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.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March 27 Bible Reading: 1 Samuel Chapters 22-24

God will DELIVER us from the EVIL ONE if we TRUST Him: "And David stayed in strongholds in the wilderness, and remained in the mountains in the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand." (1 Sam. 23:14)

The life of David makes an interesting study for any New Testament believer. He was an unknown entity whom nobody knew or cared about, including his own father Jesse, who did not even bother to include him in the line-up before Samuel when he had visited his home. His seven older brothers were physically more suited to become the king of Israel in the eyes of both Jesse and Samuel. However God had to explain His selection process to Samuel in this manner: "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Sam. 16:7). God had indeed found in David "a man after His own heart", and had chosen David "to be commander over His people" as well (see 1 Sam. 13:14).

From the time that the anointing oil was poured on David as the next king of Israel "and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward" (1 Sam. 16:13) that David’s life took an interesting turn. David started getting access to the royal palace and King Saul, as the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord started troubling him (1 Sam. 16:14). As David was a skillful harp player, his musical services was sought to refresh King Saul whenever he was distressed (1 Sam. 16:14-23). David’s next big break to show his valor came when he got an opportunity to confront the Philistine Goliath and kill him (1 Sam. 17). But King Saul immediately started getting jealous of David when he started receiving more praise from the people of Israel (1 Sam. 18:6-9), and David became a wanted man condemned to death by King Saul from that time on.

The Bible records that King Saul had reigned for two years before he broke God’s commandments (1 Sam. 13:1). For the next 38 years, Saul reigned as the king of Israel without God’s anointing and approval. During this long period, David had to wait patiently before ascending the throne as the king of Israel. Not only that, he was relentlessly being pursued by King Saul and his men all over the countryside of Israel. During this time, everyone who was in debt, distressed and discontented with Saul (totaling about 400) gathered with David and he became their captain (1 Sam. 22:2). In fact, very soon the number of David’s followers increased from 400 to 600 men, and now they had fled to the Wilderness of Ziph, southeast of Hebron.

As we read in the above text, David and his men hid in the ‘strongholds’ that were encased by the mountains in the Wilderness of Ziph. These ‘strongholds’ suggests a geographical area and not a single location, and refer to the various hideouts in the ravines and caves where David and his followers found refuge (22:4; 2 Sam. 5:17; 23:14). We further read that God did not deliver David into the hand of King Saul, and God was in sovereign control of David’s destiny (v. 7; 22:20). No matter what men may do to us, God will work out His purposes in us, and His providence will never fail us!

Today, we also have an enemy that we are engaged every day in a spiritual warfare, and this enemy is none other than Satan and his forces: "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12). In order to be victorious in our fight against Satan, we need God’s help to protect us against the attacks against us. Let us remember that God will deliver us from the evil one if we trust Him just like He delivered David from the hands of Saul. Even though David may have felt secure in the strongholds, his real security and protection was Jehovah God Himself!

Can we go to God today and ask Him for protection and deliverance against the demonic attacks today? Let our prayer be in line with the prayer that our Lord Jesus has taught us: "...do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one…" (Matt. 6:13). Let us always remember that in this life, we will never be free from the presence of evil or the attacks of Satan. However, when we put our total trust in God, He will deliver us from “the evil one” every time.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea" (Psalms 46:1-2).

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