Category Archives: Bible Verses

Mark 9:23

Everything is possible for him who believes

“If you can”? said Jesus.  “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (NIV)

There was a boy who was possessed by an evil spirit who would throw him into fire or water.  The father asked the disciples to cure the boy.  They could not.  “If you can”? said Jesus.  “Everything is possible for him who believes.”

Immediately the father yelled, “I believe!”

Jesus rebuked the Spirit.  “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out.

If you believe, then God can do anything in your life.  If you believe you see God can do all things according to his plan.  You need faith! It’s through faith in Jesus Christ that you’re enabled to accomplish things you never dreamed possible! If you can believe, all things are possible! Faith is the most powerful force a man can have. This statement of Jesus’ was for the man and for all generations to come. Pray and believe.

 

Psalm 46:10

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10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

In the very busyness of our days, we may struggle to be still.  It is important to choose a specific time of day, to be still and reconnect with God.  For many people, this is as soon as they rise in the morning.  They will take out their Bibles and learn about God.  Some will go outside and enjoy the stillness of the morning.  It is easier to think about God in the stillness before the craziness of the day begins.  For some, especially those with little ones, their be still time is nap time or late at night when their children are sleeping.  Others may even wait until their spouse is sleeping so they may have total silence with God.  I know I fall short in making time for God, the most high.  It is something I am working on, being intentional how I spend my time.  I do read the bible with my children daily, I still need a separate intentional time put aside for my Heavenly Father.   There are days when I have short discussions, prayers with God but I need to set aside a larger chunk of my day.

Proverbs 15:13-15

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13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face,
    but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
    but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,
    but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.

A smile on the outside means that you are happy on the inside.  God gives us many reasons to be happy.  God loves an cares for us.  He can make us happy inside and outside.  Some of my many reasons to be happy: healthy children, wonderful husband, supportive family members, friends, relationship with God, a Father who loves me unconditionally, gift of time to spend with those I love – every day is a gift, my education (ability to read and write a blog – not everyone is as fortunate to have the opportunity for an education), warm house, safe neighborhood, clothing, food, plants, the beauty of the Earth, wild animals to watch outside our house, a working van, financial provisions God has helped provide.  I could go on and on.

What are your reasons to be happy today?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (NIV)

God the Father created our bodies, God the Son redeemed them, and God the Holy Spirit indwells them.  The Holy Spirit resides in those that believe as Christ as the Savior.  When we place our faith in Christ, then the Holy Spirit enters our bodies.  The Spirit is with us forever.  Christ’s blood purchased us out of the slavery of sin and set us free forever.  Bought at a price of Christ’s blood.   Christian’s bodies are God’s temple, and we are to use them to glorify God.  How we behave, think and speak, and what we let into the temple through our eyes and ears becomes critically important as well, for every thought, word and deed is in His view.  This is something to think about.  Everything I say, see, think, speak, do, and hear are heard by the Holy Spirit.  Wow, I had never thought about this that way.  In my past, I had really failed with this.  I chose to do things and let things enter my body that were not good for my temple.  I did not really think about my body being a temple.  Oh how I wished I had focused on this more from the age of 19-24.

I have pondered the temple in regard to what I place in my body as far as food.  This too was not something I focused on my whole life.  I try to choose foods that nourish my body.  I am not perfect and I do on occasion indulge in foods I know are not the best like sweets and chips.  I will pray that the holy Spirit will help me to make great choices to help nourish my mind, spirit, and body.  There is always room for improvement.

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is…

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1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (NIV)

It seemed appropriate to discuss these verses today since it is Valentine’s Day.  Everyone has people in their lives whom they love.  Often times, we get caught up with life and ourselves.  It is very easy to become self absorbed and forget about those we love.  How often, do you pick up the phone to call someone to check up on them and let them know you love them?  How often do you become self absorbed with things that you do not see or hear your loved ones that live with you?

Andy Stanley’s iMarriage came back to me.  I appreciate Andy Stanley as a pastor.  I think he makes it very easy to understand his messages.  In his Marriage Expectations (iMarriage)Part 1, he discusses two big I’s.  Each person walks down the aisle with each being big I – each having their own expectations of what the other person was to be like.  As long as I leads to the marriage, then it will struggle.  What needs to be at the center of the marriage for it to strive and be successful is God.  Love is a gift.  God wants us to put our spouses first as Jesus laid down his life/ put us first.  Wives submit to their husbands and husbands submit to their wives out of reverence to God.  It has nothing to do with if they deserve it or not, it is out of reverence to God.

