Here are a few of my favorite Scriptural nuggets to build upon spiritually as your reality. (Let Your reality be our reality, Lord!) These are good to use for prayer, journaling, or study. Ask the Holy Spirit, “What do these mean for me? How can I apply them to my life?” Then meditate on / consider their meanings. When we don’t know how to pray, we can pray the scripture.
I often find that when I do this, things will arise in my mind and I KNOW they’re answers to the wisdom I seek, as the Lord provides His insights. Sometimes right away, sometimes throughout the day, or later… We keep on persistently asking, seeking, and knocking…
The spiritual path in Christ is perpetual. We move forward in the awareness of our Redemption – living, moving, and being within infinite love and abundance, without looking back.
*James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
Isn’t is great to know we can have our Heavenly Father, Source and Creator of all that is – omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent – as our “go to guy”, when we need understanding and guidance?
*Proverbs 2:3-6 “Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
We’re invited to seek understanding, and the knowledge of God! This always reminds me of this song, Getting To Know You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MNANgFCYpk
*Matthew 7:7-11 “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. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
Jesus invites us to ask, seek, and knock. And we can know that when we do, our Heavenly Father will provide the spiritual sustenance we need – that and more, all the “god things”.
*1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
Our Lord knows that the highest and best of the “good things” are those that are according to His will. Therefore, it’s important for us to familiarize ourselves with His will, as we read and study His Word, asking the Holy Spirit to bring to mind the insights we need to understand, and the godly power to apply them to life.
*2 Timothy 1:7 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (or a sound mind)
When thoughts arise that bring a fearful reaction, this is a super Scriptural affirmation, a word of truth, to use as the sword of the Spirit in spiritual warfare.
*John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
The peace of Christ is a peace that cannot be taken away. This is what makes it different from what the world calls peace. Our peace through Christ comes by having peace with God through the cross and resurrection. In the world, war and occupational forces are justified as “peacekeepers”. Yet the world is always in a state of conflict, aggression, or defense. In spite of all that, Jesus comforts us with His encouragement to not let our hearts be troubled, for we live, move, and have our being in a far higher Reality!
*Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.”
Think about what the traits of “serpents” or “scorpions” are spiritually, both within yourself and outside, not just literally but symbolically. And then proclaim that in Christ I have authority over these!
*Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Priorities! How much turmoil, frustration, worry, and anxiety could be avoided if we were to first seek the Lord on any matter which might disturb us? Trust! Sometimes when there is some lack which repeatedly afflicts us, it’s more often than not a lack of understanding – Lord, what do I need to understand about this that I have not yet perceived? Please, give me Your insights. Then let me be empowered by Your Holy Spirit to carry them out. Not my will, but Your will be done.
*Psalm 84:11-12 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!”
Sun and shield? I’m picturing someone, a guard or watchman, standing on a high place and using the reflection of the sun on his shield, to either signal his allies, or to blind the oncoming adversary. Maybe both? Here we declare the Lord to be both sun and shield for the upright. He “signals” us with His spiritual strategies, and also uses His Light to push back the enemy. How blessed we are to trust His all encompassing ways!
*Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.”
Yes! Simply count on it!