Monday, April 15, 2013

For His Glory, and my daily reminder.

Of all the items to cross off my list, this was the most meaningful.  I've always known how important scripture memorization was, but it wasn't until I started working on this list item that I realized how much I needed it.  I chose verses that had special meaning to me for various reasons.  While memorizing them, there were many moments where these scriptures would pop in my head as a daily reminder to me.  I may be able to cross this off my list, but I will continue to try to memorize many more verses so that I can be filled with His words instead of just my own.  Here are the 10 that I chose with my reasons for why.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, submit your request to God.

I need this verse on a daily basis.  The biggest key to this verse, in my opinion, is with thanksgiving.  When we worry and stress, it is saying that we do not trust in God's plan, or it means that we are not asking for His help.  If we spent as much time praying about our problems as we did worrying about them, think about how much easier it would be to get through it.  I am Thankful for all the problems I deal with on a daily basis because I know that they are not too big for God.  

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

When you can give up the driver's seat and let Jesus take the wheel, life becomes a lot simpler.  We constantly try to make decisions on what we know and what we think is right.  If you lift it up in prayer, He will always lead you the right way.

James 1:2
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

This is the hardest verse for me.  (I'm sure I'm not alone here.)  The first reaction when something bad happens is to be disappointed, or discouraged, or angry.  Could you imagine what life would be like if your gut instinct... the very first feeling you felt was pure joy.  Not contentment, not passive, but absolute joy. That would make every Dr. visit, car accident, or unfriendly encounter with another person just as enjoyable as a beautiful afternoon relaxing on the beach or playing with a puppy.  I know I want to feel that kind of joy in my life.

Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear at the future.

This is such a beautiful verse.  I would love it if when I leave this world that people would think of me, the way this verse describes.  This is such a wonderful expression of what a Christian woman looks like.  Obviously, all the characteristics throughout Proverbs 31 as it describes the 'Proverbs Woman' are great attributes to strive for, but the confidence that this verse portrays in particular really spoke to me.

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.

When I was memorizing this verse, I really thought about each section of what is written.  

Be joyful in hope - sometimes we are in situations that feel very hard to be joyful in.  However, we can be joyful in hope of what is to come.  We can always strive to be optimistic for the future.  

Patient in affliction - we might not understand why we are going through the challenges in our life, but we can have patience knowing that the Lord is working through us with a purpose.  

Faithful in prayer - to me this is the glue that holds everything together.  No matter what you are going through, you must lift it up to God.  This ties right into the importance of the next verse that I chose.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

As I alluded to in the verse above, this is why prayer is so important.  I believe that God doesn't give us any challenges in our life that we can't handle with his help.  No matter what trial we face, we must face it with the comfort and knowledge that we have God by our side to get through it.  We might not ever understand the lesson to be learned or how He is using that situation with us, but we can have comfort in knowing that it is all part of His plan in our lives.

James 1:19-20
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry; for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

'Think before you speak.' 'God gave you two ears and one mouth.' These expressions have been said time and time again with good reason.  I know that I can really take note to really think before speaking to others to make sure that what I am saying comes out clearly and with love.  How many times have you said something and instantly wished you could take it back?

I love the next 3 verses because they are a great reminder of what true unconditional love looks like, and are the perfect verses to share with others about how easy it is to receive God's love. 

John 3:16
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not parish, but have eternal life.

This is one of the most famously used verses, and for obvious reasons. While memorizing and reading up on this verse and the meaning behind it, I read the following note that I thought was amazing:  notice that the word gospel is literally spelled out in the verse:  "For God loved the world in this way:  He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not Perish but have Eternal Life."

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father, except through me.

It is that easy.  You can only get to our Father through Christ.  'Jesus is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is He the best of several ways.  He is the only way.' - AW Tozer

Romans 3:23-24
We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God; being justified by grace through the redemption of Christ Jesus.

There are no perfect people in this world.  It is a standard that none of us can live up to.  But the good news is, we don't have to.  Even people who make mistakes time and time again have the opportunity to enjoy the eternal life in Heaven that waits for us.  That is such an amazing truth.

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