Have you ever thought about a life verse?
I never really understood the impact of a life verse until I became an adult. I thought it was just your favorite verse, or the first one that you had ever memorized as a kid.
It is so much more than that though! Life verses aren’t just one you like the sound of or one that is easy to memorize. It is your war cry, your comfort, your encouragement.
It’s what you turn to when you are in a good mood or a bad mood. It is perfect for every situation in your life.
Something like that is powerful! I am not sure why everyone doesn’t have one.
So how do you use a life verse?
Well, here are 4 ways that I use mine.
My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
1. When You Are Under Attack
When I am under spiritual attack, I speak truth. The only truth that we know to be powerful like a weapon is scripture. I quote Jeremiah 29:11 over and over and over, until I feel God’s peace.
Quoting the truth of a life verse will protect our minds from the attack, and help us see the lies that are being shot at us.
For me, spiritual attacks normally consist of doubt. Doubting myself, doubting God’s goodness, and doubting that my future will be good.
Jeremiah 29:11 reassures me and reminds me that God is good all the time. He can be trusted.
2. When You Need Joy
God’s Word is alive and powerful, agree? (Heb. 4:12) It can change us and make us more like God. Scripture tells us to meditate on scripture (Psalm 1:2).
When we focus on the truth and power of God’s Word, God will fill us with His joy! It will give us joy because we will be getting to know God and His Character. There is nothing more joyful than that!
Quote your life verse when you need joy and a pick-me-up!
3. When You Need Peace
Phil. 4:7 says “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
God promises us this peace. But we have to be active to seek it out and ask for it. When we fill our minds with truth, we will get rid of the anxiety that the world’s lie’s cause. God will give us this peace and comfort that the world can’t even begin to understand!
4. When You Are Witnessing
When we build relationships with others, they should be able to see the stark difference between us and the world. This leads to questions like “Umm, how in the world do you stay calm and happy when the world is falling apart around us!!”
When you get these questions, you can easily respond with, “Well, I get my peace from God. I trust Him. Here’s a verse that He has specifically led me to.”
People will be awed that a simple “quote” can give us so much peace. But, as the relationship grows, they will begin to understand that God’s Word’s aren’t just mere quotes.
So, how do you go about getting a life verse? Well, it has to speak to you. If you have never felt that God has spoken to you before, here is your chance. Pray and ask God to send you a verse. When He gives it to you, you will know for sure.
It may smack you in the face, but it is normally a still, quiet voice. You know that it wasn’t something that you thought.
Also, dig into your Bible! Seek one out!
Here are a few suggestions
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.
Philippians 4:13 I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly.
1 Thessalonians 2:12 we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to live worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called and about which you have made a good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. I have been a fool; you forced it on me. You ought to have commended me, since I am not in any way inferior to those “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.
If you have any other suggestions for a life verse, leave them in the comments!