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.

Friday, April 22, 2011

April 22 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 1-3

CONFIRMING our PLACE in our GENERATION: "One generation passes away, and another generation comes; but the earth abides forever." (Eccl 1:4)

The book of Chronicles was written soon after the exile in order to help those returning to Israel understand how to worship God. It was written after the destruction of Jerusalem in order to answer the question “Why did God choose to punish His people in such a way?” The answer is found in history, and it is beneficial to learn from others mistakes so that we will repeat them again.

As we go through the initial chapters of 1 Chronicles, the following thoughts come to mind:
  • God knows every person who has ever lived in this earth. He knows each of us by name, and we are not just a faceless number to him. He is intimately concerned with our welfare and we should never feel insignificant. As the Psalmist has exclaimed: "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand..." (Psalms 139:17-18)
  • God records all our activities in His book of remembrance. "Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name." (Malachi 3:16). We have to be very careful how we act, and even what we speak every day.
  • God is working on a plan throughout history. As we see the names of people recorded for each generation in Chronicles, there is a distinct pattern that can be traced from Adam and goes to Abraham through Seth, and thereafter goes to David through Israel. It is obvious that God is creating a family tree for His Son Jesus Christ to be born in due time.
Even today, God is working on a plan of redemption that is already set in place through the death and resurrection of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16). We should be aware that God has an individual plan for each one of us as well and we need to confirm our place in our generation by fulfilling God’s plan in our lives.

Let us shine the light of the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ into the dark world that we live in and fulfill God’s plan in our lives. "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matt 5:14-16)

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