Tuesday, May 22, 2018

50 Bible Verses to Memorize

50 Bible Verses to Memorize | scriptureand.blogspot.com

So, you've decided to begin memorizing Bible verses. You have seen the importance of memorizing Scripture and then decided to spend your time and effort on it.

However, even with good intentions, it's easy to get stalled on the next step: choosing the verses to memorize. I like to have a list of verses so that I don't have to choose a new verse every week (though there can be advantages to that). However, you are more likely to continue the habit of Bible memorization if you don't have to choose a verse each week as well.

Here is a list of verses that I have chosen for my son and me to memorize. I have chosen them because they are foundational verses on important topics. Below I have a checklist of the verses as well as a list of the verses in ESV and in NKJV.

Bible Verses about God
  • Genesis 1:1
  • Psalm 103:8
  • John 4:24
  • Hebrews 12:2
  • 1 John 4:7-8
Bible Verses on God’s Word
  • Joshua 1:8
  • Psalm 119:11
  • Psalm 119:105
  • 2 Timothy 2:15
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • 2 Peter 1:20-21
Bible Verses on Salvation
  • John 3:16
  • John 14:6
  • Acts 16:31
  • Romans 5:8
  • Romans 10:9-10
  • Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Titus 3:5
Bible Verses on Christian Life
  • Micah 6:8
  • Luke 6:31
  • Romans 12:1-2
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Galatians 2:20
  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • Ephesians 4:32
  • 1 John 3:18
Bible Verses on Focus
  • Deuteronomy 6:5
  • Matthew 6:33
  • Philippians 4:8
  • Philippians 4:4
  • Colossians 3:2
Bible Verses on Faith
  • Psalm 46:10
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Isaiah 40:31
  • Philippians 4:13
  • 2 Corinthians 5:7
  • Hebrews 11:1
Bible Verses on Sin
  • Romans 3:23
  • Romans 6:23
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • 1 John 1:9
Bible Verses on Prayer
  • Jeremiah 33:3
  • Philippians 4:6
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
Bible Verses of Comfort
  • Psalm 46:1
  • Psalm 56:3
  • Isaiah 41:13
  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • Romans 8:28
  • Romans 8:38-39

If you are looking for some tips to make Bible memorization easier, check out my article with 9 Bible Memory tips (and some resources). I also recommend memorizing these with a family member or partner. It helps you stick with the task and makes it more fun. You can print one checklist for you and one for a friend and quiz each other every week.






Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bible Verses to God of All My Days

My seasons change, You stay the same You're the God of all my days | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Whether your day is going smoothly or it is a huge disaster, God is over everything. While our circumstances are always changing, God is the same and will always provide for our needs in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.



God of All My Days

by John Mark Hall and Jason Ingram

Verse 1:
I came to You with my heart in pieces
And found the God with healing in His hands

Speaking of God in Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
I turned to You, put everything behind me
And found the God who makes all things new

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
God says in Revelation 21:5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
I looked to You, drowning in my questions
And found the God who holds all wisdom

Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.
And I trusted You and stepped out on the ocean
You caught my hand among the waves

Matthew 14:28-32 Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.
'Cause You're the God of all my days
Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Chorus:
Each step I take You make a way

Speaking of God in Psalm 40:2 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
And I will give You all my praise
Psalm 57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
My seasons change, You stay the same
Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
God says in Malachi 3:6 “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
You're the God of all my days
Ephesians 1:11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,

Verse 2:
I ran from You, I wandered in the shadows
And found a God who relentlessly pursues

Luke 15:3-7 So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
I hid from You, haunted by my failure
And found the God whose grace still covers me

1 Timothy 1:14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.
I fell on You when I was at my weakest
And found the God, the lifter of my head

Psalm 3:3 But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head.
And I've worshiped You and felt You right beside me
You're the reason that I sing

Psalm 92:4 For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.
'Cause You're the God of all my days


Chorus:
Each step I take You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You're the God of all my days

Bridge:
In my worry, God You are my stillness

Psalms 37:7 Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
In my searching, God You are my answers
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
In my blindness, God You are my vision
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
In my bondage, God You are my freedom
John 8:36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
In my weakness, God You are my power
Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
You're the reason that I sing
Psalm 81:1 Sing for joy to God our strengthShout joyfully to the God of Jacob.
'Cause You're the God of all my days
Psalms 30:12 That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Chorus:
Each step I take You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You're the God of all my days

Ending:
In my blindness, God You are my vision
In my bondage, God You are my freedom
All my days

Friday, May 4, 2018

More Free Birthday Images with Bible Verses

10 Free Birhday Images with Bible Verses perfect for social media | scriptureand.blogspot.com


10 Free Birthday Images with Bible Verses


I created some more birthday greeting images to send to friends through social media or email.  I created the images on Canva using their free images and adding the Bible verses and other elements.

