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.

Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26 Bible Reading: Revelation Chapters 4-6

‘THE LION of JUDAH’ became ‘THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB’ for US: ‘So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals." And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne’. (Rev 5:4-7)

In the above passage we see the consummation of God’s twofold purpose in history: to reclaim His kingdom and to redeem His people. This twofold victory over Satan was first predicted in Genesis 3:15 and then covenanted to Abraham in the promise of a land and a Seed (see Gen. 12:1–3, Deut. 30:1–5, 2 Sam. 7:12–16). What we can visualize through the pages of this last prophetical book is how God will finally fulfill His ultimate purpose that He has planned before time began!

When Apostle John wept much as it appeared that no one was found worthy to open the scroll containing God’s revelation, one of the elders comforted John with the glad news that Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, was qualified to open the scroll, break the seals, and thus release the judgments.

In Revelation, our Lord Jesus Christ is presented both as the sacrificial Lamb for the world (Redeemer, see John 1:29) and Lion of Judah (Ruler, see Gen. 49:10). At His First Coming, He was the Lamb for the ultimate sacrifice and became our Savior. At His Second Coming, He will be the Lion, our Ruler and Judge. Christ has the right to judge, possess, and rule the earth because of His submission to the death of the Cross (Phil. 2:8–11).

Apostle John further saw God the Father on the throne and the Lamb coming and taking the scroll out of His right hand, symbolizing a transfer of authority from the Father to the Son to reveal the future and to execute judgment. This transfer precipitated an outpouring of praise for the Lamb because it signaled that Christ would begin judging in response to the prayers of believers throughout history (v. 8). As Lamb, Jesus offers salvation to everyone who will believe in Him; as Lion, one day He will judge all those who reject Him.

Let us understand that Jesus Christ, who had ultimate power and authority became the sacrificial Lamb for the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Let us sincerely thank Him today for paying the ultimate price of our redemption!

"Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." (1 Peter 1:18-19)

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