This will be a open Discussion so feel free to let everybody know what this verse means to you or how it speaks to you, I think every verse has just what God wants and needs you to hear just at the moment you need to hear it.
Proverbs 13:7 (NIV) - One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org Don’t let how things look on the outside fool you. As The Great Gatsby reveals, we can be driven by the need to have more things with disastrous results. Yet that drive to look successful to others continues to harass us. It is only when we are able to take our eyes off of the vain aspects of wealth and humble ourselves that we can come into the true riches that God has for us.
Proverbs 14:15 (NIV) - The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org Childlike faith in God does not mean to ignore the practical steps of life. On the contrary, a true faith in God will cause us to carefully plan out each step while keeping the perspective of Who ultimately holds the outcome of those plans. So the life of faith is not an excuse to avoid planning; the life of faith causes us to think things through even more with a focus on God. This will protect us from the perils of blind optimism that would cause us to believe anything or from the chains of pessimism that would hinder us from looking ahead.
Proverbs 16:18 (NIV) - Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org Pride has been depicted for centuries as a destructive force. How many examples do we need to see before we realize that pride exposes our insecurities, and our insecurities will drive us to our ruin? It is far better to work on the inner qualities of our character than the outward hubris of success, for without that inner awareness we too will become examples of pride—and that very pride will become our downfall.
Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) - The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org There is an old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The Scripture tells us that saying is wrong—words can maim us far more than even a broken bone. Our words have the power to lift someone up or haunt someone for the rest of their life, so be careful what you say. Your words go much further than you realize.
Deuteronomy 7:6 (NIV) - For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org When Adam and Eve rebelled in the Garden of Eden, God had a plan. He would look for a man, Abraham, to produce a people, Israel, who would be His people. That people would produce a man, Jesus Christ, who would produce a people, the church, who would be God’s treasured possession throughout the earth. This is much more than about just you or me as an individual, the plan of God has always been a people who would know Him and show the world that He is alive.
James 1:5-6 (NIV) - If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org This is a promise that every believer in Jesus Christ can boldly claim. When we face situations that are beyond our understanding, there is a life line: God will give wisdom to those who realize their plight. Notice that first we must come to grips that we lack wisdom, then heavenly knowledge will open up. It may come through the Scripture, a “random” phone call, or a variety of ways, but when it comes we must not doubt God’s answer. He has promised to give it, but we need to receive God’s wisdom as boldly as we ask for it
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV) - This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org According to this Scripture, one of the greatest hindrances in our walk with God can be success. The subtleties of achievement creep into the most innocent hearts and can take us on a path that is far from God. How can we keep this from happening? To look for pride is nearly impossible, but it is easy to humble yourself and place all of your sense of worth upon the One who loved you enough to die for you on the cross. When this becomes our source of significance, neither wealth, achievement or intelligence can compete with knowing the Lord