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 5, 2014

DO we LOVE ANYTHING/ANYBODY MORE than JESUS?

DO we LOVE ANYTHING/ANYBODY MORE than JESUS?

November 5 Bible Reading: John Chapters 19-21

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" (John 21:15)

In this passage, the underlying lesson is that love for Jesus is the only acceptable motive for serving Him. Just as Peter had denied the Lord thrice, so he was given three opportunities to confess Him. The most important thing in ministry is to love Jesus totally - for all ministries flows out from that love!

This intimate interview was probably conducted within the hearing of the other six disciples. Peter had publicly professed his loyalty before the Crucifixion and Jesus wants the other disciples to understand Peter’s restoration. The point of the entire dialogue is to question not the extent of Peter’s love for the Master, but the nature of his love. Jesus wanted to impress upon Peter the diverse responsibilities (“feed” and “tend”) and the tenderness (for “sheep” and “lambs”) demanded by his love for Jesus. It is possible to construe the question posed by Jesus in several ways: “Do you love Me more than these others love Me?”; “Do you love Me more than you love these others?”; and “Do you love Me more than you love these nets and fish?”

Never rebuking Peter for his replies, Jesus repeatedly commissioned him for the pastoral ministry of God’s people. The grace of God had recovered a fallen disciple, one who was later greatly used by God to win many people to Christ (Acts 2–5; 10–11) and who later wrote two general epistles. When Peter wrote to his fellow elders (1 Pet. 5:1, 2), he urged them to “shepherd the flock of God” apparently having taken to heart the words of Jesus, and called Jesus the “Chief Shepherd” (1 Pet. 5:4).

As we meditate on the three repeated questions that Jesus asked Peter after His resurrection, we need to ask ourselves this question: “What do I love more than Jesus?” It may be something innocent or harmless or something seemingly good like food, hobbies, work, etc. We need to realize that Jesus demands our first love over everything else. Let us be careful to love Jesus more than anything or anyone in our lives!

Let us always remember the following words of Jesus: "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me." (Matt 10:37)

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