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 5, 2012

January 5 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 13-15

We are JUSTIFIED by our ‘FAITH’ in God: And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir." Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. (Gen 15:4-6)

Abraham is called the ‘Father of Faith’ as he exemplifies a person who lived and walked by his faith in God. God had called Abraham to separate himself from his father’s household and travel to an unknown land that God promised him (Gen. 12:1-3). Without asking for any clarifications or explanations, Abraham believed God’s Word and set out to the unknown trusting that God will take care of him!

When Abraham became very old, and naturally did not have strength to bear a child through his aged wife, God showed him the stars and asked him to number them. Then God gave him a promise that his descendents will be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Abraham believed God, and God honored his faith by giving him life and strength with a son in his old age. "Therefore from one man (Abraham) and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude--innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore." (Heb 11:12)

The statement “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness” (v. 6) is mentioned three other times in the Bible.
  1. In Romans 4:3, 10, it mentions that Abraham believed God when he was not circumcised as the sign of God’s covenant. This is comparable to our salvation experience, where we believe God by faith (Acts 16:31) and confess this faith with our mouth (Romans 10:8-11).
  2. In James 2:21-23, it mentions that Abraham displayed his faith by being willing to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice in obedience to God. Similarly, we should obey what God tells us by total surrender to His will.
  3. In Galatians 3:6, 8, it mentions about the great promise given to Abraham that all nations will be blessed through Him (Gen. 12:3b). Similarly, we should be instruments used by God to bless other people through sharing the gospel of salvation with them.
Let us understand that in our life journey, we “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). God sees our “works of faith” as we take Him at His word (1 Thess. 1:3). Eventually, we are justified by our faith in God alone!

But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith." Yet the law is not of faith, but "the man who does them shall live by them." (Gal 3:11-12)

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