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, May 26, 2011

May 26 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 7-9

SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES during our LIFETIME! "As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave does not come up. He shall never return to his house, nor shall his place know him anymore." (Job 7:9-10)

In his response to Eliphaz, Job compares life to a term of service whose end is something to be desired (Job 7:1–2). In his case, life was so burdensome that it seems to lack any meaning or purpose (vv. 3–4). Yet Job was acutely aware that life was fragile, slipping away from him towards certain and gloomy destination (vv. 5–8). He would soon move into another realm, one from which he would never return (vv. 9–10).

Such plain truth as the brevity of our life and the certainty of our death will enlighten us when we use this in our daily life application. Glorified saints shall no more return to the cares and sorrows of their homes; nor condemned sinners to their worldly pleasures. We should secure a better place for us before we die. To do that, we should seize every opportunity that is presented to us. Recently I heard a wonderful statement that is worth repeating here: “An opportunity of a lifetime should be seized during the lifetime of that opportunity”. At times, God opens certain doors and windows of opportunity in our lives. We need to seize those chances and attempt to do great things for God and His kingdom!

The great Christian Apologist C.S. Lewis has once said like this: “We are like eggs at present. We cannot go indefinitely being just an ordinary ‘decent’ egg. We must be hatched or go bad”. With God’s help, let us boldly seize today – ‘Carpe diem’ - and make our lives extraordinary! Let us boldly declare with Apostle Paul: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13)

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