by Bethany Beal | 1/01/20
Happy New Year, friends. We can’t wait to spend another year with you. To kick off 2020, we’ve pulled your favorite posts out of the vault. Enjoy them again (or for the first time) with our “Best of” series all month long.
Up first, Bethany shares five Bible verses that can change our lives.
Different experiences, challenges, and joys in my life have resulted in me latching onto specific verses in Scripture.
- When it came to singleness, I always turned to Proverbs 3:5–6.
- When it came to purity of heart, I always turned to Psalm 51:10.
- When it came to discouragement, I always turned to Joshua 1:9.
I intentionally memorized and meditated on specific passages that I knew would help me when I needed them most. These verses became my lifeline.
Let’s just be real for a moment. The Bible is big. It can be hard to know where to turn to when you’re dealing with a specific challenge in your life. Although we should always be learning, growing, and developing in our relationship with God and in our understanding of Scripture, it can be so helpful to memorize some key passages, passages you can call to memory the moment you need them.
These five passages have helped me over and over again. Memorize them, and take them with you wherever you go.
5 Bible Verses Every Girl Should Know
- Proverbs 3:5–6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
This has been my all-time favorite passage for most of my life. It helps in almost any situation. When I was struggling with singleness, I would meditate on this passage and make it my prayer.
- Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Whether it’s for an impure thought, an unkind word, gossip, or something else, this is your go-to passage as you ask the Lord to give you a pure heart. I often pray this verse to God. I ask Him to change my heart and make this true for me.
- Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
It can be so easy to forget what Christ has done for us. We forget how much we’re loved and how often God has forgiven us. Instead of offering that same love and forgiveness to others, we hold them to an impossible standard. We harbor anger, bitterness, resentment, annoyance, and rude speech. Let’s choose to focus on the gospel and love others how Christ has loved us. Let’s choose to love with a pure, self-sacrificing type of love.
- Philippians 2:3–4: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
So many of life’s problems come down to pride and selfishness. Can you imagine how much more joy and peace we would have in our lives if we applied this passage? Our friendships, relationships, and marriages would look radically different. Let’s pray for humility.
- Revelation 4:8: “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
This should be our life mantra, the goal of everything we do—to worship God and bring glory to Him. God was. God is. God is to come. Instead of getting caught up in self-worship, let’s get caught up in Christ-worship. Let’s remember that life isn’t about us at all. It’s all about our amazing Savior.
Let’s Make a Bigger List
Those are a few verses that have greatly impacted my life and helped me to grow in my spiritual maturity and relationship with Christ.
I would love to hear from you. Which of these verses do you want to memorize? How would that verse change your life if you truly believe it and live it? What verses would you add to this list?
PS: Knowing Scripture is the best way to combat the lies thrown at us every day. That’s why here at Revive Our Hearts, we’re kicking off the new year by focusing on getting into God’s Word. We want to invite you to join us in our 30–Day Bible Reading Challenge as we walk through the book of Acts together. Each day features Scripture, a devotional, a prayer, reflection questions, and further tips for studying the Bible. We hope you’ll join us! Sign up here.
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