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.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Should we CONTAIN the glorious ‘GOSPEL’ within OVERSELVES?

Should we CONTAIN the glorious ‘GOSPEL’ within OVERSELVES? 

August 13 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 19-21

Then I said, "I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name." But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not. (Jer. 20:9)

In the above passage, prophet Jeremiah allows the reader to see his inner turmoil in the midst of his continuous persecution. In public he was fearless, but in private he expressed the depth of his inner emotions to God directly. The emotions that Jeremiah experienced went from joy (v. 13) to despair (vv. 14–18), from bold proclamation (vv. 1–6) to burdened prayer (vv. 7–12).

In verses 7–18, Jeremiah regrets his unpopular ministry and tries to suspend his prophetic activity, but to no avail. He wanted to stop delivering the unpopular message of Babylonian captivity, but could not! In fact, Jeremiah decided to refrain from declaring God’s word or speaking in His name. But the divine message could not be held within or in any way hindered from accomplishing God’s purpose (see Isaiah 46:10, 11; 55:11). God’s word was like a consuming fire that so burned within his heart that he found it impossible for him to remain silent (see Amos 3:8). Unlike the heart of the people, Jeremiah’s mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual life was overwhelmed by God’s word and will for His people. The word of the Lord burned like a fire within him!

Just like Jeremiah had the prophetic word flamed “like a fire” within him that he was unable to contain it, we also have a message to deliver to others. This message is none other than the wonderful and glorious gospel that Christ has entrusted to us called the ‘Great Commission’: "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:15-16)

Apart from giving us this message, Christ has also given us the necessary authority (Matt. 28:18), the needed power (Acts 1:8) as well as His abiding presence (Matt. 28:20) to help us fulfill our task. We are now ‘ministers of reconciliation’ as we have the task of reconciling sinners to Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-20). This message is like a burning fire shut up in our bones, and like prophet Jeremiah let us be bold so as to proclaim the gospel in the face of unpopularity and opposition from friends and society at large.

We cannot and should not contain the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ within ourselves as it our mandate and responsibility to proclaim it to others. Can we take a decision today to be bearers of the good news to all our friends, acquaintances and neighbors? This is what God expects from our lives today and always!  

"For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!" (1 Cor. 9:16)

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