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.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

July 7 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 25-27

Be CAREFUL not to ‘GOSSIP’ about OTHERS: "Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases." (Prov. 26:20)

The Bible has strong words to describe the effect of spoken words. Apostle James has described it in the following graphic language: "Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell." (James 3:5-6) The words that are formed by our tongues and spills out of our lips are deadly and set up a whole world on fire!

Our tongues can be used to bless and comfort others or, our tongues can be misused to defame and destroy people and families. When we gossip, we whisper to others matters that are damaging about someone who is not present to defend his/her words or action. The book of Proverbs has many things to say about people who gossip:
  • They cannot be trusted (11:13)
  • They should be avoided (20:19)
  • They separate the closest of friends (16:28)
  • They keep relational strife boiling (18:8)
  • They pour fuel on the coals of conflict and feed the flames of hurt and misunderstanding (26:21-22)
Just as fuel feeds a fire, so gossip feeds trouble. People who are bent to aggravate trouble and cause friction will continually gossip and spread lies about others. Some years ago the following appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the leading newspaper of Atlanta, GA, USA:
"I am more deadly than the screaming shell of a howitzer. I win without killing. I tear down homes, break hearts, and wreck lives. I travel on the wings of the wind. No innocence is strong enough to intimidate me, no purity pure enough to daunt me. I have no regard for truth, no respect for justice, no mercy for the defenseless. My victims are as numerous as the sands of the sea, and often as innocent. I never forget and seldom forgive. My name is Gossip!"
Let us be careful not to gossip about others, but always remember what Jesus has warned us: "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matt 12:36-37). 

Can we sincerely pray to God today the following words? "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer." (Psalms 19:14)

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