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, March 2, 2012

March 2 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 28-30

Why has GOD revealed ‘SOME’ of His ‘SECRETS’ to US? "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law." (Deut 29:29)

The above verse forms the key that unlocks God's covenant with His people in Palestine. While there are certain secret things that belong to the Lord (especially matters concerning His judgments), Moses reminded the people that their responsibility was clearly revealed—to keep the covenant of the Lord. Revelation brings responsibility! The Israelites were accountable to obey God’s Word completely and this principle can be found many times in the New Testament as well: “To him who knows to do good [revelation] and does not do it [responsibility], to him it is sin” (James 4:17).

God does not give humans unlimited knowledge, but rather the privilege of knowing Him even without understanding the “secret things”. The reference to “secret things” may suggest that Moses faces the uncertain future of the nation, remembering their waywardness and how they turned to the golden calf at Horeb (Exodus 32). In this uncertainty, Moses trusted their hidden future to his trustworthy God!

The will of God had been revealed to the Israelites through the Law and the Commandments. If these revelations were acted upon wisely, then the people would receive great blessings from God, but to disobey would hasten God’s judgment upon them. Revelation may be defined as “that process by which God imparted to human beings truths they otherwise could not know”. God’s revealed law was of vital importance, and the Israelites were required to obey this revealed law! Similarly, God’s revealed will is available to us in pages of the Bible! (see Romans 11:33-36)

Why has God revealed His secrets to us? So that we may daily read, reflect, understand, and live out His Word in our world. We are directed and encouraged to seek into that which God has made known to us through His Word. To ignore God’s Word and chase after the things God has left secret is foolishness as our responsibility is to obey what we know and not pry into what we do not know! Let us examine our spiritual perception through His revealed Word today!

"God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds" (Heb 1:1-2)

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