"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.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October 27 Bible Reading: Luke Chapters 16-18

HUMILITY always comes before EXALTATION: "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:14)

Our Lord Jesus spoke the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (vv. 9–14) to people who prided themselves on being righteous, and who despised all others as inferior. He reminded them that it is this spirit of self-humiliation and repentance that is acceptable to God. God exalts the humble, but He humbles those who exalt themselves!

Although the Pharisee went through the motions of prayer, he was really not speaking to God. He was so proud of himself that he started off his prayer with a comparison: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men”. Instead of comparing himself with God’s perfect standard and seeing how sinful he really was, he compared himself with others in the community and prided himself on being better.

The tax collector was a striking contrast. Standing before God, he sensed his own utter unworthiness. He did not think of himself as one sinner among many, but as the sinner who was unworthy of anything from God. This man shows us the path to true identity. It is based on honesty about ourselves and becoming like Christ!

Thus, Jesus identified the contrast between the Pharisee and the tax collector as one between pride and humility, between those who exalt and those who humble themselves. God will bring down the proud and will exalt the humble. The Pharisee relied on his own merits, not having discovered that no human righteousness is sufficient before a God who demands perfection (Matt. 5:48). The tax collector relied on God’s mercy and found it.

True prayer should humble us and make us love others more. We should be like children coming to a Father when we pray. Let us remember that humility always comes before exaltation!

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble". Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:5-7)

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