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, January 1, 2011

January 1 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 1-3

The POWER of the ‘SPOKEN WORD’: Genesis chapter 1 speaks to me about the power of the SPOKEN word. In Gen 1:2 the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters, but it was only when God spoke (Gen 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26) that everything came into existence. The word of God has power to heal us even today (Ps. 107:20; Mathew 8:16). Remember that death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21), so let us pray that God will give us a wholesome tongue (Prov. 15:4a) and we will only speak positive things and thereby bless others (Luke 6:28).


In Genesis 3:6 we see that Adam willfully disobeyed God’s direct commandment to him (see Gen 2:16, 17) even though he lacked nothing in the Garden of Eden – including food (unlimited provision of fruits from the garden) and companionship (Eve). The last Adam, Jesus Christ overcame temptations even though He did not have any food for 40 days/nights neither did He have any companionship as He was alone in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11). Both temptations were similar and involved the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16) – compare Gen. 3:6 with Matt. 4:3, 6, 9. The lesson learnt here is that it is only our relationship and proximity with God (James 1:12-16; 1 Cor. 10:13) and His Word (Psalms 119:11) that can enable us to overcome temptations. Let’s pray the Lord’s Prayer today (Matt. 6:13) – “Do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one”! 

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