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.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 13 Bible Reading: Acts Chapters 22-24

‘NOW’ is the DAY of SALVATION: ‘DO NOT PROCRASTINATE’: And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” (Acts 24:24-25)

Felix, whose name means ‘happy’, was a Greek by birth, and the Roman Governor of Judea from 52-59 A.D. He was based in Caesarea, which was the administrative center of the Roman rule in Palestine. Although Felix possessed no nobility of his own, he successively married three wives of royal birth, and his third wife was called Drusilla, the youngest daughter of Herod Agrippa I. He was heavy-handed, and was given to reveling in cruelty and lust as he ruled with impunity until he was recalled by the Roman Emperor Nero. However, he gave Apostle Paul a fair trial and kept him in protective custody with liberal visitation rights thus foiling a Jewish plot to kill him.

Some days after the public trial of Apostle Paul, Felix and his wife Drusilla arranged a private interview with him in order that they might hear more concerning the Christian faith. Under the summons to speak concerning his faith in Christ, Paul was at liberty to choose the topic to speak about, and he did so with direct reference to the character of this immoral couple. Actually Paul must have been emboldened due to the presence of Drusilla, the Hebrew wife of Felix, hoping that he might get a more sympathetic hearing from her. So he boldly reasoned with this profligate governor and his adulterous wife about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come. Both Felix and Drusilla knew little of personal righteousness, either in their public or in their personal lives. They had no self-control as they were living in an adulterous relationship. For this reason, Paul felt divinely inspired to warn them concerning the coming judgment, because unless their sins were pardoned through the blood of Christ, they would perish in the lake of fire like all other sinners.

Our Lord Jesus Christ had promised that the Holy Spirit would convict people of to bring them to faith, namely, sin, righteousness, and judgment: “And when He (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” (John 16:8-11) The message from Apostle Paul was so convicting that Felix trembled. Felix seemed to be more moved than Drusilla. Although he was afraid, he did not trust the Savior Jesus whom Paul had introduced to him. Obviously disturbed by what he heard, maybe because of his immoral lifestyle, he responded with his now infamous statement: “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you” (vs. 25). Sadly enough, this convenient time never came, as far as the Bible record is concerned! According to historical records, Felix was soon dismissed in disgrace from his office; and Drusilla, with a son by Felix, perished in that eruption of Mount Vesuvius which engulfed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

It now appears that during their encounters Felix was the prisoner and Apostle Paul was the prosecutor. Felix knew that he was guilty; but instead of accepting Christ, he delayed and missed his only opportunity to secure his eternal life in heaven. This is a sad warning to all who procrastinate concerning the most important decision that they have to take concerning their eternal future. Many people often put off receiving Christ as their Lord and Savior, waiting for a convenient season. However, rarely does that time come. In this context, this is what God’s word tells us: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). Do not procrastinate - the convenient time to be saved is NOW!

"Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)

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