Thursday, January 12, 2012

This Same God

I'm a die-hard NIV fan.  The New International Version of the Bible is easy to read and understand for most folks.  But familiarity with a certain favorite translation or paraphrase of the Scriptures can cause us to become complacent when we read God's Word, so it is important to switch things up every now and then. 

Recently I read a familiar verse, Philippians 4:19, out of the New Living Translation and was absolutely wow'd by the power in the promise:   "And this same God who takes care of me will supply all of your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."  This same God.  The same God that created the universe, parted the Red Sea, and converted a die-hard persecutor into a zealous disciple, Paul, who not only penned this verse but also radically influenced his world for Christ.  That same God is at work in you and me, and as He did in Paul's life, is able to do in and through us "immeasureably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20, NIV).

This same God.

What is it that you desire to see God do in your life this year?  Know that Jesus, who has walked on water, turned water into wine, and taken upon Himself the very sins of the world so that we might live with Him for all eternity, desires nothing but the very best for you. Live in the light of the promise that "this same God will supply all of your needs."

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