Passages

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The passages that encourage me and keep me walking on ahead, whenever I feel like my strength is gone.

This is far from the full list, these are just a few of the passages in no special order.

I did not include Jesus’ sayings because then I would have to quote the entire Gospels.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.  That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Zephaniah 3:14, 17

I was reading Ted Dekker’s “When Heaven Weeps” and caught myself singing along with the delirious priest. Somehow I knew the song! It was unexpected. I realized later it was Todd Agnew’s “Martyr’s Song” and after googling it, turned out Todd wrote it for Dekker’s book. Both were based on Zephaniah passage and it became my favorite passage in the Bible. 

Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, o daughter of Jerusalem!… For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Philippians 1:21-25

For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live. Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith.

Philippians 4:4

When I think Paul penned these words while in prison, it helps put things in perspective.

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

Philippians 4:11-13

I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Psalm 121

This Psalm has a special place in my heart. When I was studying Old Hebrew alongside my mom back in 2003, our professor Dr. Joseph Coleson chose this Psalm for our reading. So for three weeks, we read it countless times every day. It became a very comforting passage for me then and continues to be comforting even now.

I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go both now and forever.

Isaiah 40:31

Those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

1 Timothy 4:12

It’s tempting to think that I am but a young kid. I am not so young anymore, but sometimes I still think I am not old enough for living to the fullest. 

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

Jeremiah 1:4-5, 7-8

This passage goes along with the previous one from Timothy. 

The Lord gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

“Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

What are your favorite passages from the Bible that you remind yourself of when you are tired?

  • James 1:2-4

    Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

    2 Peter 1:3-9

    His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
    For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, 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 you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
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  • Grace Southern

    Thank you John. I needed to read what you wrote. It was helpful to me. God bless, Grace

  • These are some of my favorites, too. Zena, I'm one of the staff at THC and am really glad you've joined The High Calling network. I love C.S. Lewis, Les Mis, missions, and work in community relations. I think we would have great conversations over a cuppa tea. However, since I live in Texas and you're across the ocean, I'll look forward to seeing you around the network. 🙂