"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 19, 2013

November 19 Bible Reading: Romans Chapters 13-16

Live DAILY by the STANDARDS of ‘GOD’s KINGDOM’: “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.” (Romans 14:17-19)

When John the Baptist started his public ministry, he began with preaching about the kingdom of heaven: In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matt. 3:1-2) After John was put in prison, Jesus began preaching on the same lines: Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)

It is therefore evident that the gospel of the kingdom of God had a different level of standards that should be followed by all God’s children. What really counts in the kingdom of God is that the Almighty God is acknowledged as the King and Supreme Ruler. In the words of Jesus, "the kingdom of God is within us" (Luke 17:21). In its inward reality the kingdom of God include only those who are born again (John 3:3, 5) and have become God’s children (John 1:12-13). The subjects of God’s kingdom have lives of practical righteousness, by dispositions of peace and harmony, and by mind-sets of joy in the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 5:6, 9, 10, 12; 6:31)

The standards of God’s kingdom in our lives are characterized by righteousness (perfect uprightness in our daily walk), peace (perfect peace with God and a consistent attempt to promote peace among others), and joy (through the Holy Spirit). The kingdom of God consists of spiritual realities like righteousness in action and thought, peace that seeks harmony and joy that comes from the Holy Spirit. Those who understand the spiritual realities of God’s kingdom will not choose the fleeting joy of satisfying selfish carnal desires over the lasting spiritual joy of putting aside those desires for the sake of others. They serve Christ by obeying His teachings thus winning both God’s honor and man’s approval.

If we are part of God’s kingdom, it will make a difference in how we live daily in this world since the impact of our actions on others play a vital role in our fellowship and evangelism. Where we live makes demands on how we live. God has placed us in the kingdom of His Son Jesus Christ (Col. 1:13). As we live according to the standards of God’s kingdom, there are life-transforming behavior patterns that should reflect our spiritual location. We will make every effort to maintain peace and harmony in the Christian fellowship. We will spread peace, edify and help others to grow stronger in the Christian faith and are a source of joy in everyday relationships. We will then have peace with God as we bless others as well.

Let’s live daily by the standards of God’s kingdom! The primary issues in our lives should not be external amoral practices but the great spiritual qualities the Holy Spirit seeks to produce in us. True spirituality is not shown in the manifestation of liberty, but in the manifestation of the fruit of the Holy Spirit: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." (Gal. 5:22-25)

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