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.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 1 Bible Reading: Haggai Chapters 1-2

It’s TIME to ‘CONSIDER OUR WAYS’: Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: "Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes." Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Consider your ways!" (Hag 1:5-7)

In 520 B.C. the prophet Haggai stood up and rebuked the people of Judah for their laxness toward God. This message was delivered near the end of the summer harvest season. The people assumed “the time [had] not yet come for the Lord’s house to be built,” even though they had begun the project 16 years earlier (Ezra 3:6–10; 4:4–5, 24). God’s house remained in ruins while the people were “living in paneled houses,” so God withheld blessing from them. For years their planting had resulted in only small harvests. Their problem was misplaced priorities—they put their interests above honoring God. Haggai’s solution was simple: The people were to get right with the Lord and get back to constructing the temple.

“Consider your ways” in Hebrew is literally, “set your heart on your ways!” This command was issued five times throughout the course of this prophecy (vv. 5, 7; 2:15, 18-twice). It was a plea on the part of God for the people to take note of what they are doing, and amend their ways accordingly.

Thus, God was asking the people to take stock of their lives. Though they ate and drank, they never seemed satisfied. Though they put on clothes, they never felt warm. Wage earners constantly felt as though their pockets had holes in them through which their money was lost. Their economic and social hardship was the effect of God’s covenant curse on their disobedience (Deut. 11:8–15; 28:29, 38–40; Lev. 26:20). God had frustrated their efforts because of their lack of concern for His glory!

Let us always remember that when we plan to give to God once we have enough for ourselves will never have enough! When we neglect God, we never really improve ourselves. When we put ourselves first, we lose God’s blessing and whatever we spent on ourselves! However, when we put God first, we have the promise of His care. We never lose when we put God first in our lives!

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things." (Matt 6:33-34)

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