"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 12, 2011

January 12 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 34-36

In Genesis 35:1 we read that Jacob heard the voice of God asking him to return to Bethel – the place where he had made his initial commitment to serve God. Even today, God has not stopped speaking to us, but it is possible that we have stopped listening to Him. He may be talking to us through a still small voice or, shouting to us through unpleasant situations in our lives. In Gen. 35:2 we read that Jacob put away all hindrances that stood between him and God. Hindrances in our lives are anything that competes with us having quality time with God. Earlier, Jacob had already made restitution with God (Gen. 32:22-30) and with Esau (Gen. 33:10) thus clearing his pathway to the place where he had first encountered God. Jacob’s return to Bethel was to recapture his vision and to reaffirm his commitment with God (Gen. 35:5, 6).

Jacob now built an altar and called it El-Bethel, which means ‘God of the House of God’ (v. 7). After 20 years of ‘growing up’ Jacob’s perspective has changed and what was more important for him now was his God alone. When Jacob does everything required of him, God renews his covenant by changing his name to Israel (v. 10), blessing him personally (v. 11), and gifting him the land that He had promised to Abraham and Isaac (v. 12). Psalms 105: 7-11 describes this beautifully as follows: He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance”

God wants us to renew our commitment with Him as well by offering our bodies as “…a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God…” (Rom. 12:1), and is waiting for us to go back to ‘our Bethel’ – the place where we started our intimate relationship with God. Won’t you do that today?

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