Bible Verses

  1. Philippians 4:13 - I find power in Christ to strengthen me. 
  2. Hebrews 10:16 -   "This is the covenant that I will make with them  after those days, declares the Lord:  I will put my laws on their hearts,  and write them on their minds,”  
  3. Hebrews 10:17 - I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.
  4. Hebrews 10:24-25 And  let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and  all the more as you see  the Day drawing near. 
  5. Luke 14:11 - For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” 
  6. Luke 12:15 -  And he said to them,  "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 
  7. Luke 12:34 -  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 
  8. John 15:7 - If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.
  9. Romans 12:1 - Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy. to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship.
  10. John 14:21 - Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.  He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.
  11. 2 Timothy 3:16 - All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
  12. Philippians 4:6-7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
  13. 2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come!
  14. Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  15. Hebrews 13:16 -  Do not neglect to do good and  to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 
  16. Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
  17. Proverbs 15:1 - A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
  18. Proverbs 16:3 - Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
  19. Proverbs 17:28 - Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise.
  20. Proverbs 26:4 - Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
  21. Luke 11:9-13, ESV - Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  What father among you, if a son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!  
  22. Psalm 1: 1-2 - 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. - Note 1 
    1. The opening phrase of the psalm ("Blessed is the man") is an appropriate introduction to the Book of Psalms. The Psalms encourage individuals as well as the community of God's people to live for God's glory. The formula "Blessed is the man" evokes joy and gratitude, as man may live in fellowship with his God. Blessedness is not deserved; it is a gift of God. God declares sinners to be righteous and freely grants them newness of life in which he protects them from the full effects of the world under judgment (Gen 3: 15- 19). Outside of God's blessing, man is "cursed" and ultimately leads a meaningless life (Eccl 1: 2).  The godly in their walking, lying down, and getting up-- whether at home or along the road-- are devoted to the Lord (Deut 6: 7; cf. Josh 1: 7- 8). In all their activities they keep distant from the ungodly, lest they get under their influence. They carefully guard themselves in their family, business, and social relations as they set the terms of their relations, while being polite and gracious (cf. Prov 25: 21- 22; 1 Cor 5: 9- 13; 2 John 10- 11).  Note 2 The righteous man is positively identified by his association with "the law of the LORD." The "law" is not to be limited to the Five Books of Moses or even to the OT as a whole. The Hebrew word torah ("law") signifies primarily instruction that comes from God (see the appendix to Ps 19: The Word of God). This is the distinctive difference between revelation and religion (J. Ellul, A Living Faith tr. Peter Heinegg [San Francisco: Harper &Row, 1983], pp. 111- 25). Revelation comes from God for the purpose of helping man to live in harmony with God's will, whereas religion is man's attempt to order his path and to explain the world around him. The godly in every age live in accordance with revelation. The contents of the revelation may vary, and Christians may dispute how the OT laws relate to the church today; but there should be an earnest search for and delight in doing the will of God as set forth in Jesus 'teaching (Matt 6: 10; 12: 50; 1 John 3: 11- 24; 5: 2- 3; see T. E. McComiskey, The Covenants of Promise. A Theology of the Old Testament Covenants [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1985], pp. 66- 80).   The psalmist does not speak here about the deadening effects of the law but of its life- giving aspects. Life responds to life, and spirit responds to spirit; so it is with the new life of the believer as he responds joyfully to the living God and to the Spirit who has inspired his word. The believer's delight is not only in knowing, studying, and memorizing the Word of God but especially in doing God's will, rather than being deceived by the wicked. C.S. Lewis incisively observed, "The Law's beauty, sweetness, or preciousness, arose from the contrast of the surrounding Paganism, we may soon find occasion to recover it. Christians increasingly live on a spiritual island" ("Sweeter than Honey," in Reflections on the Psalms, p. 64). "Delight" (hepso) expresses all that makes the man of God happy. The law is more than his delight; it is his chief desire. The fear of the Lord, as the beginning of wisdom, is expressed as a delight in God's law (112: 1; cf. Isa 58: 13- 14) and not only in pious words or a good feeling about God (cf. TWOT, 1: 148- 49).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App.
