"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 7, 2012

January 7 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 19-21

God’s PLAN of SALVATION is ‘CRITICAL’ for EVERYONE: Then the men said to Lot, "Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city--take them out of this place! For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it." So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, "Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!" But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking. (Gen 19:12-14)

When God called Abraham to leave his ancestral family and country to an unknown place, his brother’s son Lot accompanied him on his journey (Gen. 12:5; 13:1). However, they parted ways soon after they realized that it had become difficult to live together (13:5-7). Lot chose the plain of Jordan, and pitched his tent at Sodom (13:10-12). However, the people of Sodom were “exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord” (13:13), and the righteous Lot was tormented day and night seeing the filthy conduct of the wicked people in Sodom (2 Peter 2:7-8).

It was not long before God decided to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone as the sins of the people were too much for Him to bear (18:20), and He decided to check it out by Himself (18:21). Due to the pleadings from Abraham, God agreed that if ten righteous people were in Sodom He would not destroy that city (18:32). God sent two of His angels to Sodom and Lot, who was sitting in the gate of that city, received them into his house (19:1). Sadly, the men of Sodom displayed their carnality towards the two angels (19:4-5), and that hastened God’s decision to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah (19:13). His plan of salvation was that anyone who could get out of the city would be spared from death (19:12).
Lot tried to convince his own two sons-in-law to flee the city of Sodom, but they felt that he was joking (19:14b) and did not leave the city. Not long before, God rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, and destroyed both the cities completely (19:24-25). Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt because she looked back (19:26) disobeying God’s specific directive not to look behind (19:17). Everyone was killed in Sodom and Gomorrah, except Lot and his two daughters!   
Let us remember that God did not spare the angels who sinned (2 Peter 2:4), nor the ancient world during Noah’s time who rejected God’s plan of salvation through the ark (v. 5) and turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes making them an example for the people who live ungodly lives (v. 6). God has a plan of salvation for us through His Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross and took our punishment instead of us! This plan is ‘critical’, and everyone should accept this plan to escape God’s judgment reserved upon this world. Have you accepted God’s plan of salvation in your life?

"Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed." (Luke 17:28-30) "Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested." (Rev 15:4)

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