So, a few weeks ago, I did a poll on Instagram asking if you guys would rather hear my favorite bible verses or my favorite books of the bible. It was close but favorite books of the bible won. But don't worry, I will be sharing some of my favorite bible verses soon.
So, before I get into my top 3 books of the bible, I will warn you that they are all from the New Testament lol. I love a lot of books in the Old Testament, but my tops are definitely New Testament. My man Jesus left us some GOOD WORD MAN. lol, but I may come back and do my top 3 from the Old Testament because they have some bangers as well.
My Top 3 are the books I most recommend, and the books that have had the greatest impact on my personal spiritual life. so, LETS GET INTO IT
James is my number 1 favorite book of the bible. And honestly, it's not close. It's short, only 5 chapters. And it's the first book I actually read the entirety of. So honestly, it has some sentimentality to it. James is my favorite book because of what it addresses. It directly speaks to A LOT of my personal struggles. Top of the book, James 1:2 "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds". I beg your pardon? Tryna tell me to be happy when I'm in the trenches? But verse 3 goes on to say, "for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." Or in some translations, Endurance. Meaning when you're going through things remember that you are being strengthened. You don't go to the gym and start lifting your weight in weights. You don't run a 5k when you literally never run. With no kind of training. You get on the treadmill. You run outside. (I don't know what you do when you train for a 5k guys, I'm just assuming loll). And after the first training session you're out of breath. exhausted. Sore. But you keep going if you want to run that 5k. When you go through trials you get emotionally exhausted. Sometimes you're out of breath from crying. But each trial teaches you something if you let it. Each trial builds your spiritual muscles. And the more you train to push through and to seek God above all else, the easier it is to see that finish line. To see God's face man. James is telling us to shift our mindset and remember that God is at the finish line. All that... FROM THE FIRST THREE VERSES DAWG. James goes on to talk about being a doer of the word, taming the tongue, and some other really good topics. I love James because it addresses my unchristlike habits in a very simple and direct way. 10/10. Highly Recommend. Especially as something to read when you're first starting to really get into reading the Bible.
Romans is written by my guy Paul. Romans has a LOT of bangers. Including the famous "Present your body as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship" as well as the "Be ye not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind" verse. Both of those being the openers for Romans chapter 12. Romans as a whole was a heavy hitter for me. However, my favorite Chapter of Romans would have to be Romans 7. He made me feel seen in that chapter. Paul says in Chapter 7:18-19 "For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep doing." ESV. MAN. Paul is directly speaking to my spiritual insecurities. I feel like I try, and I try but I STILL fall into temptation. I still judge others sometimes, I still gossip, I still go out and do things i know God wouldn't want me to do. And I get so frustrated like what the heck is wrong with me. But it's like I have to consciously try every second of every day to do right. And that is SO exhausting. Sometimes, it feels impossible. Because without Christ it is. Without the holy spirit, we're roped. A lot of times we focus waaay too much on our own power, forgetting that we don't have the power. At least for me, I focus way too much on what I do wrong and what I do right. Romans 7:23-25 basically says that sin dwells in our bones man. And that no one but Christ can deliver us from our negative tendencies. Don't know about y'all but that just puts everything in perspective for me. I can't become the woman I want to be, and the woman God wants me to be if I keep trying to get there myself. Seek first the kingdom of heaven and everything else will come. And the holy spirit is not hiding, so once you seek him with your whole heart, you will find him. I would 100% Recommend that you go read Romans for yourself. Especially if you're in the place of really trying to dive deeper into your spiritual relationship with God.
Last but certainly not least, I had to list a gospel. It was actually pretty hard picking between John and Mark because Mark has some of my favorite verses in there. But I think John as a whole takes the cake for me. Especially when you're first starting out reading the word. John was the first gospel I read so; I think you'll enjoy it. My favorite Chapter from John is definitely Chapter 15! The great "I am the vine; you are the branches" Chapter. John 15:4 "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me." This verse is personal to me because as a Christian, I want to spread love and joy and to help others. I want to give all of myself to other people, but without Christ, it's just draining. And I've experienced that. Giving so much of myself that I have nothing left. A lot of people tell me I shouldn't do that, and I need to remember to put myself first. Which I get, especially in our day and age now. But from my perspective Jesus put himself last, and when he felt burnt out, he went to fill his cup with the father. He went to go spend alone time with God and prayed and worshipped. And then he continued to give himself to others. At the end of the day, I want to give my all loving and supporting other people. But I can't do that with just me. I have to abide in Christ and him in me and then I will bear much fruit. And then I will have something to give other people. Now I do need to love myself, because how i view myself also ties into how I treat other people, which I'm learning. But that's a topic for another day.
But yes y'all. Those are my favorite books of the bible, and I guess my favorite verses from those books. Each of these books have greatly impacted me and my spiritual journey. I highly recommend you read them all for yourselves because I really only touched on like one or two verses from these books' guys, imagine what you can get from a chapter, let alone the book itself.
I hope you guys enjoyed this, let me know if you would like to read more bible-based blogs, or anything else you'd like to see me talk about. Love you guys! <3