12 Bible Verses Which Have Shaped My Life


Here are 12 Bible verses that have helped shape my life. There are so many others, but these were the first 12 to come to mind. I memorized these years ago and they’ve been timeless truths…daily reminders…I have “hidden in my heart”. All verses are from the New International Version, because I that was the version I primarily used at the time.

You may want to pick one, write it on an index card and put it on the refrigerator, and hid it in your heart.

Here are 12 life-shaping verses:

Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Genesis 6:22

Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 1 Peter 1:14-15

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalms 51:12

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me. Psalms 13:6

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:21

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14

But the Lord said to Samuel, โ€œDo not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.โ€ 1 Samuel 16:7

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Proverbs 25:2

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

What is one of your life-shaping verses?

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  • […] 12 Bible Verses Which Have Shaped My Life […]

  • Michael Edwards says:

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

    Colossians 3:23-24. Pray it every day before I start work.

  • Hi Ron. Wonderful post. You may want to link each of the verses to their corresponding passages on BibleGateway.com. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Andrew Mason says:

    And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.โ€ (Revelation 21:4 NKJV) #hope

  • bryankr says:

    I once counted it good and courageous to be able to stand up against people from what is considered cult beliefs and fight them with the truths of the Bible! Did you catch all those negatives in there? For a long time, I didn't.
    2 Cor 5: 19(NIV) that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of RECONCILIATION.
    I Was supposed to be using grace, not a repertoire of knowledge.
    Twitter: bryankr

  • Mike Collins says:

    Psalm 71:18 has become huge for me, both as I'm getting older and now that I am serving as a bi-vocational pastor.

  • Tyler says:

    Great list. Proverbs 16:9 is one of my favorites. Every time I think I have a plan in my mind, it seems the Lord leads a different direction. Proverbs 16:9 always springs to mind in those moments.

  • seanvanzant584624340 says:

    Thanks for sharing that Ron! I now have another couple of verses to add to my life shaping ๐Ÿ™‚

    I prayed Solomon's prayer, and I ended up with over 3,500 books so far! For sure, I haven't read them all. Praise God for all the wisdom & knowledge that God has imparted to me through logos.com, amazon.com, and audible.com! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @MisterTR21 says:

    My wife and I are attending IBC now. Very much enjoy your preaching / teaching style…you keep it real.

    • ronedmondson says:

      That's awesome. Thank you. Hopefully we've met but introduce yourself so I can out a face with a Twitter name. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

  • @MisterTR21 says:

    Philippians 4.6 "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done."

    This verse sustained me during my first wife's illness and eventual passing. I am happily married again and He continues to bless me beyond my wildest imagination.

  • @eccle0412 says:

    In this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have we wait for it patiently. Romans 8: 24&25

  • Tress says:

    "I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His spirit in your inner being." Ephesians 3:16.
    Whatever life dishes out, when I take each step with a strength and power that come from God who gave strength and power for Jesus to rise from His death, it can be overcome. Be is simple daily struggles or crushing tragedy – resurrection life is possible.

  • John says:

    Romans 5:8 tells me so much about God, myself, and how I am to behave as one who participates on mission with Him…"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

  • jonstallings says:

    For many years Joshua 1:9 has had a major impact: "Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

    Over the past year I have added Acts 20:24 = "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace."

  • As a baby Christian this one rang true for me and shaped my walk.

    He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof [not only himself] goes astray [but also] causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others. Proverbs 10:17 AMP

  • I too have many of these "hidden in my heart." Love these verses, thanks!

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