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.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January 13 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 37-39

When he was only seventeen years old, Joseph had two different dreams that he will achieve success in his life to that extent that his entire family (including his parents) will bow down and acknowledge his honor and authority (Genesis 37: 5-11). This is wonderful for Joseph, but little did he know that during the next thirteen years God would develop him in the crucible of prolonged suffering, pain and rejection. It is a close reading of Genesis 39 that teaches us the steps to success in Joseph’s life. 
  1. The Lord was with Joseph in his daily secular work (vv. 2, 21a, 23b). 
  2. Joseph was faithful to God and his position even during the time his supervisor was not around (vv. 8, 9).
  3. Joseph’s supervisor could see the quality of his work, and discern that God was with him to prosper him (v. 3). 
  4. Finally, God gave favor to Joseph in the sight of his supervisors (vv. 4, 21b).
Joseph became very successful in life even as he had dreamed as a young boy, and his dreams were literally fulfilled and confirmed three times after thirteen years (See Gen. 42:6; 44:14; 50:18). 

God will grant us success in our lives as well when we are true to our calling and status as His child, and if we would be faithful in what has been committed to us. Philippians 1:6 exhorts us that we should be “confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”.

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