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.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 19 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 4-6


When God revealed to Moses about His master plan of delivering the children of Israel from the clutches of Pharaoh in Egypt through him, Moses was reluctant to move forward.  In Exodus 4:1, we read the following: Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you.’”  This response is typical to that given by any modern day believer who has to convey the gospel to his/her unbelieving friends. From this passage (Exodus 4:1-5) we can distill some important truths that should help us in our personal witnessing of the gospel:
  1. God asks Moses what he has in his hand (v. 2). Through the last 40 years, Moses had a rod that he carried as a shepherd. This rod signifies the past experiences in the life of Moses. When we witness the gospel to others, we can just use our past experience as the context to communicate the gospel with others.
  2. God asks Moses to throw the rod down into the ground (v. 3). This denotes giving up the control of our lives to God at His word. God caused a dead piece of wood to turn into a living snake. Remember, God can do a miracle through our ordinary everyday life experiences if we surrender everything to God. When Moses caught the snake by the tail at the word of God, it turned back into a rod (v. 4). The miracles that God will perform will not harm us, but will cause others to believe in the power of God (v. 5).
  3. After Moses threw the rod down, the ownership of the rod transferred from Moses to God. From that moment onwards, the rod is referred to as the “rod of God”. (Exodus 4:20). “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20)
  4. Moses used this “rod of God” to perform most of the miracles in the process of delivering the children of Israel and during their wilderness journey (Exodus 4:17; 7:12, 15; 8:5, 16; 9:23; 10:13; 14:16; 17:9). This tells me that God will use our experiences as a wonderful testimony to attract many people to Jesus Christ during our spiritual journey.
Let us surrender ourselves into the mighty hand of God that He will use us as effective witnesses of the saving knowledge of Christ. “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life” (2 Cor. 2:14-16)

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