“Don’t take it so personal,” a friend may tell us when somebody makes an observation over which we feel insulted. Maybe it was personal, maybe it wasn’t.
However, there are times when it is to our great benefit to know expressly in so many good ways —
It IS personal —
So, have you ever noticed just how personal the word of God is written to each child of God?
Sure, the Bible was written to mankind in general, His people in particular. But He draws to it each person individually, collectively to all who receive it in Him.
Try this little exercise. Place your name in the parenthetical, underscored spaces in red. This can be applied in many areas of both the New and Old Testaments. Many of His promises are very personal as we apply them.
1. “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The doorkeeper opens the door for him, and (G.W) (the sheep) hear his voice. He calls (his own sheep) (G.W) by name and leads him (them) out. 4 When he has brought (G.W) (all his own sheep) out, he goes ahead of him (them,) and (the sheep) (G.W) follows him because he (they) recognize his voice. 5 (They) (G.W) will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him, because (they) (G.W) do not recognize the stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers, but (G.W) did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If (anyone) (G.W) enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that (G.W) may have life, and may have it abundantly.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and runs away. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. 13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, he runs away.
14 “I am the good shepherd. I know (G.W) (my own)and (my own) (G.W) know(s) me – 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for (G.W) (the sheep)
16 I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me– because I lay down my life, so that I may take it back again. 18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down of my own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This commandment I received from my Father.”
22 Then came the feast of the Dedication in Jerusalem. 23 It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple area in Solomon’s Portico. 24 The Jewish leaders surrounded him and asked, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 26 But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep. 27 (G.W) (My sheep) listens to my voice, and I know (G.W) (them,) and (G.W) (they) follow(s) me. 28 I give (G.W) (them) eternal life, and (G.W) (they) will never perish; no one will snatch(them) (G.W) from my hand. 29 My Father, who has given (G.W) (them) to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch (G.W) (them) from my Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”
Visually experience just how personal the word of God really is. It can be another inspiring reminder of our very personal relationship with the Savior. He knows my name. He knows your name. ~G.W.
Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”— Ecclesiastes 12:1
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