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.

Friday, June 13, 2014

REST AND REFOCUS under GOD’S CARE

REST AND REFOCUS under GOD’S CARE

June 13 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 45-51

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge." (Psalms 46:10-11)

Psalms 46 is a wonderful poem penned by the sons of Korah that speaks about God, in particular, about His presence (vv. 1-3), His protection (vv. 4-7) and His promise (vv. 8-11). This psalm is a ‘Song of Zion’ and is thematically linked to Psalms 47 and 48. This psalm begins with the confession that God is a refuge (v. 1) and this point summarizes the next two main sections as well (vv. 7, 11). So long as God is with His people, they need have no fear (v. 2). Zion itself is secure from all the threats of the nations because of God’s role as a defensive fortification (v. 7). This is not a temporary measure for God will usher in a day when all the nations will acknowledge His lordship (v. 10).

Verse 10 exhorts us that we should be still and know that He is God and He will be exalted in the earth. We cannot try (requires effort and exertion) to relax (requires absence of effort and exertion). We can ‘be still’ and rest confidently in God’s care as He knows our future – we are safe in His Hands. Elijah heard the ‘still small voice’ after great demonstrations of wind, earthquake and fire (1 Kings 19:12). To tune into hearing the ‘still small voice’ of God, we must ‘be still’ and tune out noises from the world. We need to quiet our hearts to listen to God as we meditate on His Word.

Psalms 23:1-3 gives us the following assurance: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake." We need to know God as our Good Shepherd who makes us lie down in the green pastures of His Word and leads us beside the still waters of His Spirit and in the paths of righteousness.

Let us understand one important fact: God promises rest and refocus for us when we are still and rest confidently in His providential care!

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