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 14, 2014

It is BETTER ‘ALWAYS’ to trust God for our needs

It is BETTER ‘ALWAYS’ to trust God for our needs

January 14 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 40-42

It is BETTER ‘ALWAYS’ to trust God for our needs: Due to his past experience of betrayal and rejection by his own brothers and Potiphar’s wife, Joseph should have understood the futility of putting his faith in any human being. However, he was convinced that the chief butler would be restored into his former position of authority/influence in just three days and may be able to help him out of his misery. So, he opened out his heart and explained himself to the chief butler as follows: “But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon” (Gen. 40:14-15). However, we read in Gen. 40:23 what actually happened: “Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him”. A teaching point for us through this incident is that we should NEVER put our confidence in humans, but in God alone. The central verse of the Bible gives us a similar message as well: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man” (Psalms 118:8). Our Lord Jesus Christ was very much aware of this fact early on in life, and this is what we read about Him in St. John 2:24-25: “But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man”. It is always better to trust God for our needs, and we can always express our desires to Him openly through prayer.

We also realize that it was the plan of God to exalt Joseph to a position of great authority, so it was not time for him to leave the prison yet. After two complete years (Gen. 41:1), God gave two dreams to Pharaoh and the ensuing events brought Joseph to the limelight and into the position of authority that God had intended for him. Let us always remember the words of Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”.

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