"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, July 14, 2012

July 14 Bible Reading: Song of Solomon Chapters 4-6

UNDERSTAND the SIGNIFICANCE of SERVING JESUS:"What is your beloved more than another beloved, O fairest among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you so charge us? My beloved is white and ruddy, chief among ten thousand." (Song 5:9-10)
The daughters of Jerusalem ask the Bride some questions. In essence, they ask, “Why do you love Him so much that you charge us to go find Him?” Her answer reveals her love for Jesus. The Holy Spirit uses metaphors of the human body to convey ten attributes of God's personality as the Bride gives ten descriptions of Jesus’ majestic beauty (5:10-16).This is one of the greatest proclamations on Jesus’ beauty in the Scripture.
It is interesting to note that the spiritually immature daughters of Jerusalem ask the Bride questions throughout the Song of Solomon. They see that she is lovesick for Jesus in the midst of her difficulties instead of being filled with complaints and depression. Her deep love for Jesus provokes them more than her wisdom or giftedness. In the similar manner, we are made beautiful to others by our love for Jesus rather than by our wisdom or power (1 Pet. 3:3-4).
“What is your beloved more than another?” They saw that Jesus has the power to awaken love in the Bride in the midst of severe trials or “Why are you so loyal to Him? What do you know about Him, that we don't know?” The daughters do not understand this kind of dedication as they had "other beloveds" that were more important to them than Jesus. The other loves in the lives of believers include people, friends, ministry, money, leisure, pleasure, power, fame, popularity,earthly comforts, etc. Many born again people love these things more than Jesus!
The most important question is the one Jesus asked, "Who do you say that I am?" (Matt. 16:15). Pharaoh asked Moses this question, "Who is the Lord that I should obey Him?" (Exodus 5:2). Let us understand that our passion for serving Jesus is the most powerful dimension of our ministry (2 Cor. 2:14-17). This can be part of our life vision to show our single-minded devotion to Jesus during times of difficulty when people around us would want to know why we are serving Jesus anyway.
Let us truly understand the significance of serving Jesus among all the other attractions that this world has to offer. Let us have a clear image of the greatness of Jesus who is “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6) and proclaim that boldly to people around us who may ask us the reason of our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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 2:15-17)

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