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.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Get a HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE from God’s PRESENCE

Get a HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE from God’s PRESENCE

June 17 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 72-77

"Behold, these are the ungodly, who are always at ease; They increase in riches. Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence. For all day long I have been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I had said, I will speak thus, behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children. When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me--until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works." (Psalms 73:12-17, 28)

Psalms 71 is the second psalm ascribed to Asaph and the first of eleven consecutive psalms bearing his name. It is a wisdom psalm whose sentiments are similar to Psalm 1 and follows Psalms 37 in content. In this psalm, Asaph explains how he became envious of the prosperous boastful wicked (Psalm 73:3), and admits that in the midst of life’s difficulties and dangers he perceived that evil people seem exempt from such things (v. 5). They arrogantly refuse to consider God (v. 11), and they seem to be blessed in spite of such arrogance (v. 12).

However, Asaph decides to go into the sanctuary of God and spend time in His presence and that put everything in the proper perspective. Having come to his senses, Asaph described his change of heart as almost a conversion as he understood what is finally going to happen to the ungodly people (v. 17). He understood that the prosperity of sinners is only a mirage and that they are headed for certain disaster (v. 18). In reality, the righteous are the ones who are blessed with divine insight and guidance (v. 23–24) as they have hope in both heaven and earth (v. 25). The righteous must therefore celebrate this hope and share it with others who need it (v. 28).

We need to spend time in God’s presence and see everything that is happening around us from God’s point of view. We will get a heavenly perspective of earthly happenings by getting closer to God. When we visualize everything from God’s viewpoint, we will not be jealous at the prosperity of the wicked (like Asaph). Instead, we will praise God for this blessed life and for His promise of the eternal life that He has granted us! Our God is everything we need – even when life seems unfair! Like the psalmist, let us take a decision today: "One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple." (Psalms 27:4)

"Blessed is the man You choose, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, of Your holy temple." (Psalms 65:4) 

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