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 4, 2011

January 4 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 10-12

WITHOUT GOD we can DO ‘NOTHING’: The unfinished tower and city of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) stands out as a dire testimony that God hates every effort of man to make a name for himself apart from God. Their plans to build the city and tower were harmless, but they were conceived out of selfishness, inflated egos and pride – just to make a name for themselves (Gen. 11:4). God’s principle in this matter is specified in Psalms 127:1 - “Unless the Lord builds a house (or tower or city) they labor in vain who build it…”  With their building projects unfinished and having serious communication issues, God scattered these workers everywhere on the earth into oblivion.

Compare this incident with God’s call to Abram in Gen. 12:1-3, where God unilaterally promised Abram to make him a great nation, make his name great and make all the families of the earth to be blessed in him if he only obeyed His word. Abram, whose name was later changed to Abraham - the father of many nations (Gen. 17:5) truly became great as God promised and his children (descendents of Israel & Ishmael) still influence our world today. The lesson to be learned here is that when we obey God’s word and humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, He will exalt us in due time (1 Peter 5:6). Without God we can do NOTHING in our lives (John 15:5b).

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