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, July 12, 2014

HOW to find REAL JOY and MEANING in LIFE?

HOW to find REAL JOY and MEANING in LIFE?

July 12 Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes Chapters 10-12

"Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come and the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them." (Eccl 11:9; 12:1)

As King Solomon brings the book of Ecclesiastes to a conclusion, he turns his attention to the young people in his kingdom and gives them some timeless advice of how they can find real joy and meaning in life. Let us understand the philosophy of many young people these days – “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die” is actually a conflation of two biblical sayings: "…a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry…" (Eccl 8:15) and "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" (Isaiah 22:13). This is a wrong approach to life, and will surely end in utter failure.

In order to find real joy and meaning in life, there are three things that we should do even when we are young:
  1. We must recognize that we are ultimately accountable to God alone (11:9). We can go in our own ways and do whatever we want with our life, but we should be aware that we will one stand before God who will judge us for what we have done in our life. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." (2 Cor 5:10)
  2. Early on in life we should recognize the existence and claims of our Creator God (12:1). In a brilliant metaphor describing the aging process (12:2–7), Solomon suggests that we should not wait until our old age before turning to the Lord and serving Him. We should do so when we are young so that we can live our entire life with significance.
  3. We should revere God and obey His commandments (12:13). All the teachings in the book of Ecclesiastes lead to this conclusion (12:9–10). The bottom line is to fear God by revering Him and displaying that by keeping His commandments, for a day is coming when He will judge everyone and call them to account for all their works (12:14).
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Eccl 12: 13-14)

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