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.

Monday, June 2, 2014

SEEKING godly WISDOM in our LIVES

SEEKING godly WISDOM in our LIVES

June 2 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 28-30

"But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know its value, nor is it found in the land of the living. The deep says, 'It is not in me'; and the sea says, 'It is not with me.' It cannot be purchased for gold, nor can silver be weighed for its price. It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire. Neither gold nor crystal can equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, for the price of wisdom is above rubies. The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, nor can it be valued in pure gold. God understands its way, and He knows its place. And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.' (Job 28:12-19, 23, 28)

Job continued his long reply to Bildad, and the centerpiece of Job’s soliloquy is an exquisite poem on wisdom (chapter 28:12-28). Job claimed that God’s wisdom supersedes all human wisdom.

In discussing the source of wisdom, Job used the imagery of mining. Gold, silver, and precious stones lie beneath the earth’s surface all the time, but they can be extracted only by lot of human effort. They are hidden from our sight, and therefore are of no practical value until they are found and brought to light (vv. 1–11). The same is true of wisdom. It too lies hidden but even more so than mere stones and metals (vv. 12–14). It is actually far more valuable than these metals (vv. 15–19) precisely because it is so difficult to recover (vv. 20–22).

True wisdom, in fact, cannot be mined from the earth but must come from God, who alone knows where it is to be found (v. 23). We cannot separate godliness from godly wisdom (vv. 23–28; Psalms 111:10; Prov. 1:7). It is only when we fear God, revere and worship Him that we can know anything of godly wisdom. Let us always seek godly wisdom in our lives!

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Prov 9:9-10)

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