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, June 22, 2014

Be THANKFUL to GOD every day

Be THANKFUL to GOD every day

June 22 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 105-110

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!" (Psalms 105:1)

Psalm 105 was evidently composed by King David, for the first fifteen verses of it were used as a hymn at the carrying up of the ark from the house of Obed-edom, and we read in 1 Chronicles 16:7, "Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the Lord, into the hand of Asaph and his brethren." The first verses are full of joyful praise, and call upon the people to extol Jehovah (vv. 1-7); then the earliest days of the infant nation are described (vv. 8-15); the going into Egypt (16-23), the coming forth from it with the Lord's outstretched arm (vv. 24-38), the journeying through the wilderness and the entrance into Canaan (vv. 39-45). Psalms 105 is one of four psalms that begin with a note of thanksgiving (see also Psalms 107, 118, 136).

It is so important that we are thankful to God every day of our lives, as it is the will of God that we are sincerely thankful to Him (1 Thess. 5:18). Just as David recounted the blessings of God by leafing through the pages of history in the lives of the children of Israel, we need to look back in our lives and recall the many good things that God has done for us. He has been our Ebenezer – our God has thus far helped us in our spiritual journey (1 Sam 7:12). Through our thankfulness, we can also worship God (Heb. 12:28). We also need to understand that if we are not thankful to God, we are slipping on a slippery slope of sin, uncleanness and debauchery (Rom. 1:21-32).

Let us make thankfulness a priority in our worship to God today – when we call upon the name of God. After that, let us turn around and make known His workings to the other people around us. (Psalms 105:1).

"Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name." (Psalms 100:2-4)

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