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, March 22, 2014

Acknowledge the cross of Calvary as our “EBENEZER”

Acknowledge the cross of Calvary as our “EBENEZER”

March 22 Bible Reading: 1 Samuel Chapters 7-9

"Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the Lord has helped us" (1 Sam 7:12).

The Ark of God was away for over twenty years and "all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord" (1 Sam 7:2) as they longed for God’s intervention. Samuel urged the Israelites to return to God with all their hearts, put away their foreign idols, prepare their hearts and serve God only and God will deliver them from the Philistines (v. 3). In response, the Israelites put away all foreign gods and decided to serve God only (v. 4). They gathered in Mizpah, fasted the whole day and acknowledged their sins to God (v. 6). Samuel offered a lamb as a burnt offering as a restitution for the sins of Israel and cried to God on their behalf (v. 9). God answered the prayers of Samuel miraculously: "But the Lord thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel" (1 Sam 7:10). The Israelites won a great victory only because God intervened for them and fought on their behalf. The reason why God helped the Israelites to win a great victory was because they followed the pathway of repentance and were justified through the sacrifice of the innocent lamb on their behalf. This victory enabled the Israelites to subdue the Philistines in such a way that they never encroached into Israel’s land, and the hand of God was against the Philistines from that point forward (v. 13). Also, Israel recovered all the territory back from the Philistines that was stolen from them (v. 14).

This victory should remind us about our Lord Jesus Christ - the Lamb of God (John 1:29) - who died on our behalf on the cross of Calvary. He thundered at Satan “It is FINISHED” (John 19:30), thus breaking Satan’s hold on humankind forever. Just like the Philistines, Satan does not have dominion over God’s children any more. God has indeed helped us and has fought our battle against the enemy. Today, let us acknowledge the cross of Calvary as our “Ebenezer” – thus far the Lord has helped us. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:1-2) 

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