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, July 18, 2015

Shining the ‘LIGHT’ of JESUS CHRIST in our ‘DARK WORLD’

Shining the ‘LIGHT’ of JESUS CHRIST in our ‘DARK WORLD’

July 18 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 7-9

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined." (Isaiah 9:2)

The district of Galilee, located in the hill country of Zebulun and Naphtali, was inhabited by a mixed population of Israelites and heathen. Years after Joshua led the Israelites in their conquest of Canaan, Canaanites still inhabited the region (Judges 1:30–33; 4:2). Galilee was also situated on a major trade route, which brought foreigners to the area and came to be called as the“Galilee of the Gentiles” (9:1).

However, God promised to send a “great light” on these “people who walked in darkness” (9:2). Who was this ‘light’, who came for both Gentiles and Israelites? God promised, through the birth of a child, to shatter the darkness of gentile occupation experienced by the ten tribes of Israel.According to the Gospel of Matthew, this ‘light’ was Jesus Christ: “When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee … that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah” (Matt. 4:12–17). Although Galilee was held in contempt (2 Kings 15:29), the promised Christ would dwell there as a source of light to the Gentiles.Jesus Christ is the ‘light’ that God sent even to the Gentiles as the expression of His love for the whole world!

Let us understand that ‘light’ stands for God’s blessings, presence, and revelation (9:2; 30:26; 42:6, 16; 60:1–3). The Lord is the light in blessing and in judgment (10:17; 60:19, 20; John 1:4; 8:12). People who exchange His light for the darkness of their corrupt minds (5:20; 8:20), will one day experience His judgment and live in the darkness of separation from God (5:30; 13:10; 59:9)

Today, we are the light of the world, as Jesus Himself has stated: "You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matt 5:14, 16). As His children, we are required to shine the light of Jesus in our dark world as we model His saving grace to the people living in sin and darkness.

"He who believes in Him (Jesus Christ) is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed." (John 3:18-20)

Can we take our calling and mission seriously as we live out the life of Jesus before those who are not exposed to His saving grace and knowledge? Remember, Jesus Christ is the difference between light and darkness as well as life and death for everyone living on this earth today!

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