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, May 1, 2013

May 1 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 28-29

ALLOW the HOLY SPIRIT to GUIDE all our FUTURE PLANS: Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries, its upper chambers, its inner chambers, and the place of the mercy seat; and the plans for all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of the Lord, of all the chambers all around, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries for the dedicated things; also for the division of the priests and the Levites, for all the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and for all the articles of service in the house of the Lord..."All this," said David, "the Lord made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans." (1 Chron. 28:11-12, 19)

Strategic Planning is defined as the intentional design for accomplishing our mission and goals. In today’s world, planning is a valuable skill that can be developed over time by intuition and experience. However, being a child of God, we have a wonderful promise that the Holy Spirit through His profound wisdom will provide us good plans that are in line with God’s purpose for us if only we trust Him and acknowledge Him in all our ways: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Prov. 3:5-6).

We may recall that during previous times, God had given detailed plans to Noah how to build an ark (Gen. 6:13–21), and He had also given Moses very detailed plans about how to build the tabernacle (see Exodus 25–31) along with how the worship should be conducted within the tabernacle (Lev. 1–7). The tabernacle was a prelude to the temple, which had to be built by Solomon. The scriptures used for our devotion today reveal that King David was given prior insight about God’s plan for His temple through His Spirit. In fact, God had made him understand in writing all the intricate workings of His plans (28:19). In other words, God had given David a detailed blueprint of the temple building project in advance!

However, it was David who transmitted to Solomon in writing (vv. 11–19) the plans he had obtained from God through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As in the case of the tabernacle, the temple was to be built in accordance with divine design and instructions that David had obtained by divine revelation. The detailed precision of the temple plans attests to the clarity of the revelation and to its faithful recording by David. Thus, the temple plans, like Scripture, were both inspired and authored by Almighty God (28:19). The very architecture of the place was intended to teach Israel important lessons about the glory, grandeur, and awesomeness of their God.

Today, the Holy Spirit is available to every believer for help in planning and preparation of his/her future. When we allow the Holy Spirit to plan for us, we can identify at least three characteristics that apply to most situations: (a) it focuses on revealing and glorifying the character of God. God will help us to arrange everything in a way that honors God and His divine values; (b) it helps to prepare the way for others to succeed. In this case, David’s preparations for the temple enabled his son Solomon to successfully complete the temple building project. It will ultimately help people to meet their needs and serve God with their abilities and resources; and (c) it provides both the vision and details of what God expects from us. As we plan, the Holy Spirit will help us achieve God’s ultimate objective, the “praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:12), and also carry out His purposes in specific, measurable ways.

When our Lord Jesus Christ left the earth, He knew fully well that we would need His guidance on a daily basis to accomplish His will upon this earth. So, He gifted to us the power (Acts 1:8) and presence (John 16:7-8) of the Holy Spirit to guide us through every step in life. Can we fully surrender to God by offering our bodies as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2) so that He will take over our lives literally through His Spirit and guide all our future plans?

"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you." (John 16:13-14) "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jer. 29:11).

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