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.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

We ‘GLORIFY’ God by truly ‘PRAISING’ Him

We ‘GLORIFY’ God by truly ‘PRAISING’ Him

June 13 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 45-51

"Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver: whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God." (Psalms 50:22-23)

Psalm 50 is the first of twelve psalms attributed to Asaph. It closes with a warning and a promise. The warning is to those who forget God and living their lives as if God doesn’t matter at all. If they do not repent from their ungodly living, God will pounce on them like a lion and utterly destroy them. But those who come to Him with sacrifices of thanksgiving glorify Him; all who walk in this pathway of obedience will experience God’s marvelous deliverances in times of peril.

We must realize that true worship does not consist of mere sacrifice, but of sacrifice offered from our lips with thanksgiving from our hearts. God insists on obedience from the wicked hypocrites, or they will meet a fearful end finally. However, God also offers them an opportunity to repent and receive forgiveness as an extension of His grace. God wants to save all, and His warnings are another expression of His mercy. Those who respond by restoring pure worship are saved from impending judgment. Let us note that judgment begins with God’s people, not with the lost world (1 Pet. 4:17).

Our external worship is a true index of our hearts. When we are unmindful of God's true character and greatness, we act as if God does not exist even when we are in the assembly of believers in the middle of a 'worship service’. God has harsh words of condemnation and punishment in this situation when we disregard the very presence of God. Our sincere worship emanating out of our purified hearts are the prime evidence of our true piety, and we will then enjoy God's presence, favor and salvation. This is how William Temple has defined worship:
“For to worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.”
We glorify God by truly praising Him! The church is the opposite of a theatre. In the church, God is the audience of our worship. What matters most takes place in the heart of the congregation, and not on the stage or pulpit. We should never leave a church worship service asking: “what did I get out of it?”, but rather “was God pleased with my worship?” What God wants from us is our praises out of our sincere hearts through our lips resulting in our worship through submission and thanksgiving!

"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name." (Heb 13:15)

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