"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 26, 2012

April 26 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 13-15

Enduring ‘HATRED’ from our ‘OWN’ family for ‘SERVING’ God: "David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod. Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn, with trumpets and with cymbals, making music with stringed instruments and harps. And it happened, as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the City of David that Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and saw King David whirling and playing music; and she despised him in her heart." (1 Chron. 15:27-29)

David had married Michal, the second daughter of Saul, at the beginning of his time of service in King Saul’s court (1 Sam. 18:27). Their relationship had been stormy, perhaps in part because David had spent at least ten years in flight from her father. We can see that Michal had displayed strong emotions throughout her life. Initially, she fell into love with the young David who was young and good looking (1 Sam. 18:20). She was gifted to David as his wife by her father Saul as a reward for killing Goliath, but then David had to kill 200 more Philistines in order to marry her (1 Sam. 18:25-27). Michal’s love for her husband caused her to save his life when her father wanted to kill him (1 Sam. 19:11-18). However, later on Saul annulled their marriage, and she was given away to Phalti as his wife (1 Sam. 25:44).

After David became the king of Israel, Michal was returned to David as his wife as per one of the conditions of David’s peace agreement with Saul’s general Abner (2 Sam. 3:13–16). Michal was one of the few links remaining between David and the dynasty of Saul. She should have now happily been content living with David as his wife and the queen of Israel. But what we see is that Michal ridicules David on account of his religious zeal (2 Sam. 6:16; 20-23). When Michal saw David worshiping God without any restrain, her love for David turns to hatred and she despised him in her heart (1 Chron. 15:29b).

We need to understand that when we decide to serve/worship God giving Him the first place in our lives, we will be hated by even our own family members. Our Lord Jesus has prophesied the following will happen in our lives: "Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved" (Matt 10:21-22).

Today, let us make a commitment to serve and follow the purposes of God in our lives, even loving God over and beyond the hatred of our own family members. It is when we put God first in our lives (like King David) that we will be truly rewarded in the end. Let’s pay attention to what our Lord Jesus Christ has declared: "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.' He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it" (Matt 10:34-39).

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