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, March 20, 2014

Raising up GODLY children

Raising up GODLY children

March 20 Bible Reading: 1 Samuel Chapters 1-3

As the book of 1 Samuel opens, judges had ruled Israel for more than two hundred years. In the midst of the gross wickedness committed by the High Priest’s sons, God prepared a woman from the tribe of Ephraim called Hannah to offer her child Samuel for God’s services. Samuel became the last judge and priest as well as the first official prophet for Israel. He took the place of the two sons of Eli the High Priest, who were corrupt and did not know God (1 Sam 2:12). They sinned against God greatly by despising the meat offerings brought to the Tabernacle (v. 17), committing sexual acts with the women who came to the door of the Tabernacle (v. 22), and disobeying the instructions of their father Eli (v. 25). In contrast, the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest (1 Sam 2:11b, 18; 3:1a), grew in stature before the Lord and men (1 Sam 2:21b, 26), and was a recipient of God’s revelation concerning the future of Israel (1 Sam 3:1-18, 21). The Lord was with Samuel and did not allow any of his words “fall to the ground” (be in vain), as he became established as a prophet of God all over Israel (1 Sam 3:20).

In the midst of the prophecy against the house of Eli (1 Sam 2:35-36), mercy was promised to Israel. God's work shall be done by faithful people that He will raise up like prophet Samuel. Jesus Christ is that merciful and faithful High Priest, whom God raised up when the Levitical priesthood was thrown off. "Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever" (1 Sam 2:35)

The sad story of Eli and his sons tell us how important it is for us to raise godly children. We should never allow our children to continue in any evil way but use our authority to restrain, correct and train them in godly ways. Let Eli's example lead all parents earnestly to look out for any ungodly habits in their children, and take a real effort to train them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 

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