"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.

Monday, October 3, 2016

God will COMPLETE the ‘GOOD’ WORK that He has STARTED

God will COMPLETE the ‘GOOD’ WORK that He has STARTED

October 3 Bible Reading: Zechariah Chapters 4-6

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying: "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth." (Zech. 4:8-10)

Zerubbabel, the Governor of Judah, was faced with the colossal task of completing the reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem. It was obvious that he could not fulfill his responsibilities by his own strength and power, so God promised (through His prophet Zechariah) to empower Zerubbabel through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit (see v. 6).

God’s promise concerning Zerubbabel was significant: the task that he began he would also complete. Zerubbabel laid the foundation of rebuilding God’s temple; his hands shall also finish it to completion. The mountain probably represented the obstacles and opposition facing Zerubbabel as he attempted to rebuild the temple. Even though there would be mountain-like opposition, they would be leveled by God. As a result, the temple construction would be completed, and would bring forth exclamations of “Grace, grace!” to its beauty. This prophecy was literally fulfilled in the sixth year of Darius’ reign, four years after this prophecy came and fourteen years after the building first began (Ezra 3:11–13; 6:15–18).

God’s temple may have been as nothing in their eyes, and the past ten years may have seemed totally wasted; but they had been the forerunners of great things to come. Those who have despised the day of small things (that is, those who mocked the possibility of God’s doing some great thing) would see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel (that is, would see the day when Zerubbabel would finish the temple structure). Jehovah God has been in the start of the temple reconstruction; He has been in the delay of the temple reconstruction; and He has been in the resumption of the temple reconstruction. It is a confirmed fact that God was behind and in control of everything that happened with regard to the temple reconstruction project!

There are five lessons that we can learn from God’s role in the temple reconstruction project that Zerubbabel had undertaken:
  1. God’s Spirit is the empowering agent of His activity, and human brute force is not the way that God accomplishes His work (v. 6).
  2. Without God’s help we can do nothing substantial in our lives (v. 6; Ps. 127:1; John 15:5b).
  3. Grace can move the biggest mountains we face, reducing them to easily traveled plains (v. 7).
  4. Little is much if God is in it, and small things can be just as much an evidence of God’s work as great accomplishments (vv. 9–10).
  5. Nothing that we are called upon to do in the will of God is unimportant or insignificant (v. 10), and we should not judge God’s work by human standards.
After years of discouragement, Zerubbabel was assured that he will see the fulfillment of God’s purpose for him for "the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable" (Rom. 11:29). Even though the temple project was delayed for many years; but God eventually helped Zerubbabel to finish it. God finishes what He starts (Heb. 12:1–2), so we can trust Him even in the midst of opposition. No task is too difficult—nor is any opposition too great—if God is on our side. “The one who is in you [Jesus Christ] is greater than the one who is in the world [Satan]” (1 John 4:4).

Today, we have been entrusted with a colossal task of preaching the gospel and making disciples of all the people in this world (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15) just like Zerubbabel was tasked with rebuilding the temple. On our own strength and power we are inadequate for this task, so Jesus has gifted us with the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us to be witnesses of the gospel (Acts 1:8). Even though our work appears small and insignificant, let us note that God will complete the good work that He has begun in us until the day of Jesus Christ, just as Apostle Paul writes to the Philippian church believers:
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Phil. 1:3-6)

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