Just for You

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Have you ever felt like there were certain parts of Scripture that were put into the Bible just for you? I hope you have, because I fully believe that He did this for every single person who has ever lived… Here are just a few of the ones that I cannot move away from lately. (Feel free to make them yours too, if you like.)

“God can do anything, you know- far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us – His Spirit deeply and gently within us.”  -Ephesians 3

“If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get His help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves…”  -James 1

“This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me – a real surprise – God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure it had nothing to do with my natural abilities. So here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head – the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ.”  -Ephesians 3

“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.”  -Galatians 5

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope ~ with less of you there is more of God and His rule.”  -Matthew 5

In simple humility, let our gardener – God – landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life… Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption…”  -James 1

“…willing to live in the risky faith-embrace of God’s action for them… We call Abraham ‘father’ not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody… When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding not to live on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do, but on what God said he would do… He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong – ready for God, sure that God would make good on what He said.”  – Romans 4

“We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same time that He has already thrown open His doors to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory – standing tall and shouting our praise… In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary – we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through His Holy Spirit!” – Romans 5

“So let’s go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is – not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. This ‘insider world’ is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come. Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ Name. Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship – a different kind of ‘sacrifice’ – that takes place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.” – Hebrews 13

“Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful inheritance.”  – Galatians 4

“Let the Word of Christ – the Message – have the run of the House. Give it plenty of room in your life.” – Colossians 3

“Sing, barren woman! Fill the air with song, you who have never experienced childbirth! You’re ending up with far more children than all those childbearing women, God says so! Clear lots of ground for your tents! Make your tents large! Spread out! Think big! Use plenty of rope. Drive the tent pegs deep! You’re going to need lots of elbow room for your growing family. You’re going to take over whole nations. You’re going to resettle abandoned cities. Don’t be afraid – you won’t be embarrassed! Don’t hold back – you won’t come up short!” – Isaiah 54

“God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in His rightness. So where does that leave our proud insider claims and counterclaims? Canceled? Yes, canceled. What we’ve learned is this: God does not respond to what we do. We respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out – Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting Him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade! And where does that leave our proud claim of having a corner on God? Also canceled. God is the God of outsiders as well as insiders. How could it be otherwise since there is only one God? God sets right all who welcome His action and enter into it – both those who follow our religious system and those who have never heard of it.” – Romans 3

“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything – more than just ready to do what needs to be done.” – 2 Corinthians 9

“We aren’t making outrageous claims here. We’re sticking to the limits of what God has set for us. But there can be no question that those limits reach to and include you. We are not moving into someone else’s ‘territory,’ we were already there with you, weren’t we? We were the first ones to get there with the Message of Christ, right? So how can there be a question of overstepping our bounds by writing or visiting you? We are not barging in on the rightful work of others, interfering with their ministries, demanding a place in the sun with them. What we’re hoping for is that as our lives grow in faith, you’ll play a part within our expanding work. And we will all still be within the limits God sets as we proclaim the Message in countries beyond Corinth. But we have no intention on moving in on what others have done and taking credit for it…” – 2 Corinthians 10

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