One of the things that has kept me going as a believer through so many years is the fact that I try to hold on to God's promises. But it can often be difficult to hold on to His promises, especially if you don't know or if you don't remember what they are. One of the most practical ways that I've found to hold on to God's promises is through memorizing Scripture. Many of us have attempted to memorize Scripture but have failed miserably for various reasons. However, I would like to challenge us all to keep each other accountable to hold on to His promises even through the simple act of adding Scripture memory verses to your accountability groups or small groups.
One verse that has stayed with me ever since I was in high school has been Proverbs 3:5-6. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Obviously, Christians suffer just as much as non-believers do, so the idea of having your path made straight cannot mean that you will have no troubles in life. Rather, it would mean that God is leading us through the troubles. When you go through a difficult time, trust Him. Don't lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge His ways, meaning remember that God's ways are greater than your ways and that His way is to rescue you from your own sinfulness and from the world through Jesus Christ. Trust in Jesus, and your path will be made straight!
So, what's your favorite verse? I encourage you to share with someone, and perhaps come share with me also!