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.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October 30 Bible Reading: John Chapters 1-3

GRACE and TRUTH came through JESUS CHRIST: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, this was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.' And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:14-17)

The Word became flesh when Jesus was born as a Baby in the manger at Bethlehem. He had always existed as the Son of God with the Father in heaven, but now chose to come into the world in a human body. Jesus dwelt among us as He “pitched His tent” here. His body was the tent in which He lived among men for 33 ½ years. God stooped to our level when He came to this earth, and this led to His greatest accomplishment among all – bridging the gap between the infinite God and finite man. Hallelujah!

Jesus Christ was truly human during His earthly existence: He was tired and thirsty (4:6, 7); He wept (11:35); He was troubled in spirit (12:27; 13:21); and He died (19:30). Without becoming less than God (Phil. 2:5–11), Jesus took upon Himself complete human nature. At His incarnation, God did not become man; He became God-Man.

Jesus Christ was full of grace and truth. Jesus came to this world to be God’s grace – something that we did not deserve as we had sinned and deserved punishment. Grace is God’s unmerited favor toward sinners for their salvation. It was God’s grace upon us that Jesus humbled Himself to connect with us in our weakness. Jesus also came to be the Truth (John 14:6) to bring us back to God as He came to save us from our sins (Matt. 1:21). Grace was evident in the Old Testament (Gen. 6:8; Ex. 34:6), but not in the fullness that we experience in Jesus Christ. God met us at our point of need in the Person of Jesus Christ, including all His power and provision!

Taking on human limitations, our Lord Jesus Christ did countless acts of compassion to accommodate us in our weakness. To be channels of His blessings, let us allow the love of Jesus Christ expressed overtly through grace and truth flow through us into the lives of others!

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Eph 2:8-9)

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