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, July 6, 2013

July 6 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 22-24

Making ONLY MONEY is NOT a GOOD INVESTMENT: "Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven." (Prov. 23:4-5)

The third section in the book of Proverbs opens with an appeal to the listener to heed the teachings of the wise (see 22:17). The repeated “do not” reminds us that there are some things God does not want His children to do. When we obey these instructions, it will result in us having a deeper trust in the Lord (22:19), and will instill in us a responsibility to share them with others as well (22:21).

The above verses selected for today’s meditation call for moderation in our work habits. Although there are many proverbs that discourage us from laziness (22:13), on the other hand, today’s proverb discourages us from overworking just to obtain more wealth. The ceaseless struggle to be rich should be avoided at any costs, for it is God who gives us richly all things to enjoy. When we put all our time and effort just to earn more money and become rich, we should remember that we are also spending our lives pursuing false values and putting our trust in things that doesn’t last.

It is therefore not surprising that riches have a way of sprouting wings and flying away like an eagle! In the past century we have seen so many instances of people losing all their life investments and wealth in stock market crashes, financial meltdown in the world economies, particularly in the United States, unraveling of many Ponzi ‘get-rich’ schemes, losing entire life investments through natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, forest fires, etc., people losing all their retirement investments by companies falsifying their accounting books, and, even people losing their life long jobs without any advance warning notice. The material wealth that most of the people in this world longs after is extremely elusive, and like the eagle, may suddenly soar to the heavens, placing itself far beyond our reach.

This is the reason why we are admonished not to make the acquisition of wealth our chief aim in life by concentrating all energies upon its pursuits. It is not worth ruining one’s health for riches that has the habit of elusively disappearing. Instead, let us look closely at what God’s Word has to speak to us in this regard: "Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Tim 6:6-10)

Let us always remember that just accumulating worldly riches is never a good investment option, for these riches will certainly fly away while only what we do or give for others will last for eternity. God’s Word has some specific instructions for people who are wealthy that we read as follows: "Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." (1 Tim 6:17-19)

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