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.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September 1 Bible Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 19-21

GOD DEALS with us for HIS NAME’S SAKE: "Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I raised My hand in an oath to give to your fathers. And there you shall remember your ways and all your doings with which you were defiled; and you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight because of all the evils that you have committed. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have dealt with you for My name's sake, not according to your wicked ways nor according to your corrupt doings, O house of Israel," says the Lord God. (Ezek 20:42-44)

In chapter 20, prophet Ezekiel gives us a panoramic view of the history of Israel. It is in two parts: her rebellious past (vv. 1–31) and her glorious future (vv. 32–44). The first part surveys all that God had done for the nation, and the nation’s sorely inadequate response. The mood changes dramatically at verse 33 where, in a series of the words “I will”, the Lord promises what He will accomplish on behalf of His people. The second part describes the coming judgment of those Jews who will be living at the conclusion of the Tribulation period when Christ returns to earth. He will bring the faithful into the blessings of the new covenant in the kingdom.

When the nation is restored to the land of Israel, they will no longer worship idols, but they will worship the Lord in holiness. The summary verse (44) indicates that it is for God’s name’s sake that Israel will be restored in spite of their wicked ways and corrupt doings. When God is finished they will know that He is the LORD!

God chastens us that He might restore us and there is always hope. The repeated “I will” statements in verses 33-44 assures us that God is working for us and not against us. Remember that God does all this for His name’s sake only. For His name’s sake, God forgives our sins (1 John 2:12), guides us (Psalms 23:3; 31:3), deals with us (Ps. 109:21), and revives us (Ps. 143:11).

For God’s name’s sake, we should serve Him faithfully (3 John 7; Rev. 2:3), sacrifice for Him (Matt. 19:29), and be willing to suffer reproach for Him (Matt. 10:22; 24:9). All that we do should be for the honor and glory of God’s name alone: "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31)

Google+ Followers