"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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30 Bible Reading: Galatians Chapters 4-6

The MEANING of ‘TRUE’ FREEDOM in CHRIST: Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Gal 5:1, 13-16)

Freedom is the prevailing cry of the world today. Yet even though Scripture speaks of a liberty that Christ offers (Gal. 5:1–12), some people resist Christianity as itself an obstacle to freedom.

What is the meaning of ‘true’ freedom in Christ? It is not the removal of moral restraints, but the freedom to serve one another in love. The gospel exchanges the oppressive bondage of legalism for the higher bondage of love. Liberty is freedom from exterior rule as we are no longer ruled by the law but by the Holy Spirit ruling from our hearts. A. T. Pierson says:
“True freedom is found only in obedience to proper restraint. A river finds liberty to flow, only between banks: without these it would only spread out into a slimy, stagnant pool. Planets, uncontrolled by law, would only bring wreck to themselves and to the universe. The same law which fences us in, fences others out; the restraints which regulate our liberty also insure and protect it. It is not control, but the right kind of control, and a cheerful obedience which make the free man.”
We must daily walk and live in the Holy Spirit (v. 16) by the following:
  1. We must believe that the Holy Spirit is within us, having been sent by God into our hearts (4:6).  
  2. In every spiritual confrontation we must yield to the Holy Spirit completely (v. 13).
  3. We must depend on the Holy Spirit for help that will enable us to live a God-pleasing life (v. 5).
  4. We should anticipate the effects of the Holy Spirit’s help in our daily lives as we will not carry out the strong desires of our sinful nature (v 16).
Our freedom in Christ is costly, for it did cost Jesus His own life. In Jesus we stand free as the yoke of the law has been removed (Acts 15:6–11). Freedom brings with it the responsibility to serve as we use the faith God has given us to work through love in serving others (v. 6b). Love motivates us to fulfill the law of God (Rom. 13:8–14).

Are we walking in the Spirit? Are we experiencing 'true' freedom in Christ? Let us understand that as we yield to the Holy Spirit, the life of Christ manifests in our actions as we yield the fruit of the Spirit. Walking each moment by faith in God’s word under the Spirit’s control assures absolute victory over the desires of our sinful nature. True Christian freedom is Christ-like freedom!

"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:36)

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