"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 7, 2014

Principles for God’s acceptable freewill offerings

Principles for God’s acceptable freewill offerings

February 7 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 22-24

In our readings today in Leviticus 22:17-33, we can get a clear understanding about the kind of freewill offerings that God will accept from us.
  • Our offerings must be 'voluntary'“You shall offer of your own free will…” (v. 19a)
  • Our offerings must be 'perfect' - without having any blemish or defects (v. 19b-24)
  • Our offerings must 'not be borrowed from others' but should be our very own (v. 25)
What are the principles for our freewill offerings to be accepted by God?
  1. Our offering should be the best we can give to God - even our own bodies (Rom. 12:1-2)
  2. God is honored by our gifts (Exodus 35:22)
  3. Generous giving honors God (Ezra 2:68-69)
  4. God will reward us for giving to others (Mark 9:41)
  5. Giving helps others live (Acts 2:44-45)
  6. We should support Christian workers (Acts 28:10)
  7. We should give generously and cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:6-9)
  8. Wealthy people should give more generously (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
  9. God is pleased with our gifts (Hebrews 13:16)
  10. Giving reflects God’s love (1 John 3:17)
Our Lord Jesus has instructed us clearly: "Freely you have received, freely give" (Matt 10:8). May God open up our hearts and wallets, and enable us to sow good seeds and give generously to His kingdom, even today!

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