How Has One Verse Changed Your Life?

Welcome SeedLinks readers. We hope your heart was gripped by the testimonies of life transformation in our May issue.

Testimonies. Many people experience life transformation by hearing one testimony, or by reading one verse of Scripture. Sometimes all it takes is one verse of God’s Word planted deep into a hungry heart!

Now it’s your turn to share. We want to hear how one verse of Scripture has impacted your life. Please share by leaving a comment. Thanks, friends.

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18 Comments to How Has One Verse Changed Your Life?

  1. Laura Gish's Gravatar Laura Gish
    March 12, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Isaiah 43:1 – “But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.’ ” It’s as if the Lord is saying, “I made you. I know you. Don’t let your heart be afraid, I’ve already paid the price for everything you need. I got you covered. I love to tell you who you are, You belong to Me.” Reading this passage makes me wonder, do I know who He really is? If so, do I believe the promise of this faithful love and protection? Fear can’t remain if I do.

    To those He intricately created, the Lord declares these bold words meant to eradicate fear and empower life in the Spirit. Even more, this radical promise is expounded further in Is. 43:2-3. God continues by promising His provision through all life journeys – ranging from slight challenges to extremely difficult circumstances. There is no circumstance outside of His control. No one unloved and forgotten.
    Reading this passage breathes fresh life into my lungs. It gives me peace, hope, and joy. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, this passage sets me free as I renew my thinking with this truth. As is all Scripture, Isaiah 43:1 is timeless!

  2. Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
    March 13, 2012 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Fantastic Laura, wow truly amazing just reading those wonderful powerful words! The Scripture Isaiah43:1 is speaking to me just now by reading it and meditating on it!..we are so weak,but he is so strong, reminds me of that song..Jesus loves me. Jesus loves me this l know for the bible tells me so, little ones do him belong, they are weak! but he is STRONG!!! We need to have our total dependance on the Almighty God every hour of every day! he loves us so for he has created us and knows us by name! it also gives me fresh air in my lungs also Laura,and peace,hope,and joy too! the word of God is so powerful , and invigorating at all times,it gives me life and health to my bones! Thanks for sharing,it was a blessing to read. :>)

    • Laura's Gravatar Laura
      March 13, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Vicki! I will now remember that song when I ponder this amazing promise. I pray His Word fills you with new life today!

      • Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
        March 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

        Thank-u very much indeed, Laura, God is sooo GOOD!! You have an awesome day in our LORD JESUS today and always!

  3. Mark Kordic's Gravatar Mark Kordic
    March 14, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    When most people think of God, what picture do they have? A God with a smile on His face or a frown?

    As one looks through many of the works on the attributes of God, the topic of the “joy of the Lord” is not often found. For some reason, the “joy of the Lord” seems to be a neglected aspect of God’s nature and character.

    The word “happy” has been redefined and trivialized. I appreciate what the Jewish leader Nehemiah wrote as he observed the repentance of the Jews when they heard God’s Laws read: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

    Sadly, if the truth were known, most people do think of God in terms of a frowning face. God does hate sin. He is a God of wrath who is angry toward sinners. But this is only one of God’s emotions. God is also a God who finds great pleasure in His creatures and creation. Our God is both joyful and the source of our joy. How grateful we should be for this attribute of our great God. What a giving God to offer us His joy!

  4. Pam Polit's Gravatar Pam Polit
    March 21, 2012 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Psalm 92:14 English Standard Version (ESV), “They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green.”

    My husband Ron will turn 80 in March this year and we haven’t even celebrated our 2nd anniversary as Wycliffe missionaries. It was 2009 when the head of the International Mission Board visited our church and challenged us to apply to the Masters Program, designed for people over 50. I was ready to sign on the dotted line, but Ron’s first thought was, “I’m too old.” Because we know the Lord doesn’t call just one spouse, he prayed about it and finally heard “Yes, GO.” Life has not been the same since – much like a roller coaster ride and we love it.
    After all, Abraham was 75 and Moses was 80 when the Lord called them to follow Him. Then there were Simeon and Anna who recognized the baby Jesus as Israel’s Messiah, and though Bible scholars don’t know how old they were, it is generally assumed they were “up there.”
    All that to say, we are never too old to be picked up by the loving hands of a Master Potter who delights in repurposing a couple of older pots and putting them to good use.

