"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?

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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 9, 2012

January 9 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 25-27

MAKE the ‘RIGHT’ CHOICE TODAY: NO USE of REPENTING LATER: And Esau said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!" And he said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?" Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, "Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?" And Esau said to his father, "Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me--me also, O my father!" And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. (Gen 27:36-38)

Esau was born as the firstborn son of Isaac and Rebekah, and thereby was the natural heir of the blessings that God had bestowed to his grandfather Abraham and father Isaac. He would have naturally inherited double portion of his father’s wealth and property being the firstborn son. He would also have carried on the bloodline to the Messiah. Even Jehovah would have been addressed as the ‘God of Abraham, Isaac and Esau’ if Esau had made the right choices in his life!

Esau’s birthright consisted of his father Isaac’s material estate (Gen. 25:29–34) that he would have received as the firstborn son. However, for some strange reason ‘Esau despised his birthright’ (Gen. 25:34b), and did not hesitate to sell off his invaluable birthright for a bowl of lentil stew. Any sane person would have weighed the cost and would never have committed such a foolish act. However, Esau succumbed to his hunger pangs, and without thinking sold of his inheritance for a mere pittance!

Eventually, Jacob cheated Esau out his father’s blessing as well. This blessing was spiritual in nature, and consisted of the divine promises through the ‘Abrahamic Covenant’. Like the birthright, this blessing normally went to the elder son. Jacob’s blessing included both physical prosperity (Gen. 27:28) and authority over peoples outside the family and over brethren within the clan (v. 29). We read that Esau cried afterwards (v. 34, 38), but could never get back both the birthright and the blessing that he had lost forever. Eventually, Esau disappeared into the pages of history as one person who made the worst decision in his life!

Let us understand that we are free to choose as well. Next to life itself, the power to choose is the greatest gift that God has bestowed upon our lives. Our life is the sum and the result of the choices we make every day. The Bible repeatedly warns us to ‘choose life’ so that we can live (Deut. 30:19b). The "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23) God has gifted us eternal life, if we believe and trust in His Son Jesus Christ! Let us make the right choice today, for there will be no use repenting later!

"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears." (Heb 12:14-17)

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