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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CLING to GOD’s PRESENCE during our DAILY LIFE EXPERIENCES

CLING to GOD’s PRESENCE during our DAILY LIFE EXPERIENCES

July 13 Bible Reading: Song of Solomon Chapters 1-3

"Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go, until I had brought him to the house of my mother, and into the chamber of her who conceived me." (Song 3:4)

The Song of Solomon is a pictorial representation of the love relationship between the Shulamite (who represents the universal Church, the bride) and her beloved (who represents Christ, the bridegroom). In the verses leading to the above passage, the Shulamite is recalling a dream in which she had a rendezvous with her beloved. In this dream, the Shulamite experiences anxiety and insecurity due to the absence of her beloved as only his presence and a secure place of dwelling would satisfy her. We should recall that "in (His) presence is fullness of joy; at (His) right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Psalms 16:11)

The Shulamite finally decides to rise and seek the one that she loves. So distraught was she that she decided to search everywhere until she had found him. She goes into the city, searches the streets and squares, and even asked the watchmen. Then almost immediately she finds him, clings on to him and would not let him go until she has taken him to her family home (v. 4). The worry of his absence is intolerable to her, so she wants him to move back with her to her familiar home and lifestyle. Also, the “house of my mother” indicates that their love was not to be clandestine, but one carrying the full blessing of the family.

As a spiritual application, let us understand that there are times when we should seek God’s presence during our daily life experience. It is not enough just to listen to what others have to say about God, but we need to cling to Him and enjoy Him personally every moment of every day. We do not have to live spiritually bored and in sin and unbelief. Instead, we can walk in the anointing to carefully obey God in every area of our life as we cling to His intimate presence daily.

The Shulamite has now a new resolution to hold on to her beloved with a determination that results from her painful season of spiritual struggle. We see that she never lets go of him throughout the remainder of this Song. In the similar manner, we should never let go of our intimate relationship with God once we encounter Him in our lives. Even during times of spiritual turmoil in our lives, we should hold on to God’s presence and never allow any compromise to be tolerated at any time (Mt. 11:12). We should thus have an unquenchable resolution to always do the will of God no matter what happens in our lives.

We should also note that those who do God's will are considered to be part of God’s family (Mt. 12: 46-50), and we should abide in God’s presence even among our familiar family relationships. Our homes represent some of the most difficult places to serve God faithfully because it is so familiar. Our homes also represent the place of smallness, but we can be the salt and light in our own homes and in our neighborhood as well. Let us cling to God’s presence during our daily life experiences!

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.'" (Psalms 91:1-2)

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