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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November 27 Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians Chapters 7-9

JESUS CHRIST is our ULTIMATE MODEL of TANGIBLE LOVE: "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich." (2 Cor. 8:9)

The above verse is one of the greatest declarative statements made by Apostle Paul in his entire second letter to the church at Corinth. Here, Paul is actually painting a glorious portrait of the most generous person who ever walked on the face of this earth: Jesus Christ. How generous was our Lord Jesus Christ? He was so generous that He gave up all He had for our sakes that we through His poverty might become eternally rich. The theologian Moorehead in his classic book "Acts to Ephesians" gives us the following description about Jesus: "He was rich in possessions, power, homage, fellowship, happiness. He became poor in station, circumstances; in His relations with men…He gave Himself”.

The above verse also addresses the pre-existence of our Lord Jesus before He came into our world. When was Jesus rich? He was rich in a bygone eternity, dwelling with the Father in the courts of heaven. However, He became poor for our sakes, and we can see his poverty during His earthly journey starting from his birth in Bethlehem, his childhood in Nazareth, and his ministry that ended through Gethsemane at Golgotha. Jesus was born poor and lived as a homeless person, reflected by his own statement:  "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head" (Matt. 8:20).

So, we can safely infer that Jesus Christ is the ultimate model of tangible love ever displayed in this world. What all did Jesus give up to show so great a love for us?
  • Jesus left His eternal heavenly Father for over 33.5 years to live among His own people who rejected Him ultimately in spite of everything good that He had done for them. "He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him" (John 1:11). In fact, "He (was) despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3).
  • Jesus left the angelic hosts, and all the redeemed saints who were worshiping Him, glorifying Him, and having fellowship with Him prior to His incarnation.
  • Jesus left His heavenly abode that far exceeded in splendor, majesty, and comfort the physical environment of His earthly life.
  • Jesus left His glorious body that had no limitations to take on a physical body subject to fatigue, aches, pains and temptations, that was revealed through the following statement: "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Heb. 4:15)
  • Jesus gave up His heavenly glory and came to earth to live as a man and to suffer and die on our behalf as the supreme sacrifice for our sins. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). The supreme example of sacrificial love is seen in Jesus hanging on the cross dying a slow death for us!
It is not difficult to comprehend that Jesus gave up everything for us so that we might share His eternal riches. Today, Jesus gives spiritual riches to all who place their trust in Him as He offers forgiveness, justification, regeneration, eternal life, and glorification. With His precious blood, Jesus has purchased us from slavery to sin and made us His dear children. Jesus is our ultimate model of tangible love that we can ever visualize on this earth. Can we emulate His love in our daily life activities?

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross." (Phil. 2:5-8)

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