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This weeks spiritual exercise


The paraphrasing workout

This is an exercise that people shy away from, and yet when they experience it they realise how much it can help them get to grips with the Bible.  Sometimes we pass over the more difficult parts of the Bible, and if someone were to ask us to explain what we have read, we wouldn’t know how to go about it.  ‘Paraphrasing’ can really help you understand the meaning behind the words.  ‘Paraphrasing’ is a fancy word for using your own words to express the meaning of the passage.  We need to be careful that we don’t change the meaning of the passage but just express it in a different manner.  After you have paraphrased a piece of Scripture, look up The Living Bible, which is a paraphrase of the Bible, or perhaps look up a commentary to see if you have altered the meaning at all.  Try the following chapter and you will see how easy it is.

This week’s EXERCISE

Paraphrase Isaiah 43:2 ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.’

Try paraphrasing this verse – I know it will be such an encouragement to you.  My prayer is that when you put this verse in your own words it will inspire, bless and encourage you in your daily walk with God.  

Further creative spiritual exercises can be found in the following books: Oasis of Delight, Oasis of Hope and Hot Faith, all of which are available to purchase from the products page. 

Be in touch next week.