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.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

December 17 Bible Reading: James Chapters 1-3

UNDERSTANDING the TRUTH about ‘HEAVENLY’ WISDOM: "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." (James 3:13, 17)

The ‘heavenly’ wisdom of which James speaks is practical and relational that is evidenced by godly attitudes and actions. He exhorts believers to demonstrate their faith through works and demonstrate their wisdom by godly living. The outward sign of ‘heavenly’ wisdom is a gentle and humble spirit. Our Lord Jesus was meek and lowly in heart (Matt. 11:29). Therefore, all who are truly wise will have the hallmark of genuine humility!

‘Heavenly’ wisdom that comes from God has the following characteristics:
  • It is pure in thoughts, words, deeds, spirit, body, doctrine, practice, faith and morals.
  • It is peaceable and will love to maintain peace in every situation without sacrificing purity.
  • It is gentle, courteous and respectful of the feelings of others.
  • It is willing to yield, open to reason and ready to give in when truth requires it.
  • It is full of mercy to those who are in the wrong, and anxious to help them find the right way.
  • It is full of good fruits by being compassionate and kind.
  • It is without partiality and does not produce favoritism.
  • It is without hypocrisy by being sincere and genuine.
James says that ‘heavenly’ wisdom is necessary in a teacher. The teacher must exhibit a meek and practical application of the truth. One cannot teach what one does not live. The wisdom that comes from God is first pure, then promotes peace, and finally ends in righteousness (vv. 17, 18). Through the heavenly wisdom we have the ability to view life from God’s perspective along with mental perception and comprehension that God will bestow upon us.

Is there bitterness in our hearts or envy? Are we speaking from God’s wisdom or the wisdom of the world? Are we peacemakers or troublemakers? If your hearts are right before God, He will use ours words to produce the right kind of fruit in our lives. Our outward behavior will reflect if we are wise as we control our tongues and place our minds deliberately under the authority of God in order to let God control us. Let us ask God in faith to grant us heavenly wisdom today!

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind." (James 1:5-6)

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