"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.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January 18 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 1-3

The children of Israel living in Egypt were enslaved and afflicted by Pharaoh and the Egyptian taskmasters, and their lives became bitter due to the hard bondage set upon them (Exodus 1:8-14). Unable to bear any longer, they groaned and cried to God because of the bondage (Exodus 2:23b). Exodus 2:24-25 takes us through the steps how God answered their prayers and still answers our prayers today. 
  1. God heard their groaning and cries. Even today, His ears are always inclined to hear our cry. “For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers” (1 Peter 3:12a). 
  2. God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In our case, God always remembers that we are His children, and He remembers His promises to answer us when we call upon His name. He has promised us in Jeremiah 33:3: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know”. Jesus has promised us in John 14:14: “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” 
  3. God looked upon the children of Israel. We have a similar promise in 2 Chronicles 16:9a: “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” 
  4. Finally, God acknowledged the children of Israel. When we cry unto the Lord, He will acknowledge us and answer our prayers.
As a direct answer to the cry of the children of Israel, we see that God came down to a mountain called Horeb, appeared to Moses in a burning bush and commissioned him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. God revealed Himself as ‘I AM WHO I AM’ – as a God who is there in the midst of their current need.

Remember, God hears our prayers and fulfills our needs even today as He did for the children of Israel back then. Let us go to our heavenly Father by faith today and petition to Him our pressing needs. He will not abandon us during tough times. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6)

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