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, June 21, 2015

The ‘ENTIRE CREATION’ depends on GOD for SURVIVAL

The ‘ENTIRE CREATION’ depends on GOD for SURVIVAL

June 21 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 98-104

"O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions--these all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season. What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good. You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth." (Psalms 104:24, 27-30)

Psalm 104 praises God for His greatness as the ultimate Creator. The introduction to this psalm is a brief call to praise (v. 1a), while the body of the psalm (vv. 1b–30) expounds on the majesty of God’s creative work as few psalms do. God is infinite (vv. 1b–4) and He has created and established the earth’s land and seas (vv. 5–9). God cares for the animal kingdom by giving food and drink (vv. 10–18) and all living creatures are completely dependent on God for survival (vv. 27–30). The whole of creation must recognize that as it did not come into existence by itself it cannot maintain existence by itself!

If God withdraws the light of His countenance from His living creatures, they are confounded (30:7). God sends forth His spirit, and all the living they are created. Though they may not be conscious of it, all living creatures depend on God for their food as well. As God supplies it, they gather it in…He opens His hand and they are abundantly filled. When death strikes down one generation, a new one is raised up to take its place. All creation depends on the Creator for birth, life, and sustenance. Even death is controlled by the Sovereign God!

God provides life, water, food and homes for man and beast and also the birds, and He sees to it they are cared for. God is omnipresent: He is everywhere (Ps. 139). However, in His anger God withdraws covenant blessings and this is experienced as divine absence. So, let us understand that the entire creation depends on God for survival…!!!

As part of God’s creation, we need to also turn to God and depend on Him for our daily survival. We need to cling to Jesus daily and draw nourishment from Him for our survival. As Jesus Himself has declared – without Him we can do NOTHING: "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:4-5)

"Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy." (1 Tim 6:17)

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