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.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December 6 Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians Chapters 4-5

Maintain an ‘ATTITUDE’ of 'GRATITUDE' always: "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thess. 5:18)

Apostle Paul has written about ‘thanksgiving’ or, about ‘giving thanks’ or, about ‘being grateful’ about 23 times, which is more than any other New Testament author. After all that God has done for our lives by sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ into this world to die for us, it is not surprising that we should have an attitude of gratitude in our daily living. However, as we reflect on how to maintain this attitude of gratitude as part of our daily lifestyle, let us remember a few important aspects about thanksgiving:
  • We should give thanks ‘in’ everything: In 1 Thess. 5:18, Apostle Paul has carefully chosen the word ‘in’ for his statement: "In everything give thanks”. This does not mean that we should give thanks ‘for’ everything – that may include matters resulting from the foolish decisions that we make or, the consequences that we face for disobeying God. Rather, we should give thanks ‘in’ everything, and in every circumstance. Why? This is because "we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). We know that through it all God can use all things and every situation for our good, for His glory and for the extension of His kingdom.
  • We should direct our thanks to God more than people: The reason for this is because people are gifts from God, who is the ultimate source of all our blessings. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17) We know that time and time again in his letters, Apostle Paul thanked God for the grace, love, faith, patience and hope of the people of God (see 1 Cor. 1:4; 1 Thess. 1:2-3).
  • We should give thanks to God through Jesus Christ for everything: In the letter to the Colossians, this is what Apostle Paul mentioned: " be thankful...and whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Col. 3:15, 17). Since we have access to God through His Son Jesus Christ, we should also direct all thanks to God in and through Him alone.
An Old Testament example of giving thanks was when Job lost his money, his children, and his health. He blessed the name of God in spite of his personal tragedies, not because of them. Nothing speaks more powerfully of a walk with God than continuous thankfulness…for “this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us” (v. 18).

Let us learn to maintain an attitude of gratitude always…for everything that God has done for us. Giving thanks to God should thus be our native intrinsic emotion. The giving of thanks in all things does not imply that all things are good. Rather, we are charged with the giving of thanks because of our confidence in the purpose and the providence of God in any and every circumstance of our lives.

"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name." (Heb. 13:15)

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