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 9, 2011

December 9 Bible Reading: 1 Timothy Chapters 4-6

What is BETTER than PHYSICAL EXERCISES? "But reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.”  (1 Tim 4:7-9)

In this passage, Apostle Paul compares Christian service to an athletic regimen as he speaks of doing exercises that has godliness as its end result. Instead of wasting time on useless myths, we should exercise our minds, intellect and will power towards attaining godliness. Such exercise involves reading and studying the Bible, prayer, meditation, obeying God’s Word daily, fellowshipping with other believers, and other acts of Christian service. Stock says, “There is no such thing as drifting into godliness; the ‘stream of tendency’ is against us.” There must be exercise and effort from our part!

Paul compares two kinds of exercises: ‘physical exercises’ and ‘exercises to attain godliness’. Physical exercise has certain values for our bodies, but these values are limited and of short duration. Godliness, on the other hand, is good for our spirit, soul, and body, and is not only for our time on earth but for eternity as well. Godliness yields the greatest joy in this life, and it holds the promise of great rewards in eternity.

Let us understand that discipline in godliness affects both our present and future lives. Let us put at least as much effort into our spiritual lives as we do in our recreation and hobbies – this will make such a great difference! Physical exercise is important, but spiritual exercise is even more essential. Both discipline and devotion are needed to make a winning athlete and an effective Christian!

"Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." (1 Cor 9:26-27)

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