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.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

SANCTIFYING our CHILDREN through INTERCESSORY PRAYER

SANCTIFYING our CHILDREN through INTERCESSORY PRAYER

May 24 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 1-3

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job...and his sons would go and feast in their houses, each on his appointed day, and would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did regularly. (Job 1:1a, 4-5)

Job was a wealthy man who lived in the land of Uz that was located in Edom, southeast of Palestine (Lam. 4:21). Job was described as an upright, beyond reproach and God-fearing like Noah (Gen. 6:9). God had blessed Job with a large family (seven sons and three daughters) along with vast holdings of livestock and other assets (Job 1:1–3). But his greatest possession was his piety, a godliness that caused him constantly to be vigilant regarding the spiritual well-being of his children (1:4–5).

One of the strong arguments that the events of Job took place in the patriarchal era is the fact that Job, as father of the family, acted as priest and sacrificed burnt offerings for his sons. This was a common practice prior to Mosaic Law. Job was always concerned that someone in his family might sin and curse God. The idea of cursing God is crucial to the story, since Satan believed that Job would curse God (1:11; 2:5) and Job’s wife demanded that he curse God (2:9).

Job was a spiritual man clearly sensitive to sin and its consequent need for sacrifice as he recognized the internal nature of sin. His concern was more regarding the internal, motivational, sins of mind, heart, or attitude. Job approached his duties as head of the family, as priest, as well as father, before God for his sons as he was obviously concerned for the spiritual welfare of his children. His greatest fear seems to be that his sons would sin (“miss the mark”). Like Abraham (Gen. 15:9, 10), Job filled the role of priest for the family, consecrating his children to the Lord. The famed preacher C. H. Spurgeon makes a good application for us in his classic devotional 'Morning and Evening' as follows:
“What the patriarch did early in the morning, after the family festivities, it will be well for the believer to do for himself ere he rests tonight. Amid the cheerfulness of household gatherings it is easy to slide into sinful levities, and to forget our avowed character as Christians.”
Let us also sanctify our children daily through intercessory prayer regularly as Job did for his children. This is what our study of Job’s life and habits teach us today!

"For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy." (Col. 1:9-11)

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