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, November 15, 2011

November 15 Bible Reading: Romans Chapters 1-3

NO MORE EXCUSES for IGNORING GOD: "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse." (Romans 1:18-20)

Ever since the creation of the world, two invisible characteristics of God have been on display for all to see: His eternal power and His divinity (or Godhead). The argument here is clear: Creation demands a Creator. Design demands a Designer. By looking up at the sun, moon, and stars, anyone can know there is a God who has created them. God has revealed Himself to heathen as well through His creation, so they are condemned for being unfaithful to what they could know about God.

The argument from cause and effect is one logical argument for the existence of God. The Scripture identifies that “cause” as the creative power of God (Gen. 1:1). In looking at the created world, every person should see abundant evidence of God’s existence and power. ‘Natural revelation’, discussed in 1:19–20, refers to what everyone knows about God because of what He has revealed about Himself in nature. What He has revealed about Himself in Scripture is ‘Special Revelation’. Natural revelation makes people responsible to respond to their Creator in worship and submission, but it does not give sufficient information for them to experience salvation. That is why everyone needs to hear the gospel!

God has revealed Himself to us primarily in four different ways:
  1. In Nature (see Psalms 19:1)
  2. In History (e.g. Israel, Jews, Jesus Christ, etc.)
  3. Through Scriptures (Written Word of God)
  4. Through His Holy Spirit (who guides us to ALL truth)
We have no more excuses for ignoring God any longer. Let us turn to God – for He alone is the answer for all our needs!

"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17:30-31)

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