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.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

‘WATCH OUT’ against GREED and COVETOUSNESS!

‘WATCH OUT’ against GREED and COVETOUSNESS! 

October 25 Bible Reading: Luke Chapters 10-12

Then one from the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." But He said to him, "Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?" And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." (Luke 12:13-15)

The above statement from Jesus teaches us to be alert about coveting material things in order to accumulate them for our own pleasures. This is because the insatiable lust for material possessions is one of the strongest drives that we may ever have! However, these material things will have to be forsaken as soon as we depart from this world. On the other hand, what will last is only what we have invested for eternity! For this reason alone, we need to store up true riches in heaven as we invest in spiritual matters and are rich toward God.

When God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites on Mount Sinai, the tenth and last commandment was as follows: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's" (Exodus 20:17). To covet means to long for something we don’t have especially for what belongs to someone else. To covet is to be discontented with what God brings our way. It is based on the foolish belief that what matters in life is how much one has!

Nothing clogs our spiritual arteries more than money; either working to have a lot of it or, wishing to have a lot of it. Our life’s treasure is all about the richness of our relationship with Christ and the joy of being a faithful steward of the good things and talents that He has entrusted us.

The rich man, whom Jesus mentioned as an example of amassing goods for himself, did all the right things. He built a bigger barn to store food (vv. 16-18) instead of leaving it outside to spoil. In fact, he was like the industrious ant mentioned in Proverbs 6:6-8 who provided her own supplies in the summer and gathered her food during the harvest time. However, the problem with the rich man was that he left God out of the picture as he failed to realize that his life was in God’s Hands. He had failed to plan for eternity and store up true riches in heaven!

Let us always remember that our lives are not the sum total of the things we possess. God wants us to spend our time, treasure and talents in building His kingdom, not our own. The way we spend our time and resources says a lot about our eternal perspective. Let us pay attention to the old hymn that goes like this: “Only one life ‘twill soon is past; only what is done for Christ will last”. This is what Jim Elliot, the Christian martyr once said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”. Instead of building castles in the air with our own accomplishments, let us focus on things that matter most!

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matt. 6:19-21)

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