Like every broken human, I’ve had ups and downs –painful times, joyful times. I’ve come to realize just how powerful God’s word is and the power in memorizing scripture, and I’ve recently been asked to share some of my favorite bible verses.
- “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
In this corporate world that I work in, I hold this verse close to my heart every day. I see some people around me chase success and money as they climb their way up the corporate ladder. In this world, it’s hard not to place my security in the money and the numbers as I save up for my future home and family. When I work with MONEY as my goal, I’m not giving God control but rather, acting like I’m my own savior. But this verse is a sweet reminder that His grace is ENOUGH. More than enough. He is all we need.
When I get sucked into crutching on money and success, God faithfully reminds me that I am WEAK, and money is unreliable. His grace is made perfect in our weakness. He reminds me to keep my eyes on HIM because HE is the real PRIZE – not the paycheck, not the numbers, not the status, and not the success. When I am discouraged at work, He reminds me His grace is sufficient for me.
Keeping my eyes on my job has been a struggled for me. But He is so faithful. He knows me. He knows my weaknesses. He actively demonstrates that His grace is enough. His power is the greatest when we are at our weakest.
When our hope is found in anything other than our savior, we will without a doubt be let down. He alone is our hope. All the glory belongs to Him. We can lean on Him and trust Him.
- “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” – Revelation 2:4-5
Recently, this one hit me hard. My pastor gave a sermon on keeping Jesus as our first love. He described these verses as some of the most haunting words in the bible. In our Christian culture, it’s easy to just go through the Christian motions – go to church, be kind, be generous, volunteer, do what’s right, care for your family, etc. We sometimes forget the REASON we were doing the things we’re do in the first place. He will “remove our lampstand.” Abandoning our first love is a very punishable sin and if we see that we aren’t doing things out of our LOVE for Him, we must REPENT.
This isn’t how God operates. God is not a list of rules to keep. He loves all his children, regardless of the rules they do or do not follow. He has feelings, too, and He desperately wants our love.
EVERYTHING we do, no matter how good or right, means absolutely nothing if we are not doing it out of our LOVE for God. It’s important to recognize the underlying reasons you are doing what you’re doing.
The only true approach to life is to LOVE GOD and LOVE HIM FIRST.
- “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18
Contentment has been an area of focus for me for months now. As I pray for contentment, memorizing this verse has helped immensely.
Because of the way this world operates, there is always something we can find to be discontent with. But this verse gives us hope. It reminds us that we were not made for this world. Our hearts will get discouraged here. Our pain may feel unbearable here. Our joy may be hard to find here. Our days may feel mundane here. We were made to live in God’s perfect kingdom – not here.
Therefore, this is always something to be content in – our perfect home that awaits us in heaven. The world we live in will never compare to the world we were meant for.
- “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2
I was in high school when one of my close friends told me this was her favorite bible verse. When she asked me what my favorite verse was, I had no answer and no clue. Attending Sunday school wasn’t a consistent thing when I was a kid. I had never memorized any scripture before. I only had a children’s story bible, which I didn’t read anymore. So after my friend told me Romans 12:2 was her favorite scripture, I memorized it. This was the first scripture I had ever memorized.
It’s still not easy to wrap my mind around the meaning, but Paul describes this change in us by “renewing our minds” with God’s word.
This verse reminds me that our lives do not have to look like everyone else’s. Life becomes a waste when all we do is conform to the world around us. This world is fallen and conforming to the way the world acts and the way the world talks will only cause us to stumble. This isn’t what we were meant for.
Renewing our minds will transform our lives. God is teaching me every day that this change comes by knowing Him and knowing His word. When we know and truly believe what God has said, our minds will be renewed, and our lives transformed. It will show in the way we talk and act. We no longer look like the world.
We have the ability to take scripture and implant it in our hearts so we can live more like Jesus. Memorizing this verse, along with other scriptures, has been life-changing for me. We become more like Jesus when what is in our hearts and in our minds is TRUTH.
- “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
These sounds so simple, but it is so powerful, and it has stuck with me for years now. I could go on forever about the impact this verse has had on my life.
I recently posted on Instagram about the role this verse has played in my life. Long story short: I had an extremely rough and dark patch during my sophomore year of college. I had hit rock bottom. It was that year that God led me to this verse and completely reignited my love and desire for Him.
Out of desperation for strength, I finally let go of everything I had placed my hope and security in, and I clung to this verse. And for the first time in a long time, I genuinely desired God. It wasn’t until I truly sought after Him with my whole heart that I truly became aware of His overwhelming presence and love.
He desires us. He pursues us. He wants every part of us. And He so badly wants us to desire and seek Him! So when we seek Him, we must seek Him with our whole being – our whole heart.