"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.

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 7-9

JESUS CHRIST (“God-With-Us”): God’s Plan for our SALVATION: "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good." (Isaiah 7:14-15)

Isaiah, whose name means “the Lord is salvation,” ministered in the Southern Kingdom of Judah after the Northern Kingdom of Israel had fallen to Assyria. God had raised Isaiah as a prophet not only to minister to Judah and Jerusalem, but as God’s spokesman to let the world know about His plans for salvation for humankind about 700 years before his birth. The purpose of this book is to display God’s glory and holiness through His judgment of sin and His deliverance and blessing of a righteous remnant.

Many Bible scholars have debated whether the birth of the child predicted in Isaiah 7:14 is a prophecy of a child in Isaiah’s day or a prophecy of the virgin birth of Christ (or both). However, this prophecy specifically points out to the virgin birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:31–35) who was the long-awaited Messiah of the Jews and the Savior of the world.

Let us examine some specific prophecies that Isaiah made relating to Jesus Christ:
  • Isaiah 7:14:  A young virgin is to give birth to a son named Immanuel, meaning “God with us.”
  • Isaiah 9:6–7: The child to be born is named “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” and will reign on David’s throne forever.
  • Isaiah 11:1–9: The child, called “a shoot … from the stump of Jesse” and a “Branch,” will reign with righteousness and justice and bring universal peace.
  • Isaiah 11:10–12: The “Root of Jesse” will rule over the nations and re-gather the people of Israel and Judah.
The birth of Jesus Christ into this world was no accident, but was part of God’s plan that He conceived before the foundation of this world. Jesus Christ is a historical fact who made such a tremendous impact in this world that even our timeline (B.C. /A.D.) is determined by His birth. God planned His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to be the Savior of all humankind. Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior yet? If not, today is the best day to accept Him in your heart and turn away from sin and the worldly life!

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit…So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." (Matt 1:18, 22-23)

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