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.

Monday, January 20, 2014

PRIDE goes BEFORE a FALL

PRIDE goes BEFORE a FALL

January 20 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 7-9

God had raised Pharaoh in Egypt in order to display His power in him which would result in God’s name be declared in all the earth. Yet, Pharaoh exalted himself against God and the children of Israel and would not let them go to worship God (Exodus 9:16-17). That is the reason why God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and multiplied His signs and wonders in the land of Egypt (Exodus 7:3) so that the Egyptians would realize the power of the true God (v. 5). With the passing of each miracle or plague, we read that Pharaoh hardened his heart (Exodus 7:13, 22; 8:15, 19, 32; 9:7, 12, 35).

In his book ‘In the Name of Jesus’ Henri Nouwen asks this question: What makes the temptation of power so seemingly irresistible? He goes on to answer that maybe it is that power offers an easy substitute to the hard task of love. It seems easier to be God than to love God, easier to control people than to love people, easier to own life than to love life. Jesus asks us, “Do you love me?”, and we ask him back, “Can we sit at your right hand and your left hand in your kingdom?” (Matt. 20:21). Ever since Eve made a choice in the Garden of Eden to become “like gods knowing good from evil” (Gen. 3:5), we have been tempted to replace love with power, choose control over the cross and to become a leader over being led.

Let us not be like Pharaoh whose hardened his heart and exalted himself – he ended up in the bottom of the Red Sea eventually. Let us always remember that “pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). Let us today “humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt us in due time” (1 Peter 5:6)

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