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, December 19, 2014

Four POSITIVE ATTITUDES to live a GODLY LIFE

Four POSITIVE ATTITUDES to live a GODLY LIFE

December 19 Bible Reading: 1 Peter Chapters 1-3

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:13-16)

Apostle Peter wanted his readers to live joyfully in the midst of sufferings, so he outlined their major responsibilities to God, to other believers, and to the world. In this passage, Peter encouraged his readers to adopt four positive attitudes to live a godly life, which are as follows:
  1. Control the imaginations in our minds: We need to prepare for vigorous and sustained spiritual exertion as we “fasten our belts” or “roll up our sleeves”. As we go into a hostile world, we should avoid panic and distraction, but instead be poised and stable in our minds. In order to do that we should maintain personal discipline in our thought patterns as we use spiritually sound judgment in all our decisions.
  2. Trust in God with our hearts: We need to rest our hope fully on the grace of God brought to us through the revelation of Jesus Christ as we put our trust in Him. The fact that Jesus is coming back is a compelling motive for us to endure through the storms and tribulations of life as we lean upon His grace.
  3. Obey God’s Word in our actions: As obedient children, we should not indulge in the sins which characterized us in our former lives. Through obedience to God’s word, we should pattern our lives after Christ whose name we bear.
  4. Be holy in our lives and conduct: Just as Israel was set apart by God from the surrounding nations to be holy, so also are we set apart from sin to the service of God (2:9; Lev. 19:2). Our standard and motivation for holiness is the absolute moral perfection of God Himself (v. 16; Matt. 5:48; Eph. 5:1). We are empowered to live holy lives by the Holy Spirit who lives in us. We are to live dedicated totally to God and separated totally from the sins of this world.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:1-2)

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