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.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

December 22 Bible Reading: 1 John Chapters 1-3

LOVING the ‘WORLD’ is a SIN against GOD: "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever." (1 John 2:15-17)

In the above passage, the term ‘world’ does not refer to the universe created by God but the community of sinful humanity that possesses a spirit of rebellion against God under the dominion of Satan (1 John 5:19). In this sense, the ‘world’ is the satanic system opposing Christ’s kingdom on this earth. We are plainly warned not to love the ‘world’ or the things that are in the ‘world’ since our love for the world is not compatible with our love for God.

All that the ‘world’ has to offer may be described as the lust of the flesh (sinful sensual pleasures), the lust of the eyes (covetousness or materialism), and the pride of life (being proud about ourselves). The lust of the flesh refers to such sensual bodily appetites as proceed from within our evil nature. The lust of the eyes applies to such evil desires as may arise from what we see. The pride of life is an unholy ambition for self-display and self-glory. These three areas of appeal were presented to Eve, who gave in (Gen. 3:6) and to Jesus Christ, who overcame through the Word of God (Matt. 4:1–11). We should also depend on the Word of God to defeat temptation in our lives.

Living for this ‘world’ is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic that will sink soon. This ‘world’ is passing away so there is no point in living for this world alone. To be consumed with this life is to be unprepared for the next. What a tragedy to invest our resources in what will not last. But we will abide forever when we do the will of God as this will deliver us from the temptation of passing things.

Let us be careful that nothing breaches our spiritual defense. We cannot afford to let down our guard anytime, but need to be alert to what entices us today. A lapse opens the door to sin, which in turn may develop into a sinful habit that will eventually cause us to drift from God. Let us pray this simple prayer today: "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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