  23. In the wisdom literature the way of torah signifies the adherence to, as well as the enjoyment and application of, God's will to everyday life. The delight of the godly in doing God's will on earth (Matt 6: 10) is the result of a special relationship with the Lord.
  24. The godly man "meditates" (hagah) in the law of God day and night.  The one who meditates continually reflects God's word in life. H. Ringgren writes that study and practice blend into one: "The zealous study of the law which results in being filled with the will of Yahweh and the doing of his commandments" (TDOT, 3: 323).
  25. Meditation is not the setting apart of a special time for personal devotions, whether morning or evening, but it is the reflection on the Word of God in the course of daily activities (Josh 1: 8). Regardless of the time of day or the context, the godly respond to life in accordance with God's word. Even where the word is not explicit, the godly person has trained his heart to speak and act with wisdom (Prov 1: 1- 7). According to Proverbs 3: 1- 6, the wise man receives instruction (torah), writes it on his heart, and wholeheartedly trusts in the Lord with all his heart in all his daily activities. The psalmist exclaims how he loves the law of God because its commandments make him wiser than his enemies and lead him to greater insight and understanding than that of his teachers and elders (119: 97- 100).  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App.
  26. Psalm 1:3 - He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.  
    1. The imagery of the leaves and the fruit assure the godly that they will receive God's blessing and will enjoy life as a gift of God (cf. Ezek 47: 12). True to the language used in wisdom literature, the godly are characterized by the success the Lord sends their way. The "prosperity" of the righteous does not necessarily extend to the assurance of great wealth but primarily to God's blessing on their words and works (cf. 90: 14- 17). The psalmist thus encourages the godly to pursue the way of wisdom. The wise man is characterized by success. Nevertheless, the psalm does not encourage a success- oriented faith. The godly do not seek success for its own sake, but they do receive a measure of blessing on their lives. The prosperity of the righteous-- guaranteed or limited to the godly-- is a gift of God, a by- product of wise living;  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App.
  27. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. - From location 117 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  28. Psalm 4:1 -  Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 
    1. Faith in God's righteousness is based on God's covenant promise that he will come to the rescue of his children in need (Ps 25: 4- 5; Isa 45: 13; cf. NEB, "maintainer of my right"). Calling boldly on God is a privilege that belongs to his children. It is to this end that the psalmist calls on God as "my righteous God."  Boldly, and yet humbly, he casts himself on the "mercy" of God, who has covenanted to be loving and faithful to his own (Exod 34: 6). Prayer is a form of communication in which the child of God casts himself on the mercy of God. The verbal phrase "be merciful to me" (honneni) is related to the noun "favor" (hen) and to the divine attribute "gracious" (hannun; see TWOT, 1: 302- 4). The psalmist expresses his need for the favor, grace, and mercy of the covenant God, who stoops down to help needy human beings.  - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App.
  29. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.  - From location 1023 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  30. Psalm 119:33-37:  33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.  Lead me in the path of your  commandments, for I delight in it.  Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!   Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. 
    1. Note 33- 37 This strophe contains a series of petitions united by the use of the Hiphil imperative: "Teach me.... Give me.... Direct me.... Turn my heart.... Turn my eyes.... Fulfill.... Take away" (vv. 33- 39). In these petitions a tone of humility and dependence comes through. It is, after all, the LORD who must interpret his own revelation ("teach," v. 33; see v. 26; cf. 25: 4, 9; 27: 11; 86: 11; Isa 48: 17; "give me understanding," v. 34; see v. 27). It is also the Lord who can provide the spiritual direction and motivation to direct man's steps (v. 36; cf. Prov 4: 11- 19) and incline his "heart" (cf. 141: 4) to do his will. It is also the Lord who keeps man from evil, by dimming the luster of this world ("Turn my eyes away from worthless things [shaw ']," v. 37, i. e., "valueless" [Allen, p. 128]) and by keeping him from greed ("selfish gain," v. 36; cf. Isa 33: 15).
