Memorizing verses about the character of God and the nature of the gospel is an effective means to hold temptation at arm’s length. Temptation occurs at the “desire” level (James 1:14) so loving God more changes our desires. I have found the best way to do this is to get to know him better and to grow in appreciating the benefits of the gospel. The following 10 promises and accompanying verses have helped me to do both.
#1 God is good, loving and faithful.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 100:5).
# 2 God loves me and enjoys acting on my behalf.
The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV).
#3 God sacrificed his Son to show his love for me.
8…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us … 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life (Romans 5:8,10).
#4 Nothing can separate me from the love of God.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:35, 37)
#5 God is purposefully at work in my life and circumstances.
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. . . 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11, 13)
#6 God will never stop loving me.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him” (Lamentations 3:23-24).
#7 God will always be with me.
. . . for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6).
#8 God is with me when I’m in trouble.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea . . . (Psalm 46:1-2)
#9 Having been forgiven I need not fear God’s condemnation.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
#10 God saved me, because of who he is, not because of who I am.
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-6).