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, February 24, 2011

February 24 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 10-12

Educating OUR children in godly ways is OUR responsibility: In our reading passage today, Moses continued to emphasize the requirements of a personal relationship with God, and reminded the moral laws that God had provided. Obedience to God’s word and submission to His will result in spiritual prosperity. "Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up" (Deut 11:18-19). There are three rules to be observed here:
  1. Let our hearts be filled with the word of God - through regular reading and reflection.
  2. Let our eyes be fixed upon the word of God – through visible unavoidable signs that we carry around with us.
  3. Let our tongues be used to teach our children the word of God – through our words and godly lifestyle
We can see six instances in the book of Deuteronomy itself that Moses refers to educating our children, and we can distill from these verses what we should teach our children:
  1. Deut 4:9-10: Teach about your own salvation experience and especially the events that led you to the feet of Jesus.
  2. Deut 4:14: Teach Godly principles and rules for living an exemplary godly life.
  3. Deut 6:1-9: Teach how to love God passionately and sincerely.
  4. Deut 6:20-25: Teach about your spiritual journey so far and the miracles you have experienced during various times of trials in your life.
  5. Deut 11:13-21: Teach about the blessings that will follow if we obey God wholeheartedly.
  6. Deut 32:45-46: Teach about being “careful to observe the entire Scripture” in daily living.
As parents, let us clearly understand one simple fact:educating OUR children in godly ways is OUR responsibility”. Let’s take to heart all of God’s truth ourselves, and share them with our children as a way of life. Let us also understand that the richest legacy that we can leave our children behind is a godly example that they can emulate!

P.S. You may read more about this topic through an article I have written recently by clicking the following link: Educating our children using the ‘Biblical Models’

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