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.

Monday, June 27, 2011

June 27 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 137-142

“TRUSTING in the SAFETY of GOD’S HANDS”

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands(Psalms 138:7-8). You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. (Psalms 139:5-10)

Both Psalms 138 and 139 are hymns penned by King David. While Psalm 138 speaks about God’s goodness to the faithful, Psalm 139 talks about God’s perfect knowledge about us – He knows everything about us – our thoughts, fears, hopes – and yet He loves us in spite of them.

From Psalms 138:7-8, we can understand that our God has the safest pair of hands, and His right hand will save us when we fall into trouble. Like King David, we can look to the safety of God’s hand and trust Him to keep us from spiritual danger and possible defeat. Jude reminds us that ‘God will keep us from stumbling and present us before the presence of His glory with great joy’ (Jude 1:24-25). Even though we may stumble and even fall down, we shall not be utterly cast down for the Lord will uphold us with His hand (Psalms 37:23-24). When we are at the point of falling down or sinking during our faith-walk like Peter walking on the water (Matt. 14:29-31), all we need to do is to call upon His name “Lord, save me!” and God will stretch out His hands and save us.

During the fierce storms that come in our lives when our stable world is shaken, we tend to grip tightly to the provisions that have helped us in the past using our own power, reason, feeling and endurance. It is at these times that we need to loosen our grips on everything around us and trust in the safety of God’s all powerful hands! We can come close to Him through confession, repentance and trusting in His grace to lead us through.

"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2)

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