  5. Joel Garcia's Gravatar Joel Garcia
    March 22, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Romans 1:5, NLT is at the bottom of all my emails…

    “Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, that they may believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name”
    - Romans 1:5 NLT

    That is the original NLT rendition. NLT2 changed it a bit as follows – “Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.”

  6. Barbara Coots's Gravatar Barbara Coots
    April 4, 2012 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    John 16:33 is very meaningful to me. As a child and into my young adulthood, I was closer to the world than I like to admit. Having been raised in a family and a culture that taught self-sufficiency, I believed that you could and should go after whatever you wanted. To be successful, you had to work hard and compete. In return, you would have status and prosperity. Then, as my life and the lives of others unfolded, I saw a great deal of disappointment and suffering. Some of it was the fault of the sufferers. In other cases—quite inexplicably—innocent people were victims. Eventually, all I had learned about the fall of man and the nature of sin sank in, and I understood that we live in a fallen world. In spite of all the “shoulds” that we can utter, this life will never be “right.” We have many blessings, but there is pain and inequity all around. Jesus speaks a glorious message of hope and peace into the human situation in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” The longer I live, the more I comprehend that the peace that passes understanding comes only in Christ.

  7. Mary Borsch's Gravatar Mary Borsch
    April 27, 2012 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Isaiah 50:4,5 New Living Translation
    4 The Sovereign LORD has given me his words of wisdom,
    so that I know how to comfort the weary.
    Morning by morning he wakens me
    and opens my understanding to his will. a
    5 The Sovereign LORD has spoken to me,
    and I have listened.
    I have not rebelled or turned away.

    The reason this is important to me is that is shows me how intentional the LORD is about imparting His instructions to us/me. He wants my awareness that ‘morning by morning’ He has things to teach me and as a student I need to be alert. The LORD has used this attention to
    listening as a way of ordering my steps. He wants to prepare me to reflect Him in my daily interactions.

  8. Pam Webber's Gravatar Pam Webber
    May 30, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NIV).

    As a child I remember singing a simple chorus: Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy, Down in my Heart. It comprised of those words and a few other phrases sung several times with, of course, a catchy tune and hand motions. Perhaps that is why as a teenager my heart questioned what joy of the Lord meant. God answered those questions through Scripture study and prayer when I searched for it. His joy and peace became more than words of a chorus for me.

    Joy and peace by the power of the Holy Spirit defines the longing of my heart. God has graciously given me many opportunities to experience his joy and peace throughout the years. As my trust in God grows, I not only experience his deep abiding joy and peace but am able to overflow with hope. Tough times come, I fall down and become discouraged but this verse and a simple chorus from childhood are planted deep. They remind me of the joy and peace available so that I may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  9. June 5, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Ezekel 20:25 cancangr a mind in VERY powerful ways … Read it, and see fit yourself …

    • Johanna Fenton's Gravatar Johanna Fenton
      June 11, 2012 at 1:32 am | Permalink

      Thanks Kate – I’m curious to know your story of how that verse changed your life.

  10. June 5, 2012 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    I meant: “can change a mind” …

  11. June 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I had always been interested in missions. After all, I grew up on the mission field in Uganda, Africa. But I never knew for sure hat God wanted me to do with my life… until one vers.
    We were reading Colossians during family devotions when we came to chapter 1, verses 25-26: “I have become it’s servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness – the mystery which has been hidden for generations, but has now been revealed.”
    Suddenly, it hit me deeply that for so many people the mystery of Christ’s love is STILL hidden! I thought about all the things I knew about God and all the ways He’d changed my life, and I realized that so many people just don’t know Him!
    It was then I knew that God was commissioning ME to “present the word of God in it’s fullness” to those who had never heard. It was then I knew I’d be a missionary.
    Yes, I had always been interested in being a missionary. But now, at 15, I know from the depths of my heart that I can do nothing else but give my life to bring His gospel to those who don’t know Him.

    It was with one verse that God called me to be a missionary.

