"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.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 7 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 1-9

Maintaining GODLY routines on a DAILY BASIS: “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up." (Psalms 5:1-3)

King David was a busy man – he had to take care of the affairs of his kingdom, watch out for people who were looking to unseat him from his throne (incl. his son Absalom who was successful for a short time), take care of his many wives and his multiple children as well as prepare materials for the building of the temple in Jerusalem. However in the midst of his busy daily agenda, he still had time for God and prayer. Early on in his life, he took a very important decision – every day in the morning he will call upon God in prayer. For David, mornings were the appropriate time to praise God and ask for directions (Psalms 5:3). In another Psalms, David has this to say: "Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You." (Psalms 143:8)

Even when King David was in the wilderness, he sought God’s help early in the morning: "O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory." (Psalms 63:1-2)

Godly routines will go a long way in keeping us in the right perspective and help us to achieve great things for the glory of God. Daniel maintained a godly routine of praying three times a day, and he was so faithful that not even a death threat could change his daily routine (Daniel 6:10). God honored Daniel among all his companions because he disciplined himself and gave priority to godly matters.

Let us also spend quality time God daily and give God the first place in our daily routines – He will surely bless us greatly!

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