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Friday, September 12, 2014

Personalizing God’s Word to Change My Life

In review of Philippians 1:6 it says, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

Bottom Line:
I am certain that God who began this good work in you will continue working up and until the day when Jesus Christ returns.

What this means to me:
I am certain that God who began a good work in me will continue this work up and until the day when Jesus Christ returns for me. What I’m learning is that God’s Word will never change my life until I let it become personal. It’s not about others, rather it’s about God’s Word being applied to my life. In other words, the Bible won’t become dynamic until it becomes specific.

To make God’s Word more personal to me, I can do a personalize-it method of Bible meditation. To do this, I simply put my name in the place of pronouns or nouns in Scripture. For example, if I were personalizing John 3:16, I’d write something like this: “For God so loved Mark, he gave his one and only Son so that Mark would not perish but have everlasting life.”

Or, for Philippians 1:6: “He who began a good work in Mark will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Putting my name in the text, will help strengthen my faith and encourage me.

You can also re-write the verse as if God is talking directly to you. For example, Philippians 1:6 would be: “I, who began a good work in you, Mark, will carry it on to completion.”

If I do this as I read the Bible, it will become like God’s love letter to me. Reading the Bible isn’t just about getting to know the content of the Word; it’s about getting to know the author of it personally.

Making God’s word more personal helps with the conversation aspect of talking with God. It personalizes it for me and helps me hear God speak directly with me. To start today I can write” I am certain that God who began a good work in Mark will continue this work up and until the day when Jesus Christ returns for Mark.”

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