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, January 11, 2017

It all begins with giving thanks to God

My Musings in the Morning
('musing' = a period of reflection or thought)

"My heart was hot within me, while I was musing, the fire burned: then I spoke with my tongue:" 
 (Psalm 39:3)

#2: It all begins with giving thanks to God

"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:21-22)

It is my firm belief that we have never grasped the importance of thanking God every moment of every day in our lives. In his first letter to the Thessalonian church, Apostle Paul exhorts that we should give thanks to God 'in' everything; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us. However, it is very much possible that we neither think about God nor we are thankful to Him for what He is doing each & every day of our lives. Many times we only profess to give a 'lip-service' thanks to God when we wake up in the morning, during our meal times, on our birthday, during the year-end service or, even on the 'Thanksgiving Day' that occurs in the fourth Thursday of November of every year.

God's word is clear that it all begins with giving thanks to God if we are to end up either as 'wise' or as 'fools'. We all know that God exists, but it matters greatly whether we are thankful to Him or not, each and every day of our lives. The scripture text (above from the book of Romans) describes our downward fall, when after 'knowing' about God, we do not glorify Him by acknowledging Him as the source of all our blessings & give Him thanks:
  1. Our thoughts become vain or futile as God is out of our thought process.
  2. Without the light of God's wisdom and Word, our hearts become darkened.
  3. Although we think we are 'worldly' wise, we actually become 'fools' in the sight of God.
  4. The evidence of the fact that we have become fools is that we end up denying even the existence of God. The fool says in his heart, “there is no God” (Psalms 14:1).
Today and everyday going forward, let us be careful to acknowledge God & thank Him for what He has done & is doing in our lives. Let's develop a godly fear as "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction" (Proverbs 1:7).

Let's end up in becoming wise in attracting others towards God as "those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever" (Daniel 12:3).

Be blessed as you purposefully express your thanks to God today!  

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