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, November 30, 2013

November 30 Bible Reading: Galatians Chapters 4-6

GOD has MADE everything *BEAUTIFUL* in HIS TIME: “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Gal. 4:4-5)

The wisest man who ever lived on this earth, King Solomon, has made this profound statement that God "has made everything beautiful in its time" (Eccl. 3:11), which ties perfectly with our today’s devotional scripture. In the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve had disobeyed God’s command and had eaten the forbidden fruit, they had distanced themselves from the intimate relationship that God had always desired from His ultimate creation. To redeem all of humanity, God had planned and purposed to send His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, who came as the “Seed” of the woman to “bruise the head” of the serpent (Satan) as was declared by God over 6000 years ago (see Gen. 3:15).

Jesus Christ came to this earth in God’s time to die and become the ultimate sacrifice for us, so that we can have a relationship with Him here on earth, and go to heaven to be with Him for all eternity. Jesus left His place at the right hand of God the Father at the precise moment, traveled to earth to accept humanity, and became one of us in the fullness of time (v. 4). The fullness of time was God’s appointed time (v. 2), foretold by the prophets for the coming of Christ, and the perfect time in history when all the world conditions favored His appearing (1 Cor. 10:11).

At the perfect moment, Jesus Christ conceived in the womb of Mary, who then traveled about 80 miles from Nazareth of Galilee to the city of Bethlehem to be born in a stable. The timing of Jesus to be born was perfect from all angles, and this time could only have been conceived in the heart of an all-knowing God. Jesus came at the best moment when the Greek culture and language had spread through the occupation of the Greek regime under Alexander the Great. The Roman occupation had created good roads and territorial boundaries providing easy travel all around Israel. It was the planning and providence of God that had put into place the perfect time to send His beloved Son into this world!     

Apostle Paul stresses the deity of Jesus (God’s Son), His humanity (born of a woman), and His subjection to the law. Born into the world as an Israelite, He was therefore born under the law. As Son of God, our Lord Jesus would never have been under the law since He was the One who gave it. But, in condescending grace, He put Himself under the law that He had made, in order that He might magnify it in His life, and bear its curse in His death in order to free those under the curse of the law (v. 5). Because He is God, His death was infinite in value, that is, it was sufficient to pay for any number of sinners. Because He was Man, He could die as a substitute for man. The price of our redemption was paid by God in the blood of His Son Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 1:17, 18), and by Jesus in giving His life as a ransom for all of us (Matt. 20:28). According to Govett: “Christ, by nature Son of God, became Son of man that we, by nature sons of men, might become sons of God. Wonderful exchange!”

Through His death, our Lord Jesus Christ has delivered us from the bondage of the law in order that we might be adopted as His mature sons with all its responsibilities and privileges (Rom. 8:14, 16). Through Christ, we have become God’s sons by adoption. Regeneration gives us the relationship; adoption gives us the position. Just as “God sent forth His Son” in “the fullness of the time” in world history (v. 4), so God has sent forth the Spirit of Christ at just the right time for every person who believes in Christ. Now we can know intimacy with God the Father because of the indwelling Holy Spirit in our hearts (see Rom. 8:1–17).

Today, God is still working behind the scenes to prepare His moment of intervention in our lives at the right time. Let us place our total trust in God – He knows what His is doing in our lives, and He knows when it will be the proper time to act on our behalf. Let us trust God for His perfect time for He alone has made everything beautiful in His time!  

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Rom. 8:28-30)

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