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, June 1, 2013

June 1 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 25-27

Are we moving BEYOND OURSELVES to BLESS OTHERS? But Job answered and said: "How have you helped him who is without power? How have you saved the arm that has no strength? How have you counseled one who has no wisdom? And how have you declared sound advice to many? To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit came from you?" (Job 26:1-4)

The above passage is the beginning portion of Job’s reply (chapters 26–31) in the third series of verbal exchanges with his three friends-turned-accusers. Through this lengthy, uninterrupted discourse, Job appears to sum up all his arguments just like an attorney presenting a closing argument before a jury in the court. These are in fact Job’s final words of self-defense as he attempts to vindicate himself from all the accusations of his three friends, and these words reveal Job’s exasperation with his friend’s faulty application of the doctrine of retribution.

As Job begins his lengthy reply, he directs his attention mainly to Bildad and asks six important questions that are so relevant to our lives as well:
  1. How have you helped him who is without power? This speaks about assisting those who are powerless in the face of calamities that have ravaged against their lives. God gives power to those who are weak through us today as the prophet Isaiah proclaimed: "He gives power to the weak" (Isa. 40:29a)
  2. How have you saved the arm that has no strength? This speaks about strengthening those who are weak and cannot rise above from their current miserable existence. God increases strength to those who have no might through us today, as the prophet Isaiah again continued: "and to those who have no might He increases strength" (Isa. 40:29b).
  3. How have you counseled one who has no wisdom? This speaks about giving good counsel to those who are lost in the path of life, as "in a multitude of counselors there is safety" (Prov. 11:14).
  4. And how have you declared sound advice to many? This speaks about offering good suggestions to people who need help in different phases of their lives. "Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established" (Prov. 15:22).  
  5. To whom have you uttered words? What Job means is that God wants us to speak words of encouragement and lift up people who are down in the pits of despondency: “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness" (Gal. 6:1).
  6. And whose spirit came from you? Finally Job is asking to test the spirit that is driving every action in our lives. "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God…by this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God." (1 John 4:1-3)
Let us understand that the above six questions suggest ways by which we too can help others today, so let us not fail as Bildad did. Our words can bring help and hope to people who desperately need them. God desires that we should move beyond ourselves to bless others! When God gave Abraham the great promise, God promised to bless him abundantly so that through him and his descendants "all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Gen. 12:3).

When our Lord Jesus Christ started His public ministry, He clarified that every part of His ministry was geared towards helping others as He declared: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19). 

Let us also move beyond ourselves in order to bless others through our words and actions! 

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