    2. The purpose of God's positive direction and protection from evil (cf. 32: 8) is to encourage the psalmist to keep the law. Keeping the law was not a matter of external conformity in the OT but required "a heart" of absolute devotion to God (cf. Deut 5: 29). By God's help he will "keep" (n- s- r v. 33; cf. v. 2) his "decrees" (huqqim) and receive God's reward (NIV, "to the end"; see Notes) and "obey" (s- m- r) his "law" (torah) with all his "heart" (v. 34). His "delight" of radical loyalty from the heart is a work of grace, as he can only take pleasure in the law of the Lord having been renewed in his mind (v. 35; cf. 112: 1; Rom 12: 2). To this end the psalmist prays that the Lord may "preserve" him (v. 37; cf. vv. 25, 40) as he walks in the way of God. - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App from the Psalm 119:33-37.
  31. Psalm 119:41-42 - 41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise; then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.
    1. Note 41- 42 This strophe continues the elements of prayer and commitment. The words "unfailing love" (hasadim pl., "acts of love," v. 41; cf. Isa 55: 3) and "salvation" (teshuah a synonym of yeshuah; cf. vv. 123, 166, 174) explicate the prayer for renewal "in your righteousness" (v. 40). The "righteousness" of God extends to deliverance and vindication from the adversaries. When the Lord extends his "love" by delivering him according to his "promise" ('imrah v. 41; cf. v. 38), then the dreaded "disgrace" (herpah from h- r- p v. 39) will be removed; and he will rebuke the one who "taunts" (horepi from the root h- r- p) him (v. 42). Hope in salvation is grounded in God's word of "promise," and his promise calls for "trust" (b- t- h v. 42; cf. 26: 1) (see appendix to Ps 119: Yahweh Is My Redeemer). - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App from the Psalm 119:41-42.
  32. Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
    1. The word of God has much in it that speaks comfort in affliction; but those only may apply it to themselves who have experienced in some measure the quickening power of the word. If through grace it make us holy, there is enough in it to make us easy, in all conditions, under all events. - From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary Psalm 119:50 
  33. Psalm 119:73 Your hands have made and fashioned me;  give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. 
    1. Here, 1. David adores God as the God of nature and the author of his being: Thy hands have made me and fashioned me, Job 10: 8. Every man is as truly the work of God's hands as the first man was, Ps. 139: 15, 16. "Thy hands have not only made me, and given me a being, otherwise I should never have been, but fashioned me, and given me this being, this noble and excellent being, endued with these powers and faculties;" and we must own that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. 2. He addresses himself to God as the God of grace, and begs he will be the author of his new and better being. God made us to serve him and enjoy him; but by sin we have made ourselves unable for his service and indisposed for the enjoyment of him; and we must have a new and divine nature, otherwise we had the human nature in vain; therefore David prays, "Lord, since thou hast made me by thy power for thy glory, make me anew by thy grace, that I may answer the ends of my creation and live to some purpose: Give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments." The way in which God recovers and secures his interest in men is by giving them an understanding; for by that door he enters into the soul and gains possession of it.  - From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary Psalm 119:73 
  34. Psalm 119:73 Your hands have made and fashioned me;  give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. - Verse 73. 
    1. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me. It is profitable to remember our creation, it is pleasant to see that the divine hand has had much to do with us, for it never moves apart from the divine thought. It excites reverence, gratitude, and affection towards God when we view him as our Maker, putting forth the careful skill and power of his hands in our forming and fashioning. He took a personal interest in us, making us with his own hands; he was doubly thoughtful, for he is represented both as making and molding us. In both giving existence and arranging existence he manifested love and wisdom; and therefore we find reasons for praise, confidence, and expectation in our being and well being. -  From reading Psalm 119:73 of the Kindle book known as "The Parallel Commentary on the Psalms" by Mark Water
  35. Psalm 119:93 - I will never forget your precepts,for by them you have given me life.
    1. The grace of God works by the word and makes use of it as a means of quickening, and this is a good reason why we should never forget it, but should highly value what God has put such honour upon, and dearly love what we have found and hope still to find such benefit by.- From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:93.
