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, June 20, 2015

DWELLING under the ‘ETERNAL WINGS’ of GOD

DWELLING under the ‘ETERNAL WINGS’ of GOD

June 20 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 90-97

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.' Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge." (Psalms 91:1-4)

If there is one word to describe Psalms 91, that word is: security. There are two distinct voices in this psalm, and each of these voices speaks to us as we trust in God for our security. The first voice assures us of God’s constant protection (vv. 1–13). The second voice is that of God Himself who promises to guard and watch over us (vv. 14–16).

God preserves those who abide in Him and love Him. In the face of the hard realities of life, God is portrayed as a compassionate mother bird protecting her young (v. 4). This is a great promise of blessing to us who trust in God. However, to enjoy this protection we should be willing to make our abode in the secret place of God. They imply a constant and continuous dwelling and not just a temporary visitation during trouble or calamity. These promises are not for people who run to the Lord only in times of danger but for those who dwell in His presence (v. 1) and make the Holy of Holies their habitation (v. 9). Psalm 91 is a promise to those who take up residence in the secret place of God!

This secret place can be interpreted as the place just above the mercy seat in God in the tabernacle. Based on Romans 3:25, Jesus Christ is our mercy seat, so our secret place is the very throne room of God. We can enter this place through prayer in the name of Jesus and by the redeeming blood of Christ. Our abiding life (vv. 1–4) in Christ produces the assuring life (vv. 5–13), the life without fear, which leads to the abounding life (vv. 14–16), the life of victory and peace. The safest place in the world is under the shadow of the Almighty when we rest under the eternal wings of God!

There are seven blessings when we dwell under the eternal wings of God, as these wings will be our place of refuge (Psalms 36:7; 57:1; 61:4), our place of trust (Ruth 2:12; Jer. 17:7), our place of joy (Psalms 63:7), our place to hide us (Psalms 17:8; Jer. 36:26), our place of support (Exodus 19:4; Deut. 32:11), our place of healing (Mal. 4:2) and our place to bring everyone together (Matt. 23:37). Let us hide and take refuge under the eternal wings of God today!

"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Heb 4:16)

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