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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

GOD will DELIVER us if we STAY TRUE to our CALLING

GOD will DELIVER us if we STAY TRUE to our CALLING

December 21 Bible Reading: 2 Peter Chapters 1-3

“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed.” (2 Peter 2:9-10)

Apostle Peter wrote his second general epistle to all the believers in order to remind them of their need to stay true to their faith in Christ and to be established in the present truth of the gospel (1:12). Through this, he wanted to stir up their pure minds by way of reminder so that they would be ever mindful of the words that were spoken to them earlier by the prophets and apostles and stay true to their calling (3:1-2). In the course of justifying his arguments, Peter points out to three examples of apostates in the past who did not stay true to their calling, and as a result of which God did not spare them from His righteous judgments:
  1. The angels in heaven who sinned against God (2:4; Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:12-18): These were the third of all the angels in heaven who aligned themselves to Lucifer and rebelled against the authority of God.
  2. The ungodly people in the ancient world (2:5; Gen. 7:11-23): These were the people who lived on this earth during the time of Noah who refused to hear the warnings of Noah and enter into the ark that was prepared for their safety. Ultimately, they all perished in a watery death as a result of God’s impending judgment through the flood waters, except Noah and seven members of his family.
  3. The wicked people dwelling in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (2:6-8: Gen. 19:1-29): These were the wicked corrupted ungodly people who refused to heed the warning of the two angels that God had sent to Sodom to issue a warning from God to escape the wrath of God. Ultimately, God destroyed all the people dwelling in the two cities by raining fire and brimstone due to which the cities were turned to ashes. Only, Lot and his two daughters escaped with their lives, and Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt.
The implication of above three examples is clear: God will surely judge the wicked and deliver the righteous. God is in full control of all events, and He delivers the godly out of their trials. God will make sure that the ungodly people (esp. those who live in unclean lust and those who hold authority in contempt) do not escape their day of punishment. The wicked are reserved for hell (v. 9) and hell for the wicked (v. 17). By way of contrast, an inheritance is reserved for righteous believers, and they are kept for the inheritance (1 Pet. 1:4, 5).

Another reality emerges from these incidents: the wicked could have been saved in spite of their evil, and God wants future generations (like ours) to avoid their mistakes. God had sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ into this world so "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). God is "not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (3:9). However one fact remains…God will deliver His own from the coming universal judgment!

Let us have no doubt that God will deliver us if we stay true to our calling. Today, our steps are "ordered" by God and He will not allow us to be "utterly cast down" even if we fall, for God upholds us "with His hand" (Ps. 37:23-24). God knows the godly and will deliver them, as He knows the ungodly and will judge them. It is His desire that every Christian believer be able to appear before Him in purity. So, let’s persevere in godliness and stay true to our calling knowing fully well that this is the safest place that we can be.

“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:12-13)

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