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, April 11, 2012

April 11 Bible Reading: 1 Kings Chapters 13-15

GOD is ‘FAITHFUL’ in ALL His PROMISES: "Nevertheless for David's sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, by setting up his son after him and by establishing Jerusalem; because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite." (1 Kings 15:4-5)

Abijam ruled for three years (913–911 B.C.) and it was because of the grace of God that he ruled that long, for he was wicked just like his father Rehoboam. As an idolater, he did evil in the sight of God just like his father. God would have destroyed the house of Abijam had it not been for His covenant with David. In comparison, David was a model of royal godliness as he never worshipped graven images, and for David’s sake his dynasty was not destroyed completely. This underscores the indissolubility of God’s covenant promises with His children!

A lamp is considered as a sign of a man’s posterity. In His faithfulness to David who had been a righteous king, God maintained a Davidic lamp in Jerusalem even though both his son and grandson were wicked. This is one of the lovely images of God’s intended blessing on the Davidic house that pertained to the following covenantal promise of God to David: "There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed" (Psalms 132:17).

Just like God spared Abijam for David’s sake, He has not only spared us and has also blessed us for the sake of His beloved Son Jesus Christ. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love" (Ephesians 1:3-4)

God is faithful and true in everything that He says and does, and He has given us great and precious promises in His Word (2 Peter 1:4). Let us have no doubt that God always keeps His promises. "God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19)

Today, let us cling to God who is faithful to all His promises towards us. "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful" (Hebrews 10:23).

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