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.

Friday, December 2, 2011

December 2 Bible Reading: Ephesians Chapters 4-6

Is there ANY age-limit for HONORING our PARENTS? Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." (Eph 6:1-3)

As Apostle Paul about to end his letter to the church of Ephesus, he veers away from giving general doctrinal directions to the believers as a whole, and targets specific relationships: husband-wife (5:22-33), children-parents (6:1-3), fathers-children (6:4), and servant-masters (6:5-9). Among these relationships, children-parents relationship has been affected greatly by a lifestyle that promotes a more casual and friendly approach. Many children do not respect or honor parents any more, which may be due to many relevant factors.

However, when we examine the Bible, God has clearly established some critical rules in this relationship that does not change in our post-modern age and times. Children should obey their parents ‘in the Lord’ and ‘honor their parents’ without any restrictions. This is so important for God that He has purposely included this relationship (unlike the others mentioned above) in the ‘Ten Commandments’ and added a promise of longevity for obedience. Apostle Paul has quoted this commandment as he has also commanded all children to obey and respect their parents...always.

In the book ‘The Gift of Blessing’, Gary Smalley and John Trent write the following:
“When Paul tells us to honor our parents, he is telling us that they are worthy of high value and respect. Some people treat their parents as if they are a layer of dust on a table. Dust weighs almost nothing and can be swept away with a brush of the hand. Dust is a nuisance and an eyesore that clouds any real beauty the table might have. Paul tells us that such an attitude should not be a part of how any child views his or her parents, and for good reason. If we fail to honor our parents, we not only do what is wrong and dishonor God, but we also literally drain ourselves of life!”
So, is there any age-limit for honoring parents? In a recent devotion of ‘Our Daily Bread’ (dated Nov 11, 2011), the author (Dennis Fisher) has emphasized that there is no age-limit for honoring our parents:
“For young children, this means obeying parents. For teenagers, it indicates showing respect for Mom and Dad even if you think you know more than they do. For young adults, this means including your parents in your life. And for those in middle-age and beyond, it means making sure that parents are cared for as they move into old age or their health declines”.
Let us strive to honor our parents all our lives as God desires, knowing that their days are numbered on this earth. As one New Testament commentary says that to honor parents is to “treat him/her with the deference, respect, reverence, kindness, courtesy, and obedience which his/her station in life…demands!”

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