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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The TRUE VALUE of SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

The TRUE VALUE of SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

March 18 Bible Reading: Judges Chapters 19-21

The book of Judges chronicles the dark ages in the history of Israel, as it sums up the three hundred years of the Israelites in Canaan after the death of Joshua with these words: "In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25). This whole episode of the vile abuse of the Levite priest’s concubine by the wicked men of Gibeah from Benjamin, and the resulting war between the tribe of Benjamin and the other eleven tribes of Israel took place as a result of one major factor – the lack of any leadership in Israel. "And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel..." (Judges 19:1a). There was anarchy and the prevailing disorder in Israel as there was no one to implement God’s rules and set boundaries for the Israelites. This further set to a disappearance of spiritual values that are inherent in a godly society. "Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Prov 11:14).

There is a true value of having spiritual disciplines in our lives. In order to implement spiritual disciplines in the lives of the believers, God has appointed spiritual leadership in the church and given them set responsibilities. "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching" (2 Tim 4:2). Every believer is required to submit under the spiritual leadership and God’s word. "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you" (Heb 13:17).

Let us strictly follow Apostle Paul’s example in our daily living: "But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified" (1 Cor 9:27)

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