"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.

Friday, November 16, 2012

November 16 Bible Reading: Romans Chapters 4-6

JUSTIFIED by GOD will bring us His ‘BOUNTIFUL’ BLESSINGS: "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:1-5)

Apostle Paul is clearly laying a case here regarding our need to be justified by God fully. When God moves us from the kingdom of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9), a whole new world opens before us as God bestows His bountiful blessings in our lives. But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Cor 2:9)

In Romans 5, Paul enumerates at least eleven blessings that every believer possesses. These blessings are channeled to the believer through Christ since Jesus is the only Mediator between God and humans. In the first eleven verses, Paul identifies eleven bountiful blessings that are ours, resulting from a right relationship with God after having been justified by His grace:
  1. We have peace with God (v. 1)
  2. We have access to God through faith (v. 2)
  3. We stand only in the grace of God (v. 2)
  4. We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (v. 2)
  5. We begin to develop the character of God (vv. 3-4)
  6. We have the joy through our tribulation (vv. 3–5a)
  7. We have the blessed Holy Spirit indwelling in our hearts (5:5b)
  8. We can know the love of God (vv. 5–8)
  9. We can be delivered from future condemnation (v. 9)
  10. We can enjoy the security of God (vv. 9-10)
  11. We can now be reconciled with God (v. 11)
Our Christian life is the result of God’s grace in which we stand—His favor and provision in Christ that we do not deserve. A significant boundless blessing that we can now enjoy is being justified by faith is peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the work of Christ all causes of enmity between us and the eternal God have been removed. We have been changed from foes to friends by the miracle of grace!

Now we can enjoy access into an indescribable position of favor with God. We are accepted in the Beloved One; therefore we are as near and dear to God as His own Beloved Son. We can joyfully look forward to the time when we will not only gaze on the splendor of God, but will ourselves be manifested in glory (see John 17:22; Col. 3:4). We can also glory in our tribulations; not so much in their present discomforts as in their eventual results (see Heb. 12:11). One of the by-products of tribulation is that it produces perseverance or steadfastness, and we could never develop endurance if our lives were trouble-free!

God is now working in our lives by developing our character. This gives us confidence that, having begun a good work in us, He will see it through to completion (Phil. 1:6). This hope will not disappoint us because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts. The Holy Spirit, given to us the moment we believe, floods our hearts with these expressions of God’s eternal love, and by these we are assured that He will see us safely home to heaven. Let us be thankful to God who gives us all these wonderful blessings after we are justified by His grace alone!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved." (Eph. 1:3-6)

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