Discovering my life verse in the Bible

As I retired to bed, I just felt like wanting to read the Bible. So, I took my physical Bible. And not knowing what to read, I asked a simple question, ‘God, what should I read?’ Immediately I heard an answer. A book which begins with an ‘E’. So, I thought, Ephesians? Then it doesn’t feel like that’s the one. Ecclesiastes? Could be!

I quickly thumbed through the introduction of that book. Eugene Peterson brilliantly wrote the intro. And I knew this is what God wants me to read.

As I hungrily complete the last chapter—I came to the final word of that book, which is:

Fear God. Obey His commands.

Or, in the Message version:
Fear God. Do what he tells you.

I like the AMP version, though. Ecclesiastes 12:13

It gives clarity to the phrase ‘fear God’. It removes the unhealthy connotation which may be attached to the word, ‘fear’.

Worship Him. Show profound adoring awed respect. Wow.
Knowing that He is Almighty God. Therefore WORTHY to be worshiped in this manner. Wow.


Next, keep His Commandments.
Gulp.

Now, I know of the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament of the Bible. But I also know of the Great Commandment, which to me, is the mother or rather father of all commandments. This is it.

To quote Matthew 22:35-40 AMP from the Bible:

One of them, a lawyer [an expert in Mosaic Law], asked Jesus a question, to test Him: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly (adjective) seek (verb) the best or higher good for others].’
The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

To fear God (out of reverence for who He is), to obey His commands to love Him with all my heart, soul, and mind, and to love others as myself…

BAM! I think I’ve found my life verse.


Further references on the Great Commandment from Wikipedia

God speaks through the Bible

The most important lesson I learnt from Elijah House ‘Keys to Transformation Seminar’.

I’ve attended a two-day ‘Keys to Transformation Seminar’ at Elijah House. And this question posted to the attendees at the start of the seminar got my immediate attention—

Do you take God’s words lightly?

My instant response was, of course not!

But just take a look at this verse from the Bible:

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Matthew 7:1 NIV

Or, another translation in AMP

Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]

And I have the truth staring at me. I do take God’s words lightly!—because I do judge others.

(For a clearer context of this verse, consider to read this article by Wayne Stiles ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged—what Jesus meant’, then come back to continue reading this post)


That caused me to be worried, and I’d better be…

What other words from God have I taken lightly?

Those words which I’ve read and understood in my mind, but I didn’t ask God to help me live it out.

I worry not because of a fear of being punished, or of blindly sticking to religious laws. I worry because it shows a lack of my honour for God.

I worry because God’s words are truth, and I’m defying His words!

A shift happened—now when I read the Bible, I have a renewed interest in what God is saying to me through His words. The Bible became personal. And rich.

‘Do you take God’s words lightly?’ became my wake up call in my journey of knowing God.

 

 

 

Bible quote—do not fear. Isaiah 40:10

Do not fear

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 40:10

I find comfort and encouragement in memorising this verse, like my bravery level got upgraded. But only because God made it possible.

Encouragement when faced with adversity

When faced with adversity…

‘He trained us first,
passed us like silver through refining fires…
pushed us to our very limit,
Road–tested us inside and out,
took us to hell and back;
Finally he brought us
to this well–watered place’


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Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God. #Deuteronomy 8:12-14 #scripture

Way of life

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He is your life- So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭1-2‬ MSG)


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#Day2: ‘Chill babe, I got your back.’ This was what I got from Genesis 2:21- So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. 😴 … Then God went to work. There’s a time to sow like mad, time the reap, and time to step aside and let God do His magic. He’s God, after all. #365 #calligraphy #typography #handwriting #scripture #God