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.

Friday, January 3, 2014

7 *IMPORTANT* Things to REMEMBER

7 *IMPORTANT* Things to REMEMBER

January 3 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 7-9

Genesis 8:1 tells us that God remembered Noah, his family and all the animals who were held up with him in the ark. As a result, God caused a wind to pass over the earth to evaporate the waters, and the same time closed the fountains of the deep, the windows of heaven and stopped the rain (8:2). God’s purpose was to ease Noah’s situation, and allow him to get out of the ark. In Exodus 2:24-25, we read that God heard the groaning of the children of Israel, He remembered His covenant with Abraham; He looked upon the children of Israel and acknowledged them. God then assigned Moses with the task of liberating the children of Israel (Exodus 3). Another time God remembered Hannah who prayed for a child earnestly (1 Samuel 1:19b) and granted her desire. Our Lord Jesus remembered the thief on the cross upon his request while he was dying (Luke 23:42-43). God has remembered us in our lowly state (Psalms 136:23) & He alone has brought us this far in our life.

What about us? Is there anything that we need to remember this year? Yes, there are 7 important things that we need to remember daily this year - based out of Psalms 27:
  1. Remember to have confidence in God alone (v. 1)
  2. Remember to live near to God’s presence (v. 4)
  3. Remember to lean on to God in times of trouble (v. 5)
  4. Remember to seek God’s face for every need (v. 8, 9)
  5. Remember to learn from God daily through His Word (v. 11)
  6. Remember to hope in the goodness of God (v. 13)
  7. Remember to wait on God for strength and renewal (v. 14)

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