"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, July 5, 2011

July 5 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 19-21

Do YOUR part then GOD WILL do HIS part: "The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord." (Prov 21:31)

King Solomon with his profound wisdom uses the example of a battle that Israel might encounter and how to win the battle. Does he just trust in God only and do nothing from his part hoping that God will grant him deliverance? The answer is ‘NO’ - he and his people should prepare the horse for battle, but deliverance is only from the Lord!

"There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless the Lord's counsel--that will stand." (Prov 19:21) Men's best devices and self-reliance are vain compared with God's, without His aid. Means are to be used, but, after all, our safety and salvation are only of the Lord. Only His counsel will stand and only His plans for us will survive!

The wise man or woman is blessed with God’s grace and power to accomplish the otherwise impossible. Such resources enable one to overcome whole cities (Prov. 21:22) and to achieve victory in the day of conflict (21:31). To be wise, then, is to be mighty, for wisdom recognizes and is able to tap into the awesome power of Almighty God.

Even though we do our part in preparing the horses for battle, we should not put our trust in them. "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God." (Psalms 20:7) Our trust should be in power and strength of God, for without Him we can do nothing. (John 15:5b). Let us do our part and then God will do His part!

"A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.” (Psalms 33:17-21)

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