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 26, 2011

January 26 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 25-27

Allow God to be at the center of our lives: After giving various guidelines to the Israelites, God expressed His desire for fellowship with His people. “…let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them(Exodus 25:8). God now wanted to reinstate back the fellowship with His children that got lost in the Garden of Eden as a result of sin and disobedience. Apart from dwelling among His redeemed children, God also wanted to meet, speak and give His laws and commandments in the sanctuary called the Tabernacle. “And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel” (Exodus 25:22)


This has been God’s intention through the passage of time. About 2000 years ago, God came down to this earth in the form of a man, and in the words of Apostle John “…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14). So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us" (Mathew 1:22-23). After spending thirty-three and half years in this earth, our Lord Jesus went back to heaven, but not before promising us the ever abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In fact, God decided to use our earthly bodies as His sanctuary, as we became the temple of God. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16). In 1 Cor. 6:19, Apostle Paul asks us “…do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”  Again in 2 Cor. 6:16, Apostle Paul reminds us: For you are the temple of the living God as God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people."

Can we allow God to dwell in us and be at the center of our lives so that we may please Him during our earthly existence? 

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