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.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

‘ONLY’ JESUS can CLEANSE us COMPLETELY

‘ONLY’ JESUS can CLEANSE us COMPLETELY

February 4 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 13-15

“Thus you shall separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness when they defile My tabernacle that is among them." (Leviticus 15:31)

God’s intricate laws concerning leprosy and bodily discharges have been detailed in Leviticus chapters 13-15 to inspire the Israelites with a profound reverence for holiness. Being holy, God desired holiness within the Israelite camp and His tabernacle that were already consecrated by His presence. God required complete purity from the children of Israel, and did not allow them to come before Him when defiled in any manner. Actually, God was training His people to live in His presence like the priests who were devoted to His service!

Bodily discharges (Lev. 15:2–15) were not evil, but they did render people “unclean” and therefore temporarily disqualified them from approaching a holy God. God was clearly concerned about His people’s health and hygiene. No doubt sanitation was part of these laws, but fundamentally God was teaching His people how to live separate from defiling themselves.

Our bodies are not sinful by themselves, and our bodily functions are not morally defiling. But our nature (“the flesh”) is sinful and produces what is sinful and defiling (Mark 7:20–23; Gal. 5:19–21). If we are not careful with what we say and do, and what we are; we will touch others and defile them as well (vv. 5–12; Matt. 23:25–28).

God made provision for Israel’s ceremonial uncleanness, and He has made provision for us as well. Jesus cleanses us when we go to Him in contrition and confession (1 John 1:5–2:2). He keeps us clean through His blood (1 John 1:7) and through the cleansing power of His Word (John 15:3; Eph. 5:25–27).

We should note that Jesus Christ healed those who suffered exclusion from His presence under these Old Testament rules (Matt. 9:20–22), and they revealed the full redemption that was accomplished ‘only’ through Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:24, 25). Today, let us understand one thing: our sanctification is the will of God and ‘only’ Jesus can cleanse us completely!

"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God...for God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness." (1 Thess 4:3-5, 7)

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