Thank you Lord for providing us with Your Scriptures that we may understand You as we study them. Thank you for translating the Bible into many languages so that everyone has the opportunity to get to know Your ways. Open our hearts to the truth You are teaching us. Lead us to the passages that we need to read. Bless us as we get to know You through the reading of the Bible.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
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Deuteronomy 11:18 (CEV)
Memorize these laws and think about them. Write down copies and tie them to your wrists and your foreheads to help you obey them.
I have heard Pastors and other Christian leaders talk about finding a “life verse.” A life verse is more than a favorite verse; it is the verse that speaks directly to you in a remarkably personal way. With more than 31,000 verses in the Bible the task seemed overwhelming to me, so I put it off. I wondered how one verse could speak to my life now, and ten years from now.
Still, it’s a concept I wanted to explore further. Over time, I read articles and blog posts from various Christian authors. There was no shortage of advice, but still, I couldn’t pick one verse. As I reflected on what verse to select I thought I should pick a verse that I could quote while sharing the gospel, and to give myself encouragement. I googled “Top Memory Verses” and read over 100 suggested verses. Several would have worked as a life verse, but I was not drawn to any one particular verse. There were also personal struggles going on in my life, which made the decision more difficult.
It wasn’t until I set out to read the entire Bible that I found my life verse, tucked away in the book of a minor prophet – Zephaniah. Part of Zephaniah, chapter 3, discusses the blessing of restoration for God’s people. It also points to Christ’s millennial kingdom. As a young adult I ignored the Lord. Although I regret my foolishness, this verse reminds me of God’s great love and forgiveness, and His ability to make great change in anyone’s life, even after disobedience. It also points to a future of hope.
Zephaniah 3:17 (GNT)
“The Lord your God is with you; his power gives you victory. The Lord will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life. He will sing and be joyful over you.”
What’s your life verse? If you don’t have one I encourage you to find a verse that speaks to you so personally, you find it a special treasure.
Blessings on your day.
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What a blessing it is to read Scripture. But where do you start? I’ve heard many suggestions. You can start with the book of John and get an quick overview into the ministry, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. You can start with Genesis, and read every book in God’s Holy Word. You can start with the Gospels. You can start with the Poetry Books. The real point is to start reading.
The Book of Psalms reads more like a prayer and praise book. There’s 150 Psalms. It sounds like lot, but many of them are rather short. If you read five Psalms a day, you’ve read the book in a month. That’s what I’ve been doing during my quiet time this month. It’s been very peaceful and comforting starting my day in this powerful prayer and praise book. The major theme of this wonderful collection is God’s consistent love. What a wonderful way to start the day!
Today I read through Psalm 135. Some days I’ve read more than five Psalms, and there’s a few days I’ve read less. I noticed there are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. I think I’ll dive into that wonderful book of wisdom next month.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 ESV
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV