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, June 30, 2011

June 30 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 4-6

SEVEN THINGS that GOD HATES: "These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren." (Prov 6:16-19)

Solomon lists seven things that God hates – these sins are detested by God and are also hurtful in our dealings with other people. These things which God hates, we must hate them ourselves. The seven sins mentioned are committed by five of our body organs: one sin is committed by our eyes (a proud look), three sins are committed by our tongue (a lying tongue, a false witness who speaks lies, one who sows discord among brethren), one sin is committed by our hands (hands that shed innocent blood), one sin is committed by our heart (a heart that devises wicked plans), and one sin is committed by our feet (feet that are swift in running to evil).

In reality, all sins evolve from our heart. Our heart represents our will and evil is plotted in our hearts first before it goes into action by other body organs. God has declared that the human heart is capable of all evil (Genesis 6:5), so we must guard our heart very carefully. “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Prov 4:23).

Our proud eyes refer to willful rebellion against all authority (Daniel 11:2) and goes before our destruction (Numbers 14:40-45).  Our hands should not shed innocent blood because people are made in the image of God and murder is breaking God’s commandment (Genesis 9:6). Our feet that are quick to rush to do evil refer to our involvement in unlawful activities. We should never rejoice about evil (1 Cor 13:6). A lying tongue is harmful (Prov 26:28) and we can never enter God’s kingdom if we lie (Rev 21:8). We should never lie and give false witness (Deut 19:16-19) nor gossip about others.

Among the seven things that God hates, pride tops the list! Pride happens when we overvalue ourselves and undervalue others, and that is revealed through our looks. This may even lead to devising evil and sowing discord. Let’s be careful to be humble always and guard our heart and tongue from doing wrongful things and displeasing God!

"Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for 'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.' Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:5-7)

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