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.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

August 27 Bible Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 4-6

UNDERSTANDING our PRIVILEGE & POSITION in this WORLD: "Thus says the Lord God: 'This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her. She has rebelled against My judgments by doing wickedness more than the nations, and against My statutes more than the countries that are all around her; for they have refused My judgments, and they have not walked in My statutes.' Therefore thus says the Lord God: 'Because you have multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are all around you, have not walked in My statutes nor kept My judgments, nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that are all around you'-- therefore thus says the Lord God: 'Indeed I, even I, am against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations." (Ezek 5:5-8)

The above words were being said in anguish by God to prophet Ezekiel. Jehovah God had gifted to the Israelites this magnificent city called Jerusalem as an inheritance. God had loved this city and had established it as the center of the world, because His holy temple was there. Jerusalem was regarded in God's point of view as center of the whole earth, designed to radiate the true light over the nations in all directions. "Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King." (Psalms 48:2)

God had also planned Jerusalem to be the meeting place of all the nations in the future: "At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem." (Jer 3:17) This great city lay midway between the oldest and most civilized states, Egypt and Ethiopia on one side, and Babylon, Nineveh, and India on the other, and afterwards Persia, Greece, and Rome. Israel was thus placed to be the spiritual benefactor of the whole world! (See Psalms 67:1-7)

However, Jerusalem had rebelled against God and His laws. The people of this favored city had not only stubbornly refused to keep the laws of God, but had sinned even more than all the heathen nations around them—they had even failed to follow the moral laws that were common among the pagans. They started worshipping idols and had literally gone beyond the heathen in provoking God to anger. So, God promised to judge the Israelites more severely in the sight of the nations (v. 8).

God had placed Israel and the city of Jerusalem in a strategic position, and so their punishment would be more severe on account of their disobedience. We, as Christians, have even higher privileges than the Jews. Like Jerusalem set in the midst of the nations, we have also been set in the midst of the unbelievers to be a source of light to them. Let us understand our privilege and position in this world, and live only for eternal rewards that God will give us one day!

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden...let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matt 5:14-16)

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