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, January 28, 2012

January 28 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 31-33

God has ‘CALLED’ us 'BY NAME’ to do 'HIS WORK': Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you." (Exodus 31:1-6)

In the above passage we read that God personally appointed two gifted artisans, Bezalel and Aholiab, to construct the tabernacle and all its furniture calling them by name (v. 2), endowing them with ability and talent (v. 3), and giving them specific work to do (vv. 4-5) that included supervising other workers in this holy assignment (v. 6). Bezalel and Aholiab were gifted artisans, but they needed God’s calling and enabling before they could do the work to please Him!

The Israelites, who had been masons and bricklayers in Egypt, were not qualified for highly specialized workmanship. However, Bezalel and Aholiab were uniquely gifted and chosen of God for the crucial tasks of fashioning and constructing the tabernacle. Even though these two men had nothing to do with the priestly, teaching, or prophetic offices, they still needed the special infilling of God’s Spirit for their craftsmanship (v. 3). God’s Spirit enhanced these men’s native abilities with wisdom to fulfill His instructions; understanding to solve the project’s complex problems; and skill to accomplish the project with accuracy.

As God’s children, we all have unique contributions to make in God’s kingdom, and that must be made in the power of God’s Spirit (Rom. 12:3–8) who bestows all gifts and abilities upon us. It is important for us to note that when God calls us He will fill us with “the Spirit of God, in wisdom and in understanding, and in knowledge” (see 1 Kings 7:13, 14; Luke 1:5; Acts 10:38; 5:4; 6:3). When God wants to get a job done, He calls workers, equips them, and gives them the plan for the task in order to help them and provides the needed resources for the task.

Did you ever stop to think that God knows you intimately in connection with the skills and tasks that He has assigned to you, and that God has called you ‘by name’ for His purposes? God has given you specific talents because He wants you to accomplish specific work for His Kingdom. You should gauge your personal abilities with the understanding that they are specific gifts from God. They should not to be taken for granted, viewed with pride, or looked down on when compared with others’ abilities (1 Cor. 4:7; 2 Cor. 10:12). Rather, you should utilize your skills and abilities for His glory and building up His Church on this earth.

Do you know what skills and abilities God has given you? Are you using them for His glory today?

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine." (Isaiah 43:1) "The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works." (Psalms 33:13-15)

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