"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.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

October 18 Bible Reading: Mark Chapters 4-6

We must SOW the ‘SEED’ of GOD’s WORD in other people: "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come." (Mark 4:26-29)

This parable is unique to the Gospel of Mark and teaches us the supernatural character of God’s kingdom in the lives of people during the entire stretch (from sowing to reaping). Even after two thousand years when Jesus spoke these words, we still do not fully understand how seed germinates and grows into a fully developed plant. In the similar manner, God’s kingdom is growing even though we do not fully understand all that is happening. However, what we can understand is that humans are responsible for sowing the kingdom message but only God can produce the desired effects. In the final analysis, the growth of God’s Kingdom is entirely the work of God alone!

This parable may be intended to encourage the disciples whose responsibility is to sow the seeds of God’s Word. It is through a mysterious and miraculous process that God’s Word will work in human hearts and produce the desired harvest (fruit) for God. When the grain is ripe, abundant crop that generates great joy can be harvested. In fact, the sowing of the seed of God’s Word is not expected to be easy, as we see the words of the Psalmist: "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He, who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." (Psalms 126:5-6)

The point of this parable is that God causes the gospel to bear fruit and His kingdom to grow. Just how He does these things we do not fully understand. By its very nature the kingdom will succeed because God alone is responsible for its success. In contrast with other parables that stressed either the beginning or the consummation of the kingdom, this parable highlights the active though invisible growth of the kingdom of God.

It is our job to sow the seed of God’s Word, and then God will make that seed germinate and produce an abundant harvest. Even a busy farmer must sleep and let God work! However, when the harvest is ready we must be alert and reap it (see John 4:35–38). We may think that our word or deed is very small, and what we speak hardly counts at all. Remember, God can take that seed that we have sown and nourish it until it is fully grown and has produced the intended harvest. Pray fervently and sow the seed of God’s Word faithfully so that it will produce its desired fruit one day!

"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:10-11)

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