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.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Why should we OBSERVE the LORD’s SUPPER?

Why should we OBSERVE the LORD’s SUPPER? 

November 23 Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians Chapters 10-12

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Cor. 11:26-28)

On the night that our Lord Jesus was betrayed by one of His disciples, He took bread and gave thanks for it. Since the bread was typical of His body, Jesus was, in effect, thanking God that He had been given a human body in which He might come and die for the sins of the world. For us to partake of the bread is to remember how Jesus had allowed His body to be beaten and bruised for our sins. When Jesus took the cup after supper, He said that it was the new covenant which was ratified and sealed by His own blood (Heb. 9:12). The foundation of this new covenant was laid through the cross. We receive all the benefits that were promised in this new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31–34; Hebrews 8:10–12) when we trust in the atoning death of our Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf.

The Lord's Supper is a memorial service left for us as we gather together as believer-priests to proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. It is designed to symbolize and communicate seven distinct truths:
  1. It is a memorial to remind us of the atonement of Christ (vv. 24, 25)
  2. It signifies our fellowship as believers being part of Christ’s body (v. 18)
  3. It is an occasion to pause, reflect and examine our walk with Christ (v. 28)
  4. It is an occasion to thank God for our salvation (v. 24)
  5. It stands as a witness to Christ’s death on our behalf (v. 26)
  6. It is an occasion to celebrate our blessed hope that we have in Christ (v. 26)
  7. It is an occasion to worship Christ for His finished work of atonement (v. 26)
The Lord’s Supper has a past reference to Christ’s death. It has a present reference to our corporate participation in Him through faith. It has a future reference in that it is a pledge of His return. It encourages us to be faithful in our daily walk and in our expectation. This service of worship is a distinctive sacrament instituted for the church, and to be observed until our Lord Jesus Christ comes back. The ultimate realization of the Lord’s Supper will be when we will one day celebrate the grand ‘Marriage Supper of the Lamb’ in New Jerusalem.

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'” And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God." (Rev 19:7-9)

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