I have been reflecting on a few scriptures the past few weeks. I keep them close because I understand that the Word of God is powerful and effective. These scriptures are like tools in my spiritual toolbox; ready to pull out at any moment. I know that no matter what season you find yourself in right now that these will encourage and inspire you! All of these are from The Passion Translation.
This first verse is one that I like to use whenever I need a reminder of why I practice self-control. I don’t want to make an idol out of anything in my life. I want Jesus to sit on the throne of my heart.
–1 Corinthians 6:12 “It’s true that our freedom allows us to do anything, but that doesn’t mean that everything we do is good for us. I’m free to do as I choose, but I choose never to be enslaved or mastered by anything.”
Sometimes it can feel like old habits/tendencies seem impossible to break. This one is for you! You are free from obligation to the flesh. You don’t have to live that way, do those things just because you always have! Release those chains and leave the baggage of your past at the feet of Jesus.
–Romans 8:12-13 “So then, beloved ones, the flesh has no claims on us at all, and we have no further obligation to live in obedience to it. For when you live controlled by the flesh, you are about to die. But if the life of the Spirit puts to death the corrupt ways of the flesh, we then taste his abundant life.”
This is one that I needed to help renew my perspective of Abba Father. Whenever I made a bad decision, I felt like I would have to work really hard to be “good” in order to earn his love back that I felt I lost. But he is so patient and kind with us! Let this scripture renew your mind and wash away all the lies that have said you need to work for salvation, love and acceptance. Nothing you do could make him love you any more, or love you any less!
–Psalm 103:8-9 “Lord, you’re so kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and so patient with people who fail you! Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness. You don’t look at us only to find out faults, just so that you can hold a grudge against us.”
Alright, this one is a command to us to make sure our heart is right with God. Not out of works but just self-reflection each day…well each moment really. Is there anything in the world that you are loving more than God today? How can you practically adjust that today? Maybe you can spend 10 minutes reading his word right when you wake up instead of scrolling social media. Or choose food that is nourishing and will enable you to live a life full of energy to build the kingdom of God. Whatever it looks like for you, I encourage you to work on that.
–1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”
The grace we need for todays challenges is found in Jesus. He came and wants to help us. He doesn’t leave us beside still waters, he leads us beside them. He wants to help you. Any thought that has come across your mind that you are alone and no one can help you out of this one is a lie. You have the God of the universe on your side! Just think about that next time you feel weak.
–Titus 2:11-12 “God’s marvelous grace has manifested in person, bringing salvation for everyone. This same grace teaches us how to live each day as we turn our backs on ungodliness and indulgent lifestyles, and it equips us to live self-controlled, upright, godly lives in this present age.”
God created us and knows us even better than we know ourselves. Again back to that whole, He is the God who created the universe and he created you! You are beautiful, strong and well equipped for every good work! You were not a mistake and there is nothing wrong with you.
–Psalm 139:14 “I thank you [and praise you], God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord!”
Another empowering scripture here. God is your firm strength. Whenever you feel weak or weary, he will lift your head to see the promise on the horizon. He is everything you need as well. Sometimes we can get caught up in FOMO (fear of missing out). I can say this has been an area I have struggled with this year with being on Paleo. Seeing Waco boom around me with all these cool places and wishing I could be a part of it. But this verse says that He is my portion. In any area I feel that I am lacking is not true because I have everything I need in Him!
–Psalm 73:23-26 “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by your right hand. You guide me with your counsel and afterward, you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
As you spend time with the Lord, joy will come. Not just happiness but the Joy of the Holy Spirit. That assurance and understanding of your status of freedom will remind you that you don’t have to be ashamed anymore. Never again! You are forgiven and loved more than you can fathom.
–Psalm 34:5 “Gaze upon him, join your life with his, and joy will come. Your faces will glisten with glory. You’ll never wear that shame-face again.”
God is our safe place to rest. He is good! We can find true rest and blessing when we turn to him instead of the world. Those things are temporary and do not satisfy or fulfill the true desire of our soul. God can and will satisfy you. He is our All in All.
–Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
I’d love to know what some of your favorite scriptures are! Let me know down in the comments.
Until next time,