When you became a Christian you probably didn’t believe you would be rejected for your faith. That person who brought you to the Lord might have quoted Jeremiah 29:11.
God’s word, however, promises more than a wonderful plan to the true convert to Christianity. The Bible, inerrant and infallible, tells the truth in all things, including those we would rather forget about all together.
Did Jesus heal you from an addiction? Clean out your filthy heart? Set you on a path of righteousness and change you from the inside out?
Stop you swearing, lusting and thinking of yourself ALL THE TIME? Make changes in you with the blink of His eye that you had been trying desperately to make in your own will for years, decades even?
What could possibly be wrong with that?
According to the world…lots.
Jeremiah 29:11 is a fun Bible verse. Here are a few more truths from the Bible that are less popular but important to remember all the same. They could keep you, new convert, from falling back into the enemy’s hands.
For, the truth will set you free. (John 8:32) Not only the palatable truth. That is a lie of the enemy. God gives us the whole truth so we will stand strong in the face of persecution.
1. Matthew 10:34-37
My favorite verses because they began my relationship with Christ. I asked Him how I would follow Him and honor my parents at the same time. His answer:
34 “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.
35 ‘I have come to set a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 Your enemies will be right in your own household!’
37 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.
2. John 15:18-19
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.”
3. 2 Timothy 3:12
“Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
4. Matthew 10:22
“And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
5. John 16:33
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
What’s a sobering scripture that’s helped you stand strong?