I believe that God speaks to us in many ways, including but not limited to His Word. His Word is the primary way He speaks to us. In the 1 Peter 3:15 the scriptures says
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
In an attempt to be better prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks me for a reason for the hope that is in me I found myself a theme verse; mine is my anchor for my life and my faith. A theme verse is a tool and resource to help believers and followers of God keep their focus on Him.
Choosing a theme verse is a personal process. A theme verse reflects who we are in the Lord and our journey in His kingdom. We can use this verse as a tool to be able to make a defense for anyone who is questioning your faith. It is a verse that we memorize to remind us of God’s impact in our life.
What’s a Theme?
The definition of the word theme that I am going to use today I found on Google, which is: the subject of a person’s thoughts. In Colossians 3:2, we read “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” If the subject of our thoughts is the Lord we will be tempted less by the things of the world.
Now … not being tempted will not happen overnight. Like pretty much everything in life, it’s a process. Some temptations will be just us deciding to not give in anymore and others … well, may take some practice. One thing God has taught me, through my hubby no less, is how to have grace with myself. The writer of 1 John 2:1 essentially said, don’t sin, but when you do remember we have Jesus:
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
But, What’s a Theme Verse?
As I was saying … If the subject of our thoughts is the Lord we will be tempted less by the things of this world. We should memorize our theme verse to help keep our thoughts on the Lord. There are times in our lives when we are tempted more than we think we can bear, having a theme verse will remind us of the Lord to keep our resolve to serve Him. Having a verse close to our hearts will help us keep our thoughts on the subject of Him.
I do want to point out that having a theme verse is not a requirement of those who believe or follow the Lord. It is a helpful tool to keep the subject of our thoughts on our Creator.
Why Should You Have a Theme Verse?
A theme verse is a verse we memorize to keep in our mental pocket to stay focused on our Christian walks. Theme verses are tools to remind us of God’s love. We can also use our theme verse as an anthem. We should all have a theme verse because it helps keep us focused on God, it is a reminder of His love, something to reference in defense of our faith, and because it can be an anthem or declaration for our lives.
I know that there have been times that I have fallen back to my theme verse when circumstances made me cry. My verse is a pick me up to remind me that I am loved, to remind me that I have worth in God’s eyes. (Please visit my Are You Enough? Are You Worthy? Post). Without my theme verse, I am not sure I would be the person I am today. My verse has helped me keep my focus, reminded me of God’s love, and is my life anthem.
Also, your theme verse may change depending on your season in life. If it does change every so often, that’s ok. If you are more like me and have one consistent verse that sticks with you, that’s ok too. God meets us where we are, and His Word reflects that. If your theme verse changes it is because God has moved you to a new season. In that season, the new verse is what He wants you to hear.
What Do You Look for in a Theme Verse?
When looking for a theme verse, I think the most important thing to remember is to not rush it. It took me over 7 years before I had mine and I stumbled upon it. So my recommendation: study the scriptures often and listen to that still small voice of the Spirit. Pray about it if you feel you need to.
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So, when searching for a theme verse ask yourself:
- Does the verse remind you of you?
- Will this verse help you keep your focus? How will it help keep your focus?
- Does the verse describe your relationship with God?
- Once memorized, can you share it like an anthem or declaration?
- Does it remind you of His love?
I can recite my verse better than the Star Spangled Banner and I will never forget it. And have recited it for many people, even a few who are not believers. It makes me feel confident and strong.
The most important question to ask about your theme verse is: Do I feel like God wrote this verse for me? My verse, I feel in the deepest parts of my heart and soul, God wrote for me. For me, it was like a ton of bricks landed on me and a heavy weight was lifted off my chest all at the same time. I was actually listening to my Bible on CD, I had just pulled into work and I heard the beautiful artist read it and knew. I went to work, pulled out a Bible and found the verse.
My Verse. My Story.
So I bet you’re wondering what my theme verse is? Well … I’m going to tell you 😀 It is:
Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In Your love You kept me from the pit of destruction, You have put all my sins behind Your back.
Before I share with you part of my story, I just want to say, forgiveness has been had all around. I and the others involved have moved past this and have worked hard to have the relationships we have today.
You see … I was abused as a child. Honestly, I don’t really want to get into the graphic details. But because of those experiences, I’ve walked a bumpy road with a heavy load. I have been within inches of taking my own life; if they couldn’t love me then no one could, which meant there was no reason for me to exist. But my God, in His infinite and unconditional love, kept me from the pit of destruction.
The place of work I alluded to above was a faith-based non-profit in Everett, WA called Hand in Hand. One of their programs involves caring for children entering foster care. I don’t believe that God had me abused. I believe it made Him sad and angry. But He used that suffering and anguish for my benefit and the benefit of the children I helped care for during my time there.
My God has physically and spiritually saved me and hides all my sin behind His back.
Anchor for my Faith
I have found that my theme verse has been an anchor for my faith. It keeps my focus on God and reminds me that I am who I am because of the grace of God. While having a theme verse is not a requirement of the scriptures, it is a great way to keep scripture near to our hearts. My theme verse has been a reminder of the love, forgiveness, and power of my God. And my hope is that you will be able to find a verse that speaks to you and reminds you of His love for you.
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