Top Bible Verses to Know – the TOP 20

Bible Verses such as 1 Thessalonians 2:4 remind us we are entrusted with the Gospel. Pick up His Word and share it today.

I was asked recently where someone should start to memorize verses. While I have 2-3 apps on my phone I find helpful (like VerseMinder and Bible Verse) some people still like to print or write them out. Yes, I am one of “those people” too.

So I looked at a few online sources and found one that ranked verses by popularity. What a great way to learn the Word from memory. Take a list of the most popular and commit them to memory – so you’ll be able to quickly recall the Word planted within.

I always recommend you start with prayer when you enter the Word of God. We shouldn’t approach it in a dogmatic way as they are just words, rather, as the living Word.

Bible Verses to Know

So here’s the quick list I call the TOP 20 BIBLE MEMORY VERSES. Start reading, writing, speaking and meditating.

#1 John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

#2 John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

#3 John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

#4 Matthew 28:19
Go therefore a and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

#5 Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

#6 Ephesians 2:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

#7 Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

#8 Acts 1:8
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

#9 2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

#10 Romans 10:9
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

#11 Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

#12 Acts 2:38
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

#13 John 1:12
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

#14 Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

#15 John 1:9
That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

#16 Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

#17 Romans 12:1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

#18 Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

#19 Matthew 28:18
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

#20 John 3:3
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

For the rest of these and other verses, checkout TOPVERSES.com

You can also start with something you’re dealing with in your life and topically memorize them. Some of the topics include: Friends, Husband, Wife, Children, Courage, Wisdom, Worry, Anxiety, Work, Money, Death, Salvation… etc.

Remember, one of our weapons in the spiritual battle is God’s Word: the Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God).

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Grace for Today. Know Grace, Know Peace.

Grace & PeaceIt became known over the past week that a major celebrity “has fallen” in the public’s eye. This time over a choice word that has both a negative and discriminatory meaning & tone. This person is welcomed into many millions of homes through programs because of her gift/talent. No one would suspect her of saying words to harm someone. Many people have been helped by this person and they go out to buy books and other branded merchandise too. However, with the admission of saying ONE WORD or taking the wrong ACTION – it’s beginning to crash. It makes waves in the press. Bloggers and commentators have a field day with the news. Many people get wind of it and start condemning.

HOWEVER, forgiveness was quickly sought and an apology made. She knew she did wrong and admitted it and asked for forgiveness.

It didn’t seem to make a difference to some groups. They continued to banish and make this person an outcast. They *quickly* turned their backs. Cancelled their agreements. Put distance between themselves and this “bad person” who is still nameless in this post.

What is missing? Not this person’s name. but one word: GRACE.

Grace is often used to describe God’s gift to mankind. It’s unmerited favor from God toward us, a band of sinners, as He grants us favor and gives us those things we do not deserve – and could never earn.

Grace is GETTING WHAT YOU DO NOT DESERVE.

As a Christian believer, we treasure this verse:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9

We can never earn grace. Taking an honest look at it, we could never stack up or justify why we deserve it from a holy God. As Christians, we should greet each other with Grace and Peace. No grace, then no peace… and if we Know Grace, we Know Peace. Both Grace & Peace were even the classic greeting from the Apostle Paul in the scriptures: Grace to you & Peace from God.

Grace in the Greek is charis. While it is a common greeting for Paul, it’s also a deep theological term. Paul KNOWS GRACE as he was once one that condemned, beat and killed the early believers of Christ. Yes, Jesus, who died for Paul (and each of us). But Christ reached out to Paul and made sure he knew it was Him, Jesus, who he persecuted. See, persecution is both powerful and personal. It cuts to the core of a person. It can attack their heart, soul and body. The dictionary would say that persecution is to “Subject (someone) to hostility and ill-treatment, esp. because of their race or political or religious beliefs.” Grace is a remedy to persecution. I believe that’s what Paul was conveying in 2 Corinthians about how the Lord spoke to him saying:

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Many people liken grace to mean that God is eager to save people from Hell. He did change His own position and nature to humble Himself to “take on human flesh” not for His gain, but for ours. And He continues to step in to strengthen us in our need. To help me remember the heart of GRACE, I think of the acronym that describes GRACE as:
God’s
Riches
At
Christ’s
Expense

So what was paid at Christ’s expense? YOUR LIFE. Both now and forever.

