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.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Seven 'BLESSINGS' from GOD for FAITHFULNESS

Seven 'BLESSINGS' from GOD for FAITHFULNESS

December 27 Bible Reading: Revelation Chapters 7-9

"Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Rev 7:15-17)

In his vision, Apostle John sees a great multitude of Gentiles from among all the different parts of the world, who were converted during the Great Tribulation, arrayed in white and standing before the throne (v. 9). This great multitude appears in white robes displaying their purity and carries palm branches in their hands symbolic of their final victory. Their earthly trials are now over. John is informed by one of the elders that these people had come out of the Great Tribulation and their robes have been washed in the blood of the Lamb (v. 14).

Faith in Christ had made these redeemed Gentiles both holy and righteous. These redeemed saints will receive seven wonderful blessings as a reward for their faithfulness:
  1. Blessing of Proximity to God"Therefore they are before the throne of God" (v: 15a). They would be stationed right before the throne where they can see Him forever.
  2. Blessing of Unending Service to God"And serve Him day and night in His temple" (v: 15b). ‘To serve’ indicates priestly service before the Lord (1:6; 5:10).
  3. Blessing of Close Fellowship with God"He who sits on the throne will dwell among them" (v: 15c). The majority in the multitude had not seen Christ when He dwelt among Jews (John 1:14) but now God will ‘tabernacle’ among them in heaven.
  4. Blessing of Total Satisfaction"They shall neither hunger nor thirst anymore" (v: 16a). Christ will give them the ‘bread of life’ (John 6:33, 35, 48, 51) and ‘living water’ (John 4:10; 7:38) that will totally satisfy them.
  5. Blessing of Total Security"The sun shall not strike them, nor any heat" (v: 16b). Just like Jehovah went before the Israelites by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light (Exodus 13:21-22), He will provide them total security in heaven.
  6. Blessing of Accurate Guidance"For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to fountains of the waters of life" (v: 17a). Jesus will fulfill His role as the Good Shepherd (Psalms 23; John 10) as He will guide them continually for eternity.
  7. Blessing of the Fullness of Joy"God will wipe away every tear from their eyes" (v: 17b). Earthly sorrows will be over, as God will Himself wipe away every tear of grief. Instead, the following observation by the Psalmist will become a reality: "In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Psalms 16:11)
Let us endeavor to live righteously before God and other people. The only way to gain entry into heaven, God’s Kingdom, is to be born again (John 3:5) by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It also involves us staying true to God and being faithful to the upward call of Jesus Christ all the days of lives.

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