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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The IMPORTANCE of HIDING GOD’s WORD in our HEARTS

The IMPORTANCE of HIDING GOD’s WORD in our HEARTS

June 24 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapter 119

"How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!" (Psalms 119:9-11)

Psalm 119 is well known as the longest chapter in the Bible and is divided into 22 stanzas, each beginning with a Hebrew letter and each containing 8 verses. God’s word is mentioned in all but three verses (vv. 84, 121, 122) of this chapter, and is the main topic of interest in this psalm.

One of the most crucial problems in the life of every young person is how to keep pure. The answer for this is by practical obedience to the words of the Bible (v.9). In the matter of holiness, there is a merging of human desire - as we seek after God - and divine empowerment -as God helps us not to wander from His commandments (v.10). God does not make us holy against our will or without our cooperation.

Someone has wisely said, “The best book in the world is the Bible. The best place to put it is in the heart. The best reason for putting it there is that it saves us from sinning against God.” God’s Word can keep us clean. We must heed God’s Word (v. 9) and hide God’s Word in our hearts (v. 11). When we heed the Word of God, this will lead to our lifestyles being godly. What areas of our lives can God’s word cleanse?
  1. It can cleanse us from wrong thoughts. God’s word will establish our total thought-life when we focus our thoughts by reading, reflecting, meditating and memorizing it (Phil. 4:8, 9; 2 Pet. 1:5–10).
  2. It can cleanse us from wrong words. When we recite God’s word often, it will cleanse us from the inside (James 1:22–26; Psalms 119:172).
  3. It can cleanse us from wrong actions. Jesus promised us this would be the case: “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you” (John 15:3).
  4. Finally, God’s Word will keep us from wrong thoughts, words, and actions; or else wrong thoughts, words, and actions will keep us from God’s Word.
When we hide God’s Word in our hearts we are arming ourselves when temptation comes (Eph. 6:17). As we meditate on God’s word, we come to know God better. When we have God’s word stored within us, we are better able to hear God’s voice when He instructs/guides us. We use God’s word when we talk to Him, worship Him as well as teach/witness to others. With God’s word hidden in our hearts as He abides in us (John 15:5-8), God’s ways will become our ways and our lives will reflect God to others.

So let us store up the Word of God in our hearts so that we may be strong in the hour of temptation (see Matt. 4:1–11; Luke 4:1–13). Campbell Morgan said of the Bible: “The best book, in the best place, for the best purpose.” Let us read God’s word every day to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy!

"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." (Col 3:16)

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