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.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

COUNTING the BLESSINGS in our LIVES

COUNTING the BLESSINGS in our LIVES

June 21 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 98-104

"Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." (Psalms 103:1-5)

Psalms 103 is one of the beautiful hymns penned by King David, in which he blesses God for who He is and for all the blessings He has bestowed on his life. At the outset, David sings of the personal mercies which he had himself received (vv. 1-5), and having been forgiven and redeemed, he felt like a renewed person (v. 5). Then David magnifies the attributes of Jehovah as displayed in his dealings with his people (vv. 6-19); and he closes by calling upon all the creatures in the universe to adore the Lord and join with himself in blessing the ever gracious Jehovah God.

Psalms 103:2 reminds us that we should not forget “all the benefits” that God has poured in our lives. In verses 3-5, David lists out five core blessings that God has granted to us:
  1. God has forgiven ALL our iniquities.
  2. God has healed ALL our diseases.
  3. God has redeemed our life from total destruction.
  4. God has crowned us with His lovingkindness and tender mercies.
  5. God has satisfied us with good things in our lives so that we are renewed in strength and purpose.
Let us remember that God daily loads us with benefits (Psalms 68:19). We need to acknowledge God’s abundance in our lives, and counting these blessings will multiply the joys in our lives. In the midst of trouble, acknowledging God’s role in our lives can redirect our thinking from the hurts of our hearts and forces us instead to dwell upon the greatness of our God who cares about us so deeply. There is a healing power in praise, so praising God’s greatness will put hope and instill joy in our troubled hearts!

Read carefully the following words of the famous hymn penned by Johnson Oatman, Jr.:

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
*Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
[*And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.]

"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thess 5:18)

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