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, July 6, 2011

July 6 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 22-24

WORDS of PRACTICAL WISDOM for DAILY LIVING: "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." (Prov 24:3-4)

Today’s readings from Proverbs 22-24 provides us practical words of wisdom not only from King Solomon, but also words of other wise men other than Solomon (22:17-24:22) and more words of the wise (24:23-34).

We need to understand that knowledge is nothing more than an accumulation of raw facts, but wisdom is the ability to see people, events, and situations as God sees them. In the Book of Proverbs, it is wisdom that takes center stage—a grand, divine wisdom that transcends the whole of history, peoples, and cultures. Solomon and other wise men reveal the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations, too.

The recurring promise of the Book of Proverbs is that those who choose wisdom and follow God will be blessed in numerous ways: with long life (9:11); prosperity (2:20-22); joy (3:13-18); and the goodness of God (12:21). Here are a few practical words of wisdom for daily living that we can glean from Proverbs 22-24:
  1. We need to choose a good name and loving favor (from God) over accumulating wealth (22:1). In our modern, pleasure-seeking culture, character and reputation have a way of being ignored by everyone. True value must be seen, however, not in what one has but in what he or she truly is. A good name is an asset whose currency is unaffected by the boom or bust of the material world. In fact, as per Eccl 7:1, a “good name is better than precious ointment”.
  2. If we excel in our work, we will stand before leaders (22:29). We need to be hardworking and diligent in our work, and the natural consequence is that "the hand of the diligent makes rich" (10:4) and "the plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty" (21:5). This will definitely increase our standing in life and we will keep company with leaders.
  3. We should not withhold in giving timely correction to our children (23:13-14). We need to maintain strong discipline in the home, and ‘train’ up our children in godly ways (22:6). While there is little danger that the use of the "divine ordinance of the rod" will produce bodily harm, there is great hope of spiritual good.
  4. We should not associate with those who are given to change (24:21). We need to avoid the company of restless people who are unstable in their convictions and are fickle-minded.
  5. We should not be lazy but always work hard (24:30-34). Verses 30 & 31 give us a striking picture of the effects of laziness. We need to learn wisdom from the folly of the lazy person. "How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep -- so shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man." (Prov 6:9-11)
Let us incorporate these words of practical wisdom in our life and daily living for God’s blessings and favor upon our lives!

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