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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

KEEPING our END in MIND in ALL our ACTIVITIES

KEEPING our END in MIND in ALL our ACTIVITIES

August 8 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 4-6

"An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?" (Jer 5:30-31)

In this terse message, the prophet Jeremiah describes the moral depravity of Judah’s leaders as “an astonishing and horrible thing”. The deterioration of the leadership of the land had reached to the prophets and priests, the very people who were to be the mainstays of righteousness among the people. Both offices had succumbed to the temptation of abusing their power, rejecting their responsible roles as messengers and servants of God.

Judah’s sin was so exceedingly evil that it was described as being appallingly horrible as the people ‘loved’ being under the ministry of false prophets and wicked priests and desired to continue this farce (Jer. 6:13-15). The worst phase of this national evil was not that only some people were guilty, but even the priests and the prophets have become corrupt and self-serving. It is appalling and horrifying that the priests and prophets would pervert the message of God and that the people would “love to have it so.” Even Jeremiah’s chilling words, “What will you do in the end?” referring to the coming judgment, could not shake the people from their false complacency.

What we can understand is that the people of Judah were satisfied with a totally corrupt government. The prophets were telling the people what they wanted to hear. But prophet Jeremiah took his orders from God Almighty who knew what the people needed. If their healing required bitter medicine, that is what they would get.

In our own lives and activities, we need to be aware that God is watching us closely seeing all the activities we are doing and hearing all the words we are speaking. One day we will have to give an account before God regarding everything that we do in this world. "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)

Let’s keep our end in mind in all our activities as we will reap one day what we sow today! This is what God’s word speaks to us about this matter: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." (Gal 6:7-9)

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