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.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

GOD is LOOKING at us CONTINUALLY

GOD is LOOKING at us CONTINUALLY

May 4 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 7-9

"For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually." (2 Chron. 7:16)

After King Solomon had dedicated the temple in Jerusalem, God gave wonderful promises of His commitment towards the temple that has been erected for Him. There are three promises from God regarding the physical temple in Jerusalem:
  1. God had chosen and sanctified the temple in Jerusalem. This means that God will dwell in the inner sanctuary of the temple going forward, and God will accept the sacrifices and prayers that Solomon or anyone else would be making in the future.
  2. God promised that His name would be in the temple forever. The great “I AM” would seal His name so that everyone will understand that He is the God of the universe.
  3. God’s eyes and His heart will be upon the temple continually forever. Everything that happens in the temple will be known by God, and He will participate in the worship of the people of Israel.
As mentioned earlier, God has designated our body as the temple of God as mentioned in 1 Cor. 6:19: "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?" As God’s temples, we too have the three promises in our lives as well:
  1. God has chosen us and sanctified us with the precious blood of His Son Jesus Christ. John 15:16 tells us the following: "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you." As per 1 John 1:9, it is the precious blood of Jesus that sanctifies us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
  2. God has promised us unlimited access to Him through the name of His Son Jesus Christ. John 14:13-14 gives us this precious promise: “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."
  3. God’s eyes and heart are upon us continually from the beginning to the end of the year. "The eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year." (Deut. 11:12).
Seeing that we have such precious promises from God, let us always be sensitive to the fact that God is always watching us. In fact, God is constantly looking at us to come to our aid at all times: "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." (2 Chron. 16:9)

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