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.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March 12 Bible Reading: Judges Chapters 1-3

Handing Down OUR faith to OUR Children: The book of Judges begins with an account of the incomplete conquest of the land of Canaan by each of the individual tribes (Judges 1:19, 21, 27, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34) due to compromise of their values. To add injury to insult, the Israelites disobeyed the voice of God, which the Angel of the Lord clearly voiced out: "But you have not obeyed My voice" (Judges 2:2).

However, the greatest mistake that the Israelites did concerning their faith was that after the Joshua generation was dead and gone, the next generation did not hand down their faith to their children. "When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel" (Judges 2:10). The new generation neglected their relationship with God, and they could not visualize God’s hand at work for them like their parents did. They bowed down and worshipped the idols of Canaan (Judges 2:12, 13, 17), disobeyed God’s commandments and did not pay attention to God’s voice (Judges 2:17b, 20), and intermarried with the foreigners of the land (Judges 3:5-6). God purposely left foreign nations to oppress the Israelites as He wanted to ‘test’ them to see if they would obey the commandments of God or not, if they would keep the ways of God or not, and if they would walk in the ways of their fathers or not (Judges 2:20 -3:4). They had to now grapple the bondage of their enemies as the hand of the Lord was against them for calamity, and they were ‘greatly distressed’ (Judges 2:15).

One of the greatest responsibilities that God has given to us (parents) is to hand down our faith and godly values to our children. Through us, our children should know God more intimately, and should be aware of the great things that God has done in our past. We should hand down our faith, our sense of moral values, and our understanding of the principles of Scripture. We should love our children deeply enough to listen to them concerning their hurts and troubles. Through those periods of interaction we should leave with our children the strong foundation of faith in the faithfulness of God that they can sustain and overcome every difficulty and trial that will come in their life.

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