The story of Joseph reminds us so much about Jesus Christ, whom God sent into this world to save lives of humanity. Just like Joseph, our Lord Jesus was totally innocent of all the crimes he was accused of, and was sold off by someone He considered his very own. Just like in the case of Joseph, it was God’s eternal plan that He would send His only begotten Son Jesus ahead of time for us to suffer and pay the penalty of our sin so that we might be saved from eternal destruction. Thank you Lord, for all your unseen provisions in our lives!
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!
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 15, 2011
January 15 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 43-45
When Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers, he speaks profound words of revelation as he explains the reason why he came to Egypt earlier through this very painful process. In Genesis 45:4-5 he exposes his true identity with the following words: “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you". Joseph clarifies his statement further in verse 7: “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance”. Joseph was convinced that he was fulfilling God’s greater plan in his life all these years. For this he had to travel the pathway of pain, rejection and suffering which God allowed in order to save his family alive through the terrible famine and to preserve a remnant on earth (out of which one day would be born our Savior Jesus Christ).