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.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Seeking GODLY WISDOM DAILY in our LIVES

Seeking GODLY WISDOM DAILY in our LIVES

July 1 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 7-9

"For wisdom is better than rubies and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. I (wisdom) love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord. But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death" (Prov 8:11, 17, 34-36)

Proverbs 8 introduces wisdom as a lady who takes her stand at the top of a high hill and cries out to all the people passing by the entrance of the city gates (v. 1-3). In fact, eminent scholars have categorized Proverbs 8 as containing the longest sustained personification in the Bible, introducing ‘lady wisdom’ who does most of the speaking in this chapter. She takes a highly visible position in order to attract the attention of as many people as possible (v. 1–3; see 1:20–21). She describes her audience as fools who need hearts to understand prudence and wisdom (v. 5). She speaks nothing but truth and righteousness (vv. 7–8), virtues that are more rare and valuable than gold and rubies (vv. 10–11).

This is a poetic way of teaching us that God Himself is the very essence of wisdom. The very foundation of wisdom is the holy reverence (fear) and knowledge of God. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Prov 9:10) What is meant by the fear of the Lord? Prov. 8:13 answers it this way: "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate."

The key passage chosen for today’s devotion speaks to us that nothing can be compared in this world to finding godly wisdom. We need to earnestly search for godly wisdom in our daily activities. When we find godly wisdom, we will find both life and obtain godly favor in our lives. When we understand godly wisdom, then we will know God more clearly (v. 35; see John 14:6), but if we despise godly wisdom, we will surely die (v. 36; see John 3:36). Let us seek after godly wisdom today and every day for the rest of our lives!

"However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.' But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God." (1 Cor 2:6-10)

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