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 29, 2013

June 29 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 1-3

SEEK God’s GUIDANCE through our life’s JOURNEY: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." (Prov. 3:5-6)

If there is one lesson that we can learn from the book of Proverbs, it is the assurance that there is a great reward for us when we set our hope and confidence upon God rather than upon ourselves. When God created man and woman and placed them in the Garden of Eden, He wanted to have an intimate fellowship with them so that they can depend upon Him in everything. However, Satan was successful in attracting Eve with the proposal that eating the forbidden fruit will open her eyes so that she can discern good and evil (Gen. 3:5). Implicit in this temptation was that she could be like God Himself, and would not have to depend on Him anymore! Thus, the disobedience of Adam and Eve and thereafter their fall was triggered when they wanted to live independently of God, and this human independence continues at the heart of sinful rebellion today!

Through his divine wisdom, Solomon is now proposing that we can reverse our rebellion and self-dependence by intentionally doing three things every time:
  1. First, trust in God completely. This is the premise of true wisdom (Prov. 22:19; 28:25). Trusting in God is a conscious and continuous dependence on God, much like leaning on a tree for support. It means wholly relying upon God's promises and providences through the authority of His Word (Prov. 2:6; 16:20). There must be our total commitment upon God without any reservation. We must trust God not only for the salvation of our souls but also for the daily direction of our lives as well.
  2. Second, discard any self-reliance. There must be a healthy distrust of self, as we readily acknowledge that we do not know what is best for us, and that we are not capable of guiding ourselves. Jeremiah expressed it without reservation: “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jer. 10:23).
  3. Third, acknowledge God every time. This is the practical expression of the mind that submits to God and is fully aware of and in fellowship with Him. This can only happen when we are truly transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2). Every area of our lives must be turned over to God’s control. We must have no will of our own, only a single pure desire to know His will and to do it.
If the above three conditions are met, the promise is that God will direct our paths. He may do it through His Word, through the advice of godly Christians, through circumstances, through the inward peace of the Holy Spirit, or through a combination of any/all of these. God will surely guide us to our final destination according to His divine providence (see Gen. 50:20, 21; Ps. 103:14). God will work constantly behind the scenes to bring everything into a wonderful fruition in our lives. Since God holds our future, He will work together everything good for our lives (Rom. 8:28).

Let us remember that what you do with our hearts will determine what we do with our lives (Prov. 4:23). Let us cultivate obedient hearts that receives God’s Word (2 Cor. 3:1–3) and trusting hearts that obey God always. God has also given us the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17; 1 Cor. 3:16) who will convict us of our sins (John 16:8, 13; Rom. 8:26-27). However, it is possible that we may veer off our set path knowingly or otherwise, but God promises to direct our paths if we trust and acknowledge Him. When we go off course, He will sound the alarm and trigger our conscience (Gal. 5:16-25). With God’s help and guidance, we can continue on the path that is pleasing to Him!

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