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.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

PRESENT CHOICES determines FUTURE REWARDS

PRESENT CHOICES determines FUTURE REWARDS

June 11 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 32-37

"Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!" (Psalms 32:10-11)

Psalm 32 expresses the joy and relief David felt when God forgave him for his sin with Bathsheba. This psalm describes the blessedness of forgiveness and includes the happiness of the forgiven man (vv. 1, 2), the physical and psychological effects of unconfessed sin (vv. 3, 4), and the simple remedy of confession to obtain God’s forgiveness (v. 5). On this basis David can experience prayer (vv. 6, 7), divine instruction (vv. 8, 9), and personal witness (vv. 10, 11).

As far as the personal witness that David had obtained, the righteous man has a big edge over the wicked. In fact, there is no comparison between the righteous and wicked. Many sorrows are the heritage of the wicked. But the humble believer is surrounded by the mercy of the Lord. So it is only fitting that the righteous should be glad in the Lord and should shout for joy!

This is not to say that the righteous will never have trouble, but by God’s gracious provision, they will come through the trouble in triumph. "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all." (Psalms 34:19) In fact, our Lord Jesus has promised us that we will have tribulations in our lives but we need to be cheerful through our ordeals. "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

Let us clearly understand that our present choices determine our future rewards! Every day we must choose either to suffer the pain of discipline now or to suffer the pain of regret later. In our lives, short-term pain is often the only path for long-term gain. Either we should be prepared for the challenges that we face every day by the grace of God or, we will be haunted by the “what-ifs”, “if-only” or “I-should-haves” that accompany our failures in the future. This is the pain of regret which looks back at our choices and then feels the pain of our failures. Let us be wise and understanding as we make choices every day!

"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom...the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." (James 3:13, 17) 

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