Verses from August 2022 through July 2023

There are a lot of problems in today’s world that impact the well-being of people, even people in our own church. With inflation, things cost a lot more now than they did a year or two ago. Such a financial strain puts a lot of strain on the emotional well-being of people as well. They worry. They hurt. A lot of people have those problems. Maybe there are friends or relatives that have serious illnesses, or that have suffered injuries in accidents or other ways. Maybe some people you know live in the area of Southwest Florida that bore the brunt of Hurricane Ian. There are likely very few, if any, people that don’t have problems. We should try, to the best of our abilities and within our available resources, to help others, not for the praise of men, but because it is the will of God for us to do so.

Our memory verses for October of 2022 relate to these issues.

Matthew 5:41-42 - And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

In Matthew 25:34-39, Jesus tells a parable of a King (God) who tells his people to get ready to inherit what was prepared for them, and then lists all sorts of things that the people had done for him (feed him, clothe him, etc). Then the people ask, when did we do those things for you? Our second memory verse for October contains his response.

Matthew 25:40 - And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

We need to help others, but the things that we do for others should not be done to receive thanks from those for which we did them, or praise from others who know what we did. They should be done because that is what God wants us to do.

When we first started this Bible Verse memorization project, our first 6 verses were on the “exclusivity of Jesus Christ.” As I was looking at 1 Timothy 2, I saw another familiar verse that deals with this topic. There is only one way to be saved, and that is through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary, that was made to pay the penalty for the sin of all mankind. Our first memory verse for September 2022 is

1 Timothy 2:5 - For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Each September, in this country, we celebrate Labor Day. For the last 2 years, one of our September memory verses was one of the versions of the Great Commission. That is the “Labor” that Christians must be about constantly. Our second memory verse for September 2022 is a 3rd version of that “Great Commission.”

Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth

The memory verses for August 2022 represent the beginning of the 4th year of posting 2 verses a month for you to memorize. It is our hope that you find this to be a help and a blessing to you!

Last August, we learned 2 great things that God does for the believer. According to Romans 8:28, for the believer, ALL things work together for GOOD! A few verses later in the same chapter (Romans 8:38-39) we find that NOTHING can keep the believer from the love of God! We keep that same theme for August of 2022.

Our first memory verse teaches us that God watches and listens to the righteous (believer).

Psalm 34:15 - The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Our second memory verse teaches us that we can’t even imagine the great things that God has prepared for the believer (them that love God).

1 Corinthians 2:9 - But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

2 more great promises of God for believers. To be a believer you need to recognize that you are a sinner (Romans 3:23), that you can’t take care of your sin problem by yourself (Ephesians 2:8-9), that only Jesus can solve that problem (Romans 6:23) which he did when he willingly took your sin upon Him and sacrificed Himself on the cross of Calvary (1 Cor 15:4-5). When you accept that sacrifice, that free gift from Christ as your only means of gaining eternal life (salvation), you become a believer and gain these other wonderful gifts from God, in addition to eternity in heaven with God!