"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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 10-12

It’s TIME to CHANGE our ATTITUDE from PRIDE to PRAISE: "Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!" (Isaiah 10:15)

In chapter 10:5–11, prophet Isaiah is pronouncing God’s strong displeasure with Assyria, the heathen country He had chosen as a tool of judgment against His own people Israel for her multiplied sins. Having announced the coming of an enemy who would ravage Israel, God then identified that nation and said He would judge her for her sin as well. Though Assyria was “the rod of (God’s) anger” (v. 5), she was still held accountable by God for her actions. Though God sent Assyria to loot Judah, the Assyrians went beyond what God had permitted. Their king Sennacherib stepped over the line when he raised his hand even against the God of Judah.

The role of Assyria was only that of an instrument of punishment in God’s Hand – an instrument like an axe, saw, rod and staff (v. 15). However, due to Assyria’s pride God’s pronounced judgment on her: "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks" (v. 12). God said He would punish Assyria for her pride by sending “a wasting disease” on her soldiers (v. 18). This occurred in 701 B.C. when Sennacherib was attacking Judah and “the angel of the Lord” put to death 185,000 Assyrian soldiers overnight (see Isaiah 37:36–37).

It is time to change our attitude from pride to humility, which will happen only when we realize who we truly are – just instruments in the Hands of the Almighty God. When we are humble before God then our vision will be clarified as we realize how much we depend on God daily in our lives! This was what was prophesied by Isaiah concerning the returning remnant of Israel: "And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, will never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth" (Isaiah 10:20). Our dependence on God will ultimately lead to our praising God for becoming our salvation, our strength and our song. This is what God ultimately wants from us every day!

And in that day you will say: "O Lord, I will praise You...behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.” Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And in that day you will say: "Praise the Lord, call upon His name; declare His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth." (Isaiah 12:1-5)

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