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.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Keeping CHRIST at the CENTER of our LIVES

Keeping CHRIST at the CENTER of our LIVES

October 5 Bible Reading: Zechariah Chapters 10-12

"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn." (Zech 12:10)

Among the prophetical books in the Old Testament, the book of Zechariah ranks high in revealing the coming of Jesus Christ about 500 years before the event. As we closely read this book, we can read about Christ’s humanity (6:12), His humility (9:9), His betrayal (11:12-13), His deity (12:8), His crucifixion (12:10), His return (14:4) and His future reign (14:8-21). Zechariah prophesied that the key to Israel’s future was the coming Messiah, who will ultimately triumph through struggles and suffering.

This remarkable prophecy about the One Israel pierced (12:10) looks toward a time when Israel will recognize and accept Jesus Christ as its Messiah, whom they had literally pierced with a spear after His death on the cross (John 19:34). God’s ultimate deliverance of Jerusalem is rooted in a spiritual renewal, which itself is an act of God’s grace. Out of deep conviction and as a result of the action of God’s Holy Spirit, the Jewish people will turn in national and individual repentance to accept the One whom they had previously rejected (11:12).

Regarding the nation of Israel, Zechariah foretells their rejection of their Messiah at His First Advent but their regeneration and reception of their Messiah at His Second Advent. The realization of what they have done to their Messiah will cause them to mourn with intense grief for Him, as one mourns for his only son. Godly conviction, as the result of the Holy Spirit’s ministry, will bring about godly sorrow in their hearts. When the people of Israel finally see the Messiah (v. 10), they will recognize Him (Matt. 24:30; Rev. 1:7), repent, and be cleansed and forgiven.

Like God’s people Israel, we experience many trials and testings; but our Lord Jesus Christ will see us through and share His kingdom and glory with us (Acts 14:22). This is our certain future, so let us strive to keep Christ at the center of our lives!

"And this is the will of Him who sent Me (Jesus), that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:40)

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