I am certain that God, who began
the good work within you, will
continue his work until it is
finally finished on the day
when Christ Jesus returns.
(Philippians 1:6 NLT)
Word will never change your life
until you let it become personal.
Its not about your neighbor,
your friend, your spouse, or the
stranger down the street. Gods
Word must be applied to your life.
The Bible wont become dynamic
until it becomes specific.
do you make Gods Word personal?
Try the personalize-it method of
Bible meditation. Anybody can do
it. You dont need any special
tools or advanced theological training.
the personalize-it method ...
simply put your name in the place
of pronouns or nouns in Scripture.
For example, if I were personalizing
John 3:16, Id write something
like this: For God so loved
Rick, he gave his one and only Son
so that Rick would not perish but
have everlasting life.
for Philippians 1:6: He who
began a good work in Rick Warren
will carry it on to completion until
the day of Christ Jesus.
your name in the text, and youll
strengthen your faith and encourage
can also re-write the verse as if
God is talking directly to you.
example, Philippians 1:6 would be:
I, who began a good work in
you, Rick, will carry it on to completion.
this, and many passages of Scripture
will literally bring tears to your
eyes. Youll start to read
the Bible as Gods love letter
be Gods gift to you! Reading
your Bible isnt just about
getting to know the content of the
Word; its about getting to
know the author of the Word - personally!
Have you ever thought about the
Bible as a love letter to you?
you believe that God wrote the
Bible just for you? Do you treat
the Bible and your quiet time
with God as a personal conversation
and lesson for life?
will you personalize what youre
how to be a DOER of Gods Word.
Warren is the founding pastor of
Saddleback Church in Lake Forest,
Calif., one of Americas largest
and most influential churches.
Rick is author of the New York Times
best-seller The Purpose Driven Life.
His book, The Purpose Driven Church,
was named one of the 100 Christian
books that changed the 20th century.
He is also founder of Pastors.com,
a global Internet community for
2012 by Rick Warren. Used by permission.