"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 25, 2012

April 25 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 10-12

We NEED to FIGHT our ‘COMMON ENEMY’ together: Then some of the sons of Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold. And David went out to meet them, and answered and said to them, "If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you; but if to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look and bring judgment." Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the captains, and he said: "We are yours, O David; we are on your side, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, and peace to your helpers! For your God helps you." So David received them, and made them captains of the troop. (1 Chronicles 12:16-18)

David was at the stronghold in the wilderness when different people joined his forces from different parts of the Israeli country. Previously, many of the people who were in trouble or distress had come to David to find protection (1 Sam. 22:1, 2). But now, many men came to serve David and assist him in obtaining the throne which was his by divine decree. When God has a favor on someone, people will recognize that anointing and will soon join in the efforts that God had intended for that person!

Surprisingly, people from the ‘enemy’ ranks of Saul belonging to the tribes of Benjamin and Judah also joined with David in his stronghold. Because of Saul’s affiliation with the tribe of Benjamin, David required that they especially swear to him their loyalty (12:16–18). As we can see, the Spirit of God had indeed directed this defection of men from Benjamin, the tribe of Saul, to David. Saul had drafted men into his army (1 Sam. 14:52) while David attracted them because of his character and leadership. Saul seemed to bring out the worst in people while David brought out the best through his godly anointing!

Today the kingdom of God needs men and women who are equipped by God (1 Chron. 12:2), trained and swift (v. 8), strong in faith, able to prevail against overwhelming odds and put the enemy to flight (vv. 14, 15), full of the Spirit, and selflessly dedicated to Jesus (v. 32)—people who have an undivided heart (v. 33). God is recruiting an army on earth today for His kingdom, and the only winning army is His army! God is still seeking skilled people (v. 2), trained people (v. 8) and people not afraid to get their feet wet (v. 15). God wants soldiers with loyal hearts (vv. 16–18), who understand the times (v. 32) and who know how to keep rank and face the enemy together (vv. 33, 38).

We need to fight our common enemy – Satan – together. Unity among believers pleases God (Psalm 133:1), and we are not supposed to live in isolation (John 17:11). Unity includes bearing one another’s joys and burdens (Rom. 12:9-16), and we must seek unity in all essentials (1 Cor. 1:10). There can be great unity even in great diversity (Eph. 4:3-13), and the love Christ has commanded should create unity among believers (Phil. 1:3-11). Let unity be a distinctive mark among all Christians as we face our common enemy these days! (Phil. 2:1-2)

"Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion" (Romans 12:16). "Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 15:5-6).

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