"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.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

November 17 Bible Reading: Romans Chapters 7-9

GETTING a BETTER PERSPECTIVE of our LIFE PROBLEMS: "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified." (Romans 8:28-30)

Through this passage, Apostle Paul gives us an astounding truth - whatever God permits to come into our lives is designed to conform us to the image of His Son! Our lives are controlled by our wonderful God who has a wonderful plan for our lives. The next two verses give us a better understanding about God’s divine program for our lives:

First of all, God foreknew us in eternity past (v. 29). God's foreknowledge has a purpose and insures our eventual repentance and belief in Jesus Christ. In due time, God has called us in recent past when we heard the gospel call (v. 30). When we responded to God’s call, repented from our sins and accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God justified us (declared us to be righteous). One day, we shall be glorified and reign with Christ! This is one of the strongest passages in the New Testament on the eternal security of the believer (John 6:37).

In the midst of our life problems, God wants to make us aware that He is working on every detail of our lives to the end established in His eternal purposes. This gives us a better perspective with regards to the many problems that trouble us many times. We need to understand that these problems are meant to develop us so that we can better understand God’s purpose for our lives.

How can we make this passage work for us as we face tough, troubling times? Let us affirm our trust in God’s presence that is with us always until the end of our lives. Let us align our goals with God’s purposes, which are much greater than our wildest imagination. Let us accept the reliability of God’s promises, which are more precious that anything we have in our possession.

"Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." (1 John 3:2-3)

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