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 30, 2012

January 30 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 37-40

How CAN the ‘GLORY of GOD’ fill our LIVES? "So Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle." (Exodus 40:33-35)

The Tabernacle of Meeting was the location that God chose to meet with the children of Israel as they travelled through the wilderness to the Promised Land. It was always God’s desire to dwell with His children in their midst. However, God had very specific instructions regarding how Moses and the children of Israel had to build the Tabernacle, the Artisans who would build the Tabernacle (Exodus 31:1-11; 35:30-35), the Offerings for the tabernacle (Exodus 35:4-9) and all the articles in the Tabernacle (Exodus 35:10-19; 38:21-31) including the Altar of Incense (Exodus 30:1-10; 37:25-28; 38:1-7), the Bronze Laver (vv. 17-21; 38:8), the Holy Anointing Oil (vv. 22-33), the Incense (vv. 34-38), the Ark of the Testimony (Exodus 37:1-9), the Table for the Showbread (vv. 10-16), the Gold Lampstand (vv. 17-24) and the Court of the Tabernacle (Exodus 38:9-20).

We see that the children of Israel (Exodus 39:32, 42-43) under the leadership of Moses (Exodus 40:16) did everything exactly as God had commanded them. They did not add anything on their own or failed in any area concerning God’s specification for building the Tabernacle. After Moses finished his work, we see God put His stamp of approval upon the Tabernacle by allowing His glory to fill the tabernacle and cover it completely with His presence (Exodus 40:34-35).

Everything that God did concerning the children of Israel is a shadow of what He does in our lives today. God dwelt among the children of Israel first through the Tabernacle of Meeting during the desert wanderings, then through Solomon’s Temple built when the children of Israel settled in Canaan, thereafter through Zerubbabel’s Temple built on the ruins of Solomon’s Temple that was finally rebuilt by King Herod in 46 years (John 2:20) that existed during Jesus’ lifetime. When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, he ended the means of how God would dwell among His children by tearing apart the veil of separation in the Temple (Luke 23:45b). This Temple would be totally destroyed in 70 A.D. just as Jesus had prophesized (Luke 19:41-44).

While Jesus lived on the earth, He was the Temple of God (John 2:19, 21). Today, our bodies are the Temples of God as the Spirit of God dwells in us (1 Cor. 3:16). We have the solemn responsibility of keeping our bodies pure and holy knowing that God dwells in us just as He dwelt in the Tabernacle of Meeting during the time of Moses. We should be careful to obey ALL the commandments of God revealed to us through His Holy Word. Then only we can expect the glory of God to fill our lives every day!

"Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Cor 6:19-20)

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