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, May 13, 2014

SEEK GOD while you're YOUNG

SEEK GOD while you're YOUNG

May 13 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 34-36

"Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David...all his days they did not depart from following the Lord God of their fathers." (2 Chron 34:1-3, 33)

Josiah was a very young boy when he ascended the throne of Judah. At the tender age of 8, he was naïve and not having the maturity to make important decisions, he started with doing the right things as he closely followed the steps of his great ancestor David (2 Chron 34:1-2).

However, Josiah made a very important decision when he entered into the eighth year of his reign. At the age of 16 when he was entering into the age of temptation, and had the administration of his kingdom wholly in his own power and nobody to restrain him; even then he began to seek God earnestly (v. 3a). He cleaned up Judah and Jerusalem of all idols and images (v. 3b-7) thus obeying the first of the Ten Commandments that God had given to Israelites through Moses. Then, he repaired the house of the Lord his God (v. 8-26). Even God testified through Huldah the prophetess that his heart was tender (v. 27a) and he was sincere in his devotion to God. When he was convicted by God’s word, he humbled himself by tearing his clothes and weeping before God (v. 27b). On hearing God’s words of judgment on Judah and Jerusalem, he gathered all the elders (v. 29) and went into the house of God for a public reading of the Book of the Covenant (v. 30). Thereafter, he made a renewed covenant with all the inhabitants of Jerusalem "...to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in the book" (v. 31). The chapter concludes with the following words: “...all his days they did not depart from following the Lord God of their fathers” (v. 33b). What a wonderful example Josiah is for all young people everywhere!

Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come and the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them" (Eccl 12:1). As David has written in his psalms - "For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth" (Psalms 71:5) - let God be your trust when you are young.

It is a great decision to seek God earnestly when you're young!

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