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, November 26, 2014

CARRYING TREASURE in our EARTHEN VESSELS

CARRYING TREASURE in our EARTHEN VESSELS

November 26 Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians Chapters 4-6

"For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us." (2 Cor. 4:5-7)

In the above passage, Apostle Paul compares the conversion of a sinner to the entrance of light at the dawn of creation where God, who had commanded light to shine out of darkness (Gen. 1:3), has now Himself shone in our hearts. The material creation in Genesis began with light and so also does the spiritual creation when we are ‘born again’ through the light of the gospel.

In ancient times it was a common practice to bury treasures inside clay jars. As these treasures were enclosed in earthen vessels, so the indwelling Christ lives within our earthly bodies. Jesus Christ, the ‘Light of the World’ (John 8:12) came into our hearts when we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. In doing so, God has given us a wonderful treasure in our earthen vessels, which is Christ in us, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27), and the salvation offered to those believing in His name (John 3:16). God does not shine in our hearts simply to give us this knowledge, but rather that through us this knowledge might shine to others. We are not just the terminals of God’s blessing but His channels and reflectors of His light!

Now, in our frail human bodies we are carrying a treasure within us that will guide others to their heavenly destiny. This treasure is the ‘glorious message of the gospel’. Why has God planned that this treasure should be in earthen vessels? The answer is so that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. All the praise and glory must go to the Creator (God) and not the creature (humans).

One interesting comparison can be found in the book of Judges (chapter 7) where Gideon equipped his army of 300 men with trumpets, empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. At the appointed signal, his men were to blow their trumpets and break the pitchers. When the pitchers were broken, the lamps shone out in brilliance. This terrified the enemy and they were defeated. Just as in Gideon’s case the light only shone forth when the pitchers were broken, so it is in connection with the gospel. Only when our human instruments (earthen vessels) are broken and yielded to the Lord can the gospel light shine forth through us in all its magnificence!

By God’s grace and power, let us live in such a way so that others can see Jesus living through us. Let us be living and shining vessels carrying of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ every day!

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matt 5:14-16) 

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