Have you ever had a powerful Bible verse jump out and lift your spirit? As a preacher, there have been times when I needed God to speak to me, and His Word is exactly what I needed. Yes, this article is directed at preachers, only because we often are in a position where we are feeding people continually, and we need to be fed ourselves from time to time. So, to answer your question, this post is not just for preachers, but for anyone that needs encouragement from the Word of God.
As a full time pastor, have you ever felt all alone in the ministry? Yes, your life is completely surrounded by people, but for some reason, you feel alone. In my life personally, there have been times when things seem to being going great…in the eyes of our church. Yet, deep down, I felt like I was all alone. My wife, with good intentions, has had moments when even she could not help me. As a preacher, you face battles that no one else will ever face. In fact, most of these battles are brought to us by God, as hard as that is to understand.
I will not take time to explain why God gives such trials, but rest assured, there is a great cost to having the Power of God in your life. As we face these battles, there comes a point in a preachers life when they just have to let God work in their life. This is why is it so vital to have a walk with God. With the thought of such trials and hardships preachers face, I’d like to give you 10 Powerful Bible Verses that have helped me. I hope these Powerful Bible Verses will be a help to you, like they are in my life:
10 Powerful Bible Verses For Preachers
And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
This Bible verse has always been a challenge to me and my life. We find a question presented in regard to a Godly man and the need for such. It is my desire that my life be so full of God, that when this question is asked, my life would fit the mold. Please understand, when the power of God is real in our life, it will be real in the lives of those around us. Therefore, we ought to seek God’s Power in our life. The power of God in our life will help in the follow ways:
- Glorify God
- Testimony For Christ
- Preaching Messages From Heaven
- Revival In Our Life & Churches
Exodus 4:1, 2
And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
We find Moses led by God to lead Israel out from the land of Egypt. We know the story, and often many preachers may feel like Moses when he was called by God. How did he feel? Like he was unable to lead and accomplish such a large task. In spite of the flaws Moses had, God was still able to use Moses.
The thought is simple. God called Moses. Moses felt inadequate. God asked Moses a question, “What is that in thine hand?” Moses’ response was, “A rod”. God took Moses, and all that Moses had, a rod, and used it to elevate Moses to a position of leadership. What that tells me is that we don’t need much. If God calls, then He will use us as we are for His glory. We just need to be willing.
1 Kings 17:4
And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
Many people know Elijah for the many miracles he saw in his life. Yes, I too have looked to them in hopes of God doing such works in our day and age. Yet, there has always been something to me that grabs my attention in the life of Elijah…his start. He started his ministry by proclaiming a famine in in the land. Knowing that he would be sought after to be killed, God led Elijah to a place of hiding. It was there that Elijah would receive the provision of God, while the rest of the land suffered.
Looking at this passage of Scripture, we find that as long as Elijah was “there”, God would send ravens to feed Elijah. Simply put, God provided for Elijah as long as he stayed in the will of God. Looking at that passage of Scripture, I can honestly state that my family is in the will of God. We are “there”, and we can trust God to feed us. This has been a source of faith as we started our church. We didn’t always know how we were going to make it, but let it be know, we have never missed a meal or a bill. God takes care of those who truly follow Him. So, if you are “there” where God wants you, God will provide, just watch Him send the blessings.
Nehemiah 2:17, 18
Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
This book of the Bible has always been special to me. It was a source of Revival while I was studying for the ministry. As a class I took in Bible College, Pastor Smith helped me to understand leadership. At the time, I didn’t fully realize that I would come to this book of the Bible time and time again.
What has really helped me are several thoughts about this aspiring leader:
- A hardship can turn to an opportunity for God to use someone
- There is a need for Godly leaders that will take the challenge before us
- As we lead, the Hand of God is upon us
- God will lead us as we lead His people
- In spite of opposition, God will give people to help accomplish God’s plan as you follow it
Psalm 3:3, 4
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
David is in a mess. His own son has turned his back on his father, King David. Imagine the hardship and anguish in knowing that your own child wants to kill you. That is what David is facing. In spite of such disappointment, David finds strength and encouragement from God. God lifted David, and helped him during the trials of life. In fact, David had been let down by many people during his life. As a result of such setbacks, David continually found strength in God. David finally came to the conclusion that God was the “lifter up of mine head”.
