Senin, 07 Oktober 2013

10 of my most inspirational Bible verses and why I chose them

10 of my most inspirational Bible verses and why I chose them.

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

These verses are not only inspirational but the entire chapter of Romans 8 is.  Right after we see how Paul struggled with sin in Romans 7, we see that the victory is assured in Christ Jesus in chapter 8.  How inspiring to know that nothing can separate us from God’s love.  This includes earthly or heavenly (evil spirits) powers, angels (fallen ones) or rulers (any one in authority), nothing present today, nothing in the future (“nor things to come”), not height (success) nor depth (dark nights of the soul), not in this life or even our death.  In case Paul left anything out he says “nor anything else in all creation.”  That covers everything, including ourselves.  God has no aborted children!

Second Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer man is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

This may be hard for a young Christian to identify with unless they live in nations that are persecuting and killing believers for their faith.  The older I get, the more I appreciate these Scriptures.  My body is indeed wasting away.  All believers will face affliction for their beliefs but this “is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (and beyond description).  We should not be looking at “the things that are seen” (all the bad around us) but “to the things that are unseen,” which is the place that Jesus is preparing for us (John14:2-3). This earth is “transient” or passing away but Jesus promises a room in the mansions of heaven that we do not yet see.  If we embrace these verses then we will not “lose heart.”