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, July 13, 2012

July 13 Bible Reading: Song of Solomon Chapters 1-3

DELIGHT yourself in the ‘SHADE’ of the ALMIGHTY:"Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste." (Song 2:3)

In the above passage, the Shulamite girl is speaking about her beloved in flowery terms as she compares her beloved to the apple tree among all the trees in the forest. Just like an apple tree nourishes and cherishes any one with its juicy and delicious apples as well as provide shade from the scorching sunlight to the weary traveler, so is her beloved to the Shulamite. She sits under his shade with great delight and feeds on him to satisfy her hunger as his fruit is sweet to her taste.
When we interpret the Song of Solomon on a spiritual level, the theme of this book is the spiritual journey of the Church (the bride, represented by the ‘Shulamite girl’) to be drawn near to Jesus Christ (the bridegroom, represented by her ‘beloved’)in intimacy, and then to run in deep partnership with Him in ministry. As the Church rests under the shade of the finished work of the cross at Calvary, she is both nourished and nurtured by her beloved Jesus who is sweet to her heart. She experiences the superior pleasures of knowing God as she feeds at His table and lives under the banner of His excellent leadership. The goal of her life is her own spiritual happiness, and that happens best when she experiences God's presence through an intimate relationship with Him!
We can delight ourselves in the shade of the Almighty God when we sit at the feet of Jesus’ feet as Mary did when Jesus visited her home (Luke 10:39; John 11:32; 12:3). Jesus forever settled the debate about the importance of sitting at His feet by calling it the “one thing needed” and choosing the “good” way to live (Luke 10:42). Her decisions had eternal implications in being remembered by Jesus forever.
Like Mary of Bethany who sat at Jesus’ feet, we must sit before Jesus and experience His refreshing shade that protects us from the scorching heat of this fallen age. The cross is the only tree that can shade from the scorching heat of our sin. We only enjoy the shade of God’s Word by resting in the shade of Jesus’ cross.One of the greatest pleasures available to the human spirit is when we feed on His Word and feel His presence. The Word brings delight and is sweet to all who will continually feast on Jesus in spirit and truth.
Let us experience the sweetness of God’s presence by sitting under His shadow and feeding on His Word. We will experience the delight and refreshing of Jesus as the apple tree by feeding on His Word with the help of the Holy Spirit. "In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psalms 16:11)."I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart" (Psalms 40:8). "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart" (Psalms 37:4).

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