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Inspirational Bible verse about the word of God. Hebrews 4:12

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Inspirational Bible verse -the word of God is living and active. Hebrews 4:12

This verse of the day is an inspirational Bible verse on wisdom. It is also an encouraging Bible verse about faith and answered prayer.

 

For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

This scripture is particularly beautiful in the Amplified Bible which brings out the full, rich meaning.

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 Amplified

There is also reference to the sword of the spirit in Ephesians 6:

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints (Ephesians 6: 17-18)

There is nothing like the Bible that can have such a profound effect upon a person’s heart and life.  These wonderful scriptures found in the Bible are God’s delivery system whereby we learn about God and know God. The Holy Spirit makes these verses come alive in our hearts.

We need to feast on the Word of God to change dark areas in our hearts and lives but also we need knowledge of God’s word to pray effective prayers when we are assaulted by our enemy, the devil. The two-edged sword is the answer for all circumstances. Jesus used the very same weapon against the devil declaring ‘it is written’ during their confrontation in the wilderness.

When the word of God is spoken out loud  it is like a two-edged sword. Firstly; one side of the sword, this have been spoken by God and secondly, the other side of the sword,  when spoken by a believer. This is why scriptural based prayer is so important. By actually speaking Bible verses they have already been spoken by God.

Whenever you need prayer for a particular situation firstly find a Bible verse that covers your situation and secondly pray that scripture into your situation. God guarantees that if you pray the Word of God in faith, your prayer will be answered.

During your Bible study of these verses it is worth discovering two important Greek words used in the New Testament. The word ‘word’, is either logos or rhema. Logos means written word. Many of our English words are derived from ancient Greek. When you see words ending with ‘ology’ for example you know that it is derived from logos particularly academic studies that require reading the written word on a subject.

The word ‘rhema’ has a special meaning.  It means the inspired word of God given in unique circumstances. Of course all of the Bible is inspired by God but a rhema word is a regular logos word from the Bible but with an extra Holy Spirit dynamo attached when given to a believer for a particular circumstance. This is the sword of the spirit, the two-edged sword. When Jesus said to the devil, ‘man shall not live on bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God’ He was using a scripture as a rhema word to counter a temptation from the devil to turn a stone into bread when Jesus was hungry.

Many times in my own life I will find that a scripture that I know well and have somewhat taken for granted suddenly becomes enlivened and powerful in a unique or particular situation. Then, the Holy Spirit has given me a rhema word to help me – generally that rhema word becomes a sword of the spirit for prayer or declaration.

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God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
God’s Word is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

 

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By whose stripes you were healed … 1 Peter 2:24

who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2: 24
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A Bible verse on healing for today

Who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

The Bible verse of the day is a scripture on healing. It is also a Bible verse on peace and grace.

There are Christian believers who have taken this scripture by faith and have been healed of physical diseases and sicknesses. By believing and praying in faith that this scripture would be a reality in their lives healing had manifested in their bodies. Other Christians have taken communion affectionately remembering the Lord’s body that was broken for us. Others have had the elders of their church anoint them with oil. Other believers have hands laid upon them.

There is a Bible verse in the book of Isaiah, an Old Testament prophet that says:

Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:4-5

Jesus fulfilled this prophecy and the meaning is clear.

There is a scene from the excellent film The Passion of the Christ directed by Mel Gibson where Jesus is viciously whipped by two Roman soldiers. They used the terrible cat o’ nine tails where pieces of bone and sharp metal is placed in the whip’s many thongs rather like nine cat claws. As they hit their victim in tandem, there is no chance for recovery between each stroke. Flesh is ripped off the body exposing bone and shedding much blood.

Jesus bore this terrible punishment for us so we wouldn’t be punished in our body. Even our sicknesses are healed. Each lash of that vile whip meant each one of us who believes on Jesus can be healed in their body  The crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus head by the soldiers meant healing for our minds. What a wonderful saviour we have in Jesus!

