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.

Verse of the Day — Philippians 1:20

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Hey guys!

Today’s verse reads, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,whether by life or by death.”

In this chapter, Paul begins by telling the church at Phillipi how much he loves and thanks God for them. He then lets them know that his being chained has brought more glory to Christ because it gave other Christians courage and more people began preaching the Gospel. Paul lets them know of the dilemma he has of whether to die and be with Christ or to stay on earth. But he assures them that he will stay to continue to help them. Paul ends by instructing them to continue conducting themselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel.

This verse, along with the next verse are two of my favorite verses in the entire Bible. This is because it shows how God can change someone so completely. Paul’s story is truly a blessing to read. I pray that God can change me in such a way that I will be that on fire for Him like that.

But, on to the verse! The first thing I want to point out is that Paul has expectations for himself. He first expects and then hopes that he will not be ashamed. This is the order that we must use in our daily lives. We have to put expectations on ourselves in God and we must be eager to put those expectations on ourselves. God wants us to be on fire for Him. He wants us to be eager to become more like Him.

The second thing I want to point out is how Paul says “in no way”. He wants to make sure he covers all the bases. It is easy to see that he is serious about the hope that he has. Paul is not in denial either. He recognizes that in the world that we live in, it is easy to get ashamed of being a Christian. The way we are prosecuted could make anyone want to go into their shell. So, this we must do too. Recognize and be realistic about the dangers and hard spots of being a Christian. This way, we can be prepared for anything Satan tries to throw our way. Once we become aware and stop being in denial, those weak spots become spots that we can turn around to the glory of God.

In the last part of this verse, we can see that Paul is unafraid, but only because God has provided him “sufficient courage”. When Paul says “now as always”, he is recognizing that the Christian journey only gets harder as we go along. This is because the more Christ-like we get, the more Satan wants to tear us down. But we must be unafraid as Paul was and be forever ready to exalt Christ in everything we do. “Whether by life or by death” shows that Paul knows that either way, he can be used to lift God up and glorify God. By life he could be used by helping people get closer to God and preaching the Gospel. By death, he could be used as a martyr. Again, we must be as unafraid as Paul.

~Xena Callaham

Do better. Think better. Be better.