You are welcome to use these images for non-commercial purposes (where the end product is not for sale).  Also, if you share them on a blog or website, please post a link back to this page.  Feel free to share them in emails or on social media to wish someone a Happy Birthday without any attribution.  Also, cards and gifts for personal use do not require attribution.  Please do not remove the watermark.  Enjoy!

To save the image, click on it to view the larger image.  Then, right-click on it and choose "Save Image As...".

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bible Verses for Reckless Love

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Is God's love reckless? There have been several songs lately that talk about God's reckless love, notably the recent Bethel song, Reckless Love. The definition of reckless is "without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action" and it's synonyms are "rash, careless, thoughtless, heedless, unheeding, hasty, impulsive, irresponsible, foolhardy, audacious, imprudent, unwise." 

So are the authors saying that God is foolhardy, unwise, or careless in His love? It definitely does not seem so. In the song, there is evidence of God planning to save us (and the Bible definitely shows that God's plan for our salvation was planned "before the foundation of the world" - Revelation 13:8). So God's love for us was not "without thinking... about the consequences," but I do suggest that it was "without caring about the consequences." God gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16), perfect and without sin (2 Cor. 5:21), to save a sinful and rebellious people who weren't even seeking God (Rom. 3:11).  


In fact, the cross of Christ and His crucifixion are noted as being foolish in the eyes of the world in 1 Corinthians 1:18, 23. God's love is reckless in that He counts the cost of His love and pursues us anyway. Maybe reckless isn't the best word, but I'm at a loss to come up with another. If you can think of an adjective that shows that God's love knows the consequences and yet selflessly pushes ahead regardless of the cost, please mention it in the comments below.


In fact, author Cory Asbury wrote:

"When I use the phrase, “the reckless love of God”, I’m not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn’t crafty or slick. It’s not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it’s quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn’t consider Himself first. His love isn’t selfish or self-serving. He doesn’t wonder what He’ll gain or lose by putting Himself out there."
Still not comfortable calling God's love reckless? I totally get it. The word reckless is so strongly tied to being impulsive and unwise, yet those thoughts are so incongruous with God's character. You can try changing reckless to something else. Selfless, maybe. Or find another song about God's love to sing. I highly recommend The Love of God or How Deep the Father's Love For Us


Reckless Love

by Caleb Culver, Cory Asbury, Ran Jackson

Verse 1:
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
Speaking of God's people in Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
You have been so, so good to me
Psalm 13:6 (NLT) I will sing to the LORD because He is good to me.
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
You have been so, so kind to me
Psalms 117:2 For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord is everlasting. Praise the Lord!

Chorus:
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Ephesians 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, I have loved you with an everlasting loveTherefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
Romans 5:7-8 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
Jesus said in Luke 15:3-7 So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Galatians 2:16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Verse 1:
When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
Romans 5:8, 10 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us... For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me
Ephesians 2:3-4 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

Chorus:
And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Bridge:
There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me
Jesus said in Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Psalm 23:1 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. 
John 4:23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers

Chorus:
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn't earn it, I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Jesus said in Matthew 18:12-14 “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.”

Monday, March 26, 2018

Bible Verses for Because He Lives (Amen)


Because He Lives (Amen) sung by Matt Maher | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Because He Lives (Amen)


Songwriters: Matt Maher, Jason Ingram, Ed Cash, Chris Tomlin, 
Daniel Carson, Bill & Gloria Gaither

Verse 1:
I believe in the Son
I believe in the risen One
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.
I believe I overcome
By the power of His blood
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

Chorus:
Amen, Amen
I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
Jesus says in John 14:19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends
Revelation 4:8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.”
Because He lives

Verse 2:
I was dead in the grave
I was covered in sin and shame
Ephesians 2:1-3 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
I heard mercy call my name
He rolled the stone away
Matthew 28:2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.

Chorus:
Amen, Amen
I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
Jesus says in John 6:57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends

Bridge:
Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives every fear is gone
Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
I know He holds my life my future in His hands
John 10:27-28 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.

Chorus:
Amen, Amen
I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Bible Verses for Voice Of Truth

Bible Verses for Voice Of Truth by Steven Curtis Chapman and Mark Hall | scriptureand.blogspot.com

I have been reading through the Bible this year and have been noticing a pattern that starts back in the Garden of Eden. There is a choice repeatedly laid before mankind. Choose to listen, obey, and trust God's voice or to listen to other voices (including your own). Choose to walk in the ways of God or to go your own way.

