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.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How can we get APPROVAL from GOD?

How can we get APPROVAL from GOD? 

December 10 Bible Reading: 2 Timothy Chapters 1-4

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Tim 2:15)

Apostle Paul is counseling his beloved spiritual son Timothy (1:2) to be “diligent” (which implies constant earnest effort) to get God’s approval since that is what matters most.  Approval means one has been put to the test and measures up, thus winning the approval of the person testing him/her. Timothy’s efforts should involve a total effort of his mind, emotion, and will. Apostle Paul counsels Timothy that he should make earnest efforts to properly interpret the Word of God.

Truth defines the nature of Scripture. It is a beacon of truth in the darkness of all kinds of falsehoods. As a teacher of the Bible, Timothy should make every effort to handle God’s Word accurately. Failure to do so will ultimately lead to divine judgment (see James 3:1).

In the Greek Old Testament, the word "rightly dividing" is used in Prov. 3:6; 11:5 to depict God’s provision of a straight path for the righteous. This is used by a skilled craftsman cutting something straight. Paul encouraged Timothy to handle the word of truth in a straight way, like a road that goes straight to its goal, without being turned aside by useless debates. All of the Word of God is true. There are no contradictions when rightly laid out. We cannot add to nor take away anything from God’s Word (Rev 22:19).

For us, this exhortation means that we should take time to study the Bible diligently while prayerfully asking guidance from the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth that God has intended through His Word. It also means that we should teach the truth directly and correctly. We need to apply ourselves first to study God’s Word and then apply His Word in our daily living. That is how we can get God’s approval.

"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Heb 4:12)

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