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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 10-12

We should EXAMINE our ‘MOTIVES’ every day: Then they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." (Gen 11:3-4)

The families of the sons of Noah (10:32) got together in the land of Shinar and found a plain area to start a building project – the first of its kind – that would include a city with a skyscraper whose top would reach the heavens. They had devised a new method of baking bricks and using asphalt to hold the bricks together. In their excitement of being involved in this gigantic building project, their conversation with each other reflected their ‘motives’ for building this high tower:
  • They wanted to reach to the top heights of glory – even up to the heavens where God is seated on His throne - just like Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12-13).
  • They wanted to make ‘a name for themselves’ reflecting pride, so that their future generation would honor their greatness, ingenuity and industry, which would put them up on a pedestal.
  • They wanted to avoid being scattered that appears to be out of defiance against the rule of God.
  • They wanted to reach heaven by their own works instead of receiving grace from God.
When God came down to the earth and examined this city under construction, He found their motives impure and scattered them all across the earth by confusing their language. What resulted out of this construction project that was a city half built and an unfinished tower that was not of much use to anyone.

Whatever we do in our lives – whether for the kingdom of God or for our personal lives - we need to examine our motives every day, and make sure that God gets the glory in everything we do. If not, God will not be pleased with our efforts and we will receive a curse instead of a blessing from God!

"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Col 3:17)

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