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 20, 2011

April 20 Bible Reading: 2 Kings Chapters 19-21

Taking our BURDENS directly to GOD: "And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord" (2 Kings 19:1) "And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord." (2 Kings 19:14)

When King Hezekiah was threatened by an invasion from Sennacherib the king of Assyria, he tore his clothes in anguish, covered himself with sackcloth as an outward expression of grief and took his burdens directly to God. He tore his clothes to express horror at the daring blasphemy of Sennacherib and put on sackcloth to show his mental distress. He went into the temple to pray to God for refuge from his affliction (2 Kings 19:1).  He then sent his people to Isaiah to obtain the prophet's counsel and comfort, and received an immediate answer from God through Isaiah. And Isaiah said to them, "Thus you shall say to your master, 'Thus says the Lord: "Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land." (2 Kings 19:6-7)

However, when Sennacherib sent a letter to King Hezekiah threatening him again with total destruction by, he again took his burden directly into God’s presence. Hezekiah went into the temple of God, spread the letter before God and prayed to God for deliverance. "Now therefore, O Lord our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone." (2 Kings 19:19)

God answered King Hezekiah’s prayer by giving a verbal assurance of deliverance (v. 20-34), and sent His angel to the Assyrian camp to kill 185,000 during the night time (v. 35). This caused Sennacherib the king of Assyria to return back to Nineveh (v. 36, compare 2 Kings 19:7), where he was murdered by his own two sons in cold blood while he was worshipping his god (v. 37).

When we face any burden in our life - like King Hezekiah - let us take it directly to God who has promised to answer our prayers. Let us join with the Psalmist in seeking God’s help for He will never let us down. "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” (Psalms 34:4-7)

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