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, February 6, 2014

Honoring our Parents

Honoring our Parents

February 6 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 19-21

We need to realize that God was leading the Israelites from one pagan culture (Egypt) to another pagan culture (Canaan). While among these pagan cultures, God wanted His people to keep various moral and ceremonial laws (Leviticus 19), and God instituted penalties for breaking these laws (Leviticus 20). Among these laws, we see that honoring parents ranked very high in the list, and keeping this law shows their adherence to holiness that God required from the children of Israel. 'You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father…I am the Lord your God” (Lev 19:2-3). The penalty for breaking this law was mentioned in Lev. 20:7-9: ‘Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you. For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him’.

God instituted this law as part of the Ten Commandments and this was the first commandment with a promise: Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you’ (Ex 20:12). So, how do you honor your parents?
  1. Listen to your parents what they tell you (Proverbs 1:8-9; 13:1; 23:22)
  2. Obey your parents for this is well pleasing to God (Proverbs 6:20-21; Ephesians 6:1; Colossians 3:20)
  3. Honor your parents (Lev. 19:3; Deut. 5:16; Eph. 6:2)
  4. Do not despise your parents when they are old (Proverbs 23:22b)
Let us remember today and always to honor our parents - for this is well pleasing to God! 

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