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.

Monday, May 21, 2012

May 21 Bible Reading: Esther Chapters 1-3

God uses our ‘LIFE EXPERIENCES’ to ‘PREPARE’ us: "Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king's eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her." (Esther 2:15)

The book of Esther is the only book of the Bible that does not mention or even allude to God. Even though God’s name does not appear in the book, God’s purposes do and His fingerprints are evident through all the events that happen in the book. There is a tragedy waiting to happen to God’s chosen people, the descendants of Abraham, which would have prevented God’s eternal covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and David from coming into fruition. So, God worked behind the scenes and orchestrated events that would prevent the total annihilation of the Jewish race!

The Book of Esther tells how a young Jewish woman in Persia found out what God wanted her to do. Esther was the orphan daughter of Abihail and an unnamed mother, who was adopted by her cousin Mordecai of the tribe of Benjamin. She became part of the royal harem and eventually married Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), the king of Persia. The selection of Esther (2:1–18) and the detection of the plotters (2:19–23) may seem to be events that do not belong together but they were both part of God’s plan to save His people. Esther’s coronation was a grand public affair, while Mordecai’s service to the king was rather private. But God would use both Esther’s position and Mordecai’s service to fulfill His purposes!

God never wastes a life. People may waste their own lives, but God always has a purpose for His people. We may think that God only works in the “important” events of life. However, all events in life are important if we are living in the will of God. Mordecai was not immediately rewarded for saving the king’s life, but God would take care of it at the right time (chapter 6). We need to obey God and do our service faithfully and let God take care of the consequences!

God uses our experiences to prepare us for what lies ahead. Often it is not until later that we see how God has worked out the events and prepared us for a situation. God doesn’t waste the experiences in our lives for He knows what we are doing, what we are learning, and how He is going to use all of that in the future. God is always preparing us for His kingdom, so when the signals are blurred and we are uncertain which way to go, let’s keep on praying, getting good spiritual counsel and not stop what we are doing. We need to trust God to steer us to the place where He wants us to be!

A sailboat’s rudder is useless while the sails are down. We need to set the sail and get going. We will get the direction when the wind fills the sails. As the direction of the wind changes, our boat will also change course accordingly. Sometimes, God may have to change our life course and when He does, let us trust His purposes and plan for our lives!

Let us trust God to be God, and let Him direct the steering wheel of our lives. He is using our ‘life experiences’ to prepare us for what lies ahead, and to fulfill His Master Plan for our lives!

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

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