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Yes, you can cherrypick!

The Bible is like a used car lot. There are verses and themes that are cherries and creampuffs and you will get lots of spiritual mileage from them. Then there are verses that are lemons and clunkers that provide no spiritual edification at all and can pollute the environment if used by immature people. Choose the cherries and creampuffs and lose the lemons and clunkers.


Choose verses and themes that will enhance your life. Look at verses for a particular situation that you are going through and study those verses for a message about how to conduct yourself. Verses that encourage and uplift you when you are struggling are plentiful and will help you in your difficulty. The Psalms and Proverbs have lots of good themes on worship and wisdom. More importantly, prayer and communion are keys to moving through difficult times in life. However, a good verse can always uplift your spirits. Some encouraging verses that will help you in hard times:


Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. - James 1:2-4


"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” - Romans 5:3-5


“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:12-13


“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” - 2 Corinthians 4:8


“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” - 1 Peter 5:10


“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” - Galatians 6:9


“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27


Do not be anxious about anything, Maintain a calm and peaceful mind in every situation, then by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6-7

Author's note. I changed this verse recently due to the negative connotation of the beginning of the verse. It was always one of my favorites. Now that I have realized that positive words are more powerful, I have changed the beginning of the verse and think it is like adding a turbocharger to an already great verse! I hope you like it, but I don't really care if you do or not. I did it for me!


“But Jesus the Son of God is our great High Priest who has gone to heaven itself to help us; therefore let us never stop trusting Him. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses since He had the same temptations we do, though He never once gave way to them and sinned.” - Hebrews 4:14-15


“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.” - John 16:33


“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” - Romans 12:21


“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” - 1 Corinthians 15:57


“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” - John 1:5


“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” - 1 John 4:4


“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4


“But they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they will run and not be weary,and they shall walk and not faint.” - Isaiah 40:31


“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9


“The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” - Psalm 27:1


“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” - 1 Peter 5:7


“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” - James 1:12


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


“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.” - Jeremiah 29:11






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