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.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

VENTING our FRUSTRATIONS directly to GOD

VENTING our FRUSTRATIONS directly to GOD

June 2 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 28-30

"I cry out to You, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You regard me. But You have become cruel to me; with the strength of Your hand You oppose me. You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride on it; You spoil my success. For I know that You will bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living." (Job 30:20-23)

Job continues to speak of his present suffering as he sets the stage for the contrast between his past prosperity and his present pathetic state. Once again Job articulates the central problem of the book: Why will God not answer and talk with him? He is now in terrible pain, disfigured with boils all over his body after losing everything that he owned in his life so far. He cannot return to the past, endure the present, or face the future! But God is silent through his terrible ordeal!

From the chief of princes, Job is now the object of contempt and cruel pranks by the most useless elements of society. Rejected by his former wealthy colleagues, scorned by the poor as not really one of them, abandoned by his wife, and seemingly unable to communicate with God, Job is finally about to cave in and say whatever is necessary to save himself. But Job refuses as he again lifts his head, reaffirms his integrity, and stands fast!

In doing so, Job addresses God directly. Why has this terrible fall from honor occurred? Even though God refuses to answer and give him a reason for his present suffering, Job will not curse God nor will he give up his hope in God. In the similar manner, when we also go through terrible situations in our lives, it is better to vent our frustrations directly to God instead of complaining to other people. "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes." (Psalms 118:8-9)

Whenever our circumstances lead us to a downward spiral in life as we join Job in the “dust and ashes” (v. 19), let us remember that our Lord Jesus Christ was once there (Ps. 22:15) and He knows how we feel. He is adequate for all that we need for our yesterdays, tomorrows as well as our todays (Heb. 13:8). Let us not just remember our past enjoyments but also remember God’s past mercies in our lives (Psalms 77:1–12), and trust Him for our unknown future as well.

"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen." (Phil. 4:19-20)

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