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.

Friday, October 28, 2011

October 28 Bible Reading: Luke Chapters 19-21

SEEKING to SAVE those who are LOST: "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:9-10)

In the above passage Jesus announced that salvation had come to the house of Zacchaeus, because he was a son of Abraham. Salvation did not come just because Zacchaeus was a Jew by birth but because he exercised the same kind of faith in God as Abraham. Later on, Apostle Paul uses “son of Abraham” to refer to those who share the faith of Abraham. Previously, he may have been a physical son of Abraham, but by his repentance he has become a spiritual son, and his entire household shared in Abraham’s blessings.

Zacchaeus may have been a higher-ranking “publican” rather than an ordinary tax collector. Either way, he would have been despised by the citizens of Jericho. This account describes how a sinner becomes a son. Zacchaeus behaved as one with a heart touched by God. His faith was demonstrated in his repentance and his restitution of funds according to the Law, which demanded repayment plus 20 percent (Lev. 6:5; Num. 5:7). Let us understand that righteous obedience is an evidence of saving faith!

Zacchaeus is a good example of a man whose riches did not prevent him from coming to Christ. But like so many today, what he needed was someone to explain the way of salvation to him. Jesus came to him, sought him, and saved him. Though He was surrounded by a great crowd of people, Jesus took time for individuals, and He even saw a man up on a tree!

We can learn four things from this passage of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10:
  1. We should see the need of God’s love in everyone we encounter during our life journey.
  2. We should never discount the ministry to individuals, as they may be instrumental in attracting many more to Christ (e.g. Zacchaeus in Luke 19 or the Samaritan Woman in John 4)
  3. We should seek to find lost people in our area of influence, try to know them personally and share the gospel with them.
  4. We should move further in these relationships and make them our friends, like Jesus did with Zacchaeus (v. 5)
"Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you." (Hosea 10:12)

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