"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.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 12 Bible Reading: 1 Kings Chapters 16-18

Enjoy God’s ‘PROVISIONS’ by giving HIM our ‘FIRST PORTION’: And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: 'The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.'" So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah. (1 Kings 17:13-16)

Zarephath, a city on the Mediterranean coast in Phoenicia, was the location of the first miracle of Elijah. In obedience to the word of God, Elijah journeyed to Zarephath where God had arranged a Gentile widow to feed him. She is not identified as either Phoenician or Israelite, but was apparently a worshiper of Jehovah. She was a poor lady who was about to prepare her last meal before the famine claimed her and her only son’s lives. She was actually subjected to a severe test of faith when Elijah requested her to prepare a meal for him first!

This poor widow was asked to give up the last portion of her food to Elijah, and in return, God would give her an unfailing provision. In effect, she was to give God the first place during her battle for survival. She overcame her fear and responded by faith in God and His prophet Elijah. When she obeyed, she learned the precious lesson that those who put God first never lack the necessities of life. Her bin of flour and jar of oil never failed through the entire period of famine. In the New Testament, Jesus honored this Phoenician widow in His inaugural sermon, triggering a violent reaction from His hometown listeners (Luke 4:25–26).

When genuine faith is tested, it brings glory to God and works for the good of the believer (1 Peter 1:7). While an apostate Israelite nation suffered because of the drought, God supplied the daily necessities to a non-Israelite who willingly took Him at His word. The fresh supply of oil and flour each day was a reminder to both the prophet and the widow of the value of personal trust in God who alone was sufficient to meet their every need.

What we can see in this incident is that God was in command of nature, people, and circumstances, not only in Israel, but even in Jezebel’s home region—the heart of Baal country. When we walk by faith and give Him the first place in our lives, God will supply all our needs and will open doors of opportunity for us. Be sure to trust the Provider and not the provision! Brooks dry up, but God never fails! Let us enjoy God’s provision by giving Him our first portion!

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you" (Matt 6:33). "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil 4:19).

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