"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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 13 Bible Reading: 1 Kings Chapters 19-22

God’s Word provides STRENGTH for our life journey: Then as he (Elijah) lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, "Arise and eat." Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, "Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you." So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. (1 Kings 19:5-8)

God had displayed his tremendous power for Elijah on Mount Carmel by sending down fire from heaven, as he triumphed over the prophets of Baal. However, soon after the mountain top experience, Elijah became afraid and discouraged as he ran away unable to challenge the death threat from Queen Jezebel. He travelled a day’s journey into the wilderness, and sat down under a broom tree giving up and praying that he might die (1 Kings 19:4). It is at this time that God send His angel and fed Elijah twice with food (cake), drink (water) and rest (sleep). The sustaining power of that food from heaven was remarkable – with the strength that he received from God, Elijah travelled for forty days and nights (without any food, drink or sleep) and reached Mount Horeb where he could position himself to hear the “still small voice” of God and move forward in his ministry.

God's Word is compared to food in Psalm 119:103: "How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" This symbol is repeated in Jeremiah 15:16 and 1 Peter 2:2. Both Prophet Ezekiel and Apostle John are described as "eating" a book (Ezek. 3:1-3; Rev. 10:9, 10). This is a powerful symbol of God’s servants literally eating and digesting God’s Word. Food gives us strength to do our daily activities. If we neglect food, we will become weak and tired. In the same way, when we neglect God’s Word we will become spiritually under-developed, and consequently unable to resist temptation and to withstand the Devil's onslaughts.

Only those who regularly meditate on God's Word grow into strong virile Christians (1 John 2:14) who get strength for their onward spiritual journey. We need to read, meditate and hide God’s Word in our hearts by memorizing it (Psa.119:11). Job said that he esteemed the words of God's mouth more even than his necessary daily food (Job 23:12) as he truly understood the importance of God’s Word that sustained him during his difficult days of trial and pain.

Let us daily take time to intake God’s Word in our life. Let our daily prayer be: "Give us this day our daily bread." (Matt 6:11). Just like Prophet Elijah, let us not become discouraged due to the onslaught of the enemy and give up on our dream and ministry. Let us trust in God who "makes us to lie down in green pastures" of His Word (Psalms 23:2a). Then we can join with Apostle Paul and with his following statement: "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day." (2 Cor 4:16)

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