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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 27 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 16-18

REGULAR WORSHIP – a key for VICTORIOUS LIVING: "So he left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark regularly, as every day's work required...and Zadok the priest and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the Lord at the high place that was at Gibeon, to offer burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the Law of the Lord which He commanded Israel; and with them Heman and Jeduthun and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to the Lord, because His mercy endures forever; and with them Heman and Jeduthun, to sound aloud with trumpets and cymbals and the musical instruments of God." (1 Chron 16:37, 39-42)

King David brought the Ark of God and set it up in the midst of the tabernacle in Jerusalem that he had erected for this purpose and the priests offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God (1 Chron 16:1). Then King David went a step further – he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the Ark of God, to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the Lord God of Israel on a regular basis (v. 4-6). They included worship leaders/singers, instrument players, priests and gatekeepers (1 Chron16:5, 38, 41). They were to worship and praise God regularly (both morning and evening) – to give thanks to God for His mercy endures forever.

Due to King David’s decision to set regular worship, God was so pleased with David that He made an everlasting covenant with him that would outlast his lifetime (1 Chron 17:3-14). Also, God preserved David wherever he went (1 Chron 18:6b, 13b) and helped him to be victorious over all his enemies (1 Chron 18:1-13). It is therefore no surprise that David became a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam 13:14).

In his book ‘The Ultimate Priority’, John McArthur has argued that there is nothing self-centered about genuine worship. Believers need to maintain a lifestyle of continuous worship – both through an individual lifestyle of worship and also get encouragement from other believers as they assemble for group worship. Individual worship and corporate worship should constantly feed each other. The source of most of the problems Christian believers have relates to two things: either they are not worshipping six days a week with their life, or they are not worshipping one day a week with the assembly of saints.

Let us maintain a lifestyle of regular worship – that is truly the key of a victorious Christian life!

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