Word 4U Today

‘PROMISES, PROMISES!’ (2)

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 ‘No … Scripture is … of one’s own interpretation’ 2 Peter 1:20 NAS

How not to use the Bible:

1) Take a verse at random and ignore the rest of the chapter.

For example, take a running jump from one of the buildings along Ayala Avenue and explaining to the emergency medical team, ‘It’s okay! My vertebrae will be just fine. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!’

If you’d bother to read the rest of Philippians 4, you would see that Paul is talking about his ability to get on with the job despite trials and tribulations – not claiming to be somewhat like the Man of Steel.

2) Make up your own ‘The-Interpretation-I-Think-Suits-Me-Best-Right-Now’

Translation: For example, Psalm 37 quite clearly says God will give you the desires of your heart.

Well God, if you could transfer a lump sum of cash into my current account, and while you’re at it make that heartthrob down the road fall in luurvve with me, that’d be awesome!

Much as you may like this translation, the Psalm is actually about bringing your desires in line with His, not the other way around.

(And if you stopped to think about it for a little while, you probably wouldn’t have it any other way. I mean, you’ve seen Bruce Almighty, right?) How about a passion for justice, a streak of creativity, a holy anger, a forgiving spirit? God’s promises usually end with blessing others, not just yourself.

What now?

Struggling to understand what God has promised you, personally? Be brave; spend time with Him to ask what He wants of you. You might find yourself with opportunities that you wouldn’t have thought of.

SOULFOOD1 Chronicles 23:21 – 26:19 Luke 13:18-35 Psalms 119:57-64 Proverbs 21:7-9

Jolleese Plaire Dzadzovsky

August 15th, 2013

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