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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

*FIVE THINGS* that GOD REQUIRES from US

*FIVE THINGS* that GOD REQUIRES from US

February 24 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 10-12

"And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?" (Deut 10:12-13)

In Deuteronomy 10, Moses balances the two important themes of law (vv. 1–11) and love (vv. 12–22), and in verses 12-13 Moses condenses the essence of all the Old Testament laws into five things that God required from the Israelites:
  1. FEAR God religiously
  2. WALK in God’s ways
  3. LOVE God sincerely
  4. SERVE God wholly
  5. OBEY God completely
God’s desire for His people can thus be summed up in the words “to fear...to walk...to love...to serve...to keep” (vv. 12, 13). All the above five action verbs are closely aligned and connected with each other. To ‘fear’ God is to give God our highest respect and a holy reverence to His Person and His authority. Out of our respect for God, we will ‘walk’ in His ways and ‘keep’ all His commandments. Our ‘love’ for God is revealed when we ‘obey’ His commandments. Out of our love for God, we will try to please Him in grateful obedience, and ‘serve’ Him faithfully with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

Let us therefore fear God by respecting Him, keeping His commandments, loving Him, and serving Him with all that we are and all that we have. Because God loves us, He has given us His Word to nourish and guide us. We cannot fully experience God’s love for us unless we are obedient to His will. To love God with our whole being is the greatest commandment that God has stated to the Israelites and to us (Deut. 6:5; Mark 12:29–34).

To walk in God’s ways require that we love Him with all our being and keep His commandments as love and obedience always go together, as Jesus said: "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him" (John 14:23). 

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