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.

Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 28-30

JESUS CHRIST is our SURE FOUNDATION: Therefore thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily." (Isaiah 28:16)

The prophecy in Isaiah 28:16 is God’s plan and promise concerning Jesus Christ as the only foundation of hope for escaping the wrath to come. This foundation was laid in Zion, in the eternal counsel of God. This foundation is a stone, firm and able to support His church. It is a tried stone, a chosen stone, and approved of God.

God promises to lay in Zion … a precious cornerstone. The Messiah is the tried and true cornerstone of God’s kingdom. The apostles and the New Testament writers have clearly identified this cornerstone as Jesus Christ. Here are a few verses that will verify Jesus Christ to be the foundation and the cornerstone of the Church that He has established on the earth:
  • The stone which the builders rejected (speaking prophetically about Jesus Christ) has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. (Psalms 118:22-23)
  • For they (the Israelites who rejected Jesus) stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." (Romans 9:32-33)
  • If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." (Romans 10:9-11)
  • For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 3:11)
  • Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (Eph 2:19-22)
  • Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame." Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone," and "a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense." They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. (1 Peter 2:6-8)
Thus, we can understand clearly that God has established Jesus Christ, the Messiah, as the only worthy object of trust, a sure foundation. Those who rely on Him never need to be scared regarding the future. Those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will find Him as a sure foundation. To those who reject Jesus, He will become a stumbling stone who will seal their fate to eternal death and judgment. Under His reign, everything will have to meet the test of justice and righteousness, and His judgment will sweep away every false objects of trust.

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