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.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Facing our ‘ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE REVIEW’

Facing our ‘ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE REVIEW’

November 20 Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians Chapters 1-3

"For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire." (1 Cor. 3:11-15)

Apostle Paul describes in this passage the ultimate performance review that we will face one day when we stand before God and when He evaluates the worth of our lives on the earth. He uses the image of metal being purified in a refining fire (vv. 13–15). God’s fire will burn away the worthless impurities, leaving only what is valuable.

Of the six types of materials mentioned, three are combustible and three are incombustible. Our service that has brought glory to God and blessing to people like teaching sound doctrine, living lives of fidelity to the truth, leading converts to spiritual maturity, etc. are comparable to gold, silver, and precious stones that will not be consumed by the fire, but actually be purified and increase in value. On the other hand, our work that has brought dishonor to God like providing inadequate/unsound teaching or compromising the truth by demonstrating a lifestyle that fails to model it, will be consumed by the fire and nothing will remain.

An interesting thought in connection with this verse is that the Word of God is sometimes likened to fire (Isa. 5:24, Jer. 23:29). The same Word of God which will test our service at the Judgment Seat of Christ is available to us now. If we are building in accordance with the teachings of the Bible, then our work will stand the test in that final judgment day!

The question to ask ourselves today is - when the smoke clears on that day what will be left of our lives to display? Let us build our lives on commodities that will stand the test of God’s judgment. Let us give priority to things of lasting value every day. Let us live only for His glory!

"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." (Rev 22:12-13)

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