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 14, 2015

God WILL make us ‘FRUITFUL’ through our AFFLICTIONS

God WILL make us ‘FRUITFUL’ through our AFFLICTIONS

January 14 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 40-42

And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him. Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: "For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father's house." And the name of the second he called Ephraim: "For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction." (Gen 41:50-52)

As we read the story of Joseph’s life, we can see that God orchestrated events and placed people in his life so that he could arrive at the destination that God had planned for him. Let us look closely at how God worked behind the scenes to create steps for Joseph to climb in his life journey. In the later part of Genesis 39, Satan tried to lure Joseph using Potiphar’s wife as his bait. However, Joseph refused to bite into the allurement and fled the scene (39:12b). He landed in the special prison where Pharaoh’s prisoners were confined (39:20). However, God made Joseph to be fruitful through overseeing the prisoners committed to him by the keeper of the prison (39:22-23).

Soon after, God allowed Pharaoh’s butler and baker to land in the same prison where Joseph was incarcerated, and Joseph soon got ample chances to meet and serve them (40:1-4). While confined in the prison, God gave dreams to both the butler and baker that caused them enough distress to confide in Joseph (40:5-11, 16-17). Again, God made Joseph to be fruitful through divine insights that he received from God for interpreting the dreams of both the butler and the baker (40:12-15, 18-19). God enabled the butler to be restored in his job of being in close proximity with Pharaoh, setting the stage for the next event in Joseph’s life (40:20-23).

It was only after two long years that God gave Pharaoh two dreams in order to reveal what He was about to do in the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan, but no one was there in Egypt to interpret the dreams (41:1-8). Then, God caused the butler to remember Joseph, who had successfully interpreted his dream earlier, and through the referral given by the butler, Joseph was brought before Pharaoh, the highest authority in the land of Egypt (41:9-14). By God’s grace, Joseph could correctly interpret Pharaoh’s dreams as well (41:15-36), and as the logical next step, Joseph was put in charge of all the civil administration of Egypt (41:37-46). Here again we can see that God made Joseph to be fruitful through his afflictions, and made him to rise up in position and power to make a difference in saving many people alive in his time (50:20). It is not surprising that Joseph named his second son ‘Ephraim’ (meaning, fruitfulness) since God has caused him to be ‘fruitful’ in the land of his affliction.

Please remember that if we are going through various trials, afflictions and discouragements today, it may be that God intends us to be fruitful to Him and others through our lives. Let’s get closer to God to understand His intentions in allowing us to go through all the problems we are facing today!

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

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