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, December 16, 2014

Seeing our FUTURE through EYES of FAITH

Seeing our FUTURE through EYES of FAITH

December 16 Bible Reading: Hebrews Chapters 10-13

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them." (Heb 11:13-16)

D. L. Moody has once said that “faith makes all things possible; love makes all things easy.” The people referred in the above passage were Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Sarah (vv. 8, 9, 11), who all died before taking possession of the land of Canaan that God had promised them (Gen. 12:1-3). They did not live to see the fulfillment of the divine promises. However, they endured in their faith until the end knowing that this world was temporary, that their eternal home would be with God. Finally, they died believing God would fulfill His promises to them eventually one day.

It is interesting to note that these patriarchs were seeking a ‘heavenly’ homeland. This is rather remarkable since most of the promises made by God had to do with material blessings on this earth. But they had a heavenly hope that enabled them to treat this world as a foreign country. This spirit of pilgrimage is especially pleasing to God, as Darby writes, “He is not ashamed to be called the God of those whose heart and portion are in heaven.” God had prepared a city for them, and there they would find rest, satisfaction and perfect peace.

In the same way, we should not abandon our hope in the promises of God. Even though we do not see the outcome of today’s struggles, by faith let us see our future and the fact that we are going to our heavenly home where we will live with our beloved Lord and Savior Jesus forever! Let us remain faithful to our heavenly calling until the very end of our earthly existence!

Remember, for over 2000 years Jesus is preparing a heavenly habitation for us to inhabit one day, and these are His own words of reassurance: "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:1-3)

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