"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.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

God is MORE interested IN US than IN WHAT WE DO

God is MORE interested IN US than IN WHAT WE DO

April 8 Bible Reading: 1 Kings Chapters 4-6

Then the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying: "Concerning this temple which you are building, if you walk in My statutes, execute My judgments, keep all My commandments, and walk in them, then I will perform My word with you, which I spoke to your father David. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel."  So Solomon built the temple and finished it. (1 Kings 6:11-14)

God gave King Solomon everything in abundance – more than anyone could ever imagine. Solomon had wisdom surpassing everyone on the earth during his time, exceedingly great understanding, largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore (1 Kings 4:29-31), the ability to speak 3000 proverbs and write 1005 songs (v. 32), and rest from his enemies as God promised him earlier (compare 1 Kings 5:4-5 with 1 Chron 22:9-10). He also had food and provisions in abundance (1 Kings 4:22-23, 27) along with numerous horses and chariots (1 Kings 4:26, 28) for his personal use. As a token of gratitude for all the blessings that he had received from God, Solomon decided to build a temple for God with the help of his neighbor Hiram, the king of Tyre (1 Kings 5:7-11) and a large labor force to work on his building project (1 Kings 5:13-18).

In 1 Kings 6:11 we read that the word of the Lord came to Solomon -- probably through a prophet. God acknowledged Solomon’s effort in building His temple thus confirming the promise made to his father David (2Sam 7:12-16). However more than the work of Solomon, God spoke about his personal lifestyle. God wanted Solomon to walk in His statutes, execute His judgments, keep ALL His commandments and walk in them. Then only God would perform His word with him (1 Kings 6:12), dwell among the children of Israel and not forsake them (v.13).  The dwelling of God among the children of Israel refers to those symbols of His presence in the temple, which were the visible tokens of His spiritual relation to that people. There was an underlying warning in this message as well - against the pride and presumption of supposing that after building such a magnificent temple, Solomon would always enjoy the presence and favor of God. God plainly let Solomon know that all his efforts for building the temple, God would neither excuse him from obedience to the law of God, nor shelter him from God's judgments, in case of disobedience.

What is the object lesson for us from God’s message to Solomon? God is more interested in us than in what we do for Him! Every day we should be more concerned regarding our personal relationship with God, try to know His will for us by reading and meditating His word, and walk with Him daily pleasing Him in all that we say and do. When we persevere in our walk with God, we will receive the rich reward that God has promised for us. May our life statement reflect that of the great Apostle Paul: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." (2 Tim 4:7-8)

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