As I have faced life, and looked at the problems I face, I have often asked God to “lift my head”. Have you faced a trial, and someone tells you, “Don’t worry, keep your head up”? They got that from these powerful Bible verses. Yes, we can find encouragement from the people we know and love. Yet, there are times in life when it seems like only God can encourage us. It is at that point that God steps in and lifts us up. I am thankful that God has helped lift my head when I was down. He will do the same for you, if you seek Him during the trials of life.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
As a preacher of the Gospel, we hold the very Word of God in our hands to deliver to lost souls. Our Gospel message is not ours, but has been given to us by God Himself. It’s not our Word, but God’s Word. The Word of God is powerful, and greater than any word we could ever say. One word from God is more powerful than all the combined books of the world. When God speaks, we listen.
Therefore, as we labor, we can trust the Lord to use His Word. So many times, we think that we need to learn how to preach better, and I’m not against learning how to preach. We think if our designs are just right, people will get saved, and I am not against church graphic designs. We must come to the reality that God’s Word is powerful. It is His Word that works in the hearts and lives of the hearer. It is His Word, combined with the Holy Spirit, by which a person is born again. It is His Word that brings fruit and accomplishes the will of God.
Therefore, we must be mindful to preach that Word of God, as God intended for His Word to be preached. Our Anabaptist forefathers didn’t die for illustrations, outlines, or programs. They died for the Word of God, which they preached. It was that Word, that in spite of fatal persecution, people were converted to Christ. How? Why? Because God’s Word accomplishes God’s Will. I can preach the Word of God, knowing that God will work in our church and city, and you can too.
Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
We find one of the prophets, Jeremiah, quitting on God. He was mocked and persecuted for being the only prophet of his day that truly preached the Word of God. People in his day would rather hear lies, than be told the truth. After all the sinning that had taken place, God was getting ready to judge the land. This was that continual warning Jeremiah spake of, which led to his imprisonment.
No converts, mocking, slander, or persecution led this man to his wits end. In an attempt to quit on God, he found that the message and Word of God were driven deep within in his soul. His heart burned with the Word of God, and he could not turn on the one whose message he learned to love. After reading all that he suffered, I feel like my would be trials are nothing in comparison. Therefore, when I think of quitting, I think of this powerful Bible verse. It helps me realize several things:
- I don’t have it as bad as Jeremiah
- People must be warned
- I cannot turn my back on God
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
This Bible verse has been a source of strength in the ministry like none other. Often, in the ministry, we look for the tangible thing that we can do to get results. In our effort of planning, preparing, and programs, we can neglect our true source of strength, God. This Bible verse is always a reminder that everything we do in the ministry must have the Power of God in it, or it is a vain attempt to do the work of God in the flesh.
This Bible verse also helps us to realize that God is it at work, when we step out of the way. That being said, the results are not up to us, but God. Therefore, we labor in God’s Power, trusting God for the fruit. When we labor as such, we can be satisfied, knowing that God accomplished His will. The pressure of “producing” is left aside, as we let God work through us. His product is always greater, we just need to learn how to let God work in and through our life by yielding to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Jesus speaking very clearly, teaches us that if we truly want God in our life, then He will fill us. This righteousness deals with the character trait of God known as holiness. When God is our goal in life, we will find Him. He wants to fill our lives more than we want to be filled. The question is, how bad do we want God in our life?
As a preacher, the Power of God in my life is my ultimate goal. I find that if I have God working in my life, then things just seem to fall into place, no matter how hard times may get. I don’t understand how a person can go through life with a hunger and thirst for the world, missing the blessing and power of God in their life. This is a promise of God. If we are to be filled by God, then we must crave God in our life. When we meet our end of the deal, so does God.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
With the last powerful Bible verse, we find Christ is speaking again. In this chapter of the Bible, He is teaching about abiding in Christ. This truly is the source of strength for a child of God. Our life comes from God. Outside of God, we are dead. We can do nothing outside of Christ working in our life. Our strength, our life, and our being comes as a result of the life we have in Jesus Christ.
This life from Christ leads to the empowering of service for Christ. As we serve Christ, we serve in His power. Working outside the Power of Christ leads to failure and stress. Working in Christ leads to blessing and bearing fruit. In fact, reading all of John 15 will give more insight to this life in Christ. The great thing is that the fruit that we bear will be fruit that remains, if it is obtained in the life and power of Christ. This great truth and promise is the key to successful Christian service.
As we die to our self will, and live unto God’s will, we see Him work in ways that only God can. Do you want to bear fruit for your labor in Christ? Abide in Him. Do you want to see fruit remain? Abide in Him. Do you want a freshness to your spiritual life? Abide in Him. Do you want God to be real to you? Abide in Him. The promise is yours for the taking. What are you going to do with it?
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