Life is full of surprises, isn’t it? Some good, some bad. That’s life. Accepting that life is punctuated by sorrows, sadness, joy, suffering, and the unexpected, not always caused by our own choices, is called “maturity.” Life isn’t fair. But our REACTIONS to what happens to us and our circumstances and interpretation of them, and our resulting choices, makes all the difference.

Christians who read the following few, powerful verses every day will find their minds centered on Christ, focused, with power and optimism, and balanced. I encourage you to add your favourites to this list and make a point of pondering upon them daily before your prayers. It will help you maintain the right perspective.

ISA 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.

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Tim 1:7

For He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Phil 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Rom 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Rom 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Joshua 1;9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Phil 4:4

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Deut 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Matt 11:28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Eph 6: 10-17 Put on the Armour of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Robin Elliott    LeverageAdvantage.com