"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, September 21, 2011

September 21 Bible Reading: Amos Chapters 1-3

REVELATION of GOD’s WILL in our LIVES: "Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7)

Israel’s sin was intensified because of her position before God. God had specifically chosen Israel among all the peoples of the earth to reveal His glory, but when Israel did not obey God judgment was certain for them. However, God does not bring any calamity “without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets”. What Amos was revealing here was: (a) He is a prophet, (b) God has spoken, and (c) God will bring His judgment against Israel. All this would come to pass because the people of Israel did “not know how to do right.”

The conclusion of Amos was that God in His mercy will do nothing to punish until He has revealed it to His spokesmen the prophets. Amos was blowing the trumpet to warn the people (v. 6) because God had shared His secrets with him (v. 7). In spite of his humble origins, Amos was God’s servant.

God does nothing, unless He reveals. The God who acts also reveals Himself and interprets His actions to and through His prophets. God revealed His plans for Sodom and Gomorrah to Abraham (Gen. 18:17; 20:7). Moses, the supreme Old Testament prophet, was called “the servant of the Lord” (Deut. 34:5). Subsequent prophets were characterized by the similar phrase, “My servants the prophets” (Jer. 7:25; Ezek. 38:17; Dan. 9:10).

In a wider sense, God's will is revealed to all who love God, which it is not to the world (John 15:15; 17:25, 26). Many times in our lives, God reveals His will to us through His Word, His prophets, and situations in our lives. When God speaks to us and reveals His will in our lives, let us earnestly attempt to listen to Him and obey His commandments. Otherwise, like Israel, we can expect His judgment to fall upon us in the near future!

"The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant." (Psalms 25:14)

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