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 31, 2011

December 31 Bible Reading: Revelation Chapters 19-22

Is YOUR NAME written in the LAMB’s ‘BOOK OF LIFE’? "Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." (Rev 20:11-12, 15)

In this passage, Apostle John viewed another terrifying scene in his vision. The “great white throne” is God’s throne in heaven. John saw earth and heaven flee from God’s presence, which indicates that we have come to the end of God’s dealings with this earth. The dead ones standing before this throne are the unsaved of all ages who are now resurrected and judged. They come from all classes and groups of humanity. The “books” contain a record of their deeds. The “book of life” contains the names of God’s elect.

This judgment closes the millennial period and opens the age to come in God’s eternal kingdom. It is the greatest of all judgments because it encompasses all the wicked from the beginning of man’s history. Jesus Christ is the one sitting on the great white throne, fulfilling John 5:22. Those who are judged are lost because they refused God’s salvation in Christ by grace through faith. Their doom is the second and final death!

God will condemn those raised to face this judgment because of their works, including failure to believe in Jesus Christ (see John 6:29). Only God’s elect, those whose names are written in the Book of Life, will escape the lake of fire. The rejection of the eternal gospel results in eternal condemnation (14:6, 7). An eternal separation is now made between those who have “life” and those who have “death” (Dan. 12:2; John 5:29).

Let us understand that this judgment involves only the lost and follows the second resurrection, which is the resurrection to condemnation. Sinners who rejected Christ will face Him and hear Him say, “Depart from Me!” (Matt. 7:23; 25:41). This solemn scene ought to move us to ask ourselves this question: “Is my name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?” If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and we are living in obedience to His commandments, we will not have to face the “great white throne” judgment. We should also pray for the lost people around us and witness to them so that they will not have to face this final judgment as well.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18)

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