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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

God will FULFILL ‘His PLANS’ according to ‘HIS TIMETABLE’

God will FULFILL ‘His PLANS’ according to ‘HIS TIMETABLE’

January 21 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 10-12

"Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years--on that very same day--it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night of solemn observance to the Lord for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is that night of the Lord, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations." (Exodus 12:40-42)

As we have gone through the first twelve chapters of Exodus, we have seen God’s tender compassion towards the Israelites (2:23–25); we have seen the appointment of Moses as the leader of the Israelites (3:10); we have heard the divine promises for the Israelites (6:6–8); and we have seen the great displays of divine power (through the plagues). Yet, not a single Israelite was delivered from the house of bondage until the blood of the “lamb” was shed for that redemption. Immediately, even the very next morning, the Israelites marched out of Egypt as free people. They were “bought with a price”, and that price was “not corruptible things as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of a Lamb.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)

It was predicted back in Genesis 15:13-14 that Abram’s descendants would be in bondage in a foreign land for 400 years, and that they would leave at the end of that time, carrying great wealth with them. This time span of 400 years was substantiated in Acts 7:6 and refers to the time of Israel’s harsh affliction in Egypt. However, in this passage (Exodus 12:40- 41) we read that the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, were sojourners for 430 years refers to the total time the people of Israel spent in Egypt from the migration of Jacob’s family to the time of the Exodus.

The important thing for us to understand is that God did not forget the promise that He had made centuries earlier. God fulfilled His Word by delivering His people according to His timetable! What God has promised is as sure as if it had already occurred! God is always on schedule and He brought the people out of Egypt exactly on the day appointed. It was not until the day following the Passover-night that the Israelites were delivered from Egypt!

Let us remember that God is not negligent concerning His promise of our redemption either! One day in the near future, our Lord Jesus Christ (the ‘anti-type’ of Moses) will lead us - His redeemed people - out of this world (the ‘anti-type’ of Egypt) to Heaven, our eternal Promised Land!

"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

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