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.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

October 9 Bible Reading: Matthew Chapters 4-6

SETTING up the RIGHT PRIORITIES for our LIVES: “Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matt 6:31-34)

Through the above passage, our Lord Jesus Christ is teaching us that we should set up the right priorities in our lives by ‘putting first things first’. We should not spend our lives in anxious pursuit of food, drink, and clothing for the future. The world around us is scrambling madly to accumulate material things, and living as if food and clothing were everything to pursue in life.

As God’s children, we need to understand that we have a heavenly Father who knows our daily needs. Our God makes the following covenant with us: “If you will put MY interests first in your life, I will guarantee your future needs. If you seek first MY kingdom and MY righteousness, then I will see that you NEVER lack the necessities of life.” This is God’s “Social Security” program for us!

Our responsibility is to live for God, trusting Him for our future with unshakable confidence that He will provide everything that we need. We are called to live one day at a time by focusing only on what is in front of us. We need to simplify our lives, and not worry by being overwhelmed with the life’s demands. Worry does not accomplish anything positive but instead makes us miserable with our troubles. We must take things as they come – one day at a time – and trust God for the wisdom to respond properly in every situation.

Let us make God’s sovereign rule and a right relationship with Him, the highest priority in our lives. Worry is inconsistent with this priority; it doubts the sovereignty or goodness of God and distracts us from the true goals of life. God will meet all our needs when we risk all in Him. Let’s aim for total stewardship so that God is in complete control of our lives, and our one desire is to glorify Him alone every day. This is the secret of living an abundant life free of worries!

"In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul." (Psalms 94:19)

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