This Week’s Memory Verses… Isaiah 53:5,6

Each week, I am attempting to memorize Scripture verses.  This week’s verse are Isaiah 53:5,6.

It might help if you break these verses down, and memorize a phrase at a time:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
and by His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned, every one, to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

Yet another reminder of the importance of the cross… and Christ’s sacrifice for us all!

What Does God Want?… Micah 6:8

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a different memory verse.  This week’s verse is Micah 6:8.

What does this verse mean for us?

It is fairly easy to search the scriptures and find verses about the will of God; it is far more difficult to actually DO the will of God for your life!  So, what does God want you to do?

I.  Do Justly

–  This means to do the right thing.

–  This means to do the fair thing.

–  This means to live for an honorable cause.

LifeAPP:

If Heaven wasn’t real… and Hell wasn’t real… Would you still choose to be a Christian?  Would you still choose to live as a Christian?  Would you still go to church?  Would you still love Jesus?  Would you still act with justice?

II.  Love Mercy

Mercy is defined as ‘kindness’… ‘favor’… ‘good deed’… ‘compassion’.  The word “mercy” is used nearly 300 times in the Bible; “grace” 176 times; “forgive” 112 times; and the word for “hell” 54 times.

To fully understand “mercy“, we must remember it was “grace” and “mercy” that saved us… and keeps us in Christ!
“Grace” is getting from what God what we do not deserve; “mercy” is not getting from God what we do deserve.

LifeAPP:

It is God’s will for His people to LOVE “mercy“!  We do this by sharing His grace, not our judgment.  We do this by sharing His forgiveness, not our blame.  We do this by sharing His patience, not our irritation.  We do this by sharing His kindness, not our harshness.

III.  Walk Humbly With Your God

–  To do this, both parties have to be going the same direction.

You will never learn to walk with God until you know which way He is going… and then you change YOUR course to match HIS.

–  To do this, both parties have to be going at the same pace.

In order to walk humbly with God, you must match His pace (speed, tempo)… without getting ahead of Him or falling behind Him.

–  To do this, both parties have to be going to the same destination.

If you want true fellowship with God, make sure you’re going to His final destination.

–  To do this, both parties have to be going for the same purpose.

Why are you walking humbly with God?  This speaks to motive.  The purpose for this action is to get and stay in His perfect will for your life.  The moment you start “walking with God” for any other purpose, you are no longer doing His will.

CONCL:

You cannot 1) do justly, 2) love mercy, and 3) walk humbly with your God if you have unconfessed sin in your life!

God’s will for your life CAN be known… and SHOULD be known.  But, then, it must be lived!!  So, attempt – today – to live this verse!

Micah 6:8… This Week’s Memory Verse

Each week, I am attempting to memorize a different Scripture verse (or verses).  Most of these are well-known verses… and many of these you may already have memorized.

This week’s verse is Micah 6:8.

Memorize it with me… just learn it a phrase at a time!

“He has shown you, O man, what is good;

and what does the LORD require of you

but to do justly,

to love mercy,

and to walk humbly with your God?”

Let’s learn it… then live it!

Proverbs 3:5,6… Trusting God Every Step Of The Way

Each week, I am attempting to memorize a different Scripture verse (or verses).  Most of these are well-known verses… and many of these you may already have memorized.

My verse(s) for this week are great life-verses…

Here are 4 reasons why you should “trust in the Lord”:

–  He Is Conscious

He’s aware.  He’s aware of you… and He’s aware of everything you are experiencing.  He knows what things we have need of even before we ask Him.  He already knows everything about you.

–  He Is Concerned

1Peter 5:7 says “cast your cares/anxieties/worries on Him because He cares about you.”  Yes, He cares about you! Whatever concerns you concerns Him.  So when you’re faced with problems/situations/obstacles that seem insurmountable just throw them on Him, He can handle them.

–  He Is Consistent

This means He’s faithful and you can also count on Him and trust Him to do exactly what He say’s He will do every single time.  Even if others let you down or are found to be unreliable, God will never let you down.  You can always rely on Him.
–  He Is Capable

Ephesians 3:20 says God is “able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we could ask or think according to the power that He works in us.”  This means nothing is too hard for God.

