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, January 19, 2012

January 19 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 4-6

ALL the PROMISES of GOD will be FULFILLED: Therefore say to the children of Israel: "I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord." (Ex 6:6-8)

As the Lord Almighty (El-Shaddai) is explaining His plan of deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt to Moses, His servant, He details seven great promises that He intends to fulfill concerning the Israelites as follows:
  1. God will deliver the Israelites out from under the burdens of the Egyptians
  2. God will rid the Israelites out of the Egyptian bondage
  3. God will redeem the Israelites with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments
  4. God will take the Israelites to Himself as His people
  5. God will be to the Israelites their Savior who would rescue them from under the burdens of the Egyptians
  6. God will bring the Israelites into Canaan (‘The Promised Land’) that He promised to give it to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
  7. God will give the land of Canaan to the Israelites as a perpetual gift and heritage for their succeeding generations.
We know that the Bible is divided into two sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. Among the two, the Old Testament records the wishes of the testator God Almighty what he was bequeathing to His children, the Israelites, as a reward for the obedience of their great grandfather Abraham. Even before Moses would bring the Israelites out of their Egyptian bondage, God has a clear vision and plan about how He will implement the deliverance. 

We know that God actually fulfilled ALL the seven promises that He had made to Moses eventually. Even though, the fulfillment of the 6th and 7th promise got delayed due to the unbelief and disobedience of the Israelites, God was true to His promises in fulfilling them. God proved Himself as the covenant-keeping God who fulfilled His covenant by freeing the Israelites from Egypt and bringing them into the Promised Land.

As the New Testament Christians, God has given so many precious and wonderful promises through His Word. Let us look closely into each and every one of the promises that God has given us being assured that God will fulfill all His promises. Let us strive to live our lives that are pleasing in Him alone!

"Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?" (Heb 2:1-4)

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