We are on week three, Plans to Prosper, of the series, Twisted, at Lifechurch. It is a series that examines some of the most misused verses of the bible in their true context and helps us apply them appropriately to our lives.
The bible is full of specific and general promises written over a long period of time. Some scripture was written specifically for certain audiences and others for all to heed.
In order for us to fully understand scripture as God intends us to, we need to read it in context. Understand the before and after of it.
Too many of us have been guilty of turning a verse of scripture into our own personal interpretation of God’s word to fit our needs. We try and put God in a bottle to be our personal Genie to provide our every want and desire. That’s not how it works. Not the Christian faith anyway.
Jesus came to save us from our sin not our trials. Our trials are necessary to bring us more intimately closer to our God. Our failures. Our setbacks. Our pain. They all work together to let us see that the one and only one we can put our love and trust in is Jesus. We were created to serve Him not He serve us.
Take this week’s verse Jeremiah 29:11 for example.This was written specifically to the Jewish exiles in Babylon. But today’s world likes to use it as a name it and claim it kind of feel good verse that assures us all God wants us to have whatever we want and never be hurt. Not so!
Please join me in removing those twisted concepts about how God works from our minds. Let’s put it in the right perspective. No genies in a bottle. We serve a God much bigger than that. A bottle couldn’t contain him just like a tomb could not contain Jesus. Let’s read scripture in its true context not by our own interpretation.
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Love and laughter,