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, December 20, 2014

Transferring ALL our WORRIES to GOD

Transferring ALL our WORRIES to GOD

December 20 Bible Reading: 1 Peter Chapters 4-5

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:5-7)

Corrie Ten Boom has remarked once like this: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength”. Today’s world can be described with three words: hurry, worry and bury. Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives us something to do, but it doesn't get us anywhere. Many people these days seem to have been infected with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) a condition marked with a perpetual state of worry about most aspects of their lives.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has expressly counseled us that we should not worry about what we will eat, drink, wear or generally about the future, for God, our Heavenly Father, knows that we need all these things and will take care of us (Matt. 6:25-34, esp. v. 32b). Instead, Jesus invites us to go to Him for rest for our souls (Matt. 11:28-30). Many years ago, King David has echoed the same thought as he expressed these words: "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalms 55:22)

Worry is unnecessary; there is no need for us to bear the burdens when God is willing and able to bear them for us. Worry is futile; it hasn't solved a problem yet. Worry is sin. A preacher once said: Worry is sin because it denies the wisdom of God; it says that He doesn't know what He’s doing. It denies the love of God; it says He does not care. And it denies the power of God; it says that He isn’t able to deliver me from whatever is causing me to worry.”

In the above passage, Apostle Peter has suggested that we should transfer all our worries to God, for He cares for us as our Heavenly Father. Many times Satan uses discouragement as an effective tool against us to pull us down to a state of stress and depression. It is at these times that we should clothe ourselves with the joy of the Lord, which will be our strength and help us to overcome all our worries. The way we can transfer all our worries and care upon God is to go to Him in prayer!

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:6-7)

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