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 8, 2014

Experiencing the ‘FULLNESS OF JOY’ in God’s PRESENCE

Experiencing the ‘FULLNESS OF JOY’ in God’s PRESENCE

June 8 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 10-17

"You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Psalms 16:11)

King David’s prayer reveals his trust and reliance upon God. There are four components in this verse: a guide (God), a traveler (me), a way (path) and an end (life). The guide is but one, the traveler, one; the way one; and the life, the only one. If God is to be our guide, there are three things that we should do, which are recorded in this Psalm:
  1. Put our trust in God alone (Psalms 16:1)
  2. Bless the Lord at all times (Psalms 16:7; 34:1)
  3. Set the Lord always before us (Psalms 16:8)
This psalm is about a person who obeys God by putting total confidence in God alone (Psalms 16:1). There is nothing good in our lives except what God has given us (v. 2; James 1:17). When we speak about the virtue of goodness, there are two aspects: being good and doing good. Goodness is the fruit of walking with God, and the goodness of God is associated with His patience. Further, we should prefer the company of the saints of God (v. 3) and avoid people who do not serve Christ (v. 4). God will then bless us and lead us through the right way (v. 7). He will not leave us in the place of the dead, but will resurrect us into the land of the living (v. 10) – into the very presence of God (v. 11). We will then enjoy the blessings of God in this life and beyond all that we can have confidence in a life to come, one filled with joy and eternal pleasures. Our Lord Jesus Christ being raised from the dead has already ascended into glory, to dwell in constant nearness to God, where joy is at its full for ever – that is the place where we will go one day in the future.

In the meantime, let us experience the fullness of joy in God’s presence. When we live close to God, we will truly experience joy in our lives and this will spill over to others as joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). "But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You." (Psalms 5:11)

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