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.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

OPEN your MOUTH WIDE and GOD will FILL it

OPEN your MOUTH WIDE and GOD will FILL it

June 18 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 78-81

"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I will fill it." (Psalms 81:10)

In Psalm 81, the psalmist Asaph requests the Israelites to observe the festival because of God’s faithfulness in the past in delivering Israel from Egypt (v. 6) and providing for her in the wilderness (v. 7). Israel had rebelled against God in the past and was still continuing in rebellion (v. 13). If only the people would repent, God would forgive them and enable them to prevail over their enemies (v. 14).

In the middle of this discourse, Asaph points out in verse 10 that because God had brought them out of the clutches of slavery in Egypt, He could do great things for them. God had proved his power over the mighty Egyptian empire and it required that the Israelites believe in God and ask great things from Him. Just like the little birds in the nest open their mouths wide for food and the parent birds fills them, God will fill the deepest need of His children when they open their mouths wide to Him!

What is meant by opening our mouths wide? This may mean being fervent in our prayers, being unashamed with our petitions to God, and having enlarged hope and expectations from God. One example of a prayer that God challenges us to pray with enlarged hope and expectation is found in Psalms 2:8: "Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession." By praying in this expansive manner, we increase our ability to pray, and receive greater things from God. God will then fill our mouths with abundant thanksgivings when we see the answers of our prayers right before our eyes. We shall also be filled with those blessings that we pray for: "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:19) Let us open our mouths wide and see how God fills them in the coming days!

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" (Matt 7:7-11)

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