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, January 10, 2015

God’s PROMISES will NEVER FAIL in our LIVES

God’s PROMISES will NEVER FAIL in our LIVES

January 10 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 28-30

And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: "I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you." (Gen 28:13-15)

While Jacob was traveling to his mother's ancestral home, he stopped at a place called Luz, which means separation, and lay down to sleep using a stone as a pillow. At this time Jacob’s heart was probably filled with regret for the past, loneliness in the present, and uncertainty about the future. However, while sleeping Jacob had a wonderful dream in which he saw a ladder extending from earth to heaven and angels going up and coming down through the ladder.

Then Jacob saw God standing on top of the ladder speaking to him directly for the very first time and identified Himself as the God whom both Abraham and Isaac had believed. Then God gave Jacob some precious promises that He would fulfill in his life. Through these promises, God graciously made a covenant with him as He had with Abraham and Isaac. We can clearly see God's promises to Jacob consisted of four different aspects:
  1. Companionship: “I am with you”
  2. Safety: “I will keep you wherever you go”
  3. Guidance: “and will bring you back to this land”
  4. Personal guarantee: “I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you”
Through this dream, God ratified Isaac’s blessing on Jacob’s descendants (vv. 3, 4), and extended the promises of Abraham to Jacob (vv. 13, 14) adding His personal assurance of protection and care (v. 15). Jacob’s dream emphasized God’s initiating grace as He assured him He is the Lord of the past and future. Jacob was the third generation to receive the promises of the Abrahamic covenant (13:14–16; 26:24; 35:10–13), not because he was righteous, but because of God’s call and faithfulness to Abraham!

As we read Jacob’s story, it is clear that God’s promises never failed in Jacob’s life…every promise was fulfilled eventually. God was with Jacob working for him throughout his life journey. Jacob may have been separated from home, but he was not separated from heaven! In fact, later God was addressed as the ‘God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’ (Ex. 3:15).  Let us always remember that God’s promises in our lives will never fail.

"All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever." (Isaiah 40:6-8)

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