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 29, 2011

December 29 Bible Reading: Revelation Chapters 13-15

BLESSED are THOSE who ‘DIE’ in JESUS CHRIST: Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them." (Rev 14:12-13)

In the above passage Apostle John receives special instruction regarding those who die in Christ. These born-again sanctified believers in Christ, who patiently with endurance keep His commandments and faith in very difficult times, will receive a special divine blessing. They will be blessed through rest, resurrection and reigning with Christ during the Millennium (20:4–6).

The word ‘blessed’ mentioned in this passage is the second of the seven ‘beatitudes’ in the book of Revelation (see 1:3; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14). We are ‘blessed’ to die in Christ (2 Cor 5:6, 8) mainly due to the following three reasons:
  1. We die in a state of vital union with Christ and will be with Him forever.
  2. We rest from all sin, temptation, sorrow, and persecution.
  3. Our good deeds remain on the earth while we receive heavenly rewards for our services and sufferings.
Spiritual rest is available to anyone who comes to Jesus Christ in faith (see Matt. 11:28). Godly believers who die will rest from their labors and their good works will be remembered and rewarded (see 1 Tim. 5:25). It would indeed be a blessing for the believers who live during the Great Tribulation to die as martyrs as they would be at rest beyond the grave and God would then reward their faithful deeds.

Let us understand that everything we do for Christ and in His name for others will be richly rewarded—every kindness, sacrificial gift, prayer, and word of testimony. Let us determine to live for Christ, so that we can die in Christ, and be counted among the ‘blessed’ in Christ!

"For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better." (Phil 1:21-23)

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