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.

Friday, November 21, 2014

KEEPING our bodies HOLY as ‘TEMPLES’ of the HOLY SPIRIT

KEEPING our bodies HOLY as ‘TEMPLES’ of the HOLY SPIRIT

November 21 Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians Chapters 4-6

"Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Cor. 6:18-20)

In the above passage, Apostle Paul warns us to run away from sexual immorality just as Joseph ran away when he was tempted to sin by Potiphar’s wife (Gen. 39:1-12). Most sins have no direct effect on our bodies, but we reap the consequence of sexual immorality in our own bodies. For example, many of the recently discovered diseases (in most cases) like HIV AIDS and other venereal diseases are direct after effects of unrestrained sexual immorality. Sexual immorality truly has far-reaching effects along with great spiritual significance and social complications.

The solemn truth that we need to comprehend is that our bodies are ‘temples of the Holy Spirit’. We belong to God both by creation (when He had created us) and by redemption (when He had bought us back through His sacrificial death on the Cross with the price of His own precious blood). We should honor and care for our bodies as the very sanctuaries of God so that other people may clearly see that we belong to God alone!

What a special privilege it is for our bodies to be God’s spiritual dwelling place! This reality has huge ramifications. God’s residence in our bodies should transform us to live in such a way that brings glory to God. Our relationships, the way we serve our employers, the way we use our money, the way we treat our enemies and every other facet of our lives should reflect the wonderful reality that God resides in our hearts. Let that difference show!

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:1-2)

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