I’m sharing here eight passages that have become life verses for me. I’ve quoted from New American Standard….However, these verses are powerful in all versions… their theme is
These verses are an integral part of my 81 years . . . as I’ve moved over 50 times in married life, 7 times between the US and Brazil or visa-versa . . . lost my first marriage of 48 years in Brazil (my husband was unfaithful and had children outside of our marriage . . . he abandoned our 6 children and our grandchildren) . . .I lived in Brazil most of the time from 1967 to 2012 . . .remarried in Portland, OR in 1991… in 1993 my husband began going with me to Brazil, teaching, … we moved to Brazil in 2000 , both of us sharing and teaching . . . in 2011, I had surgery for hydrocephalous (a surprise) then had to come back to the states in 2012 for another surgery, leaving my life in Brazil, and (with my husband) I’m recouping here in Portland, OR, … my heart desiring to return to Brazil even as I am thankful to be in the same country with my 6 children, 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren
-With no idea of what the Lord wants for my future I’m reminded that, once again, these life verses are necessary for my survival.-
These verses start with
10 ”Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
11 “Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored;
Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.
12 ” You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them,
Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.
13 “For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”
We can look at our right hands and KNOW that He is holding them, He is with us, and we will have victory!
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
ALL THINGS – good and bad.
20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;
FOR ALL THINGS – including the bad, praying, specifically thanking God FOR our hurts and each negative in our lives and our joys. For me, thanking Him for the good is easy. However, thanking for the bad requires more discipline. When I succeed, it brings release.
1 Thess 5:18
in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
14 ” For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
IF. . . . lack of forgiveness is a luxury we cannot afford. IF I want to walk with the Lord, have a relationship with Him, spend eternity with Him, I MUST forgive… IF I don’t, I’m shooting myself in the foot!
Forgiveness is not an emotion – it is obedience..and it is easier to obey,
when I KNOW the reality of Rom 8:28 and have thanked Him FOR and IN all things.
We can be honest with God, acknowledging to that Him what happened to us was Not according to His commandments but we will forgive out of obedience, not because we want to.
Forgiveness is a process…many times we have to forgive the same thing over and over.
Forgiveness frees us from bondage . . . and lifts us above the person who tried to bring us low.
As we walk this walk, we learn to WAIT upon the Lord…
31 Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
and BE STILL, CEASE STRIVING
10 “Be still, and know that I am God;
10 ” Cease striving, and know that I am God
then we can KNOW that these promises are REAL as we walk in obedience. . .
Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
Delight in the Lord - be passionately in love with Him, delight in His company rejoicing in His presence … (a very difficult verse when we are heartbroken)
HE will give me the desires of my heart… I don’t have to try and make things happen…
I am to praise Him, thank Him, forgive and be still – He does the rest!
But I DO need to know the desires of my heart, so I will recognize them as He gives them to me.
(I learned that as I walk in this walk – at times a difficult struggle – trusting Him and being still) sometimes He actually changes and enriches the desires of my heart! even as He is fulfilling them. WHATEVER/HOWEVER HE does it, it’s always better and more glorious than I’d dreamed.
HE WILL fulfill ALL HIS promises.
vs 6 – is amazing…
The Holy Spirit does something within us, so when people look at us they see a beauty that is not from ourselves, people are drawn to WHO is in us. It is wonderful, and humbling. So when even strangers compliment us we can smile and say :”Thank you. It’s God.” – for it IS, and we KNOW IT.