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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Book of Matthew reloaded

I recently read the Gospel of Matthew in the Message version. It's an awesome translation, and I just want to share some of the amazing words that I highlighted, underlined, and reflected upon. Hope you will do the same as you read them, and also grab yourself a copy of the Message Bible if you can!

chapter 4: 
It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.

chapter 5: 
You’re blessed when you feel that you’ve lost what’s most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves.

In a word, what I’m saying is Grow Up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God created identity. Live generously and graciously towards others, the way God lives toward you.

chapter 6:
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. yep, usikawai panic!

chapter 7:
Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.

chapter 8:
Your cleansed and grateful life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done.

chapter 10:
Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.

If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.

chapter 11:
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you the real rest. Walk with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn how to live freely and lightly.

chapter 17:
Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.

chapter 20:
No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.

chapter 26:
But please, not what I want. You, what do You want?

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