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.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 26 Bible Reading: Revelation Chapters 4-6

Why is JESUS worthy to receive GLORY, HONOR & POWER? “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth." (Rev. 4:11; 5:9-10)

In the above verses, Apostle John is seeing a glorious vision of Jesus Christ as the Almighty Ruler of the universe sitting on the throne of His glory, surrounded by worshiping creatures, and about to send judgment on the earth. The elders cast their crowns before the throne, symbolizing the willing surrender of their authority in light of the worthiness of God as Creator. Because no one but God can create, He alone should be worshiped and recognized as sovereign. When the crowned elders prostrated themselves before Jesus and symbolically subjected their power to His superior authority, they humbly acknowledged His sovereignty and His right to receive worship. Their verbal praise focused on the wonders of God’s creation as the evidence of His glory, power and deeds (1:6; Exo. 15:11; Isa. 6:3).

In both of the above scriptural passages, the worship language of two different entities are recorded, including the living creatures, who extol the character of God, and the twenty-four elders (church), who extol the creative powers of God. The living creatures represent creation praising the Creator (Gen. 1:28–31), while the elders represent God’s people worshiping Him. God alone has the right to rule and He alone has the sovereign authority to judge the earth because He is both holy and the Creator of all. Their worship acknowledges the Lord as worthy of glory and honor and power because He created all things, and by His will they exist.

John’s vision of “every tribe and tongue and people and nation” standing before God and singing His praise (5:9) gives us assurance that in the end we will all experience full equality. When God had initially reviewed His creation, He had concluded that it was “very good” (Gen. 1:31). Adam and Eve were given authority over creation and responsibility to tend the garden, but later sin had ruined this original design. Now, we are assured that people from every tribe and nation are among the leadership (v. 9), and everyone is empowered to be a “king and priest to our God” who will reign on the earth (v. 10). Thus, God’s original design will ultimately become a reality one day in the near future!

What we see ensuing in the heaven is that an innumerable host of angels joins the four creatures and twenty-four elders in ascribing worth to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God that include all glory, honor and power (4:11). The question that we must ask ourselves is: why is Jesus worthy to receive glory, honor and power? Jesus is worthy of our worship because of two main reasons:
  1. He is part of the Creator Godhead who has created all things in this world, and it is by His will that everything exists (4:11). The triune Godhead has created the universe and sustains it for our benefit (Gen. 1:1–31).
  2. He is our Redeemer who became the sacrificial Lamb of God in order to rescue us from our sins. As a Lamb, Jesus was honored in view of His death, His redemption of a people for God, His creation of a kingdom and priests for God, and His blessing of His people by allowing them to rule on the earth (during the Millennium). The Lamb was now worthy to execute judgment because of His redemptive work on the cross. Beyond redemption, God has made us kings  and priests to worship Him, to witness for Him, and to reign with Him in the future.
Let us give thanks to God today for both creating us and redeeming us by responding through our lives and work. By emphasizing on the creative activity of God, we must participate in efforts on sustaining our environment, and be good stewards of God’s creation by exercising dominion over the earth and its resources recorded in Gen. 1:28: “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

By emphasizing on the redemptive activity of God, we should willingly communicate the message of Christ’s saving grace to everyone within our circle of influence make them the disciples of Christ thus fulfilling His Great Commission: "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:18–20).

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