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.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January 25 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 22-24

God promises to guide us all the way: After providing the Ten Commandments as the foundation of the rule of law, God gave various guidelines to the Israelites which would serve them in their relationships with one another. These guidelines set apart the Israelites from all the other surrounding nations. In the midst of the guidelines, God gives His people a wonderful promise that we read in Exodus 23:20: "Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared". If we examine the Old Testament, we can read about the Angel of God in many places: Exodus 3:2; 14:19; 32:34; 33:2; Numbers 20:16; Joshua 5:13-14; Isaiah 63:9. As we see the continuing verses (21-26) of Exodus 20, this Angel of God will go before them and protect them from their enemies (vv. 22-24) and lead them safely to the Promised Land. Further, if the Israelites would sincerely serve God, He will cater for their daily physical needs (v. 25a – food and water), take away sickness from their midst (v. 25b), give them children (v. 26a) and none will die a premature death (v. 26b).


As the ‘New Testament Israelites’, we too have precious God’s promises to guide us all the way. Let's rest on these promises and ask God to give us guidance (Psalm 25:4-5) for He will surely guide us (Psalm 32:8) in our daily life. At times God will guide us through His Word (Psalm 119:133), and He will direct ours path when we put our trust in Him alone (Proverbs 3:5-6). “For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death” (Psalms 48:14). Let’s rest assured that God will finally take us to the place He is preparing for us for this is the promise our Lord Jesus has given us: "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:1-3).

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