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.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

December 24 Bible Reading: 2 John, 3 John, Jude

PROSPER in ALL things, but ‘WALK in TRUTH’: "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." (3 John 1:2-4)

In the above passage, Apostle John is wishing his beloved Gaius that his physical health might correspond to his spiritual vigor. Gaius was clearly a dear friend of Apostle John. His physical health and prosperity was as important to John as his spiritual health. So, John prays that the temporal prosperity and physical health of Gaius will be commensurate with his spiritual status. This prayer gives us a warrant for praying for the physical, the material, and the spiritual well-being of others; and also provides us with a model of intercession.

The reason for John’s prayer was because he had heard from others that Gaius’s lifestyle was consistent with the truth. Truth here refers to the ‘body of truth’ given to the church through the apostles and prophets, that is, according to God’s Word, the revelation of His truth. Gaius walked according to the God’s Word rather than the ways of the world. He could have been a disciple of John’s or simply a younger believer.

The importance of doctrinal integrity and truth is evident in John’s affirmation that nothing brought greater joy to him than to know that his spiritual children walk in truth. What a thrill it is to see our spiritual children going on for the Lord, from grace to grace. This emphasizes the importance of follow-up work in all our evangelistic endeavors.

We should not only hold the truth, but allow the truth to hold us. People would rather see a sermon than hear one. People could see the truth in Gaius because he loved it and walked in obedience to it, and that brought great joy to John. May every Christian parent can echo this and even make it a daily prayer!

"I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father." (2 John 1:4)

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