Sometimes we punish ourselves because we feel guilty and condemned by our weak and sinful behaviour. This may manifest as overeating, over use of alcohol or other self-destructive, self-punishing  behaviour.

Always remember that Jesus suffered that terrible torture from the Romans for you, so your body and mind could be made well and whole. Later Jesus shed His blood on the cross ransomed your very soul from the devil so you may have eternal life with the Father.

If you do not know Jesus as your Lord of Saviour, please pray this simple prayer:

Dear God,
I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Rom. 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Saviour of my life. Thank You for saving me!
In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2: 24
who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2: 24

 

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Prayer of salvation

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Dear God,


I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Romans 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank You for saving me!
In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen.

 

Dear friend,

If you have prayed this prayer sincerely you have been born again.  This means that God, now your Father, sees you as His child.  He also sees your past erased and your sins forgiven because of what the Lord Jesus did on the cross for you.  This is what grace means – undeserved favour from God. You now have confidence towards God and have nothing to fear when you die because to depart the body is to be forever with the Lord.

Now, would be a good time to find other Christian believers – a church that preaches the Word of God.  Also, it may not be easy to understand at first, but, read the Bible and the Holy Spirit will enable you to understand more and more each day – it’s a lifetime’s joyful study for all of us.  A good place to start is John’s Gospel and then Paul’s letters to the Romans.  Also, you can pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus and He will hear your prayers.  You can also ask for the Holy Spirit to baptise you in his power and love – this will enable you to understand the Bible and strengthen you in your daily walk with God.  There is so much more to be said about the Holy Spirit but Jesus promised that when He returned to the Father the Holy Spirit would come and comfort and help the believers until the Lord’s return.

Best wishes

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For God so loved the world that He gave … John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Barn owl picture in watercolour
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 A Bible verse on love.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
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Love is patient and is kind… love never fails I Corinthians 13

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This Bible verse is about love and very famous it is too.

1 Corinthians 13 is a famous chapter written by the Apostle Paul to the believers at Corinth.  This chapter is famous for such inspirational quotes.  It is particularly lovely to read in the King James Bible.

When Charles, Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer this chapter was read at their wedding.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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Love is patient and is kind... love never fails I Corinthians 13
Love is patient and is kind… love never fails    I Corinthians 13

 

 

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Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace…Hebrews 4:16

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
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A Bible verse on grace and hope.

Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace for help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

To anybody who has any doubt about God’s grace and mercy let this scripture bless you today. This Bible verse of the day is a scripture on grace. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases they are new evey morning. Great is His faithfulness.

This Bible verse is from the Apostle Paul ‘s letter to the Hebrews. This letter, sometimes called an Epistle was to Jewish Christians who now believed on Jesus as their Lord and  Messiah.  Unlike the Christian believers at Corinth or Ephesus who were gentiles, the newly converted Jewish believers were formerly followers of traditional Judaism. They had followed the Law of Moses and the Ten Commandments since they were children. These new Jewish Christians may have thought that God was unapproachable because of man’s sin.  The Apostle Paul explains in the previous verses that God is no longer unapproachable. Jesus is now a go-between for us – an intermediary and intercessor. That’s why He is called the High Priest. Jesus knows and understands every aspect of the human condition. Therefore not only did Jesus pay the price for sin but He understands everything about us.

Having then a great high priest, who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold tightly to our confession. For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:14-15)

Jesus had paid the price for sin for the Jewish Christians, fulfilling the law of Moses not abolishing the law of Moses. He also made a way to the Father for all believers. He is the way, the truth and the life and nobody comes to the Father except by Him.

Every one who believes in Jesus can therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that they may receive mercy, and may find grace for help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

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Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace...Hebrews 4:16
Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace…Hebrews 4:16
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Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee … Isaiah 26:3

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The Bible verse of the day is a scripture on peace.

I have come to learn the last year or so, that there is a real blessing in protecting your own heart from being troubled. Jesus said:

Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1).

