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.

Monday, January 17, 2011

January 17 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 49-50

After Jacob died and was buried, there was no one now to stand before Joseph if he had wanted to take revenge on his brothers. The way Joseph’s brothers had behaved to him earlier had been like “the archers who bitterly grieved him, shot at him and hated him” (Gen. 49:23) according to the last prophetical words of his father Jacob. His brothers had hated him, plotted to murder him, and then sold him to Egypt where he was separated from all his loved ones. As the master of Egypt, Joseph had all the reasons along with the political power/authority and now also the opportunity to repay his brothers for their hatred and betrayal towards him. That is why his brothers pleaded for mercy and declared their servitude to him. What was Joseph’s reaction when the messengers sent by his brothers requested his clemency? Gen. 50:17b says that “Joseph wept when they spoke to him”. We can visualize the tender heart of Joseph as he becomes very emotional. After this, Joseph spoke something profound to his brothers: “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them”. (Gen. 50:19-20)



Based on Joseph’s response to his brothers, let’s look at Romans 12:19-21: “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”. Below are some learning points for us:
  1. We should not replace God’s role at any time when it comes to striking back at others who have harmed us.
  2. We need to love and forgive our enemies as Christ has taught us (Matt. 5:43-44; 6:14-15)
  3. We need to move beyond forgiveness and show our love in action by providing for the needs of our enemies as Joseph had done for his brothers.
There is true power in forgiveness that we should exercise in our daily lives and relationships!

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