Do You Know These Verses?

Last week Christianity Today magazine published a list of the favorite verses of people around the world.

You might be surprised at this list (for example, John 3:16 didn’t make the cut) or you might not.

It’s certainly not a scientific survey, but it does represent the thoughts of many believers. These top ten verses were the most bookmarked, highlighted, and shared with YouVersion’s Bible App for 2014.

Here are the results of the list.

Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Three verses from the fourth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Philippians makes the list. This chapter is a favorite of both Martha and me. The three verses are numbers 2, 3, and 6 on the list.

Philippians 4:6-8 “6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

Jeremiah 29:11 ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ”

Matthew 6:33-34 were numbers 5 and 9 “33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 were numbers 7 and 10. “5 Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

How many of these verses do you know? I suggest you look at all of these and meditate on what they mean to you. Also, this might be a good time to memorize verses in the new year. Memorizing one of these each month will be a good spiritual discipline for the new year.

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  1. Marlaine Peachey
    Dec 30, 2014

    They are all good! My favorite is Romans 8:28. It keeps me in steady. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

    • Jim Moreau
      Dec 30, 2014

      Rom 8:28 was my late father-in-law’s favorite and means much to Julie and me. My oldest daughter and I also share Phil 3:13-14. But this year, for Christmas, she gave me a “helmet of salvation” ( known to Auburn fans as a “ball cap” – sorry Waylon, you know I never take a shot like that – normally. ) that has on it Ex 33:14. I have been going through some more, never ending, but significant spiritual challenges, this time in my leadership rolls, leading to some spiritual growth. It was some real breakthroughs that she hopes to maintain with that thought literally being on my mind at times.

      • Waylon
        Dec 30, 2014

        I appreciate all of you sharing your verses. God ministers to us through his word.

    • Waylon
      Dec 30, 2014

      I would have thought Romans 8:28 would have made the cut.

  2. Bonnie ferguson
    Dec 30, 2014

    My favorite is, Proverbs 3, verse 5 & 6. This is in mr thoughts each day.

    • Waylon
      Dec 30, 2014

      This is one of my favorites as well. I pray it and Psalm 19:14 almost everyday.

  3. Kathy
    Dec 31, 2014

    I have shared all of the above so many times… as well as my favorite:
    Psalm 27: 13, 14

  4. Kathy Talazac
    Jan 06, 2015

    I’m so excited to see this list as I begin a year of bible memorization of two verses per month! Thanks Pastor!

    • Waylon
      Jan 07, 2015

      Great Kathy, these verses and your year of memorizing Scripture will bless your life and that of those around you.

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You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:6-8 (NIV)