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.

Friday, February 11, 2011

February 11 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 7-9

Experiencing God’s guidance every day: In Numbers 9:15-23, we read in great detail about how God guided the Israelites in the wilderness as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. The cloud and the fire moved according to God’s will. When they moved, the people moved; where they stopped, the people stopped. “At the command of the LORD they remained encamped, and at the command of the LORD they journeyed; they kept the charge of the LORD, at the command of the LORD by the hand of Moses” (Num 9:23).
This cloud and fire was appointed to be the visible sign and symbol of God's presence with Israel. Thus we (the spiritual Israel) are taught to see God always near us, both night and day. As long as the cloud rested on the tabernacle, so long the Israelites continued in the same place. There is no time lost while we are waiting on God's time. When the cloud was taken up, the Israelites moved as well, however comfortably they were settled there. When we follow God’s guidance, we please Him. Although His plans may not always be clear to us, we must follow Him. In Psalm 73:24 we are assured that God will guide us with His counsel and afterward receive us to glory. In Psalms 48:14, this is what we learn: “For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death”. We are kept at uncertainty even concerning the time of our putting off the earthly house of this tabernacle so that we may be always ready to move beyond the veil at the command of the Lord (2 Cor. 5:1-5).
As children of God, let us be daily led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14). Like a Good Shepherd, He will lead us to green pastures and still waters every day (Psalms 23:1-2). If we acknowledge Him on our every step, He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6). Let us follow the pillar of the cloud and fire, and experience God’s guidance every day of our lives!

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