"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.

Monday, April 9, 2012

April 9 Bible Reading: 1 Kings Chapters 7-9

Walking DAILY with ‘INTEGRITY’ and ‘OBEDIENCE’ to GOD: "Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, 'You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.'" (1 Kings 9:4-5)

King Solomon had done everything in the utmost splendor and grandeur that his father David had asked him to do in constructing the temple. After Solomon finished building the temple (1 Kings 6:9) God has a special message for Solomon: "Concerning this temple which you are building, if you walk in My statutes, execute My judgments, keep all My commandments, and walk in them, then I will perform My word with you, which I spoke to your father David. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel" (1 Kings 6:12-13).

God was telling Solomon specifically that he had pleased God through his work, now he had to please God through his lifestyle as well. He had to walk in God’s statutes, execute God’s judgments, keep God’s commandments and walk in God’s commandments as well. Then God will fulfill His word in Solomon’s life!

After Solomon dedicated the temple to God (1 Kings 8:1-53), blessed the people (vv. 54-61), offered sacrifices to God as required (vv. 62-64) and gave a grand feast to the people for seven days (v. 65) he sent the people away to their homes after the celebrations (v. 66). God then appeared to Solomon a second time (1 Kings 9:1-2) and reiterated all that God had spoken to him earlier. In spite of David’s serious shortcomings, he was held up by God as a godly example and moral standard for Solomon to follow. Even though the words had changed, the message was still the same. Solomon had to walk before God in integrity of heart and uprightness, as he would do everything that God had commanded him and keep God’s statutes and judgments (vv. 4-5). Then and then only God would fulfill all His commandments in Solomon’s life!

Through the ages, God’s requirements have not changed. Even today, we are required to walk daily with integrity and obedience to God. God’s covenant with David and Solomon were conditional upon them walking in integrity and uprightness before God (vv. 4, 6-9). In the similar manner, God promises to bless us, but we have to live and walk daily obeying His Word and in His footsteps. Can we follow Jesus in His footsteps that He has laid before us?

"He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, he who despises the gain of oppressions, who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil: he will dwell on high; his place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; bread will be given him, his water will be sure" (Isaiah 33:15-16)

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