Need a spiritual pick-me-up. There is a wealth of strength and comfort in the Word of God (The Bible). Here are a few verses that help me and remind me of whom I belong to.
Exodus 4:11-12 The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”*
This scripture has been important in my life lately. In fact, I just told the story of the burning bush to my kids again tonight and emphasized this verse. You see, my son has a neurological speaking disorder known as Apraxia. Apraxia makes it difficult to speak because the neurons in his brain do not communicate well with his mouth and other facial functions.
Moses told God (in the burning bush) that he did not have eloquent speech. He was making excuses for why he could not go to Pharaoh on behalf of God and the Israelites (God’s people who were slaves in Egypt ). God made it clear that he would be the voice of Moses. I am praying that my son will grow up to love Jesus and the gospel. Therefore, he will need to rely on the voice of God and the strength of the Holy Spirit to speak for him. My wife and I want to get a tattoo of this verse in Hebrew (the original language of the Old Testament) as a reminder that God is the one who will speak for us when we can’t do it properly.
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”*
Paul wrote that God will always be with us. How could anyone stress or struggle with finances when God promises that he is there and that he will protect his people. My pastor preached on Philippians 4:13 a few weeks ago and he brought out the same idea. Paul is saying that we should be content in our station in life in reference to our finances because God is in charge of the universe. Yes, that includes the money. Even though our economy (and thus the world’s economy) is falling, we can rest secure (as individuals) because our God will neither leave nor forsake us.
2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!*
Thank you Lord that I do not have to be the same person I was before I met Jesus and turned my life over to him. Jesus Christ takes those who are in him and transforms them into something new to proclaim his glory to the nations. This verse was a key verse for me in high school while I was leading the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club at Lake Havasu High School in Arizona . It is amazing to me how tangible this verse can be for a teenager who is trying to figure out who they are after coming to Jesus.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.*
Have you ever felt inadequate? Any answer apart from “Yes” is a lie because we all feel like we are not enough sometimes. I love that Paul is so honest to share in his weakness. God is glorified most when we step aside and allow Jesus to shine through in our lives. Once we can get to the point where we get over ourselves and realize that we are simply dust on a cog in the machine of time, Jesus can use our human weakness to share his eternal power.
Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.*
Jesus came and died for you. You were saved by what he has done and not by what you have done. There is no amount of work that you can do to earn salvation. You were crafted by God and created for his purposes. Simply follow his lead and you should be gold. Accept this gift of God and live accordingly because he cares for you.
Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”*
Impossible? Not for God. As his child, you are the heir to a king that can and will do anything for his glory. By nature, nothing is impossible to God. if that is not inspiring, I don’t know what is.
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