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 10, 2014

Do NOT be UNEQUALLY yoked TOGETHER with UNBELIEVERS

Do NOT be UNEQUALLY yoked TOGETHER with UNBELIEVERS

January 10 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 28-30

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14) This is the message that we receive through the final instructions that Isaac gives his son Jacob before sending him off to his brother-in-law Laban (Gen. 28:1-5). They were living in Canaan territory and there were plenty of beautiful eligible daughters of Canaan for marriage. However, Isaac follows his father Abraham’s example and directs Jacob to choose a wife from his own kindred. We see that Jacob obeys his father and starts on a 400-mile trip to Padan Aram, a place north of Haran, in search of a wife for himself. As part of his customary dowry for Rachel, Jacob pledges seven years’ labor (which becomes seven more years, thanks to Laban’s deception). On obeying his father’s directive, Jacob receives all the blessings of Abraham (Gen. 28: 3-4). On the other hand, Esau marries a Canaanite girl knowing full well that this will not please his father (Gen. 28: 6-9). In doing so, Esau further forfeits all the blessings that he would have inherited through descent.

God demands that we hate sin but love the sinner. When it comes to marriage, we have clear instructions from God’s Word that we should only marry a child of God. When we obey God’s commandment in this regard, we will also receive all that blessings that God reserves for His children as described in Psalms 128.

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