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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Let’s carefully CONSIDER our LIFE’s JOURNEY

Let’s carefully CONSIDER our LIFE’s JOURNEY

June 30 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 4-6

"But the path of the just is like the shining sun that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble." (Prov. 4:18-19)

Today is the day that marks the end of six months (or, half) of this year, and it is a good time to reflect on our journey through the pathway of our life. The book of Proverbs gives us many pointers to walk every day with godly wisdom and following divine instructions. In fact, Proverbs 4 urges us to carefully consider our own life’s journey as the above passage contrasts the free unhindered and bright path of the righteous (v.18) with the dark, confused way of the wicked (v.19).

The above verses actually use imagery of an ever-increasing light to characterize righteousness, and an impenetrable gloom to signify wickedness (John 8:12; Eph. 5:8–13). These verses present a renewed appeal from father to son to walk in the way of wisdom and to avoid the path of the wicked at all costs. The contrast of the two paths is profound. The way of wisdom is straight, unencumbered, and safe. The way of the wicked is tortuous, hazardous, and marked by violence. One is a path of light, the other of darkness; one leads to promise, the other to a stumbling destruction!

In fact, each of the verses in this chapter (particularly verses 4, 23 and 26) encourages us to evaluate where we are in life. We need to carefully consider where we are headed to and daily ask God for His directions as we move forward. When we do that, we can take advantage of the following promise of God: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye" (Psalms 32:8).

Apart from praying and asking God for His direction, we should embrace His Word as our map for finding out our current location, and follow His leading through His Word as we embrace it wholeheartedly and follow it with all of our hearts. Walking with God becomes better as we travel farther on with our path being illuminated by the light of the Lord (Psalms 27:1).

As we obey God’s Word, the light will get brighter on the path of life (v. 18). God’s Word will guide us on the right path and will also keep us from wandering away through detours or, falling into portholes of sin in our life journey. Let’s be assured of the fact that we are headed in the right direction when we walk with God seeking His direction through His Word. Let’s carefully consider our life’s journey today and redirect our steps in the path of God!

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Col. 3:16-17)

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