"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.

Friday, February 28, 2014

DO NOT Be Unequally Yoked Together With Unbelievers

DO NOT Be Unequally Yoked Together With Unbelievers

February 28 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 22-24

As Moses continued to reiterate the various miscellaneous laws to the Israelites, he says the following in Deut 22:10: "You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together".

While the ox was a clean beast, the donkey was unclean. God wanted Israelites to avoid polluting themselves with unclean persons or things. Further, the ox and donkey, being different cannot associate comfortably in pulling a plough together. The donkey being much smaller and able to take shorter steps would not be able to synergize with the ox.

In the New Testament, we have the following directive from Apostle Paul: "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers" (2 Cor. 6:14). The yoke is a very clear symbol of marriage. The picture is of two oxen pulling a plough together - symbolizing a husband and a wife united and working together for the Lord. A believer is a child of God as per John 1:12 while an unbeliever is the child of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10).  It is NEVER good for any believer to have the devil related as a father-in-law! Further, if a believer marries an unbeliever, this is in clear violation of the command of Scripture.

Let us understand clearly that God cannot, under any circumstances, sanction the marriage of His child with an unbeliever. Always remember this statement: “DO NOT be unequally yoked together with unbelievers”.

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