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, December 19, 2015

How can we best DEFEND our FAITH before OTHERS?

How can we best DEFEND our FAITH before OTHERS?

December 19 Bible Reading: 1 Peter Chapters 1-3

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience..." (1 Peter 3:15-16)

Through the above passage, Apostle Peter tells us clearly how we can best defend our faith before a skeptical generation who asks us ‘why we believe what we believe’. In other words, we have to be always ready to give an apologetic answer defending our Christian faith and our blessed hope in Jesus Christ.

In order to prepare ourselves with the best defense of the Christian faith, first of all, we should “sanctify the Lord God in our hearts” (v. 15a). To “sanctify” means “to set apart.” So, we should set apart Christ as the Lord and Ruler of our lives. When we surrender ourselves under His control, then only we will experience true freedom. When we yield the throne in our heart to Jesus, it is then only that he will rule over us. All we do and say should be in His will, for His pleasure, and for His glory. He will then guide us through any difficult interrogation to give profound, thoughtful answers to difficult questions that are bombarded at us.

Our Christian faith should thus be defended by a reasonable apologetic delivered with meekness and fear. We should give our testimony with meekness (humility) toward others and with fear (reverence) toward God for what He has done. In making this assertion, Apostle Peter has quoted from Isaiah 8:12, 13, which says: “Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.” So, we should reverence Jesus Christ by making Him the Sovereign Lord of our lives. When we are sensitive to His presence in our hearts, we are bold and inspired to witness with skill and authority.

So, rather than being fearful we should commit ourselves afresh to Christ our Lord by purposing to live for Him, and be ready to explain to others gently and reverently why we behave as we do. Readiness to confess Christ is an important aspect of setting apart Christ as our Lord, so we should always be prepared to explain the difference that He has made in our lives. We should always have a good conscience, which will make us bold in defending ourselves and our faith in Christ.

Last but not the least, Jesus has promised us that he will give us the right words and profound wisdom that no one can resist  - as in the case of Stephen, the first martyr of Christendom: "And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke" (Acts 6:10). Fear not, God will enlighten us with the right words so that we can best defend our faith before others!

"Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist" (Luke 21:14-15)

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