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 3, 2011

December 3 Bible Reading: Philippians Chapters 1-4

'PRESSING ON' towards our GOAL by FOCUSING on CHRIST: "Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Phil 3:12-14)

In the above passage, Apostle Paul exhorts us that we must focus and prioritize on what matters most in our eternal future. We must not be distracted by lesser things that try to grab our attention every day. Rather, we must be focused on “one thing” which is a lifetime pursuit of becoming more like Jesus Christ, our ultimate model. God has already predestined us to be confirmed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29), and that is where we should focus all our energy during our lifetime.

We have a choice every day: either to look back at our failures, our disappointments, our struggles or to move forward by shedding every sin and weight that pulls us back in the race set before us (Heb. 12:1). As we move forward, we should focus our sight on our Lord Jesus Christ who has already set Himself as an example before us. He is both the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). Jesus truly is “the prize of the upward call of God” (v. 14). Let us seek to be shaped in the image of Christ as we look forward to spending eternity with Him!

Our “upward call of God in Christ Jesus” includes all the purposes that God had in mind in saving us. It includes salvation, conformity to Christ, a home in heaven, and numerous other spiritual blessings. Let us remember that our goal would be to finish our life’s journey fulfilling God's purposes for us. The prize awaiting us would be the crown of righteousness which God has already prepared for us!

This is what Apostle Paul tells us about himself towards the close of his life’s journey: "For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." (2 Tim 4:6-8)

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