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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September 27 Bible Reading: Micah Chapters 4-7

THREE ATTRIBUTES that GOD REQUIRES from US: "He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"(Micah 6:8)

In the above verse, the prophet Micah has clearly expressed God’s requirement from Israel. God wanted covenant obedience from His people shown in justice, mercy, and humilitythree characteristics that were currently lacking among the people. We can see that God’s requirements move in three dimensions: outward, inward, and upward.
  • Outwardly, to “do justly” necessitates dealing righteously with one’s fellow man.
  • Inwardly, to “love mercy” necessitates having the inward commitment to God’s revelation that will manifest itself in a right relationship towards man and God.
  • Upwardly, to “walk humbly with your God” necessitates having a right attitude towards God and a determination to walk in continuous fellowship with Him.
In our lives as well, we can see that our external (outward) dimension is inextricably tied to the internal (the inward and upward) dimension of our lives. How we deal with others is indicative of our inner resolve in being committed to God’s plan for our lives by maintaining a right relationship with Him. We will strive to be mission oriented in our lives as we reflect God’s love to other people.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was the perfect example of someone who fulfilled Micah 6:8 to the core – He maintained His obedience and loyalty to His Father and became humble even to the death of the cross (Phil. 2:6-8). Through that act of mercy, Jesus did the ultimate justice: He justified sinners who would believe in His act of sacrifice on their behalf!

As the representatives of Christ upon this earth, we should promote reconciliation, justice and integrity in our areas of influence. We should also engage in wholistic mission work by sharing the light of the gospel with the people in darkness and be channels of blessing to everyone in our world. This is the charge that God has given us until that day when Christ will set all things right in the not too distant future (see Rev. 20:11-15).

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