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.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

July 1 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 7-9

BEWARE of SEDUCTIONS outside God-ordained BOUNDARIES: "Now therefore, listen to me, my children; pay attention to the words of my mouth: do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, do not stray into her paths; for she has cast down many wounded, and all who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to hell, descending to the chambers of death." (Prov. 7:24-27)

After giving us a strong counsel to beware of adultery (Prov. 6:20-35), Solomon gives stern commands to treasure his instructions and make wisdom as close to us as a sister. When wisdom is our sister, we will not be seduced by the temptress (vv. 1–5; Ps. 119:11). Our feet will not go near her house. And if she should come after us, our hearts will see through all her enticements and will have no desire for her.

The theme of sexual purity is so important to Solomon that he spoke of it again, this time directly linking it to wisdom and folly. He urged the young man to give strict heed to the father’s teachings (7:1–3) and to embrace wisdom as a lover who can sustain him in the times of trouble that he will face (7:4). By embracing wisdom he was rejecting folly, personified here as a foreign woman (that is, a prostitute; 7:5; 5:3).

Solomon’s instruction is addressed to the heart (mind or will) of man because the basis decisions which control the flow of a man’s life are made here. Many thoughtless people (v. 7) will be ruined if they do not direct their hearts in the pursuit of wisdom (see 1:4, 22). The destiny of those who commit such a sin is death (v. 27), or else a missing out on the real joy of married love. The real intimacy and pleasure that God intended in the marital act is forfeited in the adulterous relationship!

Solomon’s prescription is to keep one’s thoughts (heart) from adultery, and to stay away from places where there is temptation. No matter what temptation is offered to us, we should look beyond the externals and see it as it really is. We are made in the image of God, but sin drags us down to the level of a beast (vv. 22–23) and eventually to the level of Satan himself (v. 27). Beware of seductions outside God-ordained boundaries!

"Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Cor 6:18-20)

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