"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, October 19, 2011

October 19 Bible Reading: Mark Chapters 7-9

What ‘TRULY’ MATTERS COMES OUT from our HEARTS: When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear Me, everyone, and understand: There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Mark 7:14-16)

Our Lord Jesus Christ made a revolutionary pronouncement that it was not what goes into our mouths that defile us (such as food eaten with unwashed hands). We are not defiled by what goes into us through food (or, physical matter which contains no moral significance). All foods should be considered clean because they do not defile the spirit as do things that are wrong with the heart.

Rather, it’s what comes out of our hearts through words and actions contrary to His will that defile us: evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness (vv. 21-22). If actions, words, or thoughts originate in an evil, rebellious heart, they are certainly contrary to God and His righteousness.

While expounding this passage, Matthew Henry tells us that only our wicked thoughts and affections, words and actions defile us. As a corrupt fountain sends forth corrupt streams, so does a corrupt heart send forth corrupt appetites and passions, and all the wicked words and actions that come from them.

So, uncleanness of our hearts is the root of all our problems. The true source of defilement is not a disregard for external rituals or dietary laws, but a polluted heart that plots evil. What ‘truly’ matters comes out from our hearts! "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear." (Psalms 66:18)

Today, let us ask God to search our hearts and clean us from within! "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalms 139:23-24)

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