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 7, 2014

GOD HEARS our CRIES – EVEN TODAY!

GOD HEARS our CRIES – EVEN TODAY!

January 7 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 19-21  
 
After serving her mistress Sarah faithfully all her life, Hagar and her young son gets expelled from her master’s home with just some bread and water into the wilderness of Beersheba (Gen. 21:14). When her water was used up and she could not move on in the hot desert any longer, she left her son under one of the shrubs (v. 15), went a little distance, and started weeping loudly and uncontrollably about her current dire situation (v. 16). However, what caught my attention was verse 17: “And God heard the voice of the lad…” In order to confirm this earlier statement, the angel of the Lord who called out to Hagar speaks out: “Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.”

How did God hear the voice of a child when it was his mother who was crying loudly at a distance? The answer is that the child must have cried out to God for help at the same time and God could not shut off His ears from the desperate cry of a child. Psalms 34:6 says that “The poor man (or child) cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles”. Luke 18: 7, 8a tells us: “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him…I tell you that He will avenge them speedily…” 

Let us be assured that when we cry out to God in our distress – even today - He will surely hear us & deliver us speedily! 

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