SCRIPTURE

I encourage you to read scripture daily, meditate on it, memorize it. It is life-giving. Here are some of my favorite scriptures that help remind me of God’s love, trust Him, and give me a peace that passes understanding.

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TRUSTING GOD

Psalm 143:8-10 “May the morning bring word of your unfailing love, for I put my trust in you.  Show me the path I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.  Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in you.  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 AMPLean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”

Psalm 37: 1-9 “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

GOD’S PROTECTION

Ephesians 6:13-17  “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Psalm 35: 1-6 “Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.  Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me.  Say to me, “I am your salvation.”  May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay. May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them away; may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.”

Psalm 37:39 “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord help them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.”

Psalm 91 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.  If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;  I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

2 Chronicles 20:15, 17  “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.  You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you….  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
Deuteronomy 31:8 “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

HOPE

Jeremiah 29:11-12  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace and you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

BROKENHEARTED

Psalm 34:17-19 “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles,  but the Lord delivers him from them all.”

Psalm 51:17  “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

Psalm 147:3  “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Isaiah 61: 1-3 and 7-9 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord  for the display of his splendor. 

Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”

GRIEF

Psalm 30:5: Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

Psalm 147:3:He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Jeremiah 31:13: “I will turn their mourning into gladness;  I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”

Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

2 Kings 20:5: “This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.”

Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Romans 8:18: “The pain that you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.”

1 Thess. 4:13: “…we do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.”

 

PROVERBS

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him; haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush to evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a man who stirs up dissension among bothers.” (Most of these sins are familiar to a woman in an abusive relationship. God despises the sins being done against you.)

Proverbs 12:18 “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 12:22 “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.”

Proverbs 15:4 “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”

Proverbs 15:12 “A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.”

Proverbs 15:17 “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.”

Proverbs 16:5 “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: they will not go unpunished.”

Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Proverbs 19:5 “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.”

Proverbs 19:19 “A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.” (Do not enable his bad behavior or rescue him from natural consequences!)

Proverbs 20:3 “It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”

OTHER

Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Psalm 120: 1-2, 6-7  “I call on the Lord in my distress and He answers me.  Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.”

1 Corinthians 5:11 “But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a verbal abuser, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.”

 

3 thoughts on “SCRIPTURE

  1. Melissa,
    What refreshing scripture for my soul! I love these scriptures and am grateful to have them all in one place. I agree with you that recalling scripture during a hard time or tough meeting or after a painful confrontation is helpful. It helps “reboot” my thinking, kindof like a computer!

    Another scripture I love is in Isaiah, because it reminds me that He has summoned me by name and I am His. It is comforting to rest in the belief that I am known by God and he has summoned ME! Little ME!

    “But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior….”Isaiah 43:1-3

    Thank you for your candid thoughts and insightful posts. You are helping me and I’m sure many other women take courage that they are not alone.

  2. Susan,
    Thank you for your kind comments and the scripture from Isaiah. I love that scripture!

    “DO NOT FEAR….” God says that so many times in Isaiah….yet we still fear the Abuser, fear what they will say, fear what they will do. As I journey down this path, I realize I am on a journey for my freedom. Mostly freedom from fear of the abuser. Also fear of man. What others will think. And how my life will change when I am divorced. And how it will hurt my children. So much fear. YET, God tells us not to fear. So there is the challenge, I believe. If I really trust Him, (trust that He is good, that He is sovereign, and that He loves me) can I rebuke this fear on a daily basis and live a life of joy and freedom? I hope so. I believe so. I believe that for all of us on this journey.

    Love and blessings dear one,
    Melissa

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