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, November 11, 2015

Understand God’s PURPOSE for the entire HUMAN FAMILY

Understand God’s PURPOSE for the entire HUMAN FAMILY

November 11 Bible Reading: Acts Chapters 16-18

"And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'" (Acts 17:26-28)

It is interesting to observe that Paul extensively used the Old Testament as common ground whenever he addressed the Jews. However, with the Athenians, Paul begins with the general revelation that everyone has already received. God brought all people into being and they only exist by His providence. Paul proclaims the true God as Creator and therefore transcendent above His creation (vv. 24, 25). This true God is sovereignly involved in the affairs of men (v. 26). In fact, the true God is near them, within the reach of those who seek Him (vv. 27, 28). Therefore all peoples must repent and turn to Him, because a resurrection and a judgment day are coming!

In discussing the origin of the human race, Paul contends that all nations came from the common ancestor, Adam. Not only were the nations brought forth by God, but He also arranged the years, and determined the countries in which the various peoples would dwell. It was God who designed their courses (see Dan. 2:20, 21). Further, God showered innumerable mercies on them in order that they might seek Him. He wanted them to grope for Him and find Him, even though in actuality He is not far from each one. It is in the true God that we live and move and have our being, so not only is God our Creator but He is our all in all. Compare this with the fact that the three great mysteries of philosophy and science in the ancient world were the questions of life, motion, and being!

To further emphasize the relationship of the creature to the Creator, Paul knew that the Athenians did not know the Old Testament, and he quoted from some of their Greek poets, who said, “For we are also His offspring”. Although their words originally referred to Zeus, the head of the Greek gods, Paul applied the quotations to the living God of heaven. Thus, Paul laid a foundation from which he built his presentation of Yahweh, the God of Israel. We are the offspring of God in the sense that He created us, but we only become sons of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

God also is sovereign over the political and military affairs of nations, though the Greeks liked to think they determined their own destiny. God’s purpose in regulating times and boundaries was that people would realize His sovereignty and seek Him (v. 27). Our loving Creator has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to demonstrate His love for us and save us. It is our responsibility to respond to Jesus and follow Him as well as witness about the saving knowledge of the gospel to all our unsaved friends and relatives.

We should understand God’s purpose for the entire human family! The incidental statement that God made from one blood all the nations of men, is an inspired assertion of the unity of the race, and accords with the Mosaic history. We all proceed from one blood, both figuratively and literally, for the same blood types are found in all races.  Humankind is a universal family.  “Have we not all one Father?  Has not one God created us?” (Mal. 2:10).

Thus, God desires that we show respect to all people because everyone bears His image. We cause sorrow when we dishonor others through bigotry. Every human being is created in the image of God. To demean that image is to wound another human at the deepest level. We all belong to the same universal family, and we are created to be treasured and cherished by one other. This is how we fulfill God’s will upon this earth as it is fulfilled in heaven. Can we boldly pray this prayer today? "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matt. 6:9-10)    

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