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.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SEEKING ‘only’ THINGS that ‘REALLY' MATTER

SEEKING ‘only’ THINGS that ‘REALLY' MATTER

December 4 Bible Reading: Colossians Chapters 1-4

"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory." (Col 3:1-4)

In the above passage, Apostle Paul exhorts us to set our minds on heavenly things that ‘really matter’. When we have our minds fixed on heaven and our eyes fixed on Jesus, then naturally we will hold loosely the things that are on the earth. We will then be always reminded that “we have died to sin and to the world, and our lives are now hidden with Christ in God”. We will not be anxious when bad things happen in our lives. Just like an object lying at the bottom of the ocean is unruffled by the storms and the tumultuous waves on the surface, our frustrations will turn into songs of praise when we have put our confidence on the ‘Rock of Ages’!

What are the things we should seek that ‘really' matter? They include obtaining a deeper knowledge of Christ, having a closer fellowship with Him, experiencing His resurrection power in our daily living, being victorious over sin (Col. 3:5–11), developing our godly virtues (vv. 12–17), fulfilling our domestic and social responsibilities (3:18–4:1), having an effective prayer life (4:2) and be fruitful in witnessing to others (4:3–6).

As a child of God, we have said goodbye to our former way of life, and have entered upon a completely new life of the risen Lord Jesus Christ. So, we should view things not as they appear to our natural eyes but only in reference to their importance to God and to eternity. A. T. Robertson writes:
“The baptized life means that the Christian is seeking heaven and is thinking heaven. His feet are upon the earth, but his head is with the stars. He is living like a citizen of heaven here on earth.”
Let us continually discipline ourselves to focus on eternal realities, instead of the temporal realities of this earth since our lives are no longer dictated by this world but are hidden with Christ. Let us set your mind on things that ‘really matter’, and seek to experience all that we have in Christ!

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