We deserve to be judged and condemned. However, the true judge isn’t someone here on earth. Rather, it is the ultimate Judge in heaven – God the Father. Jesus spoke of this judgment throughout his days on earth.

“And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they do not believe in Me;
Of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;
Of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”
John 16:8-11

The “judgment” coming in the Greek is the word: krisis. And a “crisis” it will be for those who do not believe in the name of Jesus. It means “a separating, sundering, separation” or selection” … a result of a trial, contest.” This also helps put persecution in this world into perspective. If we know Him, we will be spared. If one rejects Christ, they accept the judgment.

“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”
Hebrews 9:27-28

The result of this judgment is that we need a payment or debt to forgive us of our sins. This can only come from Jesus. He then rejoins and brings us back to His Father. It’s GOD’S GRACE that makes this happen in the life of the believer. Won’t you accept Him into your life today. Accept His payment. Accept His GRACE and receive His peace as a result.

A beautiful song from Hillsong of their Zion album that is inspiring & convicting at the same time – SCANDAL OF GRACE.

Reflecting God’s Glory

I was reading a daily email I get from “TGIF – Today God Is First” and it really struck me. So I must share it with you – it is very thought provoking.

“They will tell of the glory of Your kingdom and speak of Your might, so that all men may know of Your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of Your kingdom.” Psalm 145:11-12

The question Os Hillman poised in his article today was:
How do you measure your effectiveness in God, or should you even be thinking like this?

Here’s his commentary on the matter: “The early Church turned the world upside down in that first century. What made them so effective? Was it their theology? Was it great preaching? Was it due to one man’s influence apart from Jesus? The Scriptures are clear as to what made the early Church effective. It is at the core of God’s heart, and it is quite simple. God desires to reflect His nature and power through every individual. When this happens, the world is automatically changed because those who reflect His glory affect the world.”

For a great review of the early church, I always go back to Acts 2. To see how God moved through a small group of people focused on loving & serving Him – they were filled with the Spirit and simply changed the world.

“We serve a jealous God. He is a God who will not share His glory with anyone. God sets up situations in order to demonstrate His power through them. He has done this since the day He created man. His desire is to reflect His glory through you and me, so that all men may know of His mighty acts and the glorious splendor of His Kingdom. The apostle Paul understood this principle: “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power” (1 Cor. 2:4-5). If you do not see His glory being reflected through your life, then you need to ask why. He has promised to do so if we will walk in obedience to His commands”

It’s easy to miss the simplicity of “living a life that is worthy of the calling” and furthermore, not realizing that we reflect God’s Glory. I often ask – am I reflecting God’s Glory. If I wronged someone (like cutting someone off while driving as an example), how did I steal the glory away from the Lord. Perhaps there was a chance to let them in my lane… even if it would put me back 30 seconds off my commute.

If I turn a situation around by a simple “how or what would Jesus do” (the standard WWJD response) here and now – things could be entirely different. Thinking that through even further, instead of asking WWJD, perhaps I should start my day by making sure I have prepared myself mentally and spiritually with the mind of Christ – to reflect His glory (and not my own). A simple change in my own perspective is a great change indeed. It’s never too late either.

For His Glory,
Dave

BTW – if you don’t get a daily inspirational email, I suggest this one by Marketplace Leaders. A good friend got me started with them a few years back and they’ve really blessed me.

Interesting days and times…

Blink – things happen quick today. If you’re not fast enough, you will miss it. Life passes by so very fast. Are you missing it? Times I can look back and say YEAH… and those are the ones you may regret… and know you can do better. And that’s why God gives us another breath – so we may reclaim it and return it back to Him.

I love God’s presence. Always want more of those moments with Him though. However, He has given us this moment and it’s up to us to grab it.

Blessings,
Dave