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, March 27, 2014

CARING for PARENTS is our DUTY and PRIVILEGE

CARING for PARENTS is our DUTY and PRIVILEGE

March 27 Bible Reading: 1 Samuel Chapters 22-24

"Then David went from there to Mizpah of Moab; and he said to the king of Moab, "Please let my father and mother come here with you, till I know what God will do for me." So he brought them before the king of Moab, and they dwelt with him all the time that David was in the stronghold" (1 Sam 22:3-4)

David is being chased around the country side like a dog by King Saul. During the course of his travels he reaches Mizpah in the country of Moab. "Mizpah" signifies a watchtower or fort (1Sam 22:4). The king of Moab was an enemy of Saul (1Sam 14:47), whereas David being the great-grandson of Ruth was related to Moab. David was willing to seek an asylum in Moab as the Moabites had no grounds for entertaining vindictive feelings against him. Their enmity with Saul made them more willing to receive an illustrious refugee from Israel.

We can observe with what tender concern David provided for his aged parents. The first thing he does is to find them a quiet habitation and keep them from harm no matter whatever happened to him. As children we need to honor our parents and provide for their needs, especially when they are old. In the Bible, we see many examples of saints taking care of their parents. In the Old Testament, Joseph took care of his parents and provided for them when they were old. In the New Testament, our Lord Jesus is the best example of someone who had concern for his mother during his dying moments. In John 19:26-27, Jesus entrusts John with the responsibility of taking care of his earthly mother Mary when he would depart from the earth.

Caring for parents is both our duty and our privilege. One of the Ten Commandments tells us: "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). "But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God" (1 Tim 5:4). Let us obey, honor and care for our parents - for this is well pleasing to God!

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