"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.

Friday, November 11, 2011

November 11 Bible Reading: Acts Chapters 16-18

Offering a ‘SUPERNATURAL’ RESPONSE to our PROBLEMS & PAIN: "Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them." (Acts 16:22-25)

After being forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia (v. 6) and Bithynia (v. 7), Apostle Paul got a ‘Macedonian Call’ through a vision in which a man from Macedonia pleaded to Paul to go there and help them (v. 9). Taking this as a confirmation from God to redirect his ministry, Paul started for Macedonia with Silas (v. 10), and reached Philippi where God opened Lydia’s heart (vv. 12-15). In due time, Paul delivered a demonized slave girl (vv. 16-18) and as a reward, both Paul and Silas were beaten up badly with rods and thrown into the inner prison with shackles of chains on their feet (vv. 19-24).

When Paul and Silas experienced this injustice and mistreatment, instead of moaning and grumbling, they displayed their faith in God by praying and singing praises loudly at the midnight hour (v. 25). Such unusual behavior opened the ears of the unbelieving prisoners and the jailer. God intervened through a great earthquake, opening the prison doors, and loosening everyone’s chains so that all the prisoners could escape immediately (v. 26). 

However, Paul and Silas showed their integrity by not trying to escape even when the opportunity was there. Even the other prisoners were so moved that they did not escape. God then intervened spiritually by opening the jailer’s heart so that in the wee hours of the morning, he and his family got saved and baptized (vv. 27-32). It was due to Paul and Silas’ supernatural response to their problem and pain that an entire household came to know the Savior (vv. 33-34).

Let us understand that sometimes our disappointments, problems and pain may be God’s appointments to touch other people’s lives. God can turn our obstacles into wonderful opportunities to display His glory and power. When we experience delays, changes in our well-laid plans and abrupt re-directions, it is possible that God may be leading us to do something different for Him in order to achieve His purposes through our lives. Our inconveniences may actually be God’s divine appointments! Like Paul and Silas, let us offer supernatural responses to our problems & pain!

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

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