My Spotlight Verses
The term spotlight verse is not found anywhere in scripture, a commentary, or Biblical dictionary. It is a term the Lord and I started using a few years ago in keeping with 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Each year without fail, usually at the close of the year, the Holy Spirit illumines a verse. No matter what I do, I can’t shake the verse from my mind. It just won’t leave me alone. I call the verse my spotlight verse. The following year commit to pray the verse(s). God uses the verse to teach, rebuke, correct, and train me as His servant so that I might be equipped for every good work.
You want one? Ask the Holy Spirit. He will lead you to just the right verse. However, I must warn, the verses get in your business. One year my spotlight verse was Psalm 141:3, “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Yeah. I know.
My spotlight verse for 2019 is a hard one. Honestly, I’m afraid to pray it, because of its content… I see some hard times ahead. God in His sovereignty is preparing my heart for something ahead that will be difficult. I’d must rather pray some life-affirming blessing-from-the-heavenlies verse but God says this is my verse…
But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Mark 11:25
So, take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs, and mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves but become strong. Try to stay out of all quarrels, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for one who is not holy will not see the Lord. Hebrews 12:12-14
John 21:22, “Jesus replied, If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”
1 Thessalonians 2:4, “For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.”
1 Peter 2:2, “Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.