    • Johanna Fenton's Gravatar Johanna Fenton
      June 11, 2012 at 1:34 am | Permalink

      That’s a powerful testimony. Gave me goosebumps! Glory to God that He calls us through His Word into a magnificent mission.

  12. Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
    June 11, 2012 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Good on you Hannah! that’s Tremendous! God Bless you .:P
    Love that scripture it is so powerful, and l do hope l can also make a difference in some other peoples lives,sharing the word of God to them. :)

  13. Dirk's Gravatar Dirk
    July 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I’m not too sure how I got to this site, but as I believe that things don’t “just happen,” I’ll post my story…I pray that God will use it to bless someone out there!! My verses are Jeremiah 18:1-6…
    When I started college in 2004, I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a Navy Chaplain. I even majored in psychology mainly thinking this would help with the many of counseling sessions that come with being a Chaplain. Knowing that I wanted to go into the Navy, I sought to earn a Navy ROTC scholarship, and by God’s divine grace I received one. It was only after I received the scholarship that I realized that I could not become a Chaplain (Navy rules…there’s only certain jobs you can do when you get a scholarship). So I rolled with the punches and started looking forward to my new career in the Navy…it wasn’t too hard to be excited, my Dad retired from the Navy, it’s all I knew growing up.
    Well if anyone’s every been in the military, they will know that it is not the most “Godly place.” Things are different and curse words fly…the phrase “cuss like a sailor” is just a metaphor, it’s the truth. I did well for a while (well as in my walk with the Lord)…but soon the lifestyle started to “rub-off” on me! I started to become bitter at nothing, curse words were every other word out of my mouth, and yelling became my thing. Let me pause to say that this is not how EVERY sailor acts. I am very proud of our military, and I am proud of what I do…but I did fall into some bad habits. I do not blame this on the Navy, I simply blame it on the fact that I started to rely too much on myself and started to fall further away from God. So after 4 years of this, bitterness had become my way of living!
    After one eventful month-long at sea time (a regular training period for the Navy), I was down more than usual…that is just feeling like I was wasting my life and living for nothing. I started to think “what am I really here for” (mind you I’ve been a Christian since High School…I had the answers, I just wasn’t listening). Then on February 12th 2012, I went to church after this long at sea period. I watched my pastor preach with such passion and love and devotion. And it reminded me of how much I once longed and desired to do that!!
    Being the doubting person I had become, I couldn’t believe that God was really calling me into the ministry…had He seen the way I lived my life?? Really God, it can’t be me. So I started to read a couple books, and the verses of the Potters House in Jeremiah kept coming up. I didn’t think too much of it at the time. The day’s continued, and in my ultimate search for answers, I went to speak to my Chaplain. He told me that when he thought he was called to ministry, his pastor told him to look for a piece of scripture that would be the “calling scripture.” I thought about it, I prayed maybe that night for it, but never thought much about it after that. On the 28th of February, I decided that the scripture that I would read for studying that day would be Jeremiah 18:1-6 since it had come up in the book I was reading. Then the next day during a Wednesday Lenten service (a common thing in the Methodist Church), the person speaking decided last minute to get rid of his prepared sermon and speak on…can you guess it…Jeremiah 18:1-11. I’m pretty sure that’s not just sheer coincidence…God’s truly does like to use other’s for His glory!!
    I am now in the process to applying to seminaries. And I am more excited about the future than I ever have been before. It’s funny how happy you can be when you rely on his great power and love instead of living on your own merit!
    So in addition to the fact that I call this my “calling scripture,” it is also a passage that tells us that just because we may be led astray at times (or marred as the clay is in the verse), God can mold us just as the Potter does when his clay is marred. You see, just as the potter can shape his clay “as it seems best to him,” so can God! I don’t doubt that my trials I’ve faced were allowed so that I may learn and that I may teach others through my mistakes…as I hope it helps someone here.
    Jeremiah 18:1-6 actually applies to the nation of Israel and their fallings from the Lord, but it can be applied into our everyday lives. God knows we’re not perfect and He doesn’t expect us to be. When we come running back saying “I messed up,” God says it’s ok, and He shapes us “as it seems best to Him.” Praise be to God for His love, His mercy, and His grace.

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