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, February 22, 2014

The GREATEST COMMANDMENT in the Bible

The GREATEST COMMANDMENT in the Bible

February 22 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 4-6

After 40 years of wandering in the desert, Moses dutifully carried out God’s instructions to reiterate and remind the Israelites about their journey so far, and teach them God’s law as their preparation to enter the Promised Land. Obedience to God’s law should be a priority, as in the words of Moses: "For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God" (Deut 4:24). After introducing God’s law (Deut 4:44-49), Moses reviews the Ten Commandments with the Israelites (Deut 5:1-22). By way of concluding his teaching of God’s commandments, Moses then proclaims the GREATEST commandment ever mentioned in the Bible: "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength" (Deut 6:4-5)

The first and greatest commandment of God's law is that we love God with ALL our heart, soul, mind and strength. This love should include four crucial components:
  1. Sincere – we must love God from our hearts and not in lip service and empty words.
  2. Strong – we must love God passionately surpassing all our other emotions.
  3. Shrewd – we must love God with all of our understanding and reasoning power.
  4. Superlative – we must love God above anybody or anything else in our lives.
In the New Testament, our Lord Jesus Christ confirmed this fact: Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets" (Matt 22:35-40).

In order to please God, let us focus all our energy in loving God truly in all areas our lives - reflected by fearing God, obeying all that He has commanded us and by loving others. If we do that, we will fulfill God’s longing for us mentioned in Deut 5:29: "Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!” (Deut 5:29)

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