"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.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June 3 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 31-33

It’s TIME to make a ‘COVENANT’ with our EYES: "I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a young woman?" (Job 31:1)

In a last effort to prove his innocence and to move God to act on his behalf, Job makes an oath, enumerating a lengthy list of sins of which he is innocent. In the above verse, Job mentions that he had made a covenant with his eyes not to look lustily on a woman. This covenant conveys the truth that lustful acts are preceded by lustful looks and thoughts. Job determined in his heart to exercise the will power necessary not to think lustful thoughts about young maidens. He disciplined himself not to take the second look that leads to lust!

The ethical content of Job’s confession, with its emphasis on inward motivation (see vv. 1, 2, 24, 25, 33, 34) and attitude (see vv. 1, 7, 9, 26, 27, 29, 30), is unique and unparalleled until Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (see Matthew chapters 5–7). In one final plaintive defense of his integrity, Job recounted his life of moral integrity. When Job made a covenant with his eyes, he wisely recognized that the eye is the main avenue for temptation (see vv. 7, 9, 26, 27).

Job’s sufferings had caused him to make a sweeping inventory of his inner life. One of the areas he evaluated was his attitude toward women. He catalogued the steps of lust from “looking upon a virgin” (v. 1), to allowing one’s heart to follow one’s eyes (v. 7), to finally allowing oneself to be enticed by a woman and then scheming to have her (v. 9).

It is clear that Job viewed lust as a serious moral failure (v. 11). God sees all our ways and counts all our steps (v. 4). God sees everything (Heb. 4:13) and ultimately we are accountable to Him. So, we must abstain from sexual immorality (1 Thess. 4:3), and this is our boundary of morality with regards to lust of the eyes (Matt. 5:28). God has called us to holiness – not to uncleanness (1 Thess. 4:7). So, we should maintain holiness by not permitting any filth to pass through our eye-gate…for a look that lingers can lead to lust!

Let us never forget that the mighty king David, a man after God's own heart, succumbed to temptation by looking at Bathsheba bathing that led him to committing adultery, murder and serious deception later. It’s time to make a covenant with our eyes today!

"For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever." (1 John 2:16-17)

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