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, November 17, 2016

If GOD is ‘FOR’ us then WHO can be ‘AGAINST’ us?

If GOD is ‘FOR’ us then WHO can be ‘AGAINST’ us?

November 17 Bible Reading: Romans Chapters 7-9

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” (Rom. 8:31-34)

Apostle Paul through his deliberations declares the key of the security of a child of God, which is: “God is for us” (v. 31). What God has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ in the past and what He is doing for us through the blessed Holy Spirit in the present gives us the confidence that God is on our side. God will surely complete His work of salvation by glorifying us in the future (v. 30). God has already provided His Son to pay the penalty for our sins, and through His selfless sacrifice God has already declared us righteous!

In the above passage (vv. 31-35), Apostle Paul connects seven rhetorical questions that brings out five wonderful truth statements for our benefit: (1) God is for us and on our side; (2) God will freely give us all things; (3) God has justified us through His Son; (4) Jesus Christ prays for us even today; and (5) We cannot be separated from the love of Christ. We have received all these precious blessings only through Jesus Christ, and these facts will definitely encourage us to endure suffering with hope and assurance as we get a profound assurance of spiritual security.

Let us understand that Apostle Paul makes these definite statements after elaborating the grand purpose that God for His children earlier (see vv. 28–30). If God has done everything from foreknowledge to glorification for us, then all our adversaries are powerless and will not stand any merit. Paul has complete assurance that the eternal purpose of God will come to fruition because God is sovereign. There is no adversary who is too great to thwart the eternal purpose that God has for our lives (vv. 35-36). If God has marked us out for Himself then no one can be successful against us!

Apostle Paul brings the logic that if God did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up to the cross of Calvary, He would also bring to completion the purpose for which Christ was sacrificed on our behalf. If God has gone to such lengths to procure our salvation, will He ever let us go? How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? If God has already justified His elect, then who can bring a charge against them? Since the called are justified by God, therefore no one will be able to appeal God’s verdict of justification.

God, the righteous Judge, has already dealt with all charges against us in the death and resurrection of Christ (4:25). No charge is admissible, because the Father justifies, in that the Son died, was raised, and now intercedes for us (1 John 2:1). The Father is for us (vv. 31–32), the Son is for us (v. 34), and the Spirit is for us (vv. 26–27). Every tongue that attempts to bring a charge against us will be silenced (Isa 50:8–9; 54:17).

So, let us not worry about what other people think about us or act against us. We have God for us and on our side. God is always watching out for us, and our help comes from Him alone (Ps. 121:1-2). Just like God safeguarded the Israelites from the clutches of Pharaoh and his army (Exo. 14:19-31), He will also safeguard us from all harm from our enemy (Satan). Our work is to cast our care upon Him, and God’s work is to take care of us (1 Pet. 5:7). If God is for us then who can be against us?

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." (Ps. 55:22) "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Ps. 46:1)

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