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.”
All through my life I have been reminded by that verse that even when God seemed far, or life was hard , God is faithful. That He will not leave or forsake me. Even when sometimes I feel I don't deserve His love.
Ephesians 6:12 - “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Deuteronomy 32:4 - “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”
Isaiah 41:10 - “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Romans 12:2 - “Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
The Old Testament gets a bad rep sometimes, but even then God's love has always been present and may be strict but always for our good! These verses help remind me that even when things get tough, or scary that God is always with us and is our rock and to focus on what he's accomplishing through us for His Mission.
Psalms 103:1-5 - “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Psalm 119:11 - "I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
Years ago the Lord gave me an amazing insight into all of Psalm 119. Since Jesus is the Word made flesh, when I reread Psalm 119 and replace each occurrence of "law, Word, commands,"etc, with "Jesus" the whole chapter exploded with new meaning, fresh passion for Jesus, and a deeper appreciation of all He has done for me. Verse 11 not only says to me, "I have hidden Jesus in my heart that I might not sin against you" but it also showed me that the more hidden he is within me, the more pronounced and open he is in my life for others to see.
Colossians 1:13-14 - “??For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Honestly, all of Colossians chapter 1 is probably my favorite and reminds me of just who God is, but these two particular verses also remind me of who I am without Christ - a sinner, broken, wicked, and unable to do good without Him. And it’s not because of me that I was saved or allowed into the kingdom of heaven. No, HE rescued me from darkness and transferred me into the kingdom of His beloved Son because it is through him and because of him that we have redemption and can be forgiven. Reconciliation was and is only possible through the work of Jesus on the cross and without him I am unable to build or maintain any other relationship he’s blessed me with on Earth. That’s what this verse reminds me of every time I read it.
John 3:21 - “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”