Five Verses I Preach To Myself [Almost] Every Day

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Scripture is a two-edged sword, living and active… isn’t that what the Bible says? I don’t know about you, but I have a difficult time committing large amounts of Scripture to memory. But, there are those handful of verses that I read that stick with me. They are the words that first come to mind when I pray, when I make choices, etc. They are the verses that I default to when challenges come, when my faith is tested, when I’m tempted to choose sin. Here are my five foundational verses, my daily acclaimed promises, what I come back to when I’m weak:

Psalm 86:11 – Teach me your way O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.

In the past few years this has become a daily prayer of mine. Teach me your way, Lord, in this situation. Teach me your way, God, for this decision. Teach me your way of thinking about this issue. Etc.

2 Peter 1:3 – His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.

I think I find peace in this verse because it fends on self-pity and self-doubt. When I feel small and incapable, I remember that in His Word and His Spirit inside of me, He readily gives me all I think to be more like Him. To choose godliness, love, kindness, faith, etc.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Man oh man! This promise always halts any fear that creeps into my heart. I want the gears of my mind to continually be turning this truth over and over.

Ephesians 2:14 – For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility…

A prayer to not just ask for peace, but that He would be my peace, has been a prayer of mine since early college days. I love the idea of God’s presence being a place of comfort, peace, rest, joy. It’s an act of focusing + treasuring the Giver, not only the gifts… the Person, not just the characteristics.

Psalm 94:18-19 – When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations [comforts] cheer my soul.

This verse warms my heart every time I read it. As my Father, friend, Savior, he holds me up so I don’t fall. When I am feel burdened by life, sins, trials, difficulties, He is there to cheer my soul. How marvelous is that!

Do you have verses you preach to yourself — weekly, daily? I’d love to hear them.


  • Ashley

    Love these, Chelsea. Truly. I think my favorite thing about them is that the first few hinge a lot on wisdom; fearing the Lord. It is something I am focusing on a lot lately. And the benefits of that wisdom are so clearly seen in these verses. Thank you for sharing these with us!

    06/22/2015 at 3:34 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      You’re very welcome, Ashley! I’d love to hear about your wisdom-meditating sometime. Forreals. :)

      06/22/2015 at 8:18 pm Reply
  • Lindsey Smallwood

    This is such a good way to think of scripture! Preaching to ourselves. I often remember that “all things work together” and that “every good and perfect gift comes from God”. Love your verses as well.

    06/23/2015 at 1:51 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      I think so too, friend. I’ve only recently learned the art of preaching to myself. :)

      06/23/2015 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • Joleen

    I just pinned this! Thank you for sharing. I’m going to study these today. :)

    06/23/2015 at 3:05 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Thanks, friend! Joleen, let me know what you think or learn!

      06/23/2015 at 4:36 pm Reply
  • Adriana Renee

    I definitely need to keep this verses in mind as well!

    06/23/2015 at 7:40 pm Reply
  • Hope N. Griffin

    Thanks for linking up with #JoyhopeLive these are great verses to keep on hand

    06/25/2015 at 4:09 pm Reply
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