Stewardship Bible verses or any Bible verse is important to a follower of Jesus. It might help guide him or her to the full life that Jesus promised. Still, we must be careful how we interpret each Bible verse. We must place each verse in context and realize it is God’s will we seek, not ours.
Memorizing stewardship Bible verses or other Bible verses helps us handle daily life issues God’s way. That’s why I was thrilled, though taken aback, when I “found” in my ATTIC, five stewardship Bible verses. Each dealt with an area that challenged me: Anxiety, trust, temptation, people, and confession.
Shortly after I surrendered my life to Jesus in 1985, I had a vision of an attic with five large colored boxes. Each box had a word starting with a huge bold letter from the word attic, and a Bible verse. Many mornings as I jogged, this picture became clearer.
One morning about 5:00 AM while jogging in Brisbane, Australia, the picture of the attic was so vivid I returned to my hotel to try to process it. At the hotel, I wrote out the vision.
As I reflected on this vision, I realized it referred to my daily walk with Jesus. It seemed to be the base for a orderly way to have extra time with the Lord. I sensed my attic was a way for me to withdraw often to see God’s hand in the moment.
Stewardship Bible Verses Found in My ATTIC
These are the stewardship Bible verses–words on five boxes in my attic:
- Anxious – Philippians 4:6-7
- Trust – Proverbs 3:5-6
- Temptation – 1 Corinthians 10:13
- Inner Focus – 1 Samuel 16: 6-7
- Confession – 1 John 1:9
When I sense anxiety I withdraw to a quiet place, often the bathroom, and mull over Philippians 4:6-7. These verses remind me not to be anxious, but pray. They help me recall that I should be thankful to God. I should give my concerns to him, and he will give me peace. That’s the only solution we need in the moment; His peace. Think about it!
I present my situation to God, ask him to help me accept where I am, what I have, and give me peace to deal with it. The goal is his peace, not a solution to the issue. Recalling these verses several times daily, praying and believing them, help me see alternatives. It is difficult to evaluate situations when tensed and anxious. His peace provides a clarity that’s unreal to me.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
This is my great challenge. I try to do things in my own strength instead of leaning on Jesus. That’s why, daily, as my activities challenge me, I withdraw often to evaluate how I am doing, and recall Proverbs 3:5-6. These stewardship Bible verses tell me to trust in the Lord and lean on him, and he will make my path straight. This does not mean I will get the solution I seek; merely, when I work to God’s goals, with his help, I do his will, and I get a peace that’s difficult to understand.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths – Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
One of the great assurances in the Bible is this stewardship Bible verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13:
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it (ESV).
Daily, I must remember that I can’t blame anyone when I fall. The Devil did not “make me do it.” Faced with temptation, I pray this verse and ask God to help me see and follow his path. I know it is there and I need his strength to override my fleshly desires. Still, sometimes I reject his path. But I get up quickly with His help and keep going!
When Samuel went to Jesse’s house to anoint the next king of Israel, as Jesse’s boys entered the room, Samuel saw Eliab and from his external appearances thought he must be the one. God told Samuel he did not choose Eliab. God reminded Samuel that God looks on the inside but people look on the outside (1 Samuel 16:6-7).
Often I have withdrawn and prayed this verse, particularly when I interview, counsel, or meet someone. I know external appearances influence my thinking, and so I must seek God’s help regularly to overcome this flaw.
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord‘s anointed is before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:6-7 (ESV)
Happily, at day’s end I review events, go to the attic, and reflect on 1 John 1:9. I ask the Lord to show me incidents I need to confess. I confess, repent and ask him to cleanse me. He does, as promised.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness – 1 John 1:9 (ESV)
Conscious of these stewardship Bible verses daily heightens my awareness for good stewardship in all aspects of life, not only with money.
Frequent withdrawals to my attic to seek God’s guidance to respond to events allow me to live in the moment and increase time with him.
Time in my attic with these stewardship Bible verses has shown me how to be more alert and responsive to the presence of the Lord in daily activities.
I pray my attic blesses you.
Copyright © 2012, Michel A. Bell