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.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 28 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 19-21

Fighting our common enemy TOGETHER: When Joab saw that the battle line was against him before and behind, he chose some of Israel's best and put them in battle array against the Syrians. And the rest of the people he put under the command of Abishai his brother, and they set themselves in battle array against the people of Ammon. Then he said, "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the people of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will help you. Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight." (1 Chron 19:10-13)

In 1 Chronicles 19:1-9, the people of Ammon hired Syrian mercenaries to fight against King David and the people of Israel. Joab, the commander of the Israelite army went out to fight against the dual forces of the Syrians and the Ammonites. It is interesting to note the battle strategy that Joab laid out to his brother Abishai who commanded the other regiment. Joab and his mighty men would fight against the Syrians, while Abishai and his mighty men would fight against the Ammonites. In the event that one regiment faces a stronger enemy, the other regiment will provide them assistance. Moreover, they would put their trust in the God of Israel who would help them to win the battle as they would make themselves strong for the people of Israel and for the land that God had provided for them through His covenant (v. 10-13).

During the battle, the Syrians first fled before Joab and his army, and as a result Ammonites also fled before Abishai and his army (v. 14-15). Finally, King David came with his mighty forces and defeated the Syrians into total submission that they made peace with David and became his servants (v. 16-19). It was a great victory for King David and the people of Israel.

There is a spiritual application through this incident for us today. We are also “fighting the good fight of faith” (1 Tim 6:12; 2 Tim 4:7) against a common enemy who is Satan and his forces of darkness (Eph. 6:12). As children of God (John 1:12-12), we all belong to the family of God where God is our heavenly Father (Rom 1:7; 8:15). Together, we are the body of Christ as well (1 Cor 12:27). So, how do we fight our common enemy since we are so linked together?
  • By staying united with each other (Psalms 133:1; 1 Cor 1:10)
  • By being of same mind with each other (Rom 12:16; 15:5; Phil 1:27; 2:2; 3:16; 1 Pet 3:8)
  • By keeping peace and harmony with each another (Eph 4:3)
  • By bearing the burdens of one another during times of need (Gal 6:1-2)
  • By edifying, exhorting and comforting one another through our spiritual gifts (Rom 14:19; 1 Cor 14:3)
  • By praying and interceding for one another (Eph 6:18; James 5:16)
Let us help each other sincerely in fighting this battle of faith until our Lord Jesus Christ will one day come and defeat our enemy once and for all. "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses." (1 Tim 6:12)

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