  36. Psalm 119:97 - Oh how I love your law!  It is my meditation all the day.
    1. "O how I love!" We not only reverence but love the law, we obey it out of love, and even when it chides us for disobedience we love it none the less. The law is God's law, and therefore it is our love. We love it for its holiness, and pine to be holy; we love it for its wisdom, and study to be wise; we love it for its perfection, and long to be perfect. Those who know the power of the gospel perceive an infinite loveliness in the law as they see it fulfilled and embodied in Christ Jesus. - From Psalm 119:97 of The Parallel Commentary on the Psalms by Mark Water.
  37. Psalm 119:105 - Your word is a lamp to my feet an a light to my path.
  38. The use we should make of it. It must be not only a light to out eyes, to gratify them, and fill our heads with speculations, but a light to our feet and to our path, to direct us in the right ordering of our conversation, both in the choice of our way in general and in the particular steps we take in that way, that we may not take a false way nor a false step in the right way. We are then truly sensible of God's goodness to us in giving us such a lamp and light when we make it a guide to our feet, our path. - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:105.
  39. Psalms 119:114 -  You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
    1. Here is, 1. God's care of David to protect and defend him, which he comforted himself with when his enemies were very malicious against him: Thou art my hiding- place and my shield. David, when Saul pursued him, often betook himself to close places for shelter; in war he guarded himself with his shield. Now God was both these to him, a hiding- place to preserve him from danger and a shield to preserve him in danger, his life from death and his soul from sin. Good people are safe under God's protection. He is their strength and their shield, their help and their shield, their sun and their shield, their shield and their great reward, and here their hiding- place and their shield. They may by faith retire to him, and repose in him as their hiding- place, where they are kept in secret. They may by faith oppose his power to all the might and malice of their enemies, as their shield to quench every fiery dart. 2. David's confidence in God. He is safe, and therefore he is easy, under the divine protection: "I hope in thy word, which has acquainted me with thee and assured me of thy kindness to me." Those who depend on God's promise shall have the benefit of his power and be taken under his special protection. - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:114.
  40. Psalms 119: 133 - Direct my footsteps according to your word;
    1. Order my steps in thy word. This is one of the Lord's customary mercies to his chosen,-- "He keepeth the feet of his saints." By his grace he enables us to put our feet step by step in the very place which his word ordains. This prayer seeks a very choice favor, namely, that every distinct act, every step, might be arranged and governed by the will of God. This does not stop short of perfect holiness, neither will the believer's desires be satisfied with anything beneath that blessed consummation.  - From Psalm 119:133 of The Parallel Commentary on the Psalms by Mark Water
  41. Psalms 119:142 - Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true
    1. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness.  Righteousness is unchanging and endures from age to age. This is the joy and glory of the saints, that what God is he always will be, and his mode of procedure towards the sons of men is immutable: having kept his promise, and dealt out justice among his people, he will do so world without end. Both the righteousnesses and the unrighteousnesses of men come to an end, but the righteousness of God is without end. And thy law is the truth. As God is love, so his law is the truth, the very essence of truth, truth applied to ethics, truth in action, truth upon the judgment seat. We hear great disputes about, "What is truth?" The holy Scriptures are the only answer to that question. Note, that they are not only true, but the truth itself. We may not say of them that they contain the truth, but that they are the truth: "thy law is the truth." There is nothing false about the law or preceptory part of Scripture. Those who are obedient thereto shall find that they are walking in a way consistent with fact, while those who act contrary thereto are walking in a vain show. - From Psalm 119:142 of The Parallel Commentary on the Psalms by Mark Water.
