12 Bible Verses That'll Help You Navigate 202

J.R. Heimbigner


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This could be your best year yet. I honestly think that 2021 could be a break-out year for so many people Especially for people of faith. There is something in my being that is telling me this will be the year that many people will break free from the things of this world that are weight heavy on them.

Which makes sense after last year. Last year was a beast for many of us. It was a year with so many challenges. Yet, for many of us, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Because of this, we are going into 2021 feeling a little disillusioned, worn out, and unsure of what the future holds.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, I think we have the opportunity to not only survive in 2021 but thrive. I believe this is a year for people of faith to grow spiritually and become mature in their faith. This growth starts with a relationship with God. It is empowered by the filling of the Holy Spirit. And it pours out by our obedience and worship of Jesus.

2021 has the potential to be a year where God’s Kingdom is will multiply rapidly and we are able to be part of His work here on earth.

12 Bible verses, one for each month

As we launch into the new year, I was thinking how important it is for me to be praying through, meditating on, and committing specific Bible verses to my life. When we think about having a break out year in 2021, I believe it is important to have one verse that connects for each month of this year.

As I was preparing for my year, I was led to 12 verses that really stand out to me for this year. In each one of these verses, we can find comfort, confidence, and courage to live out our faith in 2021.

I would like to encourage you to commit each one of these Bible verses to a month this year. They can be in the order that I present them, or in an order that you decide for yourself. However, I believe these verses can greatly impact your life and your faith. And believe me when I say this because I have experienced it myself year after year.

Your 12 Bible verses for 2021

As I said before, these 12 Bible verses can be committed to your life in this order for January through December, or you can decide to commit them to different months. However, I hope you will take action with these and see them change your life this year.

Joshua 1:8

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” — Joshua 1:8, NLT

This is the Old Testament basis for why I think it is important to pray, meditate, and commit Bible verses to memory. God gives Joshua a command and advice on how to be successful, and it comes from focusing on His word.

Psalm 127:1–2

“Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” — Psalms 127:1–2, NLT

All of our plans, goals, and hopes for success are dependant on God. Without Him, we work in vain. Yet, with Him, we can see amazing things happen. This is a year to partner with God and sees amazing things happen.

Proverbs 4:23

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” — Proverbs 4:23, NLT

If everything we do is dependant on Jesus, then we need to focus our hearts on Him. However, it is easy for us to focus our hearts on the many other things in the world around us. So, we must guard our hearts against these things in order to put full focus on Jesus.

Jeremiah 17:7–8

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” — Jeremiah 17:7–8, NLT

This Bible verse came to my wife and me as we were getting married. It reminds us to constantly place our hope in Jesus because He is the one that can provide no matter our circumstances. This brought great peace to me last year and I am positive it will be helpful for this year too.

Hosea 6:6

“I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.” — Hosea 6:6, NLT

What if this year was more about knowing Jesus and less about doing religious things? What if we spent more time reading our Bibles, listening to the Holy Spirt, and acting out our faith instead of focusing on whether we get to go to a church building? I think this is what God wants for us.

Romans 12:1–2

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice — the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” — Romans 12:1–2, NLT

This is hands down one of my most favorite Bible passages of all time. It is a passage to try to live by and encourage others to focus on in their lives as well. It is the New Testament basis for the focus of mediation, memorization, and prayer over scripture.

Matthew 6:33

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” — Matthew 6:33, NLT

While I have read this scripture several times before, this last year I found it incredibly instructive, comforting, and useful while faced with difficult decisions and tough times.

John 14:12

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” — John 14:12, NLT

Jesus is telling us that the things He has done are things we can do too. This is because of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. We can heal, deliver, and help people find forgiveness for their sins. Jesus wants us to partner with Him in the great works that will advance God’s Kingdom.

Acts 2:42

“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” — Acts 2:42, NLT

I think we will begin to see church done radically different over the next few years. In fact, I believe more people will be meeting together for fellowship and teaching over meals instead of giant corporate gatherings. Ultimately, it will bring unity.

1 Corinthians 12:4–6

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.” — 1 Corinthians 12:4–6, NLT

The Holy Spirit works in all of our lives and He gives us gifts that will allow us to share Jesus, build God’s Kingdom, and draw closer to God. Each person tends to receive different gifts from the Spirit at different times in their lives. Yet, they come from the same Spirt which creates unity for all of us.

Galatians 5:16

“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” — Galatians 5:16, NLT

The Holy Spirit unlocks our ability to no longer lives by the sin habits of our past. When we live by the Spirit, we have power over the sin that used to be part of our lives. We no longer HAVE to sin, it becomes a choice whether or not we DECIDE to sin.

Ephesians 5:18–20

“Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — Ephesians 5:18–20, NLT

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we begin to experience the presence of God. This presence can be very overwhelming but in a good way. It will lead us to worship in songs and prayers of thanksgiving. This is what we should desire in our lives.

Prayer, Memorization, Meditation, and Connection

These scriptures have a purpose for our lives this year. They can be helpful in drawing us closer to God when we pray through them, commit them to memory, and meditate on them in the still moments of our day.

When we draw on these scriptures, God will strengthen our faith no matter our circumstances. Not out of obligation, but out of love for us because we are His children.

Each scripture shared above touches on different parts of our lives where God can strengthen or encourage us when things are hard in life. After last year, you may need some strengthening and encouragement. Let these scriptures bring that for you.

Final Thoughts

You may have other scriptures in your life that bring encouragement for you. Perhaps take some from this list and the ones that have always brought you great comfort and build them together to make this year one of your best yet.

God wants to connect with us.

It is easy for us to learn about God through scripture, however, it is important to connect with God. After all, God wants to connect with us. He doesn’t make us connect with Him though. He gives us opportunities through the Bible, prayer, meditation, church, and of course the Holy Spirit.

When we draw on scripture and set our minds on the things of God, He will help to build that connection. And as we become more and more connected to God, we begin to see the world differently and love people better than before.

Are you ready to make this year one of your best years yet? Are you ready to connect with God through scripture, prayer, and meditation? Then jump right into these verses and begin to commit them to your life.

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