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 5, 2011

January 5 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 13-15

RESOLVING a FAMILY problem AMICABLY: Today’s reading in Genesis chapter 13 gives us an interesting perspective about how a family problem was resolved amicably. The problem occurred because of a quarrel between the servants of Abraham and Lot due to their inability to live together. Jesus has taught us a spiritual principle that I believe Abraham also understood that a "…house divided against itself shall not stand" (Matt 12:25), therefore the time had come for him and Lot to separate as families. Abraham had understood the root of the problem: “the land was not able to support them that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together” (Gen 13:6).

The steps that Abraham took to resolve this problem (Gen. 13: 8-9) were as follows:
  1. He took the initiative to speak directly to his nephew (taking charge of resolving the problem)
  2. He expressed his desire to end the quarrel immediately explaining to Lot in Gen. 13:8: “for we are brethren” (showing clear and direct communication). He must have been distinctly aware that Canaanites and Perizzites lived in their neighborhood (Gen. 13:7b) and he did not want his neighbors to know about their family quarrel.
  3. His suggestion was that he and Lot should separate immediately (offering a win-win solution)
  4.  He offered the choice of the land to Lot (displaying humility). Philippians 2:3 says: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”
Lot chose the best land for himself, but Abraham was not troubled or sad in this matter as God had prepared for him something better (Gen. 13:14) for him. Hebrews 11:10 tell us that Abraham actually waited for a city which had foundations, whose builder and maker was God (reflecting clear life’s perspective). Let us follow Abraham’s example in solving our personal problems as well.

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