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.

Monday, June 29, 2015

TRUE WISDOM begins & ends with GOD ALONE

TRUE WISDOM begins & ends with GOD ALONE

June 29 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 1-3

"For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly" (Prov 2:6-7)

Proverbs 2 describes a home environment in which parents give their children valuable gifts (vv. 1–5) such as wisdom, self-appreciation, understanding, and humility. Wisdom is also described as a path to walk, and the word path is used seven times in this chapter. It suggests to us that life involves direction, decision, and determination, just like walking a path. God will do His part (vv. 6–9) if we do our part (vv. 1–5).

Wisdom is given to those who earnestly seek it as a prospector would search for gold (vv. 1–4). It is not an undirected search, however, since the parent’s instruction is the basis. The consequences of obtaining wisdom are then listed: knowledge of God (vv. 5–8) and right conduct (vv. 9–22).

After we have been saved through faith in Christ, we are then in a position to learn divine wisdom from the Lord. He teaches us how to think straight, how to evaluate, how to discern truth and error, and how to develop divine insight. He provides rich stores of sound wisdom for the upright, and a special shield of protection for those who walk in integrity.

The young person who cries out for wisdom will find the knowledge of God. It is the highest of all gifts to know God who is the giver of all things that are good (John 17:3). The knowledge of God will include the fear of God, which is clearly represented in Scripture as the most valuable possession of man (see Eccl. 12:13). True wisdom is necessary to have an intimate fellowship with God, and wisdom is not just accumulation of information (v. 6). When one knows God, he/she knows how to live in integrity and righteousness (vv.7–11) and how to avoid the pitfalls of wickedness (vv.12–15).

True wisdom begins and ends with God alone. We need to have a teachable spirit and humility to know true wisdom. For this, we should incline our ears to true wisdom and search for her as hidden treasures every day through God’s Word. The key to avoiding the tragic results of foolish decisions is in embracing God’s wisdom as our guide through life (v. 9).

"The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility." (Prov. 15:33)

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