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, July 4, 2011

July 4 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 16-18

Our REAL SECURITY is in the NAME of GOD: "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." (Prov 18:10)

One of the richest kings in days, Solomon, looked at his immense wealth, position, power, wives, children and friends but did not feel that they provided him with the security that he needed in his life. However, he received a revelation as he pondered about where he could obtain the ‘real’ security that he was longing for - it was only in the name (character) of God that he could get ‘real’ security in his life!

The need for security/safety is an inherent need that every human being has – as per Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. This includes the need for security of body, of employment, of resources, of morality, of the family, of health and of property (see diagram below).
However, of late it is very clear that everything that people have held as security has crumbled and has proven to be of no security at all. Many people have tried to find safety/security in their wealth. However, the Bible is clear that wealth and riches will not last forever (Prov. 23:5; 27:24; Eccl. 5:14; I Tim. 6:17). False safety and security in wealth and riches has lead to laziness, pride and destruction. There is no ‘real’ security in position and power – for people rise and fall in power as the waves of the sea. This is evident from the stories of many world leaders who have fell down from places of influence and power. There is no ‘real’ security these days in anyone – family or friends – as many have realized in pain after going through divorces and separation.

Let us be rest assured that our ‘real’ security is in God and upon His word – by faith we trust Him to be who He is and what He says. "The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts." (Psalms 10:4) However, let us place our trust on God, His Name that is above every other name, and in His character – for He alone is our ‘real’ security!

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling." (Psalms 46:1-3)

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