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.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

God’s LOVE is BETTER than all EARTHLY PLEASURES

God’s LOVE is BETTER than all EARTHLY PLEASURES

July 13 Bible Reading: Song of Solomon Chapters 1-3

"Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth - For Your love is better than wine."  (Song 1:2)

King Solomon is the author of this eight chapter love song that he wrote in approximately 900 BC. It was probably written before his spiritual decline (1 Kings 11:3-4). Solomon was a prolific songwriter, who wrote about 1005 songs in his lifetime (1 Kings 4:32).

The Song of Solomon is the greatest song in redemptive history and the longest song in the Bible. This song reveals God’s pattern in how we grow in passion for Jesus. It touches the significant principles and practical realities needed to develop mature love for God.

The symbolic interpretation of this song is to see the spiritual truths in our relationship with Jesus behind the natural love story. Solomon shows forth the joy of life that can be attained without regard to how our circumstances are going. Here, the Holy Spirit is calling us to make intimacy with God the goal of our life. The song highlights how full our life is when our consuming passion is to love and know Jesus. Even with hard circumstances, our spirit can be alive in God.

The theme of the song is the Bride’s cry for the kiss of God’s Word to touch the deepest place in her heart. This refers to encountering the Word in the deepest and most intimate way. In other words, the Word as it reveals the King’s emotions for His Bride and awakens our heart in the three-fold love of God (love from God - then for God - which overflows to others). 

The greatest “pleasures” that we can experience are spiritual ones. These are best experienced by encountering Jesus as the Bridegroom God. This intoxicates our heart and makes us lovesick. It is when we encounter Jesus that we realize that God’s love is better than ALL the earthly pleasures that we can ever hope to experience. God has called us to holiness so that we can experience complete joy and undiluted pleasure that is perfect and eternal.

"In Your presence is fullness of joy…Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Psalms 16:11) 

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