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'Scriptures to Shape 2024' Brian Simmons



To help keep God at the forefront of our intentions for a new year, we asked you, our readers, to share cherished verses and why they’re important to you. With so much goodness in the Bible we had to make this a two-part post! Stay tuned for part two on January 8th. If you shared a verse with us but don’t see it featured within these posts, please understand we worked to share as many responses as possible.

We hope these verses, which have provided strength and solace to others, will be a guiding light for you in the year to come. And perhaps one of these verses will become your verse for 2024!

God’s Love

If embracing your identity as one whom Jesus loves is an important key for the coming year, these verses showcase Jesus as the Living Expression of God’s love, the One through whom we can experience eternal life.

“For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God through our union with him.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 TPT

“Even though I was saved, I didn’t understand his love for me. This verse was the beginning of understanding how very much he loves and cares for me, and makes the impossible for me, possible. Thank you, Jesus. I love you. I look forward to eternal life forever.” —Kristen T.



“For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends.”

John 15:13 TPT

“I feel this verse sums up the greatest gift anyone can bestow. To lay down your life for another. For God loved the world, and Jesus loves us so much he laid his life down for us.” —David


“I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts.”

John 15:9 TPT

“During a prayer meeting we read this verse, and I told the men, ‘Grab your hearts and let’s receive his love, right now’ and many people felt love and peace.” —Futsumberhan T.


“For here is the way God loved the world—he gave his only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.”

John 3:16 TPT

“This verse tells us that God’s love for us is so important that he gave us his one and only son, JESUS, to die on the cross for the forgiveness of the one who comes to him wholeheartedly.” —Patrick G.


“With my whole heart, with my whole life, and with my innermost being, I bow in wonder and love before you, the holy God! Yahweh, you are my soul’s celebration. How could I ever forget the miracles of kindness you’ve done for me? You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done. You’ve healed me inside and out from every disease. You’ve rescued me from hell and saved my life. You’ve crowned me with love and mercy. You satisfy my every desire with good things. You’ve supercharged my life so that I soar again like a flying eagle in the sky!”

Psalm 103:1-5 TPT

“These verses clearly describe the way I see how Jesus Christ saved me and changed my whole being. I understand that he’s not done with me yet and I have still a long way to full spiritual maturity. However, I am so grateful for your efforts to clarify my understanding about God’s true love for me.” —M.K.


“I am truly his rose, the very theme of his song. I’m overshadowed by his love, like a lily growing in the valley!”

Song of Songs 2:1 TPT

“The idea of being entangled into one beautiful love song with my Beloved King is truly beyond comprehension! That He would woo us like a lover unto Himself in some supernatural realm is what keeps me going here on earth.” —Darcie B.


“Now you are ready, my bride, to come with me as we climb the highest peaks together. Come with me through the archway of trust. We will look down from the crest of the glistening mounts and from the summit of our sublime sanctuary, from the lion’s den and the leopard’s lair.”

Song of Songs 4:8 TPT

“Visions of rapture and delight are found in the secret place. There it is that I am able to go through the door or the archway of trust into the Holy place. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light. He is the door. And together we wage war together in heaven places.” —Lorna L.


“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew you intimately. I had divine plans for you before I gave you life, and I set you apart and chose you to be mine. You are my prophetic gift to the nations. Fear nothing when you confront the people, for I am with you, and I will protect you. I, Yahweh, have spoken.”

Jeremiah 1:5;8 TPT

Submitted by Abasiama J.


“Even as you grow old and your hair turns gray, I’ll keep carrying you! I am your Maker and your Caregiver. I will carry you and be your Savior. To whom can you compare me, the incomparable God? Have you found someone else like me?”

Isaiah 46:4-5 TPT

“He loved the world (which is me) and gave his one and only begotten son that whosoever believeth will have life. Even if am old, I am sustained by him. God loves me with eternal love.” —Justice J.


Instruction

While we look to the Bible for hope and encouragement, it’s just as important to reflect on what God’s Word says about living as righteous followers of Christ and the power available to us as believers.

