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, January 3, 2015

The ‘SIGNIFICANCE’ of the ‘CALL’ from GOD

The ‘SIGNIFICANCE’ of the ‘CALL’ from GOD

January 3 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 7-9

Then the Lord said to Noah, "Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation." (Gen 7:1)

In the above passage, we see that Noah and his family were invited by God to come into the ark from the sure destruction that would come upon the whole earth. The word “come” appears for the first time here as gracious gospel invitation: “Come into the ark of safety and salvation.” God had seen the wickedness on the earth (6:12) but His gracious attention was also drawn to “righteous” Noah (6:8). The initiative of redemption was from God (8:15) Himself!

Just as the ark is a place of safety and salvation, Christ is our place of safety in salvation for everyone today. In the Old Testament, there is an extraordinary invitation from God: "Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord, "though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18).

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ has issued the following invitation to all the people who heard His message: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matt 11:28-30). The Bible closes with an open invitation to the entire humankind: And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Rev 22:17)

Noah accepted God’s invitation and entered the ark with his family - a total of eight people (1 Peter 3:20) out of fear for his family’s safety (Heb 11:7). Due to this decision, he and his family were protected from death through the flood. The question is: Have you accepted God’s open invitation to enter into the ark of safety for salvation in Jesus Christ? If you accept the invitation and go to Jesus, He will never cast you out as per His assurance: "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (John 6:35-37)

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