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 26, 2014

SIX GODLY QUALITIES of a RIGHTEOUS PERSON

SIX GODLY QUALITIES of a RIGHTEOUS PERSON

July 26 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 31-33

"He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, he who despises the gain of oppressions, who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil: He will dwell on high; his place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; bread will be given him, his water will be sure." (Isaiah 33:15-16)

As Isaiah is prophesying about the impending judgment that is destined for everyone (Isaiah 33:10-14), there is hope for the righteous. As in some of the Psalms, which contain questions and answers regarding the conditions for admittance to worship (Psalms 15 and 24), Isaiah describes the qualities of those who will escape punishment and dwell with the Lord in safety forever (vv. 15-16). The six qualities of a righteous person (Isaiah 33:15) are listed below:
  1. Lives a life displaying righteous behavior - walks righteously
  2. Speaks only what is right and true - speaks uprightly
  3. Does not oppress weak people in order to make money – hates money from dishonesty
  4. Makes it plain that his/her integrity cannot be bought with bribes – refuses to take bribes
  5. Does not listen to suggestions for eliminating opponents by resorting to violence (Job 31:31; Prov. 1:14, 16)
  6. Cannot tolerate evil at any time – even the very appearance of evil
The conduct of the godly are also described in the following scripture passages: Psalms 1:1, 2; 15:2–5; 24:4; Galatians 5:22–25; Ephesians 5:1 and James 3:13–18. The person who pursues a godly character will enjoy two major benefits (Isaiah 33:16):
  1. He shall be safe; he shall escape the devouring fire and the everlasting burning in hell.
  2. He shall be supplied; he shall want nothing that is necessary for him.
“On high” (v. 16) refers to God’s dwelling (v. 5)—the place the righteous will go to live with God forever. God will make their lives secure when He comes to reside in and rule over Jerusalem.

Let us sincerely attempt to live godly lives every day – this will surely pay off in the end!

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