10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 38)

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 37)” 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.

Joseph’s dream (Genesis 37:5-8)

371)  Genesis 37:5

Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.

One of your most important choices in life is that of your vocation. What is it that you were meant to do?

Many, if not all of you, have dreamed of becoming such and such a person; such and such a professional, but due to circumstances beyond your control, you were prevented from achieving it. Perhaps, children came on the scene which took priority over your career; unexpected layoffs and downsizing of your company altered your course in life differently. You know you have talents you need to express, but somehow you seem to have reached a dead end in developing them.

I believe that the calling you have or have had was God-given. It is somthing you know you were born to do. Here is the Good News: Your talent(s), your calling, is what will be used and immeasurably multiplied and magnified in the next life! Why would God give you a dream at this time and have you quit fulfilling it? Understanding this and focusing back on your God-given dreams will change your life!

372)  Genesis 40:8

“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”
Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”

The dreams mentioned here in this verse were those produced by God at the subconscious, sleeping level. Yet, the cupbearer and the baker’s dreams (Genesis 40:1) here ultimately resulted in life-altering events for one of them which later affected Joseph and many other people later on.

The “dreams”, however, that I want to impress upon you are those you often have had  in your mind. They are your desires and goals about what you wished to be in this life – what you wanted your career to be. Many of the worthwhile, career-dreams you have had (and currently may now have) were placed into your heart by your Creator God.

When you have a dream in life, first pray about it. Then realize it actually may be THE goal, the mission, for your life that can indeed be fulfilled.

I have for years followed four steps in accomplishing anything. I now pass them on to you. They are:

    1. Dream
    2.  Plan
    3. Believe
    4. Act

I can write a post on these steps, but if you meditate on this verse and take action, it will change your life!

Pharaoh Tutankhamun

373)  Genesis 41:41

So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”

Not all pharaohs of Egypt were evil or against the people of God. In this case, one of the children of Israel was Joseph. Joseph found favor with God and was ultimately appointed to rule as second-in-command of the whole Egyptian empire.

What pharaoh told Joseph was similar to what God the Father gave Jesus before He rose again and sat at His right hand. Christ said, “all heaven and earth is given to me (Matthew 28:18)” Why? To provide for the salvation and maintenance of the world – which Joseph, in a sense, accomplished.

If you look to Christ as your Saviour, Benefactor and Forgiver of your sins, you will be well fed and prosperous – at least spiritually – now and throughout your eternal life!

374)  Genesis 45:5

And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

If you are a Christian and have lamented over how your dreams of serving God and others “fell short”; when you have become disappointed over how setbacks or even complete shutdowns of ministry have happened to you, remember that God has probably very much caused these events to happen. Why? So that you gain great appreciation of Him after He then empowers you with greater abilities for a greater good for others.

Whatever you are going through as a Christian right now, always remember that it is God who is guiding the course of your life!

375)  Genesis 50:20

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Whenever a Christian brother falls and disappoints you: when someone deeply hurts you, maintain the attitudes Christ always had – the attitudes of patience and love. Why? Because He well remembers the outcome of the pain and suffering He endured while on earth that were inflicted on Him. During His tenure on earth, the world meant to destroy Jesus, but God meant it for good – the forgiveness of our sin and our access to eternal eternal life.

Knowing this and following Christ’s example will change your life!

376)  Psalm 51:5

Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Original sin has always been an intriguing subject with me. I still have much to learn about the development of this particular doctrine. I remember, as a Catholic, strongly espousing it.

I now ask you this question: Did not Lucifer commit the first sin? Was not his sin the first or original sin ever to be committed? Why was he not annihilated? Why was he not destroyed?

As you may know, when God warned Adam and Eve of the consequences to them of eating of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden, the subsequent disobeying of that directive from God led to death. Sin had much to do with the inconvenience of mortality. Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, death came into the world (Romans 5:12).

Death did not come about because of what Lucifer did. You may be correct in saying that spirit beings cannot die, but God never pre-warned Lucifer of the consequences he would suffer immediately if he sinned. Lucifer did not die after he sinned. We, humans, however, have only inherited what Adam and Eve did.

Anyway, as we near the Easter (okay, Resurrection Sunday) season, I will post – Lord willing, my views on other aspects of this subject and how they will change your life.

God’s right hand is much more thatn a metaphor in the Bible

377)  Psalm 108:6

Save us and help us with your right hand,
that those you love may be delivered.

If you are not yet a believer in Christ, you may be missing out on something that is very powerful and a sure way of lessening undue stress. It is God’s help in time of need that is valuable and dependable.

People who are without Providential guidance and help are at the mercy of seemingly arbitrary circumstances. But, when you call on the name of the Lord with deep, heartfelt prayer and intensity, His response will leave a huge impression on you that will always be with you as you go through other adversarial times. You will know that His presence was always with you. Now He will change your life!

378)  Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

There are many people who profess to be Christians who all they do is go through the motions of just going to church, doing good works, and participating in church programs. Although there is nothing wrong in doing these things, many of these Christians  have a “just-in-case-God-exists”  or a   “just-in-case-Jesus-returns-to-earth” mentality.

You do not have to be this kind of Christian. When you become a Christian, I pray it will be one of faith that He is with you, walking with you, and helping you. Besides knowing He is alive and interested in you, you can know He will reward you  – especially in the next life – for even all of the “little things” you have done for Him and for others in this life.

The Ark of the Covenant at the Battle of Jericho.

379)  Joshua 6:13

The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding.

When the children of ancient Israel were just about to enter the Promised Land, there was this one obstacle that had to be removed from before them –  the walled city of Jericho.  Question: Why didn’t the whole multitude of Israel just go around it and keep moving forward?

Answer: Because the Lord led them there using the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21). God wanted to remove that city’s power and influence in the region. By going around it they then would regrettably have had to deal with it later on. If left alone, the inhabitants of that city would probably have attacked the Israelites from behind some time later. No, God did not want that.

So, how do you overcome obstacles that present themselves to you? Completely look to God; completely trust in Him and completely follow His lead. Note: I repeated the word completely because in ancient Israel’s campaign of overcoming Jericho, the number seven, the number of completeness, was evident. . .

There were seven priests, seven trumpets, seven days, seven times on the seventh day mentioned before the walls of Jericho collapsed.

I pray that you become complete, a spiritually whole person, as you journey forward with God.

380)  Ruth 3:18

Then Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.”

If you are not yet a believer; not yet a Christian, but still working with your everyday goals and tasks in mind, the time just may soon come when you will begin seriously asking questions about what this life is all about. Questions on why is there so much pain and heartache will become very important to you. You just may have no choice but ask: “Why is the world the way it is?”

Then, God will be strongly in your mind. Could this really be God “messing up” your daily routine? This Jesus that you have heard about, is He for real? Is He still around?

Your mind may just reach such a state that you will not rest until the matter of God’s existence is resolved. Ane when it is resolved, you will then know that God is 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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