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, January 27, 2015

GOD ‘DESIRES’ to ‘DWELL’ among HIS PEOPLE

GOD ‘DESIRES’ to ‘DWELL’ among HIS PEOPLE

January 27 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 28-30

"I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the Lord their God." (Exodus 29:45-46)

When God commenced His creation of the earth and all the plants, animals, fishes and birds, He saw that it was good (Gen. 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25) but not good enough. So, God made man in His own image and likeness, and remarked that it was very good (Gen. 1:31). God then situated the man He had created in a garden eastward in Eden (Gen. 2:8, 15) and gave Him everything he needed for his daily sustenance including a companion/helper for fellowship (Gen. 2:18-25). Through it all, God wanted to have a close fellowship with the man (Adam) and the woman (Eve). However, due to disobedience and sin, Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:24) and God’s desire for fellowship was temporarily put on hold.

The descendants of Adam and Eve became wicked to that extend that God had to destroy everyone through the flood except for Noah and his family (Gen. 6-9). The descendants of Noah became proud and sinful again, so God had to scatter them all over the earth after confusing their language (Gen. 10-11). From among them, God chose Abraham who obeyed His call (unlike Adam), and separated His descendants from Egypt in order to have the close fellowship that He had always longed for. This is the backdrop of the key passage for today (Exodus 29:45-46) where God expressed His desire to dwell among His people and be their God – Ruler, Sustainer and Guide.

What we learn subsequently that due to sin, pride, unbelief and rebellion, God could never truly fulfill His desire to dwell among His people. In the fullness of time, God sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, who came to earth and lived among us. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14) However, soon after His own people crucified Him on the cross, but before ascending to heaven Jesus promised us that He will be with us “always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20b). Jesus also promised to send us the Holy Spirit who will dwell with us forever: "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever-- the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:16-18)

True to His promise, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost to the one hundred and twenty people waiting in the upper room for the Promise of the Father (Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-4). Today, the gift of the Holy Spirit is available to all who are willing to repent from their sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Are you willing to allow God to dwell in your heart and have an intimate fellowship with you every moment of your life?

"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:38-39)   

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