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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Experience the glory of God

Experience the glory of God

January 28 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 31-33

After the children of Israel were punished for worshipping the golden calf through the death of three thousand men (Exodus 32:28), we read in the ensuing chapter that Moses has an intimate encounter with God. In the tabernacle of meeting, God speaks to Moses face to face as a man speaks to his friend (Exodus 33:9-11). During this conversation, Moses asks God for two very important things that we also need to ask God everyday in our life:
  1. First, Moses asks God to show him the way to the Promised Land (Exodus 33:13). God should be the navigator for the onward journey. In reply, God promises His presence to go with Moses and the children of Israel (Exodus 33:14-17). We are also traveling on a spiritual journey to our Promised Land called Heaven, which is behind the veil. Let us ask God to show us the way everyday so that we do not get distracted or get diverted or get lost in the way. We can hold on to a similar promise from God in Matthew 28:20 "...I am with you always, even to the end of the age". This is reiterated in Hebrews 13:5: For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
  2. Second, Moses asks God to show him His glory (Exodus 33:18). In reply, this is what God tells Moses: "Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen." (Exodus 33:21-23). There is something so wonderful we see here. All Moses did was to ask. God did the rest. God gave Moses a place to stand, and placed him in a cleft. God covered Moses with His hand. God passed by in front of Moses, and God revealed Himself.
Here’s a spiritual application for us. When we ask, we receive (Matthew 7:7). God has placed us on the Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ (Psalms 40:2), and has given us a cleft, His grace. He has covered us with His pierced Hand, and equipped us for an eternal relationship with Him. Let us join with the Psalmist in seeking Him and thirsting for His presence and glory. “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory” (Psalms 63:1-2). Let us experience the glory of God, even today!

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