"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, June 24, 2014

Be DIRECTED daily through GOD’S WORD

Be DIRECTED daily through GOD’S WORD

June 24 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapter 119

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalms 119:105)

Psalms 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible and contains meditations on the excellencies of the Word of God. This psalm is divided into twenty-two parts or stanzas, denoted by the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Each stanza contains eight verses, and the first letter of each verse is that which gives name to the stanza. The Word of God is alluded to in almost every one of the 176 verses by the words “law,” “statutes,” “ways,” “precepts,” “decrees,” “commands,” “word,” and “promise.” The lesson to be learned above all others is that knowledge and practical application of the Word will keep one from sin and thus enable him to know and serve God appropriately (119:9, 11, 92, 98, 105, 130, 133, 176). God has revealed Himself in Scripture, and only in that revelation can one find forgiveness, life, and meaning. Above all, God’s word is wholly sufficient for godly living.

R.C. Sproul, in his famous book ‘Pleasing God’, tells us that for real sanctification to occur in our lives, three absolute changes are necessary. There must be a change in our consciousness, convictions and conscience. Consciousness involves knowledge. Before we can willfully do what God commands and what pleases Him, we must first understand what God requires. Conviction is the knowledge that is settled, and that which penetrates our conscience. Our conscience is the inner voice that either accuses or excuses us, but we can train it in the direction of self-approval and is not totally reliant. For our conscience to function in godly ways, it must be influenced by godly convictions, which is sharpened only through reading and meditating on God’s word daily.

Through His Word, God wants to direct us daily. His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light to our path. When we look forward by using the light provided by God’s Word, we will not stumble in the dark. All we need is the light ahead to take the next step forward, and God’s Word is able to do that if we read, meditate, memorize and delight ourselves in His Word every day. Daily focus on God’s Word and constant meditation are the keys to our godly success. Then, we will not slip into the pit holes of bitterness and despair as we look at Jesus while running our race everyday with the light shed through God’s Word.

"And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:19-21)

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