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, September 19, 2011

September 19 Bible Reading: Hosea Chapters 13-14

TRUE WISDOM is to UNDERSTAND the WAYS OF GOD: "Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them." (Hosea 14:9)

Hosea closes his prophecy by emphasizing that wisdom and prudence lie in obedience to the ways of the Lord. This verse constitutes an epilogue to the entire prophecy. Those who are wise and prudent (who are in right relationship and fellowship with God) will understand the things written in this prophecy. Those who are transgressors (who are out of fellowship with God) will not understand them and will fall in them.

God’s ways, His demands and principles, are completely true. Those who are right with God will choose to obey them, but those who are not right with will ignore them and consequently stumble into judgment. Those who were wise would realize the truth of his words and the rightness of the path established by God. The righteous will follow God’s path, but the “rebellious” will “stumble” because of their disobedience.

Thus the key is to know God and His ways, to follow Him and so find righteousness, and to avoid paths that lead to destruction. This epilogue challenges every generation to consider carefully the ways of the Lord that are presented in the Bible (Psalms 1; 18:21; Prov. 10:29). The choices that Israel faced are also set before us: wisdom or folly; discipleship or rebellion; life or death. The wise will “choose life” always! (Deut. 30:19, 20)

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil." (Eccl 12:13-14)

Like the wise man in Ecclesiastes, Hosea invites us to hear the conclusion of the whole matter: “the ways of the Lord are right.”

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