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, July 11, 2015

Experiencing the ‘JOYS OF LIFE’ everyday

Experiencing the ‘JOYS OF LIFE’ everyday

July 11 Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes Chapters 7-9

"So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun" (Eccl. 8:15)

According to Solomon, there is nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be joyful – ordinary things in life. Every person on this earth can avail this enjoyment as he/she toils throughout the life that God has bestowed in this world. God does not want the impermanence of life to hinder our enjoyment of what He has given. God not only gives us all earthly blessings but also bestows the enjoyment of those blessings!

In the above passage, enjoyment can be equated to the godly cheerfulness of the heart which directly flows from gratitude for all that God provides for us in our lives. In the face of injustice, we still have to rejoice in this life. Our life is the gift of God, and we need to enjoy life while we can.

In contrast to the mad search for the meaning of all things is the contentment that a wise, loving God gives to those who will receive His gifts of enjoyment. This is one of the central themes of Ecclesiastes. The wicked person (the fool) decides that the best thing to do is to “eat, drink, and be merry” with no thought given to the living God. But the righteous person (the wise) can enjoy life while thinking of God and His good gifts.

A wise person acknowledges lack of knowledge in the ways in which God affects His sovereign purposes (3:11; Deut. 29:29; Isaiah 55:8). In the presence of such a lack of knowledge, the wise person commits everything to God and trusts God completely. In this context, the best way to approach life is to: enjoy the simple things of life—foods, drink, work, etc.; recognize God as the source of all benefits (James 1:17); and recognize that the good things from His hand are designed for our enjoyment.

It is true that there are many injustices (vv. 10–13) and mysteries (vv. 14–17) in this life. However, we should leave them with God and do what He calls us to do. We can experience the joys of life everyday if we do not make ourselves the most important person to be pleased. We need to put God first and serve others, and our lives will then become meaningful and joyful.

On a final note, even the simple act of breathing is more miraculous that anything that takes our breath away. The popular slogan: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away” is misleading. We need to look for meaning in our breath taking moments, find meaning in every breath that we take and make each breath meaningful.

Let us experience the joys of life today and always in the simple things that we do every day!

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