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, May 8, 2011

May 8 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 19-21

A SUPERNATURAL RESPONSE to TROUBLE: "O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." (2 Chron 20:12)

When trouble comes against us, we can choose to respond either naturally or supernaturally. When we respond naturally, we either confront the trouble head-on with our own strength or we try to run away from the trouble as far as we can. We can also deny that the trouble exists and wish that it would go away. However, we can also respond to trouble supernaturally like King Jehoshaphat, who turned to God during the time of his trouble. Let us look into the sequence of events how King Jehoshaphat responded to trouble in his life as recorded in 2 Chron 20:1-30:
  • When King Jehoshaphat heard that three great armies were about to attack, fear motivated him to seek the Lord as he proclaimed a fast and gathered everyone together to ask help from the Lord (vv. 1-4).
  • His prayer began with praise, which shifted his focus from the magnitude of his problem to the greatness of his God (vv. 5-7).
  • After making petitions and receiving an answer through the prophet Jahaziel, King Jehoshaphat and all the people exalted and worshipped the Lord (vv. 18-19).
  • As King Jehoshaphat focused on the greatness of his God, he approached the battle, not with soldiers, but with a choir leading the way (vv. 20-21).
  • When they began to sing praises to God, the Lord intervened by routing their enemies (vv. 22-25).
  • The people reacted with gratitude and worship to the great deliverance that they had received from God (vv. 26-28).
This supernatural response from King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah resulted in peace and rest for them as well as a reverence for God from the surrounding nations (vv. 29-30). Let us also respond supernaturally to any trouble that confronts us – God will intervene in our behalf when we praise Him lavishly. Praise affects our outlook and faith, opens the door for God to do great things for us and through that makes us living witness of His acts of deliverance!

"Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious. Say to God, "How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to Your name." (Psalms 66:1-4)

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