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.

Friday, July 29, 2011

July 29 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 40-42

It’s TIME to RENEW our STRENGTH like EAGLES: "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:28-31)

In Isaiah 40:28, God repeats these rhetorical questions for emphasis (see verse 21). God is not only everlasting (transcendent over time) but also the Creator of the ends of the earth (transcendent over space). He is omnipotent (all powerful) and meets all the needs of His people. God will never let His people down (Psalms 121:3, 4) as He gives both power and strength to the weak, and to those who do not rely in their own strength (Jer. 9:23).

To “wait on the Lord” refers to confident expectation and active hope in God for deliverance (Psalms 40:1). ‘Mount up’‘Run’‘Walk’ shows the spiritual transformation that faith brings to a person. The Lord gives both power and strength to those who trust in Him. The illustration of “mounting up with wings like eagle” depicts the strength that comes from the Lord. The Lord describes His deliverance of the Israelites in Exodus 19:4 as similar to being lifted up on the strong wings of an eagle. Also, in Psalms 103:5, the strength of people who are nourished by God is compared to the strength of the eagle, which is a common metaphor for strength (Deut. 32:11). God’s strength is available for all who prayerfully wait in patience for God’s purposes to be carried out!

In our personal lives, we may be weak like grass (Isaiah 40:6–8), sheep (v. 11), dust (v. 15), grasshoppers (v. 22), and even worms (41:14); but when we trust the power of God and wait on Him in prayer, we can be like an eagle, a runner, and a patient pilgrim (vv. 28–31). In the emergencies of life, God will help us to soar like eagles; in the race set before us He will help us to run with endurance (Heb. 12:1), and in the daily routine of life He will help us to patiently walk one step at a time (Psalms 1:1).

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph 3:20-21)

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