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.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

January 6 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 16-18

GOD’s PROMISES may be DELAYED but never DENIED: When God promises us something, He will surely keep his promise no matter how long the delay is. God’s delays are not denials. “God is not a man, that He should lie…” (Numbers 23:19a). God had told Abraham specifically that his own son will be his heir and his descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky (Gen. 15: 4, 5). However, Abraham listened to his wife Sarah and obtained a child Ishmael through Hagar, his wife’s maidservant. This hasty decision bears repercussions that are still affecting us today. We now know that God had delayed His blessing until Abraham was very old and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing (Gen. 18:11) in order to prove that there was nothing too hard for Him (Gen. 18:14). Let us wait patiently that God will fulfill His purposes in our lives in His time.


In Genesis 18:19, God testifies about Abraham that He has known him “in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice…”  Here God singled out Abraham to direct his family to keep the way of the Lord. I believe that there is a message to all fathers/husbands here. As the ‘spiritual leaders’ of our homes it is our responsibility to actively promote family altar, Bible reading, prayer and holy living among family members. Ultimately the ‘buck stops here’. Fathers/Husbands, let us not shirk our responsibility to lead and direct our family in godly ways.

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