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.

Friday, June 12, 2015

UNDERSTANDING the FRAILTY of our LIVES

UNDERSTANDING the FRAILTY of our LIVES

June 12 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 38-44

"Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before You; certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Surely every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain; he heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them." (Psalms 39:4-6)

Psalm 39 is not a criticism of achievement or hard work, but it urges us to slow down and consider the end of our lives. Perhaps we need to stop and be quiet for a while (39:1–3). Perhaps we need to reflect on sins that have estranged us from God and confess them to Him, knowing that He is our only source of forgiveness, hope, and strength (39:7–13).

The reason for doing that is because our lives are as unsubstantial as a vapor (James 4:14). We rush around in frenzied activity, but what does it all amount to after all? We spend our lives scrimping and saving, and leave it all behind to be enjoyed by people who do not deserve it at all (Job 27:16–17; Eccl. 2:18, 21). We need to comprehend fully that our lives will pass on quickly and before we know it, will be gone forever.

We are but strangers and pilgrims on this earth (Heb. 11:13), and our life journey will not be for long. However, some people like to live life in the “fast lane.” They talk fast, get rich quick, live high, and expect to climb far. “They busy themselves in vain,” the psalmist warns. Having heaped up riches, they must leave them behind when they die (Psalms 39:5-6, 11).

King David had to remind himself that humans are frail and lives are short. Let us also understand the frailty of our lives. We are but sojourners on this planet. If we’re moving through life too quickly, it will be better for us to slow down and take time for the things pertaining to God and His kingdom. Let us repeat the prayer of Moses, the man of God:

"So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalms 90:12).

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