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.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

*FOUR* BLESSINGS for READING God’s WORD *DAILY*

*FOUR* BLESSINGS for READING God’s WORD *DAILY*

February 26 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 16-18

"Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel." (Deut 17:18-20)

The above passage is part of God’s instructions through Moses concerning the principles governing the future kings of Israel. Given the fact that the Israelites had not entered the Promised Land (Canaan) yet and had not established a kingdom yet, it refers to a time in the future that God knew and Moses prophesied about kings ruling over Israel.

One of the first acts of the newly formed king of Israel was that he (himself) would write down for himself (in his own words) a copy of the Old Testament Laws (Torah). This is obviously a difficult task for the king to undertake. To do so, he may have to sit for days together and copy each and every law that God gave to Israel through Moses. What God knew before time existed, which we are still learning, is that we tend to remember what we read/hear and write them down ourselves separately. Journaling is an integral spiritual discipline for any serious believer who wants to grow daily in spiritual maturity!

Obviously, the requirement of the king was not only to copy the Torah by his own hand, but to read the laws of God on a daily basis and then “carefully observe all the words of this law and statutes”. By continually spending time with the law, the king was to become a model for his people. By reading and obeying God’s law, the king would be reminded that he was to be a man of the people. He was no different than anyone else—except that God had chosen Him to guide the nation in righteousness.

*Four* key blessings are further promised to the King who would daily reads God’s Word and observes God’s law diligently in his personal life:
  1. He would learn to fear God
  2. He would remain humble
  3. He would follow God’s ways
  4. He would prolong his kingdom through his children
This word is applicable to our lives today since we are God’s ‘royal priesthood’ (1 Peter 2:9). The same blessings that God promised the kings of Israel would be available for us as well, as His word transcends time and generations (Psalms 119:89; Matt 24:35).

Let us also read God’s Word daily, observe it diligently and let it abide in our hearts in order to avail all the blessings from God. If we do that, this is what our Lord Jesus has promised for us: "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples." (John 15:7-8)

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