  42. Psalms 119:144 - Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.
    1. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting. First he had said that God's testimonies were righteous, then that they were everlasting, and now that their righteousness is everlasting. Thus he gives us a larger and more detailed account of the word of God the longer he is engaged in writing upon it. The more we say in praise of holy writ, the more we may say and the more we can say. God's testimonies to man cannot be assailed, they are righteous from beginning to end; and though ungodly men have opposed the divine justice, especially in the plan of salvation, they have always failed to establish any charge against the Most High. Long as the earth shall stand, long as there shall be a single intelligent creature in the universe, it will be confessed that God's plans of mercy are in all respects marvelous proofs of his love of justice: even that he may be gracious Jehovah will not be unjust. - From Psalm 119:144 of The Parallel Commentary on the Psalms by Mark Water
  43. Psalms 119:145 - I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord, and I will obey your decrees. 
    1. I cried with my whole heart. His prayer was a sincere, plaintive, painful, natural utterance, as of a creature in pain. We cannot tell whether at all times he used his voice when he thus cried; but we are informed of something which is of much greater consequence, he cried with his heart. Heart cries are the essence of prayer. He mentions the unity of his heart in this holy engagement. His whole soul pleaded with God, his entire affections, his united desires all went out towards the living God. It is well when a man can say as much as this of his prayers: it is to be feared that many never cried to God with their whole heart in all their lives. There may be no beauty of elocution about such prayers, no length of expression, no depth of doctrine, nor accuracy of diction; but if the whole heart be in them they will find their way to the heart of God. - From Psalm 119:145 of The Parallel Commentary on the Psalms by Mark Water
  44. Psalm 119:147 - I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.
    1. He was up before the sun, and began his pleadings before the dew began to leave the grass. Whatever is worth doing is worth doing speedily. This is the third time that he mentions that he cried. He cried, and cried, and cried again. His supplications had become so frequent, fervent, and intense, that he might hardly be said to be doing anything else from morning to night but crying unto his God. So strong was his desire after salvation that he could not rest in his bed; so eagerly did he seek it that at the first possible moment he was on his knees. - From Psalm 119:147 of The Parallel Commentary on the Psalms by Mark Water
  45. Psalm 119:151 - But you are near, O Lord, and all your commandments are true.
    1. Thou art near, O Lord. Near as the enemy might be, God was nearer: this is one of the choicest comforts of the persecuted child of God. The Lord is near to hear our cries, and to speedily afford us succor. He is near to chase away our enemies, and to give us rest and peace. And all thy commandments are truth. God neither commands a lie, nor lies in his commands. Virtue is truth in action, and this is what God commands. Sin is falsehood in action, and this is what God forbids. If all God's commands are truth, then the true man will be glad to keep near to them, and therein he will find the true God near him. This sentence will be the persecuted man's protection from tile false hearts that seek to do him mischief: God is near and God is true, therefore his people are safe. If at any time we fall into danger through keeping the commands of God we need not suppose that we have acted unwisely: we may, on the contrary, be quite sure that we are in the right way; for God's precepts are right and true. It is for this very reason that wicked men assail us: they hate the truth, and therefore hate those who do the truth. Their opposition may be our consolation; while God's presence upon our side is our glory and delight.  - From Psalm 119:151 of The Parallel Commentary on the Psalms by Mark Water
  46. Psalm 119:153 - Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.
    1. God is never indifferent to his peoples suffering; he wants us to put him in remembrance (Isa 43: 26), to set out our situation before him and then leave it to his compassionate consideration to do with as he in his wisdom thinks fit, in his own time and way.  God has promised deliverance (50: 15), and we may pray for it, submitting to his will and respecting his glory, so that we may serve him better.  - From Psalm 119:153 from The New Matthew Henry Commentary.
  47. Psalm. 1: 1- 2: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
  48. LUKE 9:23 NIV -If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” 
  49. You, Lord, are good and ready to forgive and abundant in mercy to all who call upon You. (Psalm 86:5)
  50. Romans 8:31-32 - If God is for me, who can be against me? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not, also with Him, freely give us all things?
  51. 1 Peter 5:5 - Young men should be submissive to those who are older, and all of us should clothe ourselves with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
  52. ACTS 4:12 NIV - Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. 
  53. NEHEMIAH 8:10 - The joy of the LORD is your strength. 
  54. JOHN 16:33 - “You will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 
  55. Luke 12:8-9 - Whoever acknowledges You before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns You before men will be denied before the angels of God.
  56.  (2 Peter 1:5-8) - I will be diligent to add to my faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are mine in increasing measure, they will keep me from being barren and unfruitful in the full knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.