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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 29 Bible Reading: 1 Samuel Chapters 28-31

"Finding STRENGTH in GOD ALONE"

"But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God" (1 Sam 30:6b)
David was in a great distress (1 Sam 30:6a). While he was gone to fight with the Philistines, he had left his city unguarded and the Amalekites (whom Saul did not destroy completely as per God’s command) had attacked Ziklag. David had received Ziklag as a gift from Achish, the king of Gath (1 Sam 27:6). Now the Amalekites had not only destroyed Ziklag by burning it with fire, they had taken their wives and children as captives (1 Sam 30:3). Unable to bear the loss, David and his men wept in anguish until they did not have any power to weep any more (v. 4). To add to David’s distress, his own men out of their personal grief spoke of stoning David to death for allowing this incident to happen (v. 6a). Instead of giving in to his current tragedy, David did something unusual – he found strength in God alone and encouraged himself by relying on God’s strength (v. 6b). This is what distinguished David from all the others – including Saul. Unlike David, Saul became afraid after seeing how strong his enemy was (1 Sam 28:5), and in a struggle to solve his problem turned away from God to alternate sources (1 Sam 28:6-7). When David put his trust and strengthened himself in God alone, God directed him to pursue the Amalekites and recover everything that he had lost so far (1 Sam 30:8, 18-19).

Let us remember this important fact - God has to strip us before He can strengthen us, humble us before He honors us, crush us before He crowns us, crucify us before He credentials us, empty us before He empowers us, and prepare us before He promotes us. “No matter how tough life gets, if you can see the shore [of heaven] and draw your strength from Christ, you’ll make it” (Randy Alcor). When we are in distress and despair, let us find strength in God alone!

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling.” (Psalms 46:1-3)

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