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.

Monday, October 31, 2011

October 31 Bible Reading: John Chapters 4-6

TRUE Worship = Worshipping GOD in ‘SPIRIT’ and ‘TRUTH’: "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:23-24)

When our Lord Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar, He addressed the issue of lasting satisfaction. First, He established a common point of reference (water, v. 7), then aroused her curiosity on spiritual matters (vv. 9-14) that resulted in directly confronting her sins (immoral lifestyle, vv. 16-19). However, Jesus centered His conversation on the main issue – worship (vv. 21-24), and finally revealed Himself as the Messiahthe object of worship (vv. 25-26).

Jesus clearly revealed to the Samaritan woman that, with His coming, God no longer had a certain place on earth for worship. All who believe on the Lord Jesus can worship God at any time and in any place. The Jewish people had reduced worship to outward forms and ceremonies. On the other hand, the Samaritans worshiped what they did not know; they had created their own religion. Jesus was actually rebuking both Jews and Samaritans when He stated that worship must be ‘in spirit and truth’!

The emphasis lies on Spirit as God’s essence as He is free from the limitations of time and space. True worship is thus not confined to a place but is rather an action of the heart. John gives three descriptions of God. He is Spirit (John 4:24), love (1 John 4:8), and light (1 John 1:5). God is a spiritual being who is invisible and without a body; He is a divine person who reveals Himself in perfect intellect, emotion, and will. No idols and no images need assist us in worship. True worship means that a believer enters the presence of God by faith (in keeping with the truth of God’s revealed Word) and there worships Him!

Thus, Jesus makes worship a matter of the heart. Worship must be in truth, that is, transparent, sincere, and according to biblical mandates. Truth is what is in harmony with the nature and will of God. The issue is not where a person worships, but how and whom. Jesus Himself is “The Truth” (John 14:6), so true worship is specifically the worship of God through His Son Jesus Christ.

"Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested." (Rev 15:4)

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