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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April 10 Bible Reading: 1 Kings Chapters 10-12

We must ‘PRACTICE’ what we ‘PREACH’ to others: "So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. Now all the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David" (1 Kings 10:23-24; 11:4, 6).

King Solomon was the wisest king who ever lived on the face of this earth. When God blessed Solomon at the start of his rule, it was actually a three-fold blessing: the blessing of a wise and understanding heart (1 Kings 3:12), riches/honor (v. 13) and a long life (v. 14b). In fact, King Solomon became the wealthiest and wisest king alive on the earth during his time (1 Kings 10:23). He was so wise and rich, that the Queen of Sheba was awestruck with the wisdom of Solomon, his grand palace, and everything that she witnessed firsthand in his palace (1 Kings 10:1-5). She remarked that what she had heard was not even half of the glory that she witnessed in Solomon’s kingdom (v. 6-7).

We know that Solomon wrote about 3000 proverbs that instructed others to live in the fear of God (Prov. 1:7), and concluded in the book of Ecclesiastes with these words: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil" (Eccl 12:13-14).
  
However, Solomon did not practice what he preached to others. When he was old, neither did he fear God nor did he keep God’s commandments. The fatal error in his life was that he loved many foreign women (1 Kings 11:1) who turned his heart after other gods (v. 4). He developed heart problems after turning to other gods through the influence of his foreign wives. The result was that God became angry and displeased with Solomon to whom he had appeared twice in person (v. 9). Solomon’s life ended in tragedy and disillusionment, the united kingdom of Israel was torn apart by God and over 80% of Israel was gifted to his servant Jeroboam (vv.11-13). The one king who ‘had it all’ also ‘lost it all’ towards the end of his life!

Let us be careful to practice what we preach in our own life. In this regard, we need to check out the weak areas in our armor of faith – these may be the areas that Satan can attack us if we are not alert. In Solomon’s case, it was his love for foreign women and he allowed his lurid passion to overrule his God-given wisdom. He loved these heathen women and married them probably hoping to influence them towards God. However, he got influenced by them instead and that led to his downfall. Remember, if this can happen to the wisest man who ever lived on this earth, this can easily happen to us as well – so let us be on our guard constantly to practice what we preach to others!

"Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith" (1 Peter 5:8-9).

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