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.

Monday, May 25, 2015

RIGHT WORDS spoken ‘IN TIME’ are POWERFUL

RIGHT WORDS spoken ‘IN TIME’ are POWERFUL

May 25 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 4-6

"Teach me, and I will hold my tongue; cause me to understand wherein I have erred. How forceful are right words! But what does your arguing prove? Do you intend to rebuke my words, and the speeches of a desperate one, which are as wind?" (Job 6:24-26)

Job directs himself to his friends as he reproaches them for not being more understanding to his current situation. Even though Job does not make any reference to the theological issues raised by Eliphaz, he responds more to his tone than the content of his argument. Job had thought that he could at least count on his friends for pity, kindness, and understanding but not condemnation. So, Job responds to what he perceives to be a judgmental attitude of his friends, not the actual words spoken to him.

Job pleads with his friends to be more sensitive and understanding rather than be argumentative. He maintains his integrity in spite of the implications from Eliphaz that he was a secret sinner and has lived a sinful life. Job admits that his words were rash (6:3), and he explains why: his grief was a burden that his friends did not feel or try to help him carry. God was shooting poisoned arrows at Job, and his friends were not applying medicine to his painful wounds.

Let us understand that right words spoken in time are very powerful. We should be “slow to speak” (James 1:19) and should control our tongues when we speak (Psalm 39:1; James 3:1-5). We should be aware that "a word spoken in due season" (Prov 15:23) is very effective, so whenever we speak at any situation, we should "speak as the oracles of God" (1 Peter 4:11). “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life" (Prov 10:11), and "love covers all sins" (Prov 10:12). Never forget that "wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding" (Prov 10:13).

Hurting people need encouragement, not argument. Let’s ask God to make our words like healing medicine (Prov. 12:18) and refreshing water (Prov. 18:4). Let’s start the day praying for wisdom to say the right things at the right times (Isa. 50:4). One day God will change our burdens into glory (2 Cor. 4:16–18), but until then, we must bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2) and relieve one another’s wounds (Luke 10:25–37; Acts 16:33) through our words.

"Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one." (Col 4:6)

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