In times of difficulty, the Bible can inspire and encourage you like no other text. This article highlights three types of scripture you can read for inspiration in times of trouble.
Confidence in the Bible
You can have confidence in the Bible, because God Himself inspired it. The Bible is the perfect word of God, and it is flawless (Psalm 19:8, 119:140; Proverbs 18:30).
As 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “ All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Although there are many ways to prove that the Bible is the final source of truth, the field of archeology alone offers many examples of the Bible’s legitimacy. Kyle Butt gives examples of this in his Apologetics Press article, “ Hezekiah Bulla: More Evidence for Bible Inspiration .” Butt highlights one of the thousands of discoveries that support the Bible’s historicity.
Bert Thompson elaborates on this historicity in his article, “ In Defense of…the Bible’s Inspiration (Part 1) .” One example includes the Bible’s lack of contradictions. Considering the many authors who contributed to the Bible, it is inconceivable how one book could lack contradictions.
The Hezekiah bulla and lack of contradictions constitute just two of many examples that show that you can have confidence in the Bible.
Three inspirational areas of scripture
Although there are many portions of scripture that can provide encouragement and inspiration, there are three areas in particular that deserve attention. These scriptures show who God is, what God has done for you, and how God used people throughout history.
1. Who God is
It can be easy to question God’s goodness when life gets difficult. Pursuing your faith means reading Bible verses that declare of the goodness of God, and help your faith stay strong.
There are many scriptures that reveal who God is. James 1:17 paints a vivid portrait, saying, “ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Moreover, 1 Timothy 4:4 states that “for every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving.” Matthew 19:17 offers another example. “ So He said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is , God.’”
There are numerous other passages that communicate God’s goodness. You must always reinforce this truth in your spirit when challenges come your way.
2. What God has done for you
Scriptures reflect God’s work in areas big and small. John 3:16 says God loved the world so much “that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Philippians 2:13 shows God at work on a personal level. “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. ”
Moreover, Ephesians 2:10 speaks to God’s precise handiwork. “ For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
3. How God used ordinary people
Throughout the Bible, you can find ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things.
God used David, a man who committed adultery and murdered his friend. God used Gideon, a man who trembled in fear when God asked Him to fight for Him. God used Elijah who hid from Jezebel. God used Rahab the prostitute. God used Paul, a man who persecuted Christians.
These stories show that in your weakness He is strong. If God can use these people, what makes you think that He cannot use you?
The Bible as an ultimate source
There truly is no greater source than the Bible.
It is an incredible source of encouragement. When faced with challenges in life, you can have confidence that the Word of God is true. You can find encouragement and inspiration to strengthen your faith in God through passages about who God is, what God has done for you, and how God used the most ordinary people for His kingdom.
For more inspiration and encouragement
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