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.

Monday, June 9, 2014

APPRECIATE the GLORY & GOODNESS of GOD in NATURE

APPRECIATE the GLORY & GOODNESS of GOD in NATURE

June 9 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 18-22

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard." (Psalms 19:1-3)

Psalms 19 is one of the most beautiful hymns penned by King David that praises God for the excellence of all His creative works. This “general revelation” by which His power and glory may be seen in the ‘works of God’ (vv. 1-6) is complemented by the “special revelation” of the ‘Word of God’ (vv. 7–9) that enables people to understand Him as One who gives wisdom and who provides a means by which sin can be forgiven for every human being (vv. 10–14).

When we look at nature, we can see that it is a grand symphony conducted by the creator God. The beauty and grandeur of nature can never be surpassed by anything that humans have created so far – just think how God created all that we see around us in just six days by the power of His spoken Word (Gen. 1: 3-31). We should get both visual and hearing stimulus as we see, observe and hear from nature.

However, we should not stop at just appreciating the grandeur of nature but comprehend the glory of God – for nature “declares the glory of God” (Psalms 19:1).  The word “glory” in scripture refers to the essential worth, beauty and value, so when we behold nature, we visualize the intrinsic worth, brilliance and the radiant beauty of the Creator God Himself. Not only do we see the glory of God in creation, but we also see the goodness of God in creation. "The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works." (Psalms 145:9) God is the architect and engineer of all creation. God spoke and His glorious beauty poured out through His creation. 

Let us pause a moment from our busy schedules today and tune our hearts to God’s creation so that the beauty we see around us in nature may catapult us to praising and glorifying God for His glory and goodness!
  • "The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens.” (Psalms 113:4)
  • "O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens!" (Psalms 8:1)                     

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