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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 1-3

Seek GODLY WISDOM for our DAILY LIVING: "The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: to know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion-- a wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel. Wisdom calls aloud outside - whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil." (Prov 1:1-5, 20, 33)

The book of Proverbs is attributed to King Solomon (Prov. 1:1) who obtained his wisdom as a gift from God (1 Kings 3:11–12). Using this wonderful extraordinary ability to understand profound matters, he penned wonderful proverbial sayings that attest to his wisdom.

"And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt...for he was wiser than all men…and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs were one thousand and five. Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon." (1 Kings 4:29-34)

The book of Proverbs provides wisdom and guidance for living an obedient life. Here, the wise king Solomon instructs his “son,” and thus ultimately every young person, in the importance of knowing the Lord, for it is God who imparts wisdom sufficient for all the complexities and challenges of life. This book also imparts to all young people (and to all who are wise enough to listen) the principles by which life must be lived if it is to be successful (Prov. 1:2–5).

Let us understand that wisdom is the God-given ability to see life with objectivity and handle life with stability imparted from God’s word. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge in the proper way that benefits man and honors God. To be able to attain wisdom, we need to seek God with godly fear and reverence that is the foundational step for all wisdom (Prov. 1:7) and take time to listen to God in the midst of all the noises that tries to capture our attention.

Let us seek godly wisdom for our daily living – we will then ‘dwell safely and be secure without any fear of evil’ (Prov. 1:33).

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever." (Psalms 111:10) "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is." (Eph 5:15-17)

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