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.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April 2 Bible Reading: 2 Samuel Chapters 10-12

ALERTNESS and PRAYER prevents TEMPTATION: In the first ten chapters of Second Samuel, we see a king who could do no wrong. David was a man truly after God’s own heart, victorious in his battles, making the correct judgments and was even magnanimous to Saul’s family. He begins his reign in prayer (2 Sam 2:1), and advances in faith. However, when we arrive at chapter eleven, King David falls down from his lofty pedestal into sin that was so egregious that this chapter ends with these words: “But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord” (2 Sam 11:27).

How did things go so wrong in David’s life? We can note four steps that led David down the slippery slope of sin:
  1. David neglected his duty. David was supposed to go to the battlefield during the spring time, but he stayed back in Jerusalem (2 Sam 11:1). When we are out of place where we should be, we fall into temptation.
  2. David desired for idleness and comfort as he got up from his bed and wandered on the roof of his house (v. 2). Idleness usually gives way to temptation.
  3. David’s eyes wandered to forbidden places.  He committed adultery in his heart first before committing the act of adultery (Matt 5:28).
  4. David frantically tried to cover up his sin by murdering an innocent man who was much more honorable that him.
David sinned against God - having broken at least three of the Ten Commandments - and thought that he had managed to build an effective cover-up plan. He only overlooked one small detail: he could not hide his sins from God. God sent his servant Nathan to confront and condemn David, which was God’s way of restoring His servant. The penitent David confessed readily of his sin: So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord" (2 Sam 12:13) and wrote about this in one of his psalms: "For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight" (Psalms 51:3-4).

In the event we are tempted, like David let us be honest with God and with ourselves. We should stop trying to hide our sins behind cheap excuses and lies. We should be willing to deal with and accept the consequences of our sin. We should totally surrender ourselves to God. We should allow Jesus to come into our hearts, forgive our sin by accepting His free gift of salvation and let Him start the process of rebuilding our lives on His firm, eternal foundation.

Let us also remember that alertness and prayer prevents temptations in our lives. "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matt 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 22:40, 46). We succumb to temptation when we neglect our intimacy with God and wander off to forbidden places. Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death (James 1:13-15).

A final word of wisdom: "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Cor 10:12).

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