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, January 29, 2014

Working together to build the Church of Jesus Christ

Working together to build the Church of Jesus Christ

January 29 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 34-36

Exodus chapters 35 & 36 give us a beautiful picture of how God wants to build His Church, the universal body of Jesus Christ. Without any doubt, God, the Master Architect and Designer, designed every detail of the Tabernacle, and verbally conveyed the details to Moses (Exodus 25:1 – 31:18). God also renewed His covenant with the children of Israel (Exodus 34:10-26), and makes Moses to write down all the words of the covenant including the Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:27-28). Moses gave the instructions to the children of Israel as to what is required from them in building the Tabernacle, which is to willingly and cheerfully bring offerings to the Lord of articles that are required to build the Tabernacle (Exodus 35:1-19). The people gave offerings freely and in abundance (Exodus 35:20-29; 36:3-7). God called out Bezalel and Aholiab and gifted them with wisdom, understanding, design and work expertise and teaching skills to provide technical leadership to all the other gifted artisans and craftsmen in this building project (Exodus 35:30-36:2). Based on very specific design instructions (Exodus 36:8-38) the Tabernacle building project started in full swing.

When we apply on a spiritual basis, Jesus Christ is building His Church even today. He declared in Matthew 16:18b “…I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it”. The Church of Jesus Christ is being built with Jesus Christ being the foundation stone (Matthew 16:18a, 1 Cor. 3:11; 10:4). We are the living stones of the Church (1 Peter 2:5), as well as God’s fellow workers (1 Cor. 3:9a). God has given us different intrinsic abilities that we should use to build His church. As the children of Israel under the leadership of Moses build the Tabernacle, let us realize what our abilities are these days, rise up and work together to build the Church of Jesus Christ.

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