I believe that this is a straight-forward command from the Lord, not to allow our hearts to be troubled.  When our minds are stayed on the Lord and when we trust in Him we can receive perfect peace.  It is not always easy to do this as your mind is bombarded with fears and anxieties. I remember when my cat went missing – my heart was absolutely gripped with fear of every awful thing that could happen to him. Eventually, by absolutely refusing to be tormented by fear, I was able to reject the fear, be at peace and sleep for five nights before he returned home absolutely fine.

When there is so much around us today that leads to fear and anxiety, it is easy to developed a troubled heart.  However, what good does worrying do?  I personally know of somebody who, at a relatively young age, wore her heart muscles out working in a a stressful job environment.  The extra adrenaline and stress hormones had caused wear and tear on her most vital organ for life.  For many of us, the things we worry about rarely happen and we can actually develop habits of anxiety that are not serving us.  The challenge is to not let our hearts by troubled each and every moment of the day.

I very much like the tender way that Jesus rebukes Martha who had become thoroughly stressed preparing a meal for the Lord and His disciples.  Here is the scenario:

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42)

I often wonder if Jesus says that in a teasing way or a sombre way – I imagine it is the former because Jesus was full of joy. I expect Martha smiled, took off her apron and just sat down and relaxed with everyone else knowing that everything would be just fine as the Lord was there.  Just imagine, if we did that in all aspects of our lives – just sit down and relax and enjoy the presence of the Lord.  I am sure that everything would then turn out well as we enjoy the fruits of an untroubled heart.

It is easy to think, “oh well that’s all very well, sitting around reading the Bible and praying but what about my life and all the other things I need to worry about such as what I shall eat, drink or even things I need to make to wear or earn a living” Well, next time you think those troubling thoughts take a look out of the window and look at a bird and then look at a common flowering weed. Jesus mentions these two living creatures to remind us of the futility of worry:

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Matthew 6: 25-27)

Your Heavenly Father will take care of you just as well as He does of the birds and the flowers – in fact, much better!

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Isaiah 26: 3 Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.
Isaiah 26: 3
Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.

 

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Jesus said to her, “If you knew the gift of God… living water’ John 4:6

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” John 4 10
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Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4: 6

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Everyone who sees the Son … John 6: 40

This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40
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“This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6: 40

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Being confident of this very thing that He that’s begun a good … Philippians 1:6

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
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This Bible verse is about encouragement. If you ever have any doubts about your progress in your faith be reminded on these inspirational words written by the Apostle Paul to the Christians at Philippi – the Philippians.
Being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)
Paul himself was actually in prison, for the sake of the Gospel, whilst writing this letter. He sounds joyful as he writes, saying that his incarceration has, in fact, meant the furtherance of the Gospel. Paul knows that he may face a martyrs death but he speaks so nonchalantly about that because he knows either way, whether he lives or dies, he will be blessed:
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith Philippians 1: 21-24
Paul was very caring of the early churches of his time. As an Apostle, many churches were actually started by him. As he begins to write his letter to the Philippians he says he is confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. However, who is the ‘he’ that Paul is referring too? The answer is God Himself as the Holy Spirit working in the believers hearts and lives.
No wonder Paul is confident that should he die, he knows that all will be well for the Christian believers young in their faith. So, what does Paul base his confidence upon? Well, before Jesus left the earth to return to the Father, he spoke these words in John’s Gospel:
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever — the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you. (John 14: 16-17 Amplified Version)
The Holy Spirit is here with us, the church – the assembly of Christian believers past, present and future. He abides with us forever, the Spirit of Truth. Not only does He lead us into all truth but he helps us, comforts us, counsels us, strengthens us and is an advocate for us.

Therefore, if you ever have any doubts about your progress in your Christian walk, remember that He, the Holy Spirit who leads you into all truth, and is with you to comfort and strengthen you, has begun a good work in you and will enable you to do whatever you have been called to do and live a fulfilled life in Christ full of the fruits of righteousness.

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