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, September 14, 2013

September 14 Bible Reading: Daniel Chapters 10-12

GOD has SET APART a RICH ‘INHERITANCE’ for His CHILDREN: "But you (Daniel) go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days." (Dan. 12:13)

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a testament is a set of legal instructions created by a person that specifies who should receive his/her inheritance after he/she dies. However, in scriptural terminology, it signifies a covenant between God and the human race. With the arrival of Jesus Christ into this world, the old covenant was replaced with the new. That is the reason why there are two main divisions of the Bible: the Old Testament and the New Testament. God had promised an inheritance for His saints in the Old Testament era, and these saints never got to see their inheritance during their lifetime. "These (Old Testament Saints) all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." (Heb. 11:13)

Among the Old Testament saints, Daniel was a man greatly beloved of God (see Dan. 10:11, 19), and God certainly promised an inheritance for him that he would receive “at the end of the days” (v. 13). Daniel would also not live to see the fulfillment of his own prophecies, but was promised that he would be resurrected to receive his inheritance one day. Daniel would rest in death and arise in resurrection to enjoy his inheritancemillennial blessings with his Messiah! He will one day be present to partake in the glorious events that follow the resurrection of God’s children!

In the New Testament era, the inheritance of the saints of God is raised up to a wholly new level. The relationship that we have with God is that He is our eternal heavenly Father and we are His children (John 1:12; Rom. 8:15). Jesus Christ is the "firstborn among many brethren" (Rom. 8:29). Just as in a human family, the father provides an inheritance for his children (Prov. 13:22), so it is in the family of God where we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:16-17). Along with the only-begotten Son of God Jesus Christ, we inherit the following:
  1. God’s Universe: We inherit all things in this universe (Heb. 1:2-3; Rom. 8:32; Eph. 3:9).
  2. God’s World: Through our faith we will inherit the world (Greek: kosmos), which consists of all created things. In the fullness of time, this will include all humanity (1 Cor. 15:22; Rom. 4:13; Gal. 3:16, 29). As heirs of the world, we will also judge the world one day (1 Cor. 6:2).
  3. God’s Kingdom: One day we will put on incorruption and immortality (1 Cor. 15:50, 53; Rom. 2:5-7), and inherit the kingdom of God.
Thus, God has set apart a rich inheritance for us, His children! With our inheritance, we will also enjoy eternal life (John 3:16), salvation (Rom. 8:2; Heb. 1:14), and all the precious promises of God (Gal. 3:29; Heb. 6:12; 1 Cor. 1:20). As the heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, we will one day judge the world; and thus participate in God's plan for the salvation of all humankind. Even as Christ now sits at God's right hand in the heavenly places (Eph. 1:20; Heb. 1:3), we will reign in the kingdom of God with Christ for all eternity.

"But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life" (Titus 3:4-7). "And for this reason He (Jesus Christ) is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance." (Heb. 9:15)

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