Encouraging Bible Verses

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Hey guys! 

Today’s post won’t be a single verse of the day, but it will be many mini verses of the day. We all need encouragement sometimes because we all well know that the Bible says that in this life, we WILL have trials. The thing to keep in mind is that the power has always, is, and will forever be in the hands of the Lord. And He will always be able to keep our foot from slipping. “The will of God will never take you where the grace of God cannot keep you.” So, without further ado…

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

We’ve all heard this verse before, right. But I want to put it in a different light for you guys. What we need to understand is that God never said that His plan would not include struggles. And this is something that we as Christians forget a lot, and as a result, we get mad at God. But we needn’t get mad, because God’s word is full of promises that can give us hope for a better tomorrow. His sentence did not stop with just saying that HE knew the plans, he went on to say that they’re good plans. This means that at any time, if we get scared and wary of trusting God, we are making Him out to be a liar. Because if we truly believed in this verse and the rest of the Bible, we would know that there is not ever anything to worry about.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Here, if you can’t just take it from me, the Bible is telling us that we can put our whole trust in God. It’s letting us know that God’s way is infinitely better than our way. That’s a relief to know, isn’t it? That means that all we have to do is sit back and let God do all the work. We don’t have to worry about how we’re going to fix a certain problem or situation. We can rest in the knowledge that God’s way is perfect, and that as long as we submit to His will, He will direct our paths. To me, this is the greatest thing ever, because I don’t know about you, but compared to God, I tend to be wrong an awful lot. But thankfully, I am learning to submit and let God take control.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Peace. It’s a crazy thing to think about because when do any of us ever really know true peace? God offers to give it to us freely, but how many times do we just let go and receive it? God says He’s leaving His peace with us. He’s not threatening to take it back if we do something bad. He’s offering to give it to us and He makes it very clear that this is not the same as when we get something from the world. A lot of times, when we get something from the world, there will be take-backs or it will come with so many conditions that we don’t even want it anymore! But when God gives something to us, it doesn’t come with all of that. The only thing He asks is that we trust in him. And that’s where the last part of the verse comes in. He says do not “let”. He’s letting us know right there in that one simple word that we have the power. We have the power to stop our fear and worry. And if that knowledge doesn’t lead to peace, I don’t know what will.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

This passage of scripture gives me so much hope. I, like many others, get so down in the dumps sometimes when I think of all the things that I have done wrong. But then I think of this verse, and I can be happy again, because of yet another one of the promises of the Bible. There’s no need to get overly upset about the things that you have done in your life that you couldn’t be less proud of because you have also done good things in your life. And I believe that no matter who you are. But, this verse fills me with so much hope because I know that one day, I’ll eventually get where God wants me to be. No matter how many times, I stumble, fall, and fail, God will one day finish His work of art that is me.

Well, that’s all for now, but I will probably be doing a follow-up post, so look for that in the near future.

~Xena Callaham

Do better. Think better. Be better.

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Verse of the Day — John 16:33

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Hey guys!

Today’s verse reads: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

In this chapter, Jesus is telling his disciples of all the problems the world will present them with. He is telling them of the things that will happen when he is gone. He lets them know that he has to go away for a while and they will be sorrowful while the world rejoices, but he will come once again and then no one will be able to take their joy away.

So, in the last verse of this chapter, verse 33, Jesus uses the word “things”. He did not just tell them one thing, he told them multiple things. This shows his level of care. He wanted to make sure that he prepared them well for when he was gone. He told them so that they would remember when these things came to pass. This brings me to my next point. Preparation brings peace.

Jesus told them these things so that they would be prepared and so that they would have peace. Have you ever taken a test that you did not study for? I bet you were worried before, during, and after the test. But when you take a test that you did study for, there is no stress and you can take it easy because you know that you are prepared for it. The Bible is our study guide for life. God has already done all the work for us, we just have to read the study guide and remember it when the time comes. With the preparation that Jesus gives, we can have peace. But notice that Jesus says “in me you may have peace.” Perfect peace only comes through God. Isaiah 26 verse 3 says,”Thou wilt keep him in Perfect Peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee”. This lets us know that God controls perfect peace and it can only come through Him.

The next part of this verse guarantees that we will have tribulation in this world. Being a Christian does not mean that we will get to surpass suffering. In fact, it guarantees that we will experience it. But we have a hope named Jesus. He says that he has overcome the world. Overcome is past tense. We have nothing to worry about because Jesus has already won! Overcome also has the connotation of no going back. The world cannot take over again. Jesus’ victory is absolute.

So, what can we take away from this verse to help us in our daily lives? Well it’s simple. Read the Bible to learn. Remember what you have learned. Use the study guide that God gives us for free! Once you prepare in that way, you will gain God’s perfect peace that only He can give. Keep in mind that every Christian will have to go through tribulations. But keep the faith, because Jesus has already won.

~Xena Callaham

Do better. Think better.. Be better.