"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, March 24, 2011

March 24 Bible Reading: 1 Samuel Chapters 13-15

OBEDIENCE is the KEY for lasting success: "Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king." (1 Sam 15:22-23)

King Saul started out well, but when the Philistines gathered to attack Israel at Geba, the Israelites were badly outnumbered. Samuel delayed in coming as promised as Saul waited for him to come and offer sacrifices. As the Israelites started to desert, Saul grew tired of waiting for Samuel and made a fatal error as he offered the burnt offering instead of Samuel.

In the second instance, God through Samuel commanded Saul to attack and destroy Amalekites completely and not spare anyone. Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.' “(1 Sam 15:2-3) The Amalekites had defeated the Israelites earlier (Num 14:45, Judges 3:13), so Israel was commanded to destroy them (Deut 25:17-19, 1 Sam 28:18). There were various prophecies against Amalekites as well (Exodus 17:14, 16; Num 24:20).  However, Saul did not obey God as he was supposed to do. "But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed." (1 Sam 15:9)

We should note that obedience is the key for our lasting success. Obedience to God is our moral duty and an absolute necessity. God is not pleased with anything else that we do for Him at the cost of obedience. We need to obey God’s commandments under all circumstances. Saul lost his kingdom because he disobeyed God. It is easy to compromise when people are waiting for us to act quickly. We should determine that no matter the pressure, no matter the cost, no matter the delay, we will act only when our response honors God. We should never compromise our integrity to satisfy others.

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