How The Bible Sings!

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Yesterday I posted a piece (Are We Already Fulfilling God’s Plan for Us?) having to do with the idea stated in its final sentence: “Maybe God’s entire plan for me is nothing more complex or demanding than my finally understanding that God really and truly loves me, just as I am today.”

Readers’ comments about that piece have been thoughtful and insightful. I found one so inspiring that I thought I’d share it with you. Here it is (the caps are as the appeared in the original comment posting of someone known only to me as “MT”) :

“It seems more and more God shatters all I’ve perceived to be my “responsibility” in “helping” Him to fulfill His purpose in my life… not long ago I sensed Him saying: “Just live your life and trust that I am Who I say I am — I am Sanctifier, I am Potter… I will do all I have planned for you…and everyday I am working out that plan ….” More and more, He gives me this amazing grace that enables me to believe that what He says He will do for me, He actually IS doing and has been doing and will continue to do!! My confidence in myself is continually diminishing and my confidence in Him is increasing!

“…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you WILL carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil 1:6)

“…do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until ALL the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished” (1 Chron 28:20)

“The LORD will perfect that which concerns me” (Ps 138:8)

“It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Phil 2:13)

“Let us fix our eyes ON JESUS, the AUTHOR and PERFECTOR of our faith” (Heb 12:2)

“Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, some thing shaped by art and man’s devising” (Acts 17:29)

“He led them forth by the right way” (Ps 107:7)

“Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry and will deliver you!” (Isa 46:4)

“He preserves the way of His saints” (Prov 2:8)

“Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Tim 1:9)

“He who has entered His rest has also ceased from his works” (Heb 4:10 )

“Oh, Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with Him is FULL REDEMPTION” (Ps 130:5)

“LORD, ALL that we have accomplished, YOU have done for us!” (Isa 26:12)

“Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. ALL came to pass” (Josh 21:45)

“Where is boasting then? It is excluded!” (Rom 3:27)”

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Mary: “How do I feel, Joseph? Pregnant. Very pregnant.”
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About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • http://blog.360.yahoo.com/skerrib Kerri B.

    LOVE the title of this entry…it’s true, there should be some sort of heavenly music playing behind these verses. They’re like a muscle relaxant for the soul…

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Yeah, it was just so awesome of “MT” to put together those passages like that. Really something. Just … deeply moving. Anyway, thanks for feeling that, too. Wondrous stuff.

  • Jim Walker

    I enjoyed this article, and I am truly amazed that I am beginning to understand God’s perfect will for my life. We all have a ministry, as part of God’s plan for our life, to share the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ’s atoning death on Calvary’s cross to reconcile us to God and bring us eternal salvation. I had a very bad anger problem all of my adult life, but in the last two years God has melted my heart, and showed me something in Matthew 5: 9, which has become “my ministry” among workers, family and friends “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Being born again, I know my adoption rights with God the Father in heaven. And I am experiencing the

    “peace that surpasses all understanding” through Jesus Christ. I find myself more in control of my emotions these days, and it certainly helps when I minister, in a peaceful manner to those I come in contact with. Yes I am finding that God’s will for my life, is to help spread the Peace that Jesus came into the world to bring….along with that, the joy and love.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Very painful stuff. Can I ask you: Are your children's illnesses temporary in nature, or more permanent? In other words, are they dealing with … afflictions, or conditions?

  • Elizabeth

    Hey, John –

    Thanks for running that email in your article… It really ministered to my hubby and me…. We're going through some really tough medical issues with my husband right now (he was very recently diagnosed with head and neck cancer.)

    These are verses that we are going to take as a way of comfort from the Lord as we go through treatments and so forth.

    Again, thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Jim: What an outstanding, inspiring testimony. Bless you for sharing it.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Whoa. Thank you for letting us, however minimally, share this with you.

    People: We can pray for Elizabeth and her husband, no?

  • harvey melton

    You know, perhaps my later-in-life favorite verse has been Jer.33:3. How have I called! Time after time, from my early youth onward, He has done just that in my life: Healing, miracle baby, preservation of life through life-threatening situationss. Just when I think this it for me, the mastercraftsman puts on another loving touch on this old piece of clay. Well, God bless you as you are carried through life by his grace.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Nice! I mean, really, really nice. Thanks for writing this, Harvey.

  • http://www.yahoo.com david richardson

    Hello mr. shore. i am a christian and of late have been accumulating many different questions touching base on many different subjects beginning with the discovery that there is no proof in the bible that a fiery pit awaits all wrongdoers based on the fact that as christianity was born from judaism the first recorded theory on what the afterlife is like a pitch black pit, sheol, where people of all morality goes and, i think, to wait for the messiah to rescue them. this was a startling revelation and had me question the validity of many things in the bible. maybe magick is acceptable, maybe homosexuality isn’t an abomination, maybe there is such a thing as reincarnation? my mind is awash in strange thoughts and new questions every day and i pray for the answers, the true truth but none come. is there any way you could help me get these answers for i believe the truth on how to live and what lies next is needed more than ever for all our sakes?


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