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, February 25, 2011

February 25 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 13-15

The TRUE meaning of ‘IDOLATRY’: "If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods'--which you have not known--'and let us serve them,' you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul (Deut 13:1-3)

Moses cautioned the Israelites against idolatry that may arise from the Canaanites. We should be aware of the truths and precepts of the Bible; for we may expect to be proved by temptations of evil under the appearance of good, and of error in the guise of truth. This would be a proof of our sincere allegiance for God that we should not forsake God and follow other hobbies/things/people that take the first place meant for God in our lives. Deut 13 speaks clearly about the ultimate punishment that should be given for apostates as God desired that the Israelites worship of God must be free from idolatry. Deut 13:1-5 speaks about the enticers to idolatry must be put to death; Deut 13:6-11 speaks about relations who entice to idolatry not be spared, and Deut 13:12-18 tells us that idolatrous cities must be not be spared either.

What is idolatry in our context? 1 Chronicles 16:26 and Psalms 96:5 tell us that all the gods of the peoples are idols. 1 Sam 15:23 warns us that “…rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry". Colossians 3:4-5 reminds us that covetousness is idolatry. “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry”.

Beware of idolatry, which is really ‘covetousness’ in our lives. "For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God" (Eph 5:5)

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