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, June 22, 2012

June 22 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 105-110

We NEED to THANK GOD more OFTEN: "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, and gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south." (Psalms 107:1-3)

This psalm begins the fifth and final section of the book of Psalms, and reviews God’s actions in the experiences of His people, using illustrations not found in the narrative of the Pentateuch. The psalm begins and concludes with appeals to trust in the “loyal love” of God. It begins with a call to give thanks to the Lord. Two reasons are given—the Lord is good, and His mercy endures forever. Either reason would be more than enough cause for ceaseless gratitude!

God has ordained that His followers bear personal testimony to His redeeming grace (Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18–20). This mandate for personal testimony is part of the worship and praise due God from men. Verses 2 and 3 need not be taken as a reference to the Babylonian exile. They most likely refer to the fact that God’s people are viewed as collected from all worldly powers into their present position as His chosen people!

Whatever others may say of the Lord God and His mercy, those who have been redeemed out of the hand of the enemy have a peculiar song to sing for they have a peculiar redemption. The first verse implores us to give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! God’s highest gift should awaken our deepest gratitude!

The whole reason for saying thanks is to let the giver of the gift know how much we appreciate something. Silent gratitude does not give the expected results and warmth in the heart of the giver, so silent gratitude is no good. When we feel appreciated, we verbalize it. Showing gratitude is important in both human and divine relationships. Jesus has died for us, and through His shed blood has forgiven our sins (Rom. 6:23; 2 Cor. 9:15). How much more we should give thanks to God throughout the day! We need to thank God more often!

"Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High" (Psalms 50:14)

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