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 24, 2012

April 24 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 7-9

'FAITHFULNESS' – a 'KEY' COMPONENT to inherit God’s BLESSINGS: "So all Israel was recorded by genealogies, and indeed, they were inscribed in the book of the kings of Israel. But Judah was carried away captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness" (1 Chronicles 9:1-2).

These above verses are the climax to the genealogies, outlining the descendants of those who returned to Judah from the Exile. As the writer closes with the genealogies, there is a very important observation made about the people of Judah, who were carried away captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness.

God is always looking for faithful people, and there is a huge scarcity of people who are faithful to God, their family, their commitments, their work, their relationships and in all other spheres of their lives. Maybe this is the reason for the Psalmist to write the following: "Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men." (Psalms 12:1). Even the writer of Proverbs has made the following statement: "Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?" (Prov. 20:6)

The Bible describes many blessings for people who are faithful:
  • Overflow: "A faithful man will abound with blessings" (Prov. 28:20)
  • Preservation: "For the Lord preserves the faithful" (Psalms 31:23)
  • Salvation: "And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved." (Matt. 10:22)
  • Exaltation: "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?" (Matt. 24:45)
Many great servants of God found in the pages of the Bible were categorized as faithful, like Abraham (Gal. 3:9), Joseph (Gen. 39:22-23), Moses (Heb. 3:5), David (2 Sam. 22:22-25), Elijah (1 Kings 19:10, 14), Job (1:21, 22; 2:9, 10), Daniel (Dan. 6:4), Paul (Acts 20:20, 27) and Timothy (1 Cor. 4:17).

Faithfulness is a characteristic of saints (Eph. 1:1, Col. 1:2, 1 Tim. 6:2, Rev. 17:14) and should be exhibited in the service of God (Matt. 24:45) through declaring the Word of God (Jer. 23:28; 2 Cor 2:17, 4:2), by helping the brethren (3 John 1:5), in bearing witness (Prov. 14:5), in doing work (2 Chron. 34:12), in keeping secrets (Prov. 11:13) and ultimately in all things (1 Tim. 3:11) - even in the smallest matters (Luke 16:10-12). Faithfulness is especially required in Ministers (1 Cor. 4:2; 2 Tim 2:2), their wives (1 Tim. 3:11) and their children (Titus 1:6). 

God expects us to be faithful with whatever resources that He has endowed us, whether it is our time, our talents or our treasures. "Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful" (1 Cor. 4:2). Finally, let us never forget that there are future rewards awaiting us if we are faithful until our last dying breath, as this is the promise of God: "Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Rev. 2:10).

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