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.

Friday, December 4, 2015

UNDERSTAND our new SPIRITUAL LOCATION in CHRIST

UNDERSTAND our new SPIRITUAL LOCATION in CHRIST

December 4 Bible Reading: Colossians Chapters 1-4

"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." (Col. 1:13-14)

In the above verses, Apostle Paul describes how God has rescued and liberated us from the power and dominion of darkness. Darkness speaks of a miserable, horrible state of being held captive by Satan, and is a symbol of ignorance, falsehood, and sin. Thereafter, God transferred us from Satan’s dominion to Christ’s control. In other words, God rescued us from the realm of darkness and established us as colonists and as citizens in the realm of light (John 1:4–9; Eph. 5:8; 1 Thess. 5:5; 1 Pet. 2:9; 1 John 1:5). The “transference” of the believer, from under Satan’s authority to Christ’s, is described as movement into another kingdom or, “spiritual location” in Christ.   

This can be illustrated by the experience of the children of Israel, as recorded in Exodus. They had been living as slaves in Egypt. By a marvelous act of divine intervention, God delivered them out of that fearful bondage and led them through the wilderness to the Promised Land. Similarly, as sinners, we were in bondage to Satan but through Christ we have been delivered from his clutches and now we are subjects of Christ’s kingdom. Satan’s kingdom is one of darkness, while the kingdom of Christ is one of light and love. So, God has rescued us from the dark domain of Satan, and has transferred us to the peaceable rule of Christ!

The Greek word for “redemption” points to the payment of a price or ransom for the release of a slave, and describes the act whereby we were bought from the clutches of sin by the precious blood of Jesus. Not only has He redeemed us; He has also given us the forgiveness of sins. This means that God has cancelled the debt which our sins incurred. Our Lord Jesus Christ paid the penalty on the cross; it never needs to be paid again. The account is settled and closed, and God has not only forgiven but He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalms 103:12). Since we have been purchased at such a tremendous cost, it should be clear to us that we no longer belong to ourselves. Therefore we should not live our lives the way we choose!

Knowing our spiritual location is critical to our success in navigating through life since we have a new location through Christ now. Through the amazing grace of God, Jesus now reigns in our hearts and minds. So His will should become our will, and His ways should become a pattern in our life and behavior. Since we are part of God’s kingdom, it will make a difference in how we live and we should develop life-transforming behavior patterns that should reflect our new spiritual location. God’s kingdom include “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17) so we should live by God’s standards, be a peacemaker; and be a source of joy in our relationships. This way we will please God and bless others as well…!!!

"In Him (Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Eph. 1:7). "Therefore…let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear." (Heb. 12:28)

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