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.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

July 9 Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes Chapters 1-3

The VANITY of PLEASURE and WORLDLY HAPPINESS: "Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun." (Eccl 2:10-11)
King Solomon had everything that any man or woman could dream of having in this world. Not only did he have godly wisdom but God also granted to him both riches and honor (1 Kings 3:12-13; 2 Chron 1:11-12). In fact, he had everything that this world could offer him, incl. pleasure, laughter, wine, wisdom, houses, gardens, money, possessions, music, and servants. He also had about 700 wives and 300 concubines. However, he soon realized that they were all in vain (Eccl. 2:11). He understood that lasting satisfaction does not come from possessing tangible things like money, material goods, projects, entertainment and work.
Solomon also understood that pleasure is vain (2:1–3), as are human accomplishments (2:4–11). Houses, gardens, reservoirs, a house full of servants, herds and flocks, silver and gold, professional musicians for entertainment—all fail to yield satisfaction. Solomon’s kingly office afforded him anything he wanted, but he always wanted more and did not get the satisfaction that he wanted.
Let us understand that happiness in our lives do not arise not from the situation in which we are placed or from the worldly pleasures that we have. It is only through Jesus Christ that lasting joy can be attained!
"As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." (John 15:9-11)

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