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.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 16-18

Ultimately it is ‘GOD’ who DIRECTS our STEPS:"A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." (Prov. 16:9)

The above verse is a magnificent expression of the sovereignty of God as He accomplishes His will and purpose through free-willed humans acting responsibly. Humans must be free agents to be in the image of God, and God must be unchanging in order to be God (Mal. 3:6). Permitting or overruling the acts of man without infringing upon his freedom or interrupting his responsibility is an awesome expression of God’s providence(see the events in Joseph’s life in Gen. 37:26–28; 45:5).

Humans go to great length to plan their life activities, but God alone determines whether these plans ever come to pass. Saul of Tarsus planned to persecute the Christian saints in Damascus but ended up becoming one of them! Onesimus planned to leave Philemon forever but God brought him back on better terms than ever. Moses planned to use his physical prowess and his familiarity with Egypt to rescue the Israelites under slavery, but God has greater plans for the exodus. In fact, God is sovereign over human’s scheming and planning!

There is an interesting tension in the relationship between God and His people. One the one hand, we are fully responsible and accountable for planning, organizing, and directing our lives. Yet on the other hand, we need to be fully aware that God is accomplishing His purposes in, through and sometimes despite our plans and efforts.Scripture often affirms this shared responsibility between us (as human beings) and God (as the sovereign Lord of the universe). For example, the New Testament exhorts us to “work out” our salvation—that is, to make responsible choices on a day-to-day basis in light of our eternal salvation; yet it adds that God is at work in us “both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:12–13).

God has greater plans for our lives, and He will direct us to accomplish His will.He works in ways that we cannot predict. Even though things do not always go according to our plans, let us be rest assured that God is in control, and He knows best what we need. From our part, we need to take time to reflect and pray as we meditate on the God’s Word. Only after this should we make our plans and then trust the Lord to guide us to our life’s destination.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." (Prov 3:5-6)

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