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.

Monday, April 25, 2011

April 25 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 10-12

Seeking GUIDANCE from God ALONE: "So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. But he did not inquire of the Lord; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse." (1 Chron 10:13-14)

The writer of Chronicles does not repeat the history of Saul's reign, but only of his death, by which a way was made for David to the throne of Israel. Saul died for his transgressions which he committed against the Lord -- in having spared the king of the Amalekites and taken the flocks of the people as spoils (1Sam 15:9), as well as in having consulted a woman involved in witchcraft (1Sam 28:7). Both of these acts were great sins - the first was a violation of God's express and positive command (1Sam 15:3), and the second was disobedience to a well-known statute of God’s law: "Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God." (Lev. 19:31).

Saul did not inquire of the Lord from his heart – when he tried to get guidance from God (1Sam 28:6-7) he was totally out of touch with God due to his prior sins. Saul appears as a person who had gone so far away from God that he had to resort to witchcraft for his personal guidance.

Let us learn from Saul’s tragic end, and follow the principles listed below for our guidance:
  • Ask God to give us guidance. "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day." (Psalm 25:4-5)
  • God will guide us according to His promise in Psalm 32:8: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye."
  • The Bible gives us guidance. Let’s join with the Psalmist in asking for daily guidance through His Word: "Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me." (Psalm 119:133) "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalms 119:105)
  • God directs our path when we trust Him. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Let us seek guidance from God alone – for He is the best guide that we can ever find for our daily living!

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