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.

Friday, January 21, 2011

January 21 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 10-12

What God had foretold to Abraham while sealing His covenant back in Genesis 15:13-14 was now literally being fulfilled for the children of Israel in Egypt. After the children of Israel served Pharaoh and the Egyptians for 430 years (Exodus 12:40-41), it was now time for God to deliver His people from their bondage. This deliverance will not come without a price being paid. For every household of the children of Israel, a lamb without blemish had to be killed (Exodus 12:3-6; 21) and the blood of that lamb had to be smeared on the two door posts and on the lintel of their homes (vv. 7, 22). At night God would pass through the land of Egypt and will strike dead all the firstborns of every home, both man and beast (vv. 12, 23a). However, when God sees the blood on the door posts of the homes of the children of Israel, He would pass over them without executing any judgment (vv. 13, 23b), since a lamb had already paid the ultimate price for the lives of the firstborn.


To apply this incident in our lives, Pharaoh and Egypt is comparable to Satan and his kingdom. Like the children of Israel, we were under bondage of Satan and his evil powers (Eph. 2:1-3). Just as the blood of an innocent lamb was smeared on the doorposts of the homes belonging to the children of Israel, the innocent blood of the Lamb of God (Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29) was smeared on another post that we know as the cross of Calvary. It was God himself who paid the ultimate price to make us free from death and eternal darkness. We have now been brought near to God through the blood that was shed for us (Eph. 2:13), redeemed (1 Peter 1:18-19) and have peace with God (Col. 1:20). This blood can cleanse us from all our sins if we only confess our sins to Him (1 John 1:9).

If you have not got cleansed from your sins through the blood of Christ, please know that you are headed to an eternal death and separation from God (like the firstborn of the Egyptians). Now is your day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). Accept Christ in your heart and confess all your sins (Rom. 10:8) and you will receive the true freedom that only God can give. Know this for a fact - there is deliverance ONLY through the blood of Christ!

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