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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

God ALWAYS leads us in TRIUMPH in CHRIST

God ALWAYS leads us in TRIUMPH in CHRIST

November 25 Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians Chapters 1-3

"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life." (2 Cor. 2:14-16)

Calvary was the mighty display of the victory that Christ had won for humankind. In the above passage, Apostle Paul regarded himself as a signal trophy of God's victorious power in Christ. His Almighty Conqueror was leading him about, through all the cities of the Greek and Roman world, as an illustrious example of His power at once to subdue and to save.

In the above passage, Paul borrows a figure from the triumphal processions of Roman conquerors. Returning home after glorious victories, they would lead their captives along the streets of the capital. So Paul pictures the Lord Jesus marching as a conqueror from Troas to Macedonia, and leading His apostle in His train. Wherever the Lord goes, through His servants, there is victory! We have five promises from God about how He gives us victory:
  1. God gives us victory over the evil influences of people (Psalms 44:5)
  2. God gives us victory over the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19)
  3. God gives us victory over severe afflictions (Romans 8:35)
  4. God gives us victory over worldly attractions (1 John 5:4)
  5. God will give us victory over Satan ultimately (Rev. 15:2)
We must grasp Paul’s perspective on the unfailing success of God’s work in the world today, and of those of us who participate in it. We must see our lives in the light of God’s word and avoid discouragement because of the apparent failure of many of our activities. Christ has conquered, and we are privileged to march in His triumphal procession! Let us give our heartfelt thanks to God who always lead us in triumph in Christ!

"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:37)

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