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.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

September 16 Bible Reading: Hosea Chapters 4-6

We are DESTROYED for our LACK of KNOWLEDGE: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children." (Hosea 4:6)

If there is one verse in the Bible that has influenced me tremendously to pen down daily meditations and publish them in a blog and printed book, it is Hosea 4:6. On October 23, 2010, while I was praying in my study I felt God directly speaking to me from this verse. There are too many people who proudly call themselves ‘Christians’ and even proudly wear the label ‘born-again believer’, but do not even take time daily to read and meditate on God’s Word. They may even frequently recite the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11), but fail to realize that this bread that Jesus was referring to was the Word of God (Matt. 4:4).

True wisdom and knowledge comes from reading and meditating on God’s Word on a daily basis! Through His Word, God clarifies to us the path we are taking by shining His divine light (Ps. 119:105). We become wiser than our enemies (Ps. 119:98), teachers (v. 99) and older people (v. 100). Through regular reading and meditation, we have our senses geared up to discern both good and evil (Heb. 5:14). Maybe that is the reason why Apostle Paul is instructing his spiritual son Timothy “to give attention to reading, to exhortation and to doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:13).

On the other hand, Christian believers who do not read and meditate Scriptures on a regular basis suffer from a ‘lack of knowledge’, which will ultimately destroy them utterly. It is possible that this has happened through religious leaders have ‘rejected knowledge’ like the false priests of Israel (4:4–9). The priests had failed to teach God’s law to the people (see Mal. 2:7). As a result God will punish both the religious leaders (priests) and the people for their sin. In rejecting the knowledge of God, the people had turned to spiritual ‘prostitution’ (4:10–19). They thought their spiritual and physical adultery would bring them prosperity and fertility, but it only led to their ruin!

One of the main causes of our problem is our lack of knowledge of God’s Word! It does not originate because this information is scarce, but rather from rejecting this information. People spend their time in many useless activities that bring them sensual pleasures, so they do not have any time or interest in mediating God’s Word. Because they are unconscious to their sin, they will not consciously experience God’s blessing, but will consciously experience His judgment. This is the tragedy of sin!

For us, the pursuit of spiritual knowledge and understanding should be high on our list of priorities. We should pursue and value true spiritual knowledge that is found only in God’s Word. Let us make an intentional effort to read and meditate on God’s Word daily, and carefully observe to do everything that God instructs us through His Word. Then, and then only will we enjoy good success in our lives. "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." (Josh. 1:8) Otherwise...remember, we will be destroyed one day for our lack of basic knowledge of God’s Word! 

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