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.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

GOD HIMSELF will be our LIGHT and our GLORY one DAY

GOD HIMSELF will be our LIGHT and our GLORY one DAY

August 4 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 58-60

"The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; but the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended" (Isaiah 60:19-20)

As Prophet Isaiah looked ahead to the future when the eternal city of New Jerusalem will house the redeemed people of God, the greatest thing that impressed him was that God Himself will be both their light (vv. 1, 19, 20) and their glory (vv. 1, 2, 7, 9, 13, 19, 21). In the New Testament, Apostle John has described this eternal city more clearly in the following verses:
  • "The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it" (Rev. 21:23-26).
  • "And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal" (Rev. 21:10-11).
  • "There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever" (Rev. 22:5).
This city of New Jerusalem will be created one day in the new heaven and the new earth (see 65:17; 66:22; Rev. 21:1). In this city, the Lord God Almighty will dwell forever with His people, and the whole city will be filled with the brightness of the glory of God. God’s glory is essentially the profound, glowing, visible, confluent expression of the magnificent attributes of God. In the Old Testament, God has revealed His glory at Sinai (Exo. 24:16, 17), in the Tabernacle (Exo. 40:34–38), and in the Temple of God built by King Solomon in Jerusalem (1 Kings 8:10, 11).

Just as the glory of God filled the Temple in Jerusalem at the inauguration service, the same glory of God filled the one hundred and twenty disciples on the Day of Pentecost when "they were all filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:4). This was the fulfillment of the following prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane: "And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one" (John 17:22). Let us understand that today God has "called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus" (1 Pet. 5:10), and we are to reflect that ‘glory’ to our dark and sinful world every day.

When Jesus came into this world, He came as the "light of the world" (John 8:12). "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it" (John 1:4-5). However, the people of this world rejected Jesus since they loved darkness, their deeds being evil and they feared exposure before the “true light” (John 1:9; John 3:19-21). As God’s children, we have become the ‘light of this world’ today just as Jesus has stated: "You are the light of the world...let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:14-16). "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6).

In the future God promises that He will be our light and glory in His eternal kingdom. The light of the sun and moon will no longer be necessary in New Jerusalem, since the glory of God will provide all necessary light (Isa. 30:26; Zech. 2:5). He will scatter all darkness and ignorance forever. Let this hope cheer us in the midst of all our trials and sufferings today as we wait for God to be our light and glory in the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and join with Apostle Paul in declaring the following: "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Rom. 8:18)

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