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.

Friday, October 20, 2017

God does EVERYTHING for our GOOD

My Musings in the Morning
('musing' = a period of reflection or thought)

"My heart was hot within me, while I was musing, the fire burned: then I spoke with my tongue:" 
 (Psalm 39:3)

#6: God does EVERYTHING for our GOOD

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son." (Romans 8:28-29)

There are five elements in this promise so that we can see how God works together for our good to help us rise above our circumstances:

1. Certainty
The first thing is the certainty of the promise. Notice how the verse begins: “We know”. This is ironclad certainty. We can be certain!

2. Completeness
The second thing is the completeness of the promise: “We know that all things work together for good”. God gives the test first, and then He gives the lesson. We learn through affliction. Think about Joseph in the Bible. Think of all the terrible things that happened to Joseph. He was maligned by his brothers. He was thrown into a pit and sold as a slave; he was lied about and accused of rape. Then he languished in prison. But Joseph, as he looked back, said something that is much like Romans 8:28. Talking to his brothers, Joseph said, “As for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”

3. Cause
The third thing is the cause of the promise: “We know that all things work together for good.” Greek scholars tell us that literally the verse says, “We know that God works all things together for good”. It is God who made this promise. He is the cause of it.

4. Condition
The fourth thing is the condition of the promise. What is the condition? “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” If you don’t love God, you can’t claim this promise. The condition is that we must be lovers of God. But can we love God? The first and great commandment is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind”. This will please and honor God above everything else.

5. Consequences
The fifth thing is the purpose of the promise. It is about those who are called according to His purpose. What is His purpose? In Romans 8:28-29 we read, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.” That’s the key. What is the good that all things are working together for? To make us like Jesus. To be conformed to the image of His Son. There is no higher good than to be like the Lord Jesus Christ.

Today let’s realize that God does everything for our good when we truly love Him from our heart and serve Him faithfully!

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