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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Let’s boldly APPROACH the THRONE of GOD today!

Let’s boldly APPROACH the THRONE of GOD today! 

August 16 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 28-30

“’Then I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach Me; for who is this who pledged his heart to approach Me?’ says the Lord. ‘You shall be My people, and I will be your God.’” (Jer. 30:21-22)

During his prophesies about the future of the Jews, the prophet Jeremiah saw a time when the Jews will go through tribulation, and described it as “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (v. 7). But, he also saw that in the latter days, Israel would be restored to their former glory as the Jews would be gathered back together from their exile, and the above referenced verses are part of the passage (vv. 18–24) that describes the idyllic conditions prevailing during the Millennium.

God’s restoration for Israel will involve a physical rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem and its splendor will rival that of the days of David and Solomon. The festivities of Israel that had been silenced by Babylon will be put back into place again (see 7:34; 16:9; 25:10). The nation of Israel will be reestablished, and foreign rulers would never again preside over the land of Israel. In fact, Israel will finally experience the relationship with God that He had always wanted. This beautiful description of the glory of restored Israel refers to the yet future reign of Jesus Christ!

It is during that time that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, will dwell among His people as a fulfillment to His promises in many Biblical passages as listed below: "I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people" (Lev. 26:12); "They shall be My people, and I will be their God" (Jer. 32:38); "The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore" (Ezek. 37:28), and God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people." (2 Cor. 6:16).

Thus, prophet Jeremiah looks forward to the restoration of Israel’s special relationship with Jehovah God (v. 22) who had always longed to be near to His people. The beginning pages of the Bible reveal that God had a close proximity with the man and woman He created in the Garden of Eden: "And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day" (Gen. 3:8). 
However, due to sin, the relationship between God and humans was broken resulting with the man being driven off from the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:24). Further sin by humankind caused God to exclaim: "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh" (Gen. 6:3).

However, God’s desire to dwell among His people persisted when He got the Israelites to build the Tabernacle in the wilderness that was located in the midst of their camp, and thereafter, got David and Solomon to build for Him a temple in Jerusalem, in both instances, where His presence would stay in the Holies of Holies. The High Priest was only allowed to approach God’s presence on the Day of Atonement once a year (Lev. 16), and a thick veil separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place as it shielded the holy God from the sinful man.

As our High Priest, our Lord Jesus offered the price of sin through His own blood: “But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance” (Heb. 9:7). When Jesus died, the temple veil was torn from top to bottom (Matt. 27:51) thus opening the access to us to enter God’s presence. We can now boldly enter into God’s presence (Heb. 6:19-20; 9:24-26; 10:19-22). Let us not hesitate any longer, but boldly approach the throne of God today!

"Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Heb. 4:14-16)

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