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, April 22, 2015

God KNOWS us ‘INTIMATELY’ by our NAMES

God KNOWS us ‘INTIMATELY’ by our NAMES

April 22 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 1-3

"Adam, Seth, Enosh" (1 Chronicles 1:1). "Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?" (Malachi 2:10)

The book of Chronicles was written after the exile as an “inspirational history”, as the author has tried to inspire the Israelites with their extraordinary spiritual heritage. It was originally written as one large book and occupies the last position in the Hebrew Bible. In this book, the history of the southern kingdom (Judah) is presented in such a way as to help restore its religious and national heritage by showing its unbroken connection with the patriarchal beginnings. While the books of Samuel and Kings emphasize the historical part of the Jewish story, the books of Chronicles emphasize the spiritual part of the story written from a priestly perspective.

The genealogies and narrative of 1 Chronicles span the period from Adam to the end of the life of David. The origin of the Jewish nation is here traced from the first man (Adam) that God had created. God has created of one blood all nations of men; they are all descended from one Adam. The first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles contain genealogies that were very important to the Jews in seeking to maintain their tribal distinctions. The genealogies demonstrate the place of the line of David, from whom the Messiah would come, among the families of mankind (1:1–3:24).

God had pledged to Abraham that He would make him the father of a great nation, one through which He would bless the whole earth (Gen. 12:1–3). God had also promised that a king would rule over this special nation (Gen. 17:6). It was revealed to Jacob that the king would descend specifically from Jacob’s son Judah (Gen. 49:10). The line of Judah can be traced through his son Perez to King David (Ruth 4:18–22). God had faithfully fulfilled His promise!

The book of Chronicles reminds us that God takes our heritage seriously and it tells us the story of God’s work and purposes from generation to generation. The names recorded in the genealogy belonged to real people who once lived on this earth. Now most of them are forgotten and their names buried in an ancient list. One day our names will also only exist in a record file somewhere. History may forget us, but God in heaven will never forget us!

Today, let us remember that God knows us intimately by our names. Just like the names of the Jewish people were recorded in the genealogies in 1 Chronicles because they were born of earth as the children of Abraham, our names are recorded in the Lamb’s “Book of Life” in heaven when we are born again through faith in Jesus Christ (Luke 10:20; Phil. 4:3). God has called us by name, and He will never forget us as we are continually in His sight always!

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine" (Isaiah 43:1). "Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me" (Isaiah 49:15-16).

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