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, October 28, 2012

October 28 Bible Reading: Luke Chapters 19-21

Are we ‘BOGGED’ down by the ‘CARES’ of this LIFE? "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:34-36)

In the above passage, our Lord Jesus warns us primarily about two threats that will cause us to become preoccupied with ourselves in such a way that we will not be alert and ready for His return:
  1. The first threat is when we become drunk with wine (or, any other forms of intoxication such as drugs, work, worldly pleasures, etc.) so that we find a way of escape from reality by becoming intoxicated in it and thus become physically lethargic. However, the Bible clearly states that drunkenness is a sin against God (Rom. 13:13; Eph. 5:18).
  2. The second threat is more subtle, and is widely prevalent among both believers and non-believers. It is in becoming weighed down with the “cares of this life” (v. 34). We are so wrapped up in the pressures and pace of this life that we become spiritually lethargic and thereby totally ignore matters of God’s kingdom in our daily living.
By making the above statement, Jesus warns us against both physical and spiritual lethargy, and wants us to be alert and ready for His return always. We should understand that Jesus condemned worry, but not work (6:25, 27–28, 31 and 34). He has never told us to stop working. God provides for us so in many ways, and the most common is through our everyday work. He expects us to work diligently with whatever resources He has given us (2 Thess. 3:6–12).

Even while we are working daily for our living, Jesus wants us to refocus our faith in God, the ultimate supplier of all our needs (6:32). However, often times we are tempted to worry so much and forget all about trusting God. During these moments, we also forget that God has never promised that we would not face hard times but that He has many ways to help us through them when we do. In fact, Jesus has told us to remain joyful during hard times since He has overcome the world: "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33)

Let us understand that no one is beyond the temptation to fall into sin, and Jesus warns against slackness and lack of daily readiness in the Christian walk. While we need to pay attention to our physical and material needs, we should stop worrying about these matters so that they do not dominate our lives and values. We cannot worry and serve God at the same time (Matt. 6:24). Instead, we need to redirect our focus onto God’s kingdom and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). That’s what ‘really’ matters in our lives!

Let us watch and pray always as we separate ourselves from the ungodly world which is doomed to experience the wrath of God in a short while. When our hearts and minds are feeling tremendous pressure being burdened by the ‘cares of this life’, remember that prayer is our only outlet source to persevere for Christ under pressure.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:6-7)

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