“God has transmitted his very substance into every Scripture, for it is God-breathed. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfill any assignment God gives you.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 TPT

“All Scripture is inspired by God, and the Scripture is breath by God (Holy Spirit). It is very useful in our daily lives as believers.” —anonymous


“Let joy be your continual feast. Make your life a prayer. And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 TPT

“I love the TPT translation of these verses. As Christ-followers, our lives are to be Joyful, Prayerful, and Thankful.” —Lori L.


“So above all, constantly seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness, then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.”

Matthew 6:33 TPT

“This verse gives me instructions on what I am to do first, and what the reward will be if I do it.” —Jerome W.


“We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One.”

2 Corinthians 10:5 TPT

“When we face the thoughts that attack who we are, we can speak truth against such attacks. The gospel being the power of God insists that any opposition bow down before our King, the living breathing Word. We will face the enemy but we belong to our God and He gives us power and authority in Christ.” —David B.


“For the Scriptures tell us: Whoever wants to embrace true life and find beauty in each day must stop speaking evil, hurtful words and never deceive in what they say. Always turn from what is wrong and cultivate what is good; eagerly pursue peace in every relationship, making it your prize. For the eyes of the Lord Yahweh rest upon the godly, and his heart responds to their prayers. But he turns his back on those who practice evil.”

1 Peter 3:10-12 TPT

“Peter is saying if we want to see the beauty in our everyday life, then we need to stop speaking evil and speak good. Our mouths are weapons so we should be blessing people with our mouths. This verse is important to me because I know I’ve not done a good job with using my words for good.” —Telina P.


“Loving me empowers you to obey my commands.”

John 14:15 TPT

“The book of John is the book of life in my view. John gives some of the practical ways of living the newness of life our Savior brought to us. Hence from this verse it gives how well we can prove our love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Which is our obedience being proof of our love for him. It’s prayer.” 🙏 —Augustine K.


“There are six evils God truly hates and a seventh that is an abomination to him: Putting others down while considering yourself superior, spreading lies and rumors, spilling the blood of the innocent, plotting evil in your heart toward another, gloating over doing what’s plainly wrong, spouting lies in false testimony, and stirring up strife between friends. These are entirely despicable to God!”

Proverbs 6:16-19 TPT

“Obedience to God’s demands over our lives enable one to grow in deep and intimate relationship with God. One of the great issues we face as believers today is because we are not in the right (cordial) relationship with God. Knowing what God hates, ensuring not to indulge in them; is wisdom.” —Ebele The Flutist


“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 4:6-7 TPT

“The phrases ‘saturated in prayer throughout each day’ and ‘overflowing gratitude’ jumped off the page one day, reminding me what I needed to do constantly, so that I can enjoy his peace in troubling times.” —Martha H.


“If anyone has been given ears to hear, he’d better listen! For the one who leads others into captivity, into captivity he goes. The one who kills others by the sword, by the sword he will be put to death. This is a call for the endurance and faithfulness of the holy believers.”

Revelation 13:9-10 TPT

“I say this is my favorite because my God is a God of justice and war (Exodus 15:3) and he has always been an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth kind of man. I know who I worship & warship with in spirit.” —Maijiü Y.


“Receive this truth: Whatever you forbid on earth will be considered to be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will be considered to be released in heaven. Again, I give you an eternal truth: If two of you agree to ask God for something in a symphony of prayer, my heavenly Father will do it for you.”

Matthew 18:18-19 TPT

Submitted by Izelle V.


“Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 TPT

“These verses continue to guide me when I am faced with decisions I need to make…whether small or life changing… if I follow the principles and give it over to the LORD…my heart and mind are filled with peace.” —Ruthie B.


“Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving. It extends beyond the gift of prophecy, which eventually fades away. It is more enduring than tongues, which will one day fall silent. Love remains long after words of knowledge are forgotten.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 TPT

This Scripture has helped me to better understand God’s character and understand how to properly love others the way we are supposed to because the Bible talks about everything being wrapped up in love; and love is greater even than faith because we are nothing without love.” —Helen T.


“Direct me, Yahweh, throughout my journey so I can experience your plans for my life. Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you. Escort me into your truth; take me by the hand and teach me. For you are the God of my salvation; I have wrapped my heart into yours all day long!”

