In Essentials for the Faith Journey, four necessities are given for our spiritual growth: reading the Word of God, prayer, worship, and fellowship. Here are additional verses for each of those key essentials.
Meditate on the Word of God and remember God’s promises.
Understanding the Word of God isn’t just for knowledge, but also for life application and transformation of our hearts. When I feel down, I know I can find peace in reading the Word of God. When I’m in a crisis, the Holy Spirit brings to mind Bible verses that give comfort and guidance.
Psalm 119:35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
Psalm 42:11 Why are you downcast O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Pray to keep your line of communication open with God on the faith journey.
God cares for us in the details of life. Throughout the lifelong faith journey, learn to develop various disciplines of prayer—praising God for who He is, confessing personal sin that blocks our relationship with God, thanking God for all He has done, and presenting your requests to Him. We can exchange worry for Gods peace when we give our concerns to Him.
First Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Psalm 5:1-3 Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Worship the Lord with praise, no matter what the circumstances.
Worship demonstrates our love for God and our surrender to Him and brings pleasure to Him. It changes our focus from our situation to God, which lifts our perspective.
Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Psalm 96:9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.
Psalm 93:1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength.
John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
Fellowship reminds us we are not alone on the faith journey.
Too frequently we think we are the only one having a tough time and can isolate ourselves from others. This can lead to further discouragement. On the contrary, genuine fellowship connects our hearts with others on the faith journey. It is comforting to know we are not the only one experiencing a tough time.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting to ether, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage on another…
Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification.
Meditating and praying these verses are encouragement on your faith journey.
What other verses can you include in the above categories?