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.

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 4-6

Finding ‘GRACE’ in the SIGHT of GOD: "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth." (Gen 6:8-10)

This is the first occurrence of the word ‘grace’ in Scripture. Its root meaning is “to bend or stoop,” that implies unmerited favor of a superior person to an inferior one. Noah found ‘grace’ in the sight of God and was forewarned to build an ark. Noah was saved by ‘grace’, an act of divine sovereignty. His response was to do everything that God had commanded (v. 22), an act of human responsibility, and built an ark to save his own family from death and judgment. Noah is testimony to the fact that God has always chosen His own as an act of pure ‘grace’ and that eternal salvation is because of His initiative.

Noah did not find favor with people since he condemned the world by his life and preaching but instead found ‘grace’ in the sight of God. When the rest of the world was wicked, Noah kept his integrity. He was a just man as he lived a holy life through right principles and was righteous in his conversation and conduct. He was not only honest, but devout in his attempt to please God and do the will of God. God looks down upon those with favor who sincerely look up to Him with an eye of faith!

God saved Noah, as He saves us, as an unconditional gift, which Christ purchased with His own blood. Even so, Noah seems to be a type of Christ: just as Noah represented his family, so Christ represents the whole family of God. Noah was saved just as any sinner is saved, by grace (v. 8) and through faith (Heb 11:7). He heard God’s Word, believed God’s promise of protection, and proved his faith by his works. There was only one way to be saved from destruction, and that was by entering the ark; and the ark had only one door. This is a picture of the salvation we have in Christ!

Noah (Gen 6:9) and Enoch (Gen 5:24) are the only two men in scripture who literally "walked with God” in the midst of wicked and sinful people. Let us also 'walk with God' daily and 'labor for the Master from the dawn till setting sun' that we may be accepted of him and find ‘grace’ in His sight alone!

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Eph 2:8-9)

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