There are several times that Israel's leaders have called them to make this decision. 
Moses admonishes Israel before he died and they entered the promised land under Joshua in Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
Similarly, when Joshua is old he also urges Israel to follow the Lord in Joshua 24:14-15 “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” 
Elijah called to the people to choose God over Baal in 1 Kings 18:21 Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word. 
We are similarly called to follow the Lord rather than go our own way by repenting and believing in Christ and His death for our sins.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
Acts 17:30-31 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
Paul recounts in Acts 26:12-20 “While so engaged as I was journeying to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests, at midday, O King, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining all around me and those who were journeying with me. And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’ So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.”
Then, as believers, we are also told to listen to God's voice and follow in His way:
Jesus says in John 10:27-28 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”

Voice of Truth

by Steven Curtis Chapman and Mark Hall

Verse 1:
Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He's holding out His hand
Matthew 14:23-29a After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!”
But the waves are calling out my name
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy, you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"
Matthew 14:29b-30 And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 

Chorus:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
God said in Isaiah 41:10 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.’
The voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Ephesians 1:14 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
Psalm 95:7-8 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness,

Verse 2:
Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand
1 Samuel 17:31-41 When the words which David spoke were heard, they told them to Saul, and he sent for him. David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” Then Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.” Then Saul clothed David with his garments and put a bronze helmet on his head, and he clothed him with armor. David girded his sword over his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. So David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” And David took them off. He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine. Then the Philistine came on and approached David, with the shield-bearer in front of him.
But the giant's calling out my name
And he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy, you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"
1 Samuel 17:42-44 When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, with a handsome appearance. The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.”

Bridge:
But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
1 Samuel 17:45-48 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.” Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground.
And the waves they don't seem so high
From on top of them lookin' down
Matthew 14:31-33 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”
I will soar with the wings of eagles
Isaiah 40:31 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.
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus singing over me
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bible Verses for That Was Then, This Is Now

That Was Then, This Is Now By Josh Wilson and Ben Glover | scriptureand.blogspot.com

It is clear from the Bible that we are transformed when are saved through faith. There are three types of transformations for the believer. I like to call them the three tenses of salvation 
  • Justification - All that happens the moment that a person believes the gospel. For believers, this has happened in the past (and continues to be true).
  • Sanctification - The ongoing process by which God works in us to make us more and more like Him. For believers, this is present.
  • Glorification - The final transformation when our bodies are changed and we are free of our sin nature. This is still in the future.
This song is about the transformation that takes place when we are first saved. We are made new and changed. Here is my favorite Bible passage about the transformation that takes place in believers at the moment they believe in Jesus and His death for their sins:
Ephesians 2:1-10 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

That Was Then, This Is Now

by Josh Wilson and Ben Glover

Verse 1:
We used to hide from the light.
We made friends with the night.
John 3:19-20 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
Ephesians 5:8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 
We were headed the wrong way on a one-way track
Going nowhere fast.
God says in Isaiah 65:2 “I have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in the way which is not good, following their own thoughts,”
Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Verse 2:
We got used to the dark,
We thought this is who we are,
Matthew 6:23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
And we figured that we were just too far gone,
But we were wrong.
David speaking to God, in Psalm 139:11-12 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.

Pre-Chorus
‘Cause love came running like a river
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
And we got washed in the water 
Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
Then He said you're forgiven
Luke 5:20 Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”
Your sins are gone.
Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 

Chorus: 
That was then, this is now.
You're bought by the blood, saved by the Son the saints all sing about.
Acts 20:28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
1 Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
 John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
That was lost, this is found.
Jesus said in the parable about the prodigal son, in Luke 15:32 “‘But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’”
Jesus said in Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
And it's time to say goodbye to the old you now.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
So go ahead, put the past in the past.
Box it up like an old photograph.
You don't have to go back,
‘Cause that was then and this is now.
God says in Isaiah 43:17-18 Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”
Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 
Ephesians 4:22-24 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. 

Verse 3:
We've been remade by grace,
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 
We've all got new names,
Revelation 2:17 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’
And nothing we do could ever change
What He did that day.
John 10:28-29 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

Pre-Chorus
When love came running like a river
1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins
We got washed in the water
1 Corinthians 6:11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
Then He said you're forgiven
Colossians 2:13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
And you belong.
1 Corinthians 3:23 and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.

Chorus: 
That was then, this is now.
You're bought by the blood, saved by the Son the saints all sing about.
That was lost, this is found.
And it's time to say goodbye to the old you now.
So go ahead, put the past in the past.
Box it up like an old photograph.
You don't have to go back
‘Cause that was then.

Bridge: 
If we turn and confess every unrighteousness,
He is faithful and just to forgive.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Oh, so turn and confess every wrong and regret
And see what it means to live.
Proverbs 28:13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

Chorus: 
That was then, this is now.
You're bought by the blood, saved by the Son the saints all sing about.
That was lost, this is found.
And it's time to say goodbye to the old you now.
So go ahead, put the past in the past.
Box it up like an old photograph.
You don't have to go back.
‘Cause that was then and this is now.