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, December 21, 2014

GROWING in the GRACE and KNOWLEDGE of JESUS CHRIST

GROWING in the GRACE and KNOWLEDGE of JESUS CHRIST

December 21 Bible Reading: 2 Peter Chapters 1-3

"You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." (2 Peter 3:17-18)

Apostle Peter, the chief Apostle and a close disciple of the Lord Jesus, wrote two general epistles (letters) to all the believers living during his time and beyond. While his first letter was a warning about trials from without (persecution), his second letter was a warning about trials from within (heresy). Peter warns everyone to be careful and avoid shortsightedness (1:2-11), guard against false teachers (2:1-22), and in general, be vigilant against personal complacency that would lead to a lazy faith.

As Peter was acutely aware of his impending death (1:14), he wrote some memorable words as he concluded his final letter. He counseled us that we should ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’ (v. 18b). ‘Grace’ is the practical demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit. Growth in grace is not increased head knowledge or tireless activity; it is increasing likeness to the Lord Jesus. ‘Knowledge’ means getting to know God through His Word. Growth in knowledge means increasing study of and subjection to His words, works, and ways.

We need to grow in our actual, personal knowledge of Jesus Christ as such knowledge is our greatest protection against false teachings. This knowledge is the ever-deepening experience of Christ and understanding of His truth that should characterize the entire course of our lives as well.

Our spiritual growth will only happen when our faith is cultivated. We can only do that as we meditate on the word of God (Psalm 119:97-104) as the blessed Holy Spirit will remind us about our areas for personal growth and improvement. Along with that, small group studies and active involvement in a local church will help us to remember the vital truth required for our spiritual growth.

Let us remember that we have a responsibility to appropriate our spiritual resources and grow daily "till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph 4:13).

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