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.

Friday, January 13, 2012

January 13 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 37-39

HONORING God’s PRESENCE in our ‘DAILY’ ACTIVITIES: "The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field." (Gen 39:2-5)

The key to Joseph’s whole life is expressed in these words: "the Lord was with him, and…the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand" (v. 3). This key phrase is repeated in verses 21 and 23 to describe Joseph in the prison and indicates that God cared for, protected and blessed Joseph. This provides the theological theme of Joseph’s story (vv. 3, 21, 23), and the link between Joseph and the patriarchs (28:15; see Acts 7:9). God’s beneficent presence was experienced even in slavery, outside the land of blessing!

Joseph’s master Potiphar literally saw God’s presence in Joseph’s life and the prosperity that evolved as a result of God’s presence (v. 3). God commanded Abraham and his descendants to be a blessing to everyone (see Gen. 12:2, 3), and Joseph exemplified that blessing. Because of God’s blessing, Joseph was made an overseer of Potiphar’s household affairs. The following five points about Joseph’s life are worth noting:
  1. It was God who prospered Joseph (v. 2, 3). All blessings and gifts in our lives come from God alone (James 1:17).
  2. We may be separated from our friends and family (like Joseph), but no one can deprive us of God’s presence as He has promised to be with us forever (Matt. 28:20b; Hebrews 13:5b)
  3. It is God’s presence with us that makes all we do prosperous in what we do, and we can do nothing without God’s help (John 15:5b).
  4. Joseph exemplifies the faithful steward and illustrates the principle that “one who is faithful in a little will be given charge over much” (Matt. 25:21; 1 Cor. 4:2).
  5. God’s guidance in Joseph’s life actually was to prepare for Jacob’s household a way out of the dangerous conditions, which Joseph only realized in the later part of his life (Gen. 50:20).
Let us honor God’s presence in our daily work/school activities as we pursue an attitude of excellence, and direct our work to Him (Eph. 6:5–8). God will be with us when we are tempted and will show us the way to escape (1 Cor. 10:13). God will be with us as we wait for His time of release and exaltation (Psalms 75:6).

Joseph spent two difficult years in the prison, but he held to his faith and did what he could to serve others. This experience helped to “put iron into his soul” (Psalms 105:17–22). If God controls us, it makes little difference who commands us! Like Joseph, God will reward us greatly beyond our wildest expectation in His perfect time!

"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ." (Col 3:23-24)

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