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, November 28, 2015

Aim for ‘SPIRITUAL PERFECTION’ as our ultimate BENCHMARK

Aim for ‘SPIRITUAL PERFECTION’ as our ultimate BENCHMARK

November 28 Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians Chapters 10-13

"Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you." (2 Cor. 13:11)

In his second letter to the church in Corinth, Apostle Paul addressed most of the faithful believers of that church in the first nine chapters. In the subsequent passage (10:1–13:10), Paul then directed his words primarily to those who had questioned his integrity. He was skeptical if these were even true believers.

However, as he closes his letter Paul turns his attention once again to those who really loved and appreciated him calling them his ‘brethren’, and urged them to respond to his letter in five ways:
  1. First, they were to rejoice in the Lord. As in other passages, “farewell” here means “rejoice” (Phil. 3:1; 1 Thess. 5:16). The reason why they should rejoice is because they had the opportunity to judge themselves before God would judge them (see v. 5).
  2. Second, they were to mend their ways and become complete (see Matt. 4:21). They were to stop quarreling and live in harmony with one another. They were to stop sinning and break permanently with all idolatry. Through this, they were to experience completion (restoration) as God would bring them to maturity.
  3. Third, they were to be encouraged and be exhorted. They had been given strong admonitions by the Apostle Paul, which they were to receive in good spirits and act on them.
  4. Fourth, they were to foster a united outlook by putting first things first, especially to unite in their attitude toward Paul and his authority.
  5. Fifth, they were to live at peace with one another. Then God, who manifests love and peace as the fruit of His Spirit, would remain in fellowship with them. For this, they were to be of one mind by having the mind of Christ (Phil. 2:5).
Thus, joy, maturity, contentment, unity, and harmony were Paul’s answers to the immaturity, unrest, divisions, and fighting that were so evident in the Corinthian assembly. As we apply this passage to our lives, let us understand that we must be the true saints of God who love one another and promote peace and purity within the church. We should be the mature ones in the fellowship who encourage spiritual growth among believers. 

Above all, we need to aim high in our lives in order to reach our desired goals. With scripture as our daily guide and spiritual leaders are our everyday mentors, we should aim for spiritual perfection! Let us recall the words of our Lord Jesus Christ who has commanded us to be perfect even as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matt. 5:48).

"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4:11-13)

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