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, February 3, 2011

February 3 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 10-12

Our God is a ‘Consuming Fire’

As we begin reading Leviticus chapter 10, we are startled by the sudden turn of events that has happened among the priestly leadership of Israel. Immediately after assuming the priestly ministry, Nadab and Abihu - the two sons of Aaron the High Priest – each took his censer, put fire and incense in it, and offered ‘profane’ fire before the Lord which God had NOT commanded them. Immediately, there was a swift punishment from God through fire which ‘devoured them and they died before the Lord’ (Lev. 10:1-2).

This incident reminds me about the swift judgment of God against Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11 due to which they died too suddenly for ‘lying to God’ (v. 4b). This was shortly after the glorious experience of the 120 disciples through the baptism of the Holy Spirit who came down as ‘divided tongues of fire’ (Acts 2:3). In the case of Nadab and Abihu, God told very clearly through Moses the three reasons why He imposed the ‘death penalty’ upon the priests of God:
  1. They offered ‘profane’ fire before the Lord which God had NOT commanded them. (Lev. 10:1)
  2. They did NOT regard God and His Tabernacle as ‘holy’ (Lev. 10:3a)
  3. They did NOT give glory to God before the people (Lev. 10:3b)
Hebrews 10:31 warns us: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”. If God had imposed swift judgment on Nadab/Abihu and Ananias/Sapphira, He will not hesitate to judge us (God’s ministers) as well today if we cross the line in our ministry. This refers to all those ‘Preachers’ who stretch the word of God to preach their own ideas, or those ‘Prophets’ who prophesy falsely about things that God never told them to speak, or those ‘Faith Healers’ who try to showcase healings that never happened, or those ‘Worship Leaders’ whose songs do not give glory to God, or even those ‘Bible Teachers’ who are twisting God’s word to teach false doctrines in order to satisfy their church traditions.

Let’s always remember this: Our God is a ‘Consuming Fire’ (Hebrews 12:29)

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