When things aren’t going the way we want them to go, we have a tendency to talk to ourselves and think about how bad everything is going. Instead of listening to the lies that tumble around our minds in times of weakness, we should reach out to truths of Scripture to comfort us and teach us. Here are five Scripture verses that can be really helpful to memorize and preach to yourself. The first three are dealing with the lust of the flesh (Corinthians), the lust of the eyes (Psalms), and the pride of life (Peter). (Talked about in 1 John 2:15-17) The others are simply verses that I have used to tell myself simple truths from Scripture.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
This one not only addresses sexual temptation, but also any temptation of the flesh or body, like the desire to overeat or be slothful. When you are tempted in these types of ways, recite this verse to yourself. Remind yourself that your body is a temple of God and was bought by Him, therefore it is not your own and it is to be used to serve and glorify God, not to gratify the lusts of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16-26)
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
When you doubt that God can help you with your problems, remind yourself of this verse. When you are jealous of other people’s things or season’s of life, remember where you get your help from.
1 Peter 5:6
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.
When you are tempted to be proud or arrogant, recite this verse in your head. Remember that God loves humility and hates pride; that he opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
2 Corinthians 12:9
9 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
And now, a gracious verse. When you have really messed up, said something you really shouldn’t have, or did something that you’re ashamed of, let this verse come to your mind and remind you of the all sufficient grace that Christ has for you. Remember that the more you are humbled, the more the power of Christ can change you and be easily seen in you.
3 You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Wow. This is a beautiful verse. My Grandma (who has a wonderful blog here) (seriously, go check it out) has really exemplified this verse in her life. She’s had so many health problems, she can barely eat anything without hurting more, and her eyes are giving out. But to meet her, you wouldn’t know that. By the smile on her face and the song in her heart, you’d think she’s lived a charmed life. And that’s because she’s kept this verse close, along with many others. She reminds herself of this truth. Her relationship with Christ is so deep that you can tell just by the way she talks about Scripture. And I want to be like that. Anyway, memorize this verse. Remind yourself of the fact that Christ is the source of perfect peace and joy.
How can you memorize these verses? I talk about that here.
I hope this list lead you to some good verses to read, meditate on, memorize, and remind yourself of. May God our Father bless you as you seek to follow Him more closely.
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