GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 13 Bible Reading: Daniel Chapters 7-9

GOD always fulfills His PROPHECIES: "I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed." (Dan 7:13-14)

This vision of Daniel in chapter 7 ends with one like the ‘Son of Man’ coming before the ‘Ancient of Days’ to receive an eternal kingdom with those of all nations in His service (v. 13b), which is the kingdom “of our Lord and of His Christ” (Rev. 11:15). The ‘Son of Man’ who came to the ‘Ancient of Days’ is the Son of God approaching God the Father who sits as a Judge in court (vv. 10, 26). Here, the Old Testament clearly presents the Father and the Son as two separate persons within the Trinity.

The Lord Jesus Christ is given universal dominion, a kingdom, the one which shall never be superseded (v. 14). His deity is indicated by His coming “on the clouds of heaven” (Matt. 24:30; 26:64; Mark 13:26), by the worship that He receives (v. 14), and by the eternity of His kingdom (v. 14; Psalms 2:6–9). The vision depicts the kingdom era or the Millennium (Rev. 21:1–6). The entire vision is explained to Daniel so that he can know the course of world history, culminating in the ultimate triumph of God’s kingdom on earth.

In this vision, Daniel saw ‘One’ like the “Son of Man,” indicating that He is not a man in the strict sense, but rather the perfect representation of humanity. Jewish and Christian expositors have identified this individual as the Messiah. The expression “Son of Man” is used 69 times in the synoptic Gospels and 12 times in the Gospel of John to refer to Jesus Christ. It is the title Jesus most often used of Himself. Elsewhere in the Old Testament it is only God who comes on the clouds (Ps. 104:3; Isaiah 19:1). Accordingly, the “Son of Man” originates in heaven and comes by divine initiative.

The commencement of Christ’s everlasting dominion will take place at His second coming (Matt. 24:30; 25:31; Rev. 11:15). Daniel’s dream is in part messianic; announcing that the Messiah’s coming will inaugurate a new phase of God’s rule on Earth. Christ did this by bringing the kingdom of God into human experience (v. 18), and Christ will one day establish a righteous kingdom that nobody will overthrow! Remember, God always fulfills His prophecies!

"Behold, He (Jesus Christ) is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen." (Rev 1:7)

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