1) Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
I love the picture that this Psalm gives of the person who delights themselves in the Word of God. Verse three says, He shall be like a tree, not a tumble weed, planted, not in a pot plant, but planted beside rivers of life giving water. There is a sense here of a gardener strategically planting the tree in a specific location according to a grand design and according to what best suits the needs of the tree. The Psalmist then goes on to say that this person will be like a tree that brings forth fruit in season, that does not wither, in other words it’s there for the long haul and then summing it all up, the Psalmist says, whatever that person does will prosper. What a powerful encouragement to love the word of God.
2) Galatians 1:6
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
I marvel at how quick you are departing from the faith. I love this scripture as it reminds me that even if the Apostle Paul himself was the person who led me to The Lord, and/or started my church, the longevity of my faith is not a guarantee without me continually firing up my faith and making sure that I have a biblical orthodoxy. The background to this scripture is that the church at Galatia had after just a very short time, returned to the teaching of the law. The emphasis of the law in those days was human effort to connect with God. Another reason why I love this scripture is because it serves as a reminder for me to always emphasis grace in my life and that I am saved by the mercy and grace of God and that it is not a works based faith at all.
3) Proverbs 13:20
He who walks with wise men will be wise.
I love this scripture as God use this scripture to speak into my life when I was 18. I had just read in the books of James that God gives wisdom liberally to anyone who asks:- and so I asked. Two days later I was reading Proverbs and when I read He who walks with wise men will be wise, God spoke and said – there is the key to wisdom. 25 years later and that verse continues to unlock wisdom for me as I surround myself with wise men and women.
4) Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
I love this verse as to me it sums up the priorities of my life. One is an inquiring heart:- What do you require of me Lord? My heart is to serve you, follow you and be obedient to you. And then He gives the answer. I am to act justly. I am to love Justice. I am to cause Justice to happen. I am to champion Justice. I am to be a Justice Hero. Secondly God says I am to love Mercy. Not just to be merciful, but that I would love mercy. That mercy and I would be in relationship and then change my life so that mercy would overflow through my world, much actions, my words, my spending, my thoughts, my relationships. Thirdly, as I inquire of The Lord and I am being a Justice Hero, and I am loving Mercy, that I would build humility around my life as I walk with The Lord. To walk with The Lord, means we are going the same direction, heading to the same destination, walking at the same pace, and have close proximity.
5) John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Herein is the entire bible summarized in 25 words. It speaks of man’s sinful need, his eternal density as a result, the moving and motivating love of God being the agenda behind the sacrifice of Christ, the most precious only son:- which speaks of the expense of my salvation. Its a gift, which to me shows the character of God is being amazingly generous and just this one aspect alone demands a response from my life, that I too would reflect that generosity. It continues with the universality of the access to salvation:- the whosever, and the means by which one accesses this salvation:- faith, which is awesome that it is not by works so it is emphasizing Grace. Finally it promises eternal life, laying out the most amazing promise of the scripture, that I can be with God for all eternity.
6) Acts 17:16
16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.
At the time of writing there were about 30,000 idols in Athens. Paul looked around and saw the futility of all this idol worship going on and his spirit was provoked within him. In other words there was a heart reaction. It is a sad person who cannot be moved by the injustices of the world or the need of people for salvation. The bible records multiple times that Jesus was moved with compassion. I love this verse in Acts as it inspires me to keep my heart soft in the presence of God, so that I can be moved by what moves God’s heart.
7) Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Hope is the spine of our faith and I love how here God introduces himself as the God of Hope. He then goes on to say that through the Holy Spirit and faith, we may abound in Hope. In a world that is filled with hopelessness and plagued with philosophies that rob the world of Hope: like Evolution, Post Modernism and Atheism, what a contrasting picture – abounding in faith is. This verse reminds me of the power of my faith. I live my life abounding in hope.
8) Psalm 82:3
Rescue the poor and helpless from the grasp of evil men.
This is a new favourite for me. I have recently researched a lot on human slavery and this verse God used to motivate me to do something about it. As a Western Christian, I must do something about the abomination called the Human Slave trade. I must rescue the poor and helpless from the grasp of evil men.
9) 1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient. Love is Kind.
Kindness is love’s conduct. Its how love behaves. Kindness is love in shoe leather. Kindness adds sweetness to everything. Of great consequence is the immense power of kindness in bringing out the good of the characters of others. I use this verse to keep my life focussed on kindness.
10) Isaiah 29:13
In as much as the people draw near me with their mouth and they do honor me with their lips, yet their heart is far from me.
Love this scripture as it sums up the fact that relationship with God is about sincerity of heart.
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