5 Verses to Memorize and Recite – Heaven
When You Need to Focus on God’s Kingdom
by J.M. Troppello
If you want to flourish in your Christian walk, then it is important that you read and study the Bible. In addition to that daily reading and studying—combined with prayer and worship—you should consider memorizing scripture.
You may not have your Bible handy or don’t have access to your phone (although, it’s more likely that your phone is nearby than your Bible – mine too…)—and you need to be encouraged. If you’ve memorized verses, then you can recite them in times of need. The Holy Spirit can remind you of scripture you’ve memorized.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17, NKJV)
Romans 10:17 is so true. My faith has grown significantly when I’ve memorized and recited scripture to myself. Consider the following five scriptures that can help you when you need to focus on God’s Kingdom.
1. Seek God’s Kingdom First
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33, NKJV)
In the 6th chapter of Matthew, you can read about doing good to please God, the Model Prayer (The Lord’s Prayer), fasting, laying treasures in Heaven, the Lamp of the Body, you can’t serve God and riches, and about not worrying.
Verse 33 is part of the well-known section on not worrying from 6:25-34. In a nutshell, Jesus urges that you focus on seeking God’s Kingdom, and then everything else will fall into place. This is a life lesson I’ve been learning lately.
2. God’s Eternal Kingdom
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” (John 18:36, NKJV)
Jesus spoke these words from John 18:36 when he was led from Caiaphas to the Praetorium to be judged in Pilate’s court. He was responding to Pilate’s questions about whether he was the King of the Jews and what had he done to be brought there.
God’s Kingdom is eternal. When life gets overwhelming, focus on the fact that your troubles won’t last, but God’s Kingdom is everlasting (2 Corinthians 4:17).
3. God’s Kingdom is at Hand
…and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15, NKJV)
At the beginning of Mark chapter 1, you can read an overview of John the Baptist preparing the Way for Jesus, John baptizing Jesus, Satan tempts Jesus, and Jesus begins His Galilean ministry.
Jesus spoke the words of Mark 1:15 after John was put in prison and Jesus came to Galilee to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God.
4. God’s Kingdom is Righteousness, Peace, and Joy
…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17, NKJV)
The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans, one of the thirteen books he wrote in the Bible. Chapter 14 of Romans is divided into two sections: The Law of Liberty and The Law of Love. Verse 17 is in the second section about The Law of Love. Verse 18 continues to say, “For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” Verse 16 says, “Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil.”
This chapter focuses on encouraging believers to pursue peace and to edify one another (verse 19) and not to “destroy the work of God for the sake of food” (verse 20). Basically, it was better to forsake your own desire for meat or wine than to make a fellow believer stumble or become offended or made weak (verse 21-22). I like how verse 17 focuses on that God’s Kingdom is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” – “it’s not eating and drinking.”
5. God’s Kingdom is Within You
20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21, NKJV)
In Luke chapter 17, Jesus warns about offenses, talks about faith as a mustard seed, cleansed ten lepers on his way to Jerusalem, and discussed the coming of the Kingdom. Verses 20-21 were spoken by Jesus in response to the Pharisees asking Him when the Kingdom of God would come.
Seek God’s Kingdom
Reading through these five scriptures and understanding the context can give you a better understanding of the importance of seeking God’s Kingdom. I am only passing through this life. My real home is in Heaven.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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