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.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

TRUE SATISFACTION in LIFE comes from GOD ALONE

TRUE SATISFACTION in LIFE comes from GOD ALONE

June 28 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 143-150

"The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing." (Psalms 145:15-16)

Psalm 145 is another hymn penned by King David who directs his praises to God for God’s greatness in the past (vv. 1–7), God’s glory in the future (vv. 8–13) and God’s grace in the present (vv. 14–21). To expand this further, David praises God for His glory (vv. 1-7), for His goodness (vv. 8-10), for His kingdom (vv. 11-13), for His providence (vv. 14-16), and for His saving mercy (vv. 17-21).

In the midst of rendering his praises to God, David looks around him to all the animals on the earth, all the fishes in the water and all the birds in the air and realizes a profound truth. God has created all the animals, fishes and birds (Gen 1:20-25), and God is sustaining all the living creatures on this earth by giving them food in due season as they all look expectantly to God for their daily survival. David realizes that every living being on this earth look expectantly to God for nourishment and survival. God knows the need of every animal, fish and birds and He satisfies their desires every day.

When Jesus started His public ministry, He pointed this out as part of His lengthy discourse called The Sermon on the Mount: "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" (Matt 6:26) As we understand that God our heavenly Father feeds all the animals on this earth, all the fishes in the rivers, seas and oceans and all the birds that fly in the air, God definitely knows our needs and He is well able not only to sustain and nourish us, but also to satisfy our every need and longing. On a personal level, our God is also our Good Shepherd and we shall not want anything as He will satisfy our every need (Psalms 23:1-2).

Let us realize that true satisfaction comes from God alone, he will satisfy every thirst and longing that we have in our lives (John 4:13-14). Today, let us join Joni Eareckson Tada in praying this simple but profound prayer: ‘Lord, there are many things I desire, but I really don’t need. Subtract my desires and keep me from adding my own wants. Help me to find satisfaction in You, for only then will I find real and lasting contentment.’

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