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, February 28, 2015

Is ‘DOING GOOD’ for others a pattern of our LIFESTYLE?

Is ‘DOING GOOD’ for others a pattern of our LIFESTYLE?

February 28 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 22-24

"You shall not see your brother's ox or his sheep going astray, and hide yourself from them; you shall certainly bring them back to your brother. You shall do the same with his donkey, and so shall you do with his garment; with any lost thing of your brother's, which he has lost and you have found, you shall do likewise; you must not hide yourself. You shall not see your brother's donkey or his ox fall down along the road, and hide yourself from them; you shall surely help him lift them up again." (Deut 22:1, 3-4)

When Moses was listing the miscellaneous laws for the Israelites to obey, he spoke about their lifestyle itself to be a ‘pattern of good works’. The Israelites had not claimed the special merits from God through something that they had done in the past, but they had received all the multiplied blessings including their ‘Promised Land’ from God as a result of the obedience and faith of their great grandfather Abraham. In fact, they were slaves in Egypt not too long ago (24:22), but God had delivered them through great signs, wonders and miracles!

Now, the Israelites were expected to show the same mercy and grace in their daily living, and display random acts of kindness to others when they were neither expecting nor deserving it. This passage expands upon Leviticus 19:18, describing the command to “love your neighbor.” An Israelite was not allowed to act indifferently toward anything lost by his/her neighbor!

Every individual in the Israelite community bore the responsibility to uphold justice within that community, and these instructions addressed the natural human tendency not to get involved in other people’s affairs. No one should pretend not to have seen lost animals or goods of others for that is a form of theft or, at least a lack of brotherly love.

The rightful ownership of private property (Exodus 23:4) is emphasized in this passage, and any accidental loss of private property should be prevented (Exodus 23:5). Let us note that God honors private ownership and demands honesty from us in handling other people’s goods, even when it is not convenient for us. We are stewards of all that God gives us, and we must be faithful even to bear the burdens of others. "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." (Gal 6:2)

Let us ‘do good’ to others especially when they are not expecting it, and make it a pattern of our lifestyle as well, for this is well pleasing to God. "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so." (Prov 3:27) Let us remember what God has done for us, and let “mercy triumph over judgment” (James 2:13b) in actions as well.

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