The bible is full of stories that have nothing to do with me…
The bible was written so long ago it doesn’t apply to present day…
I’m just 1 person in a billion, why would God take the time to listen to me...
Why do these thoughts cross our mind all too often? For me, it’s because I don’t take seriously how PERSONAL each verse in the bible is and that since God said it, he’s saying it to me and you personally and individually.
When God says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God is really saying “For God so loved Your name, that he gave his only begotten Son, so that when Insert name believes in him, she/he should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Say that verse replacing in your name, feels a little different…right?
This is such a revealing exercise to do as your reading the bible. When you read about God’s promises and love, you won’t miss the truth, power, and significance of what he’s saying to YOU.
Here are a few verses to start off with…
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for insert name,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper insert name and not to harm insert name, plans to give insert name a hope and a future.
Matthew 28:19 Insert name, therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for insert name in this: While insert name was still a sinner, Christ died for insert name.
Josh 1:9 Have I not commanded insert name? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with insert name wherever she/he go.”
Let me know what you think!