We are 17 years into the new millennium and with the advances of technology it is easy to be consumed by our phones, when mostly everything we need is an app or Google search away. But even with all the technology, nothing beats the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, mysteries and answers waiting to be unlocked in your Bible. Just like there is an app for everything (including the Bible) there is also a scripture for everything-fear, forgiveness, love, heartache, healing, envy, peace, rudeness, fatherlessness, etc. Because we don’t fight against flesh and blood, but against rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12) the Bible is sharper than a double edged sword (Ephesians 4:12). This is why it is crucial to not only read scripture but also depend on them. For instance, if fear creeps up, by keeping scriptures tucked away in our hearts (Proverbs 7:3), we have a scripture memorized to fight back with right away.
When any of the enemies’ tactics attempt to appear as reality, we have to have our Bible swords ready either in our minds, physically or on an app. There are even scriptures that help us answer questions that aren’t seemingly taught in the Bible such as dating, kissing, clothing, music, movies, television, birth control, dancing, spending your money, etc. Also, don’t forget we have the Holy Spirit inside of us, leading us and guiding us in the proper direction. The more sensitive we are in hearing and discerning the voice of the Holy Spirit, the less confused we become about making suitable decisions.
The Scriptures below are by no means an exhaustive list of topical verses, but can help on our search for comfort and contentment in God, as well as give clarity on our journey to living a life pleasing to Him.
“Although 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” (Psalm 23:4 NKJV).
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).
“ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NKJV)
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13 NIV)
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7 NIV)
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18 NIV)
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26 NIV)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NIV)
“ Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” (Psalm 103:1-3 NIV)
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30 NIV)
“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” (James 3:14-16 NIV)
“They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.” (1 Peter 3:11 NIV)
“Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:18 NIV)
“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3 NIV)
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both freshwater and saltwater flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” (James 3:9-12 NIV)
“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” (Psalm 27:10 NIV)
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” (Psalm 68:5-6 NIV)
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1 NIV)
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV)
“Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.” (1 Corinthians 8:13 NIV)
“…but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV).