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.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

JESUS CHRIST was ‘CURSED’ so that WE get the ‘BLESSING’

JESUS CHRIST was ‘CURSED’ so that WE get the ‘BLESSING’

November 29 Bible Reading: Galatians Chapters 1-3

"Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." (Gal. 3:13-14)

The story of God’s blessing and curses can be traced back to the beginning of time, when God blessed humankind during creation with both fruitfulness and dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28). However, both Adam & Eve sinned against God through disobedience, and reaped curses from God upon themselves (Gen. 3:16-19). God’s death penalty (see Gen. 16-17) was temporarily averted when God killed an innocent animal in their place and clothed them with its skin (Gen. 3:21). However, while some of their descendants could not escape God’s curses (Gen. 4:11; 6:7; 11:7-9), other righteous people like Enoch (Gen. 5:24), Noah (Gen. 9:1) and Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3) were blessed for their obedience. Abraham’s blessings were extended to his descendants by the grace of God!

Down the ages, God instituted the Mosaic Law, however, living under this Law did not bring blessing; actually it brought God’s curses. That is because to obtain God’s blessing under the Law, a person had to keep it perfectly—and no one could. God’s law - "Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law" (Deut. 27:26) - was inviolable, and those who fail to keep even one point of the law falls under God’s curse. It is safe to conclude that since we broke God’s covenant by violating the Law, we deserve to receive the Law’s curse and God’s condemnation!

The curse of the law was death - the penalty for breaking its commandments (Rom 6:23), and the cursed individual was to be hanged on a tree (Deut. 21:23) to justify God’s righteous judgment. God’s only begotten Son Jesus becomes the substitutionary recipient of that curse, and He has delivered those under law from paying the penalty of death demanded by the law. Thus, Jesus has redeemed us by dying in our place, enduring the dreadful wrath of God against sins. The curse of God fell on Him as our substitute. He did not commit a single sin, however our sins were placed upon Him and He took the punishment meant for us (Acts 5:30; 1 Pet. 2:24).

What the Mosaic Law could not do, Jesus has done for us (Rom 8:3–4) by paying the ransom price through shedding His precious blood (I Pet 1:18–19) in order to deliver us from slavery to liberty. Jesus has now redeemed us completely, freely, and irreversibly (John 5:24; Rom 8:1). Not only that, God had promised to bless all families of the earth (both Jews and Gentiles) in Abram (Gen. 12:3), which was ratified in Gen. 22:18 when He promised: “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed”. Jesus Christ, who was a direct descendant of Abraham (Luke 3:34), was that seed through whom God had promised to bless us when we receive Him by faith alone. Jesus Christ was cursed in our place so that we will be blessed by God! Hallelujah!

"For (God) made (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Cor. 5:21)

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