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.

Monday, December 10, 2012

December 10 Bible Reading: 2 Timothy Chapters 1-4

The BIBLE is our ‘SPIRITUAL GPS’ to NAVIGATE through LIFE: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

The above passage affirms that the Bible is the ultimate authority for Christian faith and practice. It is crucial to interpret the Bible in light of its overall context, and we can distill six important truth statements concerning the Bible:
  1. The entire Bible is inspired by God: God is the source and ultimate author of the Bible. Although the Bible has been written by 40 different human authors over a combined period of 1500 years, yet it has the full weight of God’s authority. The words in the Bible are “God-breathed” (2 Pet. 1:21), verbally inspired, infallible and originates from God Himself. The human authors of the Bible did not give their own private interpretation of things, but wrote the message which was given to them by God.
  2. The Bible is useful to establish doctrine: “For doctrine” means ‘to cause others to understand God’s truth’. The Bible sets forth the wisdom from the mind of God and is the only standard of God’s truth for us to teach and follow.
  3.  The Bible is useful for getting reproofs: “For reproof” means ‘to tell one what is wrong’. Reproof is conviction. As we read the Bible, it speaks to us pointedly concerning those things in our lives which are displeasing to God. It helps us to refute error and respond to Satan’s temptation.
  4. The Bible is useful for getting corrections: “For correction” means ‘to tell how to set something straight’. The Bible not only points out what is wrong but sets forth the way in which it can be made right.
  5. The Bible is useful for getting righteous instructions: “For instruction in righteousness” means ‘to tell one how to live right before God’. Instruction refers to the process of training a child and guide in the ways of right living that God’s truth reveals. The Bible teaches us to live godly lives as it details the things which go about to make up a godly life.
  6. Finally, the Bible will equip us for every good work: God’s inspired Word, properly used and applied, provides all we need for life and ministry. In God’s Word, God’s servants have all that is essential to fulfill their ministry.
David C. McCasland, one of the writers for ‘The Daily Bread’ devotional, has made an interesting observation as he has described the Bible as a spiritual GPS for our journey through life. Doctrine tells us which road to travel. Reproof tells us when we are off the road. Correction tells us how to get back on the road. Instruction in righteousness tells us how to stay on God’s path for us through life. To stay on course, we need to trust the compass of God’s Word. The mistakes and choices that detour us from our set path should be corrected before it is too late. If we have drifted off course, there is no better time than now to listen to God’s voice and return to the path in order to "run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Heb 12:1). This is how Lenski has described the Bible in his classic book 'Epistles':
"The Scripture is thus absolutely incomparable; no other book, library, or anything else in the world is able to make a lost sinner wise for salvation; no other scripture, since it lacks inspiration of God, whatever profit it may otherwise afford, is profitable for these ends: teaching us the true saving facts—refuting the lies and the delusions that deny these facts —restoring the sinner or fallen Christian to an upright position—educating, training, disciplining one in genuine righteousness."

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