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, July 17, 2018

How will God judge His children one day?



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)


#7: How will God judge His children one day?

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10)

The above text is clear that one day in the future we will all appear before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. For the unsaved, they will be cast forever into hell and be forever be separated eternally from God. However, for the saved – those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior – how will they be judged? The above verse is clear that each one of us will one day be judged based on our works – what we have done while living on this earth – whether good or bad. The principle of sowing and reaping will come into effect as it says: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" (Galatians 6:7). However, to be more specific, there are three specific areas that every child of God will be judged one day:

1.   Upward: By how well we know Jesus and do His will

Before Jesus left the earth, He has instructed His disciples to abide in Him just as the branches abide in the vine (John 15:1-8). We need to be connected with Him intimately every moment of every day and do His will. It is possible that we can do many religious ministries without actually being connected to Jesus. It will be just superficial Christianity including attending church on Sunday, giving money to church, etc. It may even be even be mighty deeds including prophesying, casting out demons and doing many miracles in the name of Jesus. However, Jesus will cast these people away as they were “practicing lawlessness” as we read these words of Jesus: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

2.   Outward: By doing good to others

As God’s children, we are repeatedly instructed to do good to others. "But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased" (Hebrews 13:16). "For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister" (Hebrews 6:10). When we display our acts of love to other people, we can truly reflect as Christ’s disciples (John 13:34-35).

3.   Inward: By being faithful with what God has entrusted us

Lastly, our Lord Jesus Christ expects us to be faithful stewards with what He has entrusted us. What do we have with us today that we can use for God’s kingdom? We have time, talent and treasures that God has given in our hands today. What He expects from us is that we will use each of them wisely for His glory and for the extension of His kingdom. Let’s recall the parable of the talents that Jesus spoke in Matthew 25, and remember the words that He spoke to both the servants who had used their talents wisely: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’ (Matthew 25:23).

Let’s strive to be know Jesus intimately, do His will every moment, do good to others and be faithful with what He has entrusted us. This is what Jesus tells us: "Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Rev. 2:10b)

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