“The Lord is perfecting that which concerns me!”
Years ago I knew a farmer who loved quoting those words with a big smile on his face. It was his favorite verse, found in Psalm 138:8. He believed that God was perfecting everything in His life which concerned him. It gave him great assurance that God was smoothing things out for him, and he had many testimonies of how God had turned difficult situations around in his life.
That Scripture is what we often call a “life verse.” It is a special verse on which we base our faith in God. It is usually a promise that assures us that God will help us in whatever situation we are facing.
Do you have a “life verse” that you frequently quote from day to day?
All of us have challenges in our lives at times. It is during one of those moments that we may have to run to the Word of God to find a promise to fit our situation. When that promise seems to carry us through a great ordeal, then it becomes special to us. From that day forward, that verse will be a “life verse.” Every time we are confronted with a new difficulty, it will be the first Scripture that will come to mind.
For those who need finances, they may declare: “My God shall supply all of my needs according His riches in glory in Christ Jesus!” This promise is found in Philippians 4:19.
Those who need healing may cry out: “By Jesus stripes I have been healed!” This declaration is found in 1 Peter 2:24. I have been healed many times by claiming this verse.
As we grow in the Lord, we may find other promises to add to our list. The Holy Spirit frequently quickens these verses to our hearts when we face a crisis. They encourage us to believe that God will answer our prayers. Every time we have a need, those verses seem to come to our rescue.
These Scriptures quicken our faith to believe God, because faith comes by hearing God’s Word! The Apostle Paul wrote:
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 NKJV)
Did you know that we can increase our faith by hearing ourselves speak the Word of God? This is why we must boldly declare the promises of God, without wavering in unbelief, if we want to see God answer our prayers.
The writer of Hebrews wrote:
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)
This simply means that we have to keep declaring the promises of God until the answer comes, because we know that God is faithful to keep His Word.
These life verses can also help us to not give up. How many times have we given up just before God was about to do a miracle?
Here is a good verse to keep us from throwing in the towel before the answer comes:
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9 NKJV)
This means that if we do not allow ourselves to become discouraged, we will eventually reap what we have sown. If we sow good things, we will reap good things. This is a great verse to remind us to keep sowing good things, because harvest time is coming!
If you are going through some difficulty right now, ask God to give you a Scripture that will help you claim the victory for your situation. Then speak it over your life every day until the answer comes. The more you speak that verse, the stronger your faith will become.
Finally, these life verses can be Scriptures that we practice every day in our lives. They help us live an overcoming life. One very popular verse is:
“Casting all of your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NKJV)
When the cares of this world seem to burden us down, we can cast them upon the Lord, and He will carry them for us. The more we practice this from day to day, the more it will become second nature to us. Soon we will find ourselves doing it automatically. It is such a joy to be care free!
If you want to have a life of victory, where you live above your circumstances and not underneath them, then find a verse that encourages you to to trust in God. It will become a life verse for you!
You are holy, dear saint!
P.S: Do you have a special promise that you cling to in your life? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1082, Thomas Nelson Inc.]