Wednesday May 16, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Sharing My Favorite Bible Verses "

Which are your favorite verses in the bible? It is difficult for us to pick one verse over another because all of God’s Word is so meaningful and fulfilling; we do have to digest all of them to see the big picture that God is describing to us.

Anyways, I am going to challenge you to think about your favorites while I tell you about mine. This exercise may have the potential of starting us on a journey that will assist us in focusing on the big picture that God wants us to see.

It is not easy to but I am going to limit myself to three favorite verses as we begin with 1 Cor. 10:13 KJV and it read’s:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

This verse shows God’s fairness and how much He understands all of His children as He points several things out to us:

None of us are being singled out or picked on! We can rest assured that no matter how big the temptation is or how serious the difficulty may be, everyone else has been or will be challenged in a like manner. It is (common to man) that we all face difficult times (testing) in our flesh bodies.

God is fair because no matter what the temptation or difficulty is that we face, He assures us that we will be able to cope and deal with it; that is His promise!

Whatever the challenge or difficulty is that comes our way, God is letting us know that He will show us a way out and He guarantees us that we will be able to bear it.

This verse rates high because it shows God’s fairness as He tells us to stand tall and deal with adversities. He wants us to know that He gives us the strength and willpower to get the job done and that He is with us. He will always show us a way out of our dilemma and He is very explicit on this point.

Another verse that means a lot to me is Psalm 22:1 KJV as it has played a huge role in elevating my faith and making me a stronger Christian. This verse reads:

To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

This verse was written by David a thousand years before Christ was crucified. Christ was teaching us as He was dying on the cross. He used this verse and the entire 22nd chapter to teach us that prophecy was being fulfilled. Matthew 27:46 KJV is where we learn of this truth:

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to






say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Christ was quoting David for He never called His father God; He called Him Father. Yes it is true; David prophesied all the details of Christ death a thousand years before it happened, right down to the fact that the Roman soldiers would be gambling for His vesture. This prophecy should convince any one that God’s Word is true for it would not have been possible for these events to have been staged.

Luke 10:19 KJV is also high among my favorites as God makes this special effort to describe the power that He has given to us and the scripture reads:

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

God is letting us know that He gives us power over each and every enemy that comes against us including Satan and all we have to do is claim this power. Our enemy does not possess the truth so they must use fear in their effort to prevail. When we ask in God’s name the enemy’s power is removed as God will never allow them to hurt us. This verse is God’s assurance that we will prevail.

Well we’ve reached our preset limit of three favorite verses with the most recognized verse in the bible having been omitted. That verse is John 3:16 KJV which reads:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

This was not an oversight and this verse was not omitted for lack of importance for it makes this very important point to all of us… Whosoever proves to God that they believe in Him will not perish, but will have everlasting life. God has a condition here; we must believe in Him and this requires living our life for Him. Words are not enough…we have to produce!

Hopefully this writing has jogged your memory to the point that your can add a few of your favorite verses to the list. His word is so precious and amongst other things has: (1) Instruction (2) Direction (3) Inspiration and (4) Love.

Which category will serve to strengthen your faith? Do you have a favorite verse that gives you the strength to lead you and your family closer to God?



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