Psalm 25:4-5 TPT

“Raised as a PK, CK, and MK my head was full of bible knowledge that guided me through the years. When I turned to the worldly pursuits (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life) which failed me, I was led providentially to these words. Comfort, assurance, and peace from God from his truth.” —Bob P.


Renewal

If you’re looking for God to provide restoration in 2024 and be reminded how God can make all things new, we encourage you to keep these powerful verses close to your heart. 

“And because of God’s unfailing purpose, this detailed plan will reign supreme through every period of time until the fulfillment of all the ages finally reaches its climax—when God makes all things new in all of heaven and earth through Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 1:10 TPT

“Looking forward to the end of time to be fulfilled and God to make all things new through Jesus for Jesus. This is more and more precious to me as I get older. Yes, I miss my youth, but it’s so much more than that, like I can barely imagine being renewed in Christ.” —Gina M.


“He heals the wounds of every shattered heart.”

Psalm 147:3 TPT

“I had a daughter named Antoinette…she was killed by a man who was her boyfriend. I had no relationship with Christ at the time. In his timing, he has healed my broken heart. That was a wound only he could heal. To God be the Glory! I have been saved through it and a lot of my family. Hallelujah!” —Emma G.


“Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything—every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do.”

2 Corinthians 9:8 TPT

“It mirrors the state I desire to be in all realms—spirit, soul and body, permanently; boosted by 2 Corinthians 9:8. Hallelujah! Amen!” —Vince I.


“This entire building is under construction and is continually growing under his supervision until it rises up completed as the holy temple of the Lord himself. This means that God is transforming each one of you into the Holy of Holies, his dwelling place, through the power of the Holy Spirit living in you!”

Ephesians 2:21-22 TPT

“This Scripture is so amazing, to realize that the Holy Spirit has the power, and wants to transform ME into the dwelling place of the Lord. That I have become the Holy of Holies, and he comes to dwell continually in ME.” —Sue L.


“God will continually revitalize you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases him.”

Philippians 2:13 TPT

“God wants us to do his will so much to the point that he fills and empowers us with HIS power and HIS will to do what he desires us to do to please him. That’s the love of the Father.” —Carleton J.


“When they found Jesus, they saw the demonized man sitting there, properly clothed and in his right mind. Seeing what had happened to the man possessed by many demons, the people became afraid.”

Mark 5:15 TPT

“One brief encounter with Jesus caused the man with legions of demons to be clothed and in his right mind. This is a great testimony of the love and power of God working through Jesus. There is nothing that he cannot redeem.” —Linda F.


“And then, after your brief suffering, the God of all loving grace, who has called you to share in his eternal glory in Christ, will personally and powerfully restore you and make you stronger than ever. Yes, he will set you firmly in place and build you up.”

1 Peter 5:10 TPT

“This has held me up through a painful life.” —S.G.


“Come now and let’s deliberate over the next steps to take together.” Yahweh promises you over and over: “Though your sins stain you like scarlet, I will whiten them like bright, new-fallen snow! Even though they are deep red like crimson, they will be made white like wool!”

Isaiah 1:18 TPT

“It’s important simply because it is an invitation from my Father, even though I’m imperfect and flawed, to come boldly to him and put him in remembrance of his Word! It never fails and has kept me in the midst of rejection, oppression and every kind of hell. Even the little things matter!” —Dor N.


“For out of him, the sustainer of everything, came everything, and now everything finds fulfillment in him. May all praise and honor be given to him forever! Amen!”

Romans 11:36 TPT

“It is true. It is the heart of all things. Like a wheel within a wheel, no matter where you start you will end up with this verse. It is comforting so it rests my soul. It is reassuring, so it steadies me. The verse itself wants me to bow down and worship him.” —Danny H.


We wholeheartedly encourage you to choose a verse that resonates with your heart or holds personal significance to you that you can make your verse for the year 2024. Place it somewhere you can regularly reflect upon it. By doing so, you’ll infuse your daily life with inspiration and spiritual guidance, nurturing your faith journey throughout the entirety of 2024!

Stay tuned for part two coming January 8th!

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Jan 2 2024 @ 6 PM CDT

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