So… “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Conclusion; If you’ve been relying on yourself as well as others, and not depending totally on the Lord to meet your needs, I admonish you today to trust Him completely.

Proverbs 3:5,6

My memory verses for this week are verses that are probably familiar to you…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

lean not on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him (God),

and He shall direct your paths.”

You will want to learn these verses… then live them every day!

Psalm 37:4,5… A Great Way to Start Each Day

Each week, I have challenged myself to memorize Bible verses. This week’s Scripture verses are Psalm 37:4,5.

In this wisdom psalm, written by David, he reminds us of a great life-plan. Or, if planning your life seems to ambitious a project for today… how about making these verses your plan for today! Just one day!! These 2 verses are a great way to start each day.

In these verses, we are reminded to:

– Delight in God

Are you delighting in God? Does His will for you make you happy?

Don’t misunderstand this verse… This is verse DOES NOT say God promises to give us what we want if we delight in Him. Instead, it DOES say our heart will learn to delight in His delights when we delight in Him.

So, try to enjoy the things God enjoys today!

– Commit to God

Are you committing your way to God? Every path? Every step along every path?

Are you determined – as an act of your will – to live in God’s will?

Pick out a general part of God’s will and do that today. Pick out a specific part of God’s will for your life and do that today!

– Trust in God

Are you depending on God? In everything? For everything?

Are you allowing yourself to take-faith risks that might result in you being in a predicament that requires you to trust in Him? Too often, it seems we – as Christians – spend the majority of our time trying to live in a comfort zone. It’s tough to have to trust God when we are determined to stay in our comfort zone.

So, do something that stretches you today!

A great way to start each day is found in these verses: Delight in God, Commit to God, Trust in God!

Psalm 37:4,5… This Week’s Memory Verses

Each week this year, I am trying to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses).  I hope you are attempting this challenge, too!  This week’s memory verses are Psalm 37:4,5

It might help you to memorize it if you do it line by line;

Delight yourself also in the LORD,

and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD,

trust also in Him,

and He shall bring it to pass.

These verses could serve as a daily agenda… a compass by which to set your day.

Psalm 23… This Week’s Memory Verses

Each week, we are memorizing a different Scripture verses – or verses.  This week’s memory verses are the 6 verses of Psalm 23.  And this week is almost done… so how are you doing?  Do you have them memorized yet?

In this psalm, David uses the metaphors of a shepherd & his sheep, and a host & his guests to describe God’s care for His people.

–  The Shepherd & His Sheep  (v.1-4)

God takes care of His people like a shepherd cares for his sheep.  He provides for them.  And he renews their strength.

–  The Guide & the Traveler  (v.3,4)

God guides His people.  He guides them along right paths.  He protects and comforts them.

–  The Host & His Guests  (v.5)

God takes care of His people like a host cares for his guests.

–  The Doctor & His Patient  (v.5)

He anoints his head with oil.

–  The Prophet & the Promised  (v.6)

He shows them goodness and unfailing love.

Keep at it.  You can memorize these 6 verses… and you will be glad you always have them with you.

Psalm 23… The Shepherd’s Psalm

This week’s memory verses are the 6 verses of Psalm 23.  You probably hear this psalm most often at funerals, but it can be a psalm of encouragement and comfort for ANY situation!

Try memorizing it phrase by phrase:

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

For You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life;

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

1Samuel 16:7… God Looks At The Heart

Our memory verse this week reminds us man gets too preoccupied with the exterior of a person… while God focuses on the interior of a person.  God focuses on one’s heart.  My heart.  Your heart.

–  The Heart Is Our Intellect

See Gen. 6:5… the first time the word “heart” is used in the Bible.  It speaks of the thoughts of one’s heart.

When God looks into our heart, He can see what we think… what we REALLY think.

–  The Heart Is Our Emotions

See Gen. 6:6… the second time the word “heart” is used in the Bible.  It speaks of the feelings of one’s heart.

When God looks into our heart, He can see what we feel… what we REALLY feel.

–  The Heart Is Our Determination

See Gen. 8:21… the third time the word “heart” is used in the Bible.  It speaks of the will of one’s heart.

We refer to one as “having heart” as one who has a “strong will”.

When God looks into our heart, He can see what we focus on… what we are determined to do.

Agree with God… and get to the heart – YOUR heart – of the matter!