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.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

December 15 Bible Reading: Hebrews Chapters 7-9

Are we ‘EAGERLY’ waiting for CHRIST to RETURN? "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation." (Heb 9:27-28)

The writer of Hebrews presents a contrast between the Old and the New Covenant in the above passage. Under the Old Covenant, the law condemned sinners to die and face the judgment. However under the New Covenant Christ, as God’s ‘perfect sacrifice’, was offered once to bear all the sins of humankind. He finished that work at the cross, but will come to take us to His home in heaven. This will be the culmination of our salvation; we will receive glorified bodies and be forever beyond the reach of sin.

The expression, those who ‘eagerly’ wait for Him, is a description of all true believers who belong to Christ (1 Cor. 15:23) - who are “the dead in Christ” and “we who are alive and remain” (1 Thess. 4:16, 17). Hebrews 9:24–28 mentions three appearances of Jesus Christ: a past appearance for our salvation (v. 26), a present appearance for our sanctification (v. 24), and a future appearance for our glorification (v. 28). This may be described further as follows:
  1. Jesus has appeared (v. 26). This refers to the first time when He came to earth to save us from the penalty of sin (the past tense of salvation).
  2. Jesus now appears (v. 24). This refers to His present ministry to save us from the power of sin (the present tense of salvation).
  3. Jesus will appear (v. 28). This speaks of His imminent return when He will save us from the presence of sin (the future tense of salvation).
Jesus Christ appeared on earth once to accomplish His atoning work (v. 26). Then He entered “into heaven,” opening the way for our access to God (v. 24). One day He will reappear to consummate our salvation.

Are we eagerly waiting and looking forward for our Lord Jesus Christ to return? Are we maintaining a steady relationship with God on a day-to-day basis? Are we seeking God’s interest and His kingdom first before anything in our lives? If not, let us make a new commitment to God’s kingdom values, and give Him the top priority in our daily living!

"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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