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.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 25 Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians Chapters 1-3

God COMFORTS us to make us COMFORTERS, not COMFORTABLE: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (2 Cor. 1:3-4)

Apostle Paul begins his second letter to the church at Corinth by exalting and lifting praises to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (v. 3). He bursts forth into thanksgiving for the comfort that has come to him in the midst of his distress and affliction. Paul’s thanksgiving is addressed to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is both Man (Jesus) and God (Christ). God is the “Father of compassion” in two senses: He is its source, and He is the Father characterized by compassion. It is from God that all mercies and comforts flow!

In all Paul’s afflictions, he was conscious of God’s comforting presence as he had received the encouragement and exhortation from God who was close beside him. This is the “God of all comfort” who has an endless supply of comfort and is ready to pour it out upon us in abundance. In fact, our God’s whisper of comfort helps to quiet the noise and pain of all our trials and tribulations. Our Heavenly Father is the God of mercy and compassion who cares for us with an everlasting love!

Our God is sovereign and He knows everything that happens in our lives. Sometimes, He allows us to suffer in his divine wisdom and then comforts us so that we can in turn comfort those in our area of influence who are in trouble. God comforts us in our troubles so that we in turn can comfort others in their troubles, exactly as God comforted us!

In fact, God gives us the opportunity to use the lessons that we have learned during our trials and the comforts that He has given us to help other people going through similar grievous situations. The comfort that God gives to us becomes for us a gift we can give out to others (see 7:6; Acts 9:10–19). Our willingness to share it reflects the sincerity of our faith (see John 13:35). God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but God comforts us to make us comforters!

In fact, God’s comfort is not given as a grant, rather it is loaned, and we are expected to pass it on to others. The pain we experience now will help us encourage others in their trials. If we fail to share God’s comfort with others, our experience in the crucible of suffering will be wasted; and it will be a tragedy to waste our precious sufferings. Let us comfort others using the same comfort that God has comforted us during our troubles!

"For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies." (Lam. 3:31-32)

"For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing." (1 Thess. 5:9-11)

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