himself anywhere at the same time.

And if you are not yet a Christian, if you accept and believe in Jesus Christ, you will one day be as He is in body and spirit form. It will be a tremendous change for you that will last forever!

370)  Acts 13:48

When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

A key word in this verse is appointed. In the NLT it is “chosen”. The Greek word for appointed is tassō, meaning “to put in place; to station”.

Here in Acts 13,   we read how several Gentiles who had heard the gospel were glad and honoring God’s word! It seems here that only those appointed (at that particular moment in time among many other moments of time in the future) for eternal life believed in Christ.

This verse does not refer to a limited atonement (I call it, limited salvation), which is the view that Christ died for only a few.  No. Jesus died for all (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). Anyone who believes in Jesus has everlasting life. If you believe in Christ for eternal life, then you will know you have it (John 11:25-27).

Did God do this choosing for salvation deliberately? Could it be that you are appointed to have eternal life at this moment in time and believe in God? Or is this still your choice? This is a difficult passage for many on both sides of the issue which warrants further study. In either case, believing in God and allowing Him to be your Lord and Savior will change your life for eternity.

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[1] If some of you in the Reformed persuasion are concerned over my obsession throughout this website against your soteriological beliefs, please do not take it personally. I am thinking of posting a blog – Lord willing – about a personal, negative experience  I had with Christians of the Calvinist persuasion. What I encountered from this group and how they behaved and preached personally their beliefs regarding election left a very sour taste in my thinking toward the subject matter. Please be assured I am trying to overcome this negative feeling, and need to post my views in order to vent some of my feelings out. I am not condemning any of you for believing what you do. And, once I post what occured, I pray you Calvinists will understand where I have been coming from and why and therefore be more open-minded toward what I believe about this subject.

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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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