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.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April 3 Bible Reading: 2 Samuel Chapters 13-15

Sow the Wind and Reap the Whirlwind”  

This is a passage taken from Hosea 8:7, but it aptly describes what happens in King David’s life and his family as a direct consequence of his sinful actions. Prophet Nathan had prophesied this dire warning earlier: "Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me..." (2 Sam 12:10). King David’s family is now embroiled in conflicts that started coming in like waves on the seashore. David’s eldest son Amnon rapes his own half-sister Tamar, who was Absalom’s sister. Absalom schemes and murders Amnon to take revenge for defiling his sister. Absalom then flees to Geshur, but returns back to Jerusalem after three years and finally is forgiven by his father. Absalom then deceitfully charms the people of Israel, and through his charisma plots a coup against David. This treason by his own son forces King David to escape from Jerusalem after many of his trusted people including his trusted friend Ahithophel defects with Absalom.

Even though God had forgiven David, his sins brought him painful consequences. Even today, this is true – God forgives and even forgets, people may forgive but some never forgets. Our sins will find us out and they forever remain a blot and stain in the perception of others about us. According to ‘God Guides Your Tomorrows’ by Roger C. Palms, there are three aspects that we can consider with regards to messing up our lives:
  1. We don’t have to yield to temptation. God has made a way of escape for us. "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." (1 Cor 10:13)
  2. If we do slip, we don’t have to wallow in our mistakes. There is deliverance when we cry unto God for help. Let’s join with Psalmist David as he considers his deliverance: "I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth-- praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord" (Psalms 40:1-3)
  3. We can use the lesson learned from falling not only to avoid falling again, but to help some other person who is facing similar pressures. Let’s follow Apostle Paul’s instruction in this matter: "Brethren, if anyone is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal 6:1-2)
Let us never forget what happened to King David when he sinned against God – there are lasting repercussions when we break God’s commandment. When we “sow the wind, we will reap the whirlwind”. Just like Apostle Paul, let us also "...discipline our bodies and bring it into subjection, otherwise after we have preached to others we ourselves will be disqualified" (1 Cor 9:27).

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