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 19, 2011

March 19 Bible Reading: Ruth Chapters 1-4

Our ULTIMATE REFUGE should be GOD ALONE: The story of Ruth took place sometime during the rule of the Judges (Ruth 1:1a) when there was anarchy and total disregard for God’s law, and "...everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6). One family left their ancestral property and went to the land of Moab to live among foreigners in a strange culture. This resulted in the two sons getting married to Moabite women, and the death of the three men of the family leaving behind an old Jewish widow and two young Moabite widows. However, the story of Ruth hinges on a crucial decision that Ruth took when it was time to make a choice between returning back to her heathen parent’s home and slipping into oblivion like her sister-in-law Orpah or adopting the God of Israel as her God and the people of Israel as her people. But Ruth said: "Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me." (Ruth 1:16-17)

Ruth was a Moabite, a descendent of Lot (Gen 19:37) who was excluded from the congregation of Israel forever (see Deut 23:3-4; Neh 13:1-2). However, what we see here is that Ruth left her parents (earthly ties), her people (societal ties), and the land of her birth (territorial ties) to adopt and live among the people of Israel she never knew before. Her Kinsman-Redeemer Boaz recognized what she had done. And Boaz answered and said to her, "It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The Lord repay your work and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge." (Ruth 2:11-12). In reality, Ruth had taken refuge under the wings of the Lord God of Israel Himself. Due to this one act, she became the great grandmother of King David and was listed in the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt 1:5) and also had the wonderful privilege of having a book in the Bible named after her.

Let us be clear about one thing: our ultimate refuge should be God alone. If we take refuge in God, He will surely take care of us. He will be our safety zone in the times of trouble. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalms 46:1)

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