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, May 28, 2016

The GRAND QUESTION: Is there LIFE after DEATH?

The GRAND QUESTION: Is there LIFE after DEATH?

May 28 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 13-15

"If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes. You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire the work of Your hands." (Job 14:14-15)

If there has been one single question that has plagued people through the ages, it is whether there is life after death. Job asked this same question as he contemplated his sufferings (14:14). He believed that death would end his pain (14:13); but then the question was whether it would also end his existence as well? In other places, Job had described death as the “way of no return” (16:22) and the “king of terrors” (18:14). So, it does appear that at times Job did not have a particularly positive outlook as he faced the end of his life!

However, when we read about Job’s perspective on death, we should note that he was less knowledgeable in these matters than God’s people in our current times. It is obvious that he did not have any access to any written portion of Scripture, and he was unfamiliar with the work of Jesus Christ to deliver people from sin and death (Rom. 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:20–28). Yet, even without these important truths, Job had a certain confidence that he would see God after death. In fact, his stirring declaration of faith, beginning with the words, “I know that my Redeemer lives” (Job 19:25–27), has provided hope for generations of believers!

Though Job does not know God’s plan of salvation as revealed fully in the New Testament, he has a profound realization of what must be involved in such a plan. He is so close, yet he cannot see that God’s only possible righteous way of atonement will be to accept the complete sacrifice of one who is both God and sinless Man as a substitute for the deserved punishment of sinners (Gen. 22:12). However, Job’s question (“If a man dies, shall he live again?”) is answered with an emphatic “Yes” by the Lord Jesus Christ and the New Testament authors.

Whatever questions about death may have lingered from the days of Job, we know that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to grant eternal life for those who believed in Him: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). In fact, our Lord Jesus Christ has declared: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25-26). For this reason alone in the midst of our grief and mourning, we can actually celebrate over the lives and legacy of our friends and loved ones who have died in Christ.

Our Lord Jesus has promised eternal life to all believers who accept His substitutionary death on their behalf. It is to them that Jesus has promised an eternal life that is free from all tears, sorrow, and pain (Rev. 21:4). So, when it comes to the issue of death, Christian believers have hope concerning their future, and can boldly say this with Apostle Paul: "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor. 15:56-57)

Even though the truth about resurrection was not fully revealed in Old Testament days, Job still rested his hope on God. God has revealed the blessed hope that His people have because of faith in Jesus Christ, and this is how Apostle Paul has clearly answered Job’s age old question that there is life after death, and death is just being asleep in Jesus: "But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thess. 4:13-18)

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