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 24, 2011

January 24 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 19-21


We are to God a kingdom of priests and a holy nation: In the third month after the children of Israel had left Egypt, they have now reached the Wilderness of Sinai (Exodus 19:1). God had fulfilled the first part of His original plan that He had revealed to Moses from the burning bush (Exodus 3:12) that they would serve God on Mount Sinai. As part of the preamble of God’s expectations from His people, He called Moses up to the mountain top and told Moses to convey to the children of Israel a few things that they should never forget, which we read in Exodus 19:3-6. Let us check out what God’s plan was for the children of Israel then, and what His plan are for us now as the ‘new’ spiritual Israel:
  1. They were to never forget what God did to the Egyptians (v. 4a) – how He troubled Pharaoh and the Egyptians with the ten plagues (including death of their firstborn during the last plague), and finally destroyed Pharaoh and his choice army in the Red Sea. We should never forget that God has already destroyed the powers of Satan through His death on the cross (Hebrews 2:14-15).
  2. They were to always remember that God bore them on eagles’ wings (v. 4b) – protecting them from the attack of the Egyptian army and providing them bread, meat and water in the wilderness. We should always remember that God both protects us and provides for us daily in more ways than we can count (Psalms 68:19).
  3. They were to reflect how God brought them to Himself (v. 4c) – by allowing them to visualize His glory and grandeur on Mount Sinai (v. 10-20). God wanted the children of Israel to be drawn to Him in worship. Jesus Christ has broken the middle wall of separation (Ephesians 2:14) and has drawn us to the throne of grace so that we can obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
  4. They were to always understand their newly obtained status with God – a special treasure, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (v. 5-6). This is how Apostle Peter describes our status in Christ: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1Peter 2:9-10).
As we live in this world, let us never forget what God has done for us in the past, always remember what God is doing for us today, and always understand our position in God’s kingdom. We are to God a kingdom of priests and a holy nation!

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