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.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The STEPS of a GOOD MAN are ORDERED by the LORD

The STEPS of a GOOD MAN are ORDERED by the LORD

January 11 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 31-33

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand” (Psalms 37:23-24)

After serving his father-in-law for 20 years, Jacob has now reached a place of personal desperation. His life was going nowhere. Even though Jacob had faithfully served Laban by shepherding his flock spending sleepless nights and through rough weather – drought during day and frost during night – bearing all the loss on his own account (Gen. 31:38-40), Laban and his sons were antagonistic towards Jacob. In fact they were now accusing Jacob of becoming rich at Laban’s expense (Gen. 31:1-2) even though it was God who had made Jacob rich (Gen. 31:9). Jacob had now reached a complete life cycle having now served Laban twenty years (fourteen years for Rachel and six years for the flock) during which time Laban had changed Jacob’s wages ten times (Gen. 31:41). God directed Jacob’s steps as He told him that it was time now to relocate back to the land of his fathers and his family (Gen. 31:3). We need to understand that working for an employer will have limits, but it is God alone who will show us “the path of life” (Psalms 16:11a) and lead us to our final destination.  

Another lesson to learn through this passage - when we make a major change in our life, we should definitely get our family (spouse, children, etc) on board with our plans just as Jacob confirmed his plans to relocate only after consulting with his two wives Rachel and Leah (Gen. 31:4-16). Even though it was obvious that the living conditions were untenable for Jacob continue serving Laban, and even after getting the directive from God to return, Jacob displayed consultative leadership skills by discussing his situation with his family. As we make a critical move in our life, let us remember the words of Proverbs 4:25-26: “Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established”.

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