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.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12 Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes Chapters 10-12

FEAR God and KEEP His COMMANDMENTS ALWAYS:"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil." (Eccl. 12:13-14)
King Solomon closes this book by stating that there is a God who will hold us accountable for our lives (3:17; 8:12, 13; 11:9) as our lives “under the sun” (1:3) will be judged from a heavenly perspective. The motive for fearing and obeying God is the certainty of coming judgment!
While the wisdom literature (Job, Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes) counsels us for loyal submission to the rule of God (5:7; Job 28:28; Prov. 1:7; 9:10), the book of Ecclesiastes has God’s judgment of thoughts and deedsas its dominant theme (3:17; 8:12, 13; 11:9; 12:14).The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God (Prov. 1:7; Eccl. 12:13), a deep respect for and commitment to the ways and words of God. Godly fear ultimately leads to fulfillment in life!
To fear God is to respond to Him in awe, reverence, and wonder, to serve Him in purity of action, and to reject evil and any worship of anything else in His universe. This will result in oursubmission to God and to His “commandments”, which Jesus summed as to “love the Lord your God” and “your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:34–40). Humans are religious and moral beings who find their fulfillment in God’s teachings that lead to a loving relationship with Him.
Knowing that God will judge one day motivates us to obey His commandments now. On that day God will judge the secrets of men (Rom. 2:16), bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the counsels of every heart (I Cor 4:5). "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Cor 5:10).
So, our lives must be lived through faith with the values of the eternal God in view as we fear God in our thoughts and action. We can fear God either in a negative or positive way. To fear God is a negativeway is to worry about the consequences and from the knowledge that nothing can be hidden from God (Heb. 11:7). To fear God is a positive way is to revere God as we understand His greatness and love for us. When we fear God either way, we need not fear anything else as our future is secure in God alone.
As New Testament believers, we do not trust and obey God because of fear but because of love. Through the finished work of our Lord Jesus on Calvary, we have the assurance that we will never come into judgment but have passed from death into life (John 5:24). We can be eternally grateful as believers that the Savior has delivered us from this kind of fear.“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

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