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.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jesus Christ is our ultimate burnt offering

Jesus Christ is our ultimate burnt offering

January 31 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 1-3

Leviticus chapters 1-3 describes three offerings that the children of Israel had to offer to God – the Burnt Offering, the Grain Offering and the Peace Offering. Of the three, the Burnt Offering is the most relevant to our lives as they offer three valuable insights for us:
  1. This offering is a shadow of Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, offering Himself without spot to God in delight to do His Father's will even in death. "If his offering is a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own free will at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the Lord" (Lev 1:3)
  2. This offering of Jesus Christ is substitutionary, because He offered His own body as our substitute. "Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering…" (Lev 1:4a). See also Hebrews 9:11-14; 10:5-7; Psalms 40:6-8 and Philippians 2:8.
  3. This offering by Jesus Christ is atoning as He reconciled us back to God by offering Himself as a punishment for our sins. "…and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him" (Lev 1:4b)
Let us sincerely thank God today as He suffered and died in our place. Jesus Christ has become our ultimate burnt offering: "For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him". (Romans 5:6-9)

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