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 16, 2014

The SIGNIFICANCE of ‘BLESSING’ our CHILDREN

The SIGNIFICANCE of ‘BLESSING’ our CHILDREN

January 16 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 46-48

In Genesis 48 we see that the aged Jacob is sick, so Joseph brings his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim to Jacob so that he may bless his grandchildren before he dies. Joseph knows the significance of a patriarchal blessing as he has seen the effects of the blessings in the life of his father Jacob, who had deceitfully snatched away the blessings of a firstborn from his elder brother Esau. Jacob actually blesses Joseph (Gen. 48:15a) even though his hands are laid on the heads of his children. So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!’” (Gen. 48:20a).

In their book ‘The Blessing’, Gary Smalley and John Trent writes that the above blessing (Gen. 48:20a) is still used by Rabbis to bless Jewish children during Sabbath services and is a favorite of Jewish parents to bless their children. Even today, a family blessing is considered as an important vehicle to communicate a sense of identity, love and acceptance in the Jewish community. In many Jewish homes, a weekly blessing is given by the father to each of his children. This action models how Christian parents should appreciate their children today and communicate their high value and special strength that God has bestowed on them. We know from the Gospels that Jesus laid his hands on little children and blessed them (Matt. 19:13-15). As Joseph mentioned in Gen. 48:9, God is the one who gives us children, which is also found in Psalms 127:3: "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward". As parents, can we also extend His blessings to our children so that they grow up convinced of God’s amazing love?

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