Love is not easily angered.  I admit it at times this can be difficult for me personally.  Sometimes lack of proper sleep or if I am hungry, can put me in some mood swings where my husband comes out the bad guy.  I will grumble, say things under my breathe, and get upset over the littlest things.  Little things like his shoes in the middle of the floor, him never making his side of the bed, the fact he is snoring and getting rest, the fact he is rested and not helping get children ready for school etc.  Often, I need to take a deep breath, pray, apologize to God for my crummy thoughts about hubby going on in my head, and then I need to apologize to my husband if I lashed out in anger.  This is something that I am continuously working on for I am perfectly imperfect.

Love does not keep records of wrongs.  In the past, I was really bad about this.  My husband says he wishes that I did not have a memory like an elephant about certain things.  Though I remember certain things, I do not bring them up in our heated discussions.  I do not hold my husband accountable for past mistakes as I do not want to be held responsible for my past mistakes.  I try hard to live in the moment and look toward the future.

Daily, I work on accepting my husband as the person he is.  I want to show unconditional love.  God made him the way he is, the perfect husband for me.  Though we differ a lot in our beliefs, many ways we compliment each other.  My husband is a blessing that God provided to me.  I need to make effort for Jim to realize that.  I do not want to change him rather I want to help him be the best He can be.  I want him to help me the best me I can be!

John 3:15

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John 3:15   that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.   (ESV)

God has the power to love us forever!  Our salvation comes form God alone.  Salvation is free to those who come.  We believers will not perish in the fires of Hell rather have eternal life with God the Creator.  We will live with God in Heaven forever and ever and ever!

 

 

Psalm 147:3

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Psalm 147:3  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (ESV)

God has the power to heal.  Christ is a physician who heals us by his blood, stripes, and wounds.  The words “bind up” in the verse comes from the Hebrew word “chabash” which means “to tie, bind, to restrain, to bandage”. “Heal” in Psalms 147:3 is the Hebrew word “raphe” meaning, “to heal, to sew together or mend.”   Christ mends us from the inside out.  We do not see this mending but it occurs.  I am comforted knowing that when I deal with heart ache or pains emotionally or physically, that God the Father can heal me.  There were a few times in my life when I had to pray that God would change my heart and heal me from my wrong thinking and wrong desires.  God had to change me from the inside out.

This song goes perfectly with this!

 

2 Corinthians 1:4

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2 Corinthians 1:4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (ESV)

God has the power to comfort us.   God, in every aspect of His being, is full of comfort, strength, and help for us.  This comfort that God gives us in our troubles, enables us to comfort others who have troubles.  We may be comforted by others who have troubles, but this may not happen if we do not allow others to know we need help and what our troubles are.  Do not let pride get in the way of you getting comfort today.  It is so awesome that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit comforts us.  Then God allows other men to comfort us too!  Thank you for my brothers and sisters in Christ!

Numbers 6:24-26

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This morning I was sent this very verse via a text message from a Pastor friend of mine.  I believe it was God’s way to remind me of this.  However, just as I was deciding what verse to focus on I received the text.  I think God wanted me to share these particular verses today because He wants to reach someone that is going to be reading this today!

May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.  May the Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you peace.  This is a priestly blessing that God gave to Moses to give to Aaron to give to Israel.  It is a reminder that we all can count on God in this new year of 2016.  Count on God’s blessings through Jesus Christ.  Count on God who wills for your good and is committed to keep you.  The priestly blessing shows God’s will for your good.  God keeping us, is God safeguarding us.  You can count on God’s presence and his favor.  We do not earn favor, because it is given in Christ.  We can count on God’s peace.  God turning his face to us is God smiling on us.  Peace he promises is the quality of life you will enjoy when you choose to follow Jesus Christ as your Savior.

**“Barakah” the Hebrew word we translate as blessing, is defined as a present. The root word for barakah (blessing) is baruch (bless) which means to kneel.  When we say “God bless you,” we are saying God kneels and gives you a gift.  Imagine God kneeling to present you gifts.  His biggest gift to us being Jesus Christ, his son!

 

 

Matthew 1:18

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Matthew 1:18-25

New International Version (NIV)

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d] (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

 

Can you imagine the thoughts that were going through Joseph’s mind.  How can I marry Mary if she is with child?  Why is this happening to me?  This is so horrible and I think I need to divorce Mary quietly.  He probably thought about the situation a lot and perhaps lost sleep over this.  I imagine he had much anxiety in regard to this.  Luckily the angel came to Joseph and explained what he was to do.  Joseph believed and decided to do as the angel told him and he married Mary after all.  How would the story be different if Joseph was not a man of faith and decided to divorce Mary?  Jesus would be born without an Earthly step-father.  Luckily, Joseph had the courage to do the right thing although he did not fully understand everything.  May we be able to listen to the Lord and obey even when we cannot comprehend everything that is going on at the time.