Category Archives: Bible Verses

John 1:12-13

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To receive Jesus is to believe in Jesus.  Anyone can receive Jesus.  Jesus is the true light.  Faith is trusting in the person Jesus.  We have a relationship with God through Jesus.  Believers are part of a spiritual family of God.  We receive security, hope, love and guidance from God the Father.  God watches over our lives.  Not everyone is a child of God.  Some people do not receive/ believe in Jesus.  The believers get a new life where God lives in us.  Each believer has a new life that desires things of God.

Here is Hillsong’s beautiful song Jesus I believe in you:

Mark 12:31

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Mark 12:31 New International Version (NIV)

31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[a] There is no commandment greater than these.”

Jesus said that the most important thing is to love God.  We can demonstrate our love by following the 10 Commandments.

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The second most important thing is to love our neighbor.  ALL people of the world are our neighbors.   God loves all his people and we are called to do the same.  He expects us to love our enemies – everyone!  Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end… And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. (NRSV, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13)

You may be saying but how can I love everyone?  It is what God wants us to do.  Jesus put his life up for us to erase our sins because he loved us so much.  He suffered on that cross for us – all of us.  We have to try our best to love everyone and be like Jesus.  We owe it to Him!  God loves us even when we have messed up for the trillionth time.  We should try to love others even when they mess up the trillionth time in regard to us.  It is not always easy to chose love.  Hate may seem the easier choice.  I assure you it is not because it eats you up inside.  You lose out on the joys of life when you choose hate.  We are called to pray for our enemies not to hate them.  Please join me today  in choosing to love our neighbors all of them and praying for them!

Colossians 4:6

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Yes God keeps bringing me to scripture in regard to watching what I say and who I say it too.  Sometimes it is something I struggle with especially with one of my middle children who challenge me almost daily.

Paul is the writer of Colossians 4:6. To speak with grace means to say what is spiritual, wholesome, fitting, kind, sensitive, purposeful, complementary, gentle, truthful, loving, and thoughtful.  You need grace in your heart in order to speak with grace.  You can have grace in your heart by having a relationship with God.

It is not only to be gracious, but also to have an effect. Believers’ speech should act as a purifying influence.  You want to not have filth when talking to others.  Similar to a previous post, I need to T.H.I.N.K. (Is what I am saying or about to say: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, & Kind).  Salt can add flavor so add value to the conversation – build people up.

Believers must also know how to respond to each person. They must know how to say the right thing at the right time.  This takes really knowing the specific person and through prayers.

John 1:8

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The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–
13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”
16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

John was sent to get others to follow Him and then believe in the light (Jesus Christ).  What a huge responsibility placed on John .  John was humble and did not make it about himself.  John had his eyes cast up onto God.  He is a great example of what being a witness means.
We belong to God.  Life is not about us rather about shining the light of Jesus to a darkened world.  I need a less of me more of you attitude daily!

 

1 Peter 2:2

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As Christians we are “born again” (1 Peter 1:23) as a spiritual baby.    We come to God humbly like a baby.  A newborn baby must drink milk to survive.  As a spiritual baby, we must get our nourishment from the Word of God (Bible).  A Christian cannot grow without studying the Word of God.  We should have a desire to study his Word for ourselves.  At salvation, all believers experience how gracious the Lord is to those who trust Him.

This verse is a reminder that I need to make time every day to be in the Word, to read the Bible.  I have to be intentional about the way I schedule my time and what I am doing with my time.  I know the importance of reading His word and feeling his peace.  May we as followers strive to read the word of God daily.  This may look differently and be at a different times for each person based on their circumstances.  If Jesus Christ gave his life for me, then I will and can make time for Him.

Philippians 4:6-7

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We must learn to experience the peace of God in the trials. The peace that God offers us is for living for His Kingdom. This is not always so simple and easy to do when faced with trials. There are so many situations/things people become anxious about: finding a new job, starting a new job, making enough money to support your family, meeting new people, being around crowds, health, future of your children, driving a car, sending your children to school, etc.

Is your anxiety lack of faith in God? Are you living for Christ’s Kingdom or yourself? These are important questions to consider when you are anxious about something.

At times, are eyes may not be looking up to the Lord. It is during this time, that I may become anxious. When I take a deep breadth or step back, I can remember that God has carried me through other trials. He wants me to fully lean in on Him. He will bring me through whatever I am anxious about. I must remember to pray thanking God for the concern and being there to get me through it to the other side. Sometimes this process takes longer than other times for me if I am being honest. It is not a normal response from me to automatically thank God for my trials and to lean on Him right away. As always, I am a work in progress.

Recently I went to another church to speak for a few minutes about MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). This was something that I felt The Holy Spirit had nudged me to do. I had contacted a few churches but this particular one was the only one that allowed me to come speak. I am sure I was at this particular church this particular Sunday for a reason. I do believe God is purposeful. I was extremely anxious about it. I was still not feeling 100% healthy at the time. My nerves got the best of me and I ended up in the bathroom several times. On my drive there, I began to pray to God saying I know you called me to do this. You will get me through this and it will be fine. Once I placed it in God’s hands, and believed he had this, then a peace came over me. When I went up to the podium, I spoke calmly and clearly. Several people commented on how well I spoke. It was not me, it was God because truth be told I really do not enjoy public speaking. When called to do it, I obey. Now next time I feel anxiety sneaking in about anything, I must recall this situation where God came through and I will not be anxious anymore.

Ephesians 4:29

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This is a verse that I wished I had focused more on years ago.  I am choosing to focus on this verse now.  I want to ingrain it into my heart.  There are times when I need to get a hold of my emotions, and bite my tongue.   I need to pray before opening my mouth.

Did you know that the tongue is one of the strongest muscles in the body compared to its size?  It can be used to hurt others or to build others up.  I want to choose to build others up.  I need to T.H.I.N.K. (Is what I am saying or about to say: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, & Kind).  If I am to be more like Jesus, then I need to guard my tongue.  Jesus would build others up and not tear them down.  If I am feeling agitated or aggravated by someone/something, I must choose to walk away holding my hand over my mouth.  There are times when I failed and I had said mean, hurtful things to others.  Unfortunately once unkind words leave our mouth they are gone floating in the Universe causing hurt and removing joy.  We can never catch those words or take them back.  Sometimes they may come back to haunt you again and again.  I am striving to not be this person anymore.  I will choose love over and over.

An unknown poet wrote (ibid., #6380, p. 1421):  (A great resource for a deeper explanation of this verse can be found here: https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-35-transformed-talk-ephesians-429 )

A careless word may kindle strife.
A cruel word may wreck a life.
A bitter word may hate instill;
A brutal word may smite and kill.
A gracious word may smooth the way;
A joyous word may light the day.
A timely word may lessen stress;
A loving word may heal and bless.

What would the world be like if we all chose to use wholesome talk?