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.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

God’s plan in our lives will prevail eventually even if we fail up to live up to His directions

God’s plan in our lives will prevail eventually even if we fail up to live up to His directions

January 9 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 25-27

God’s plan in our lives will prevail eventually even if we fail up to live up to His directions. We have a good example of this in the case of Esau and Jacob. Even before they were born, God had clearly spoken to Rebekah that “the older shall serve the younger” (Gen. 25: 23b).

However, as the boys grew up, Isaac loved his older son Esau “because he ate of his game” (Gen. 25: 28a). Eventually, Isaac decided to bless Esau before he died as a token of his love for his firstborn son. However, God allowed Rebekah to overhear the conversation of Isaac and Esau, and with quick action got Jacob to present himself to his father as Esau. The blessings that Isaac had reserved for Esau was received by Jacob through deception: “…Be master over your brethren, and let your mother’s sons bow down to you…” (Gen. 27: 29b). This blessing was reconfirmed to Esau again by Isaac: “…and you shall serve your brother…” (Gen. 27: 40b).

Let us understand clearly that God will fulfill His plans in our lives eventually in His time even though others may try to thwart it time and again. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5: 6)    

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