"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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February 22 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 4-6

BUILDING our CHILDREN ‘FIRMLY’ upon GOD’s WORD: "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Deut 6:6-9)

As we read through the book of Deuteronomy, one thing we should understand is that God repeated all these instructions through Moses because of their importance of laying them as a firm foundation for the future generation. In fact, God wanted the parents to teach these commandments to their children as their prime responsibility in life!

In order to impart wisdom to children, it required that parents would need to spend time with their children on a daily basis, and telling them about the commandments of God, instructing them in the ways of God, and modeling for them a Christ-centered lifestyle. This would be like the “Show-and-Tell” model. On the one hand the parents would teach their children clearly what was right and wrong according to God’s standards (“Tell”), on the other hand the parents would live before their children as godly, righteous life examples (“Show”).

The primary reason for doing this is because children mimic their parents through what they see of them in both words and action within the confines of their homes. Through seeing their parents, they form mental images of God, their heavenly Father. So, parents have to help their children see God clearly and the unconditional nature of His love (remember the love of the father in the story of the Prodigal Son). To do this, parents themselves need to learn from God about how to love God and others making that a permanent imprint in their outward behavior.

The above passage in Deuteronomy speaks to us regarding the fact that we need to build our children’s lives in the firm foundation of God’s Word. Someone has made the following acronym from the word “FIRM” as Familiarity, Interest, Recognition, and Modeling. That is how we can "train up a child in the way he should go..." (Prov 22:6). As parents, we need to use every opportunity to teach biblical truths, so that our children can implement them in their lives. We can build upon their natural interests and talents, utilizing them as our teaching opportunities. As we share our personal stories (witness) and those from the Bible (devotion), we can also model godly lives before them!

We can thus teach God’s Word that reflects God’s love to our children while firmly building them up in godly ways. We can direct them to salvation through Christ, and model before them the importance of godly living. Let us strive to build our children on the firm foundation of God’s Word everyday!

"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock." (Matt 7:24-25) 

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