Equipped to Handle Life

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work,” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV).

When I worked in a medical office several years ago, we had what we called tray setups. On the trays were all the instruments we needed for various procedures. We prepared them ahead of time and stored them in a cabinet for later use. When a patient came in for a certain procedure, we didn’t have to scramble around to find what we needed. We simply walked to the cabinet and pulled out the prepared tray. Voila! We were ready to go!

That’s how it is with Scripture memorization. When you have Scripture hidden in your heart, you can “pull out” the exact verse you need when you need it. Here are examples of some verses you might need in your “storage cabinet.”

When you are afraid:
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

When you are angry:
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NIV

When you are confused:
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8 NASB

When you are frustrated:
Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3 NASB

When someone hurts you:
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 NASB
When you are lonely: Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5 NIV

When times are hard:
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 4:17 NASB
When you want to give up: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NASB

When you are worried:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 NASB

When you mess up big time:
One thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NASB

When you have a need:
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NASB

These are just a smattering of verses that will equip you to handle what life brings your way. Some are from the New American Standard Version and some are from the New International Version.

I encourage you to print out this list, add to this list, and memorize the list. Then when the time comes, you won’t have to scramble for what you need. It’ll be right on the tip of your tongue and in the storage cabinet of your heart.

Let’s Pray
Dear God, thank You that you have given us every thing we need to live a life of godliness and the truth. Help me to commit Your Word to memory. And remind me of those truths when I need them most.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Want More?
How do you defeat the enemy when he is pestering you with lies – lies that cause you to fear, doubt, and worry? You defeat him with the truth! When it comes to Satan, you don’t have to out muscle him, out shoot him, or out smart him. You just have to out truth him. If you would like to learn more about how to win the war over your thought life and stand solidly in the truth, then check out my book, I’m Not Good Enough and Other Lies Women Tell Themselves. You’ll learn how to realize the enemy’s true identity, recognize the lies, reject the lies, and replace the lies with truth.

18 Responses to Equipped to Handle Life

  1. Yorshire La Rosa May 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Thanks you for this tray today!! Read it in the right moment God continues using you as an instrument of power in my life! Blessings Dear Sharon!

  2. trish May 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    These are great scripture reminders of somethings we face… Hiding them in my heart.

  3. Jennifer May 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Thank you. God knew how much I needed this today. A few are my favorite verses, but some I’d forgotten.

  4. Tracie May 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Once again Sharon…the perfect words for today….I am going to make index cards and work on memorizing these.

  5. proscilla s May 2, 2013 at 3:23 am #

    I so needed this word today . Thank you for the teaching of God’s word

  6. Nalini New Zealand May 3, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I desperately need prayer.

  7. sherri May 3, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Sherri – Miami, Florida mother of 4

  8. denise May 3, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Words of wisdom from the well, may God bless all.

  9. Mertice Hall May 3, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Mertice Hall
    Savannnah Ga.

  10. Debbiejoe May 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Thank you for your prayers. Someone prayed for me therefore I pray for other’s. God bless.

  11. Ictzel May 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    Ictzel-Misawa AB, Japan

  12. Emily May 5, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Thank you for these Words of encouragement and truths. So helpful to me in my daily prayers.
    Love and blessings to you

  13. Georgia Johnston May 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Looking for a prayer partner; this link looks like a good place to find one:ty Lord for leading me here,

  14. Geri May 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Geri, Michigan City, IN

  15. Cindy May 7, 2013 at 1:16 am #

    Cindy, mother of 2 (step-mother of 2 more), Emporia, Kansas – really struggling now with my youngest…..

  16. CATHY May 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    I really appreciate how we can relate to each other. Christians, telling each other’s stories is at times, is all the therapy we need, because it brings us back to the place we all need to be; before God! And it is exactly what non-christians need to understand. My father-in-law, grandmother, mother, two uncles, a cousin and a cousins wife all died within a 2 yr span. Prior to that for a 5 1/2 yr stretch, my husband and I went to 21 funerals, 10 of them family members, includein his mother and my brother. How do we get through it? Start by letting yourself grieve instead of pretending it is not happening to you. By creating good times with friends or time out with God. Find a balance between both the saddness and the happiness you have in your life. I ride my horse in the wilderness. There, I am rocked and soothed in a state of quiet release. I cry quitely within and feel touched by the hand of God. A person might pray fervently to heal their mother of ALS or a brother from cancer. And while we pray we need to hear the promise of God. “I will heal them.” And, when they have died we need to hear that promise again, “I have healed them.” What a comfort to know where we are headed. Grief is real. There are many books and ways to understand it. And there is a God carrying you in His hands. Don’t forget that, because it is the best place to be, and we are alreay there. God’s Peace!

  17. sherri May 9, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Jeremy 24
    Andrew 22
    Rebecca 15
    Daniel 13 (severly autistic)

  18. Flo June 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    “I rolled my burdens from my hands to His.” Psalm 37:4 – “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. 7 “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him …” Amen & Amen

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