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, September 10, 2011

September 10 Bible Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 46-48

The LIFE-GIVING POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT: He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: "This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes." (Ezek 47:6-9)

The final chapters of the book of Ezekiel describe the new land whose major feature will be a life-giving river flowing from the temple (47:1–12). Joel had mentioned this river before Ezekiel’s time (Joel 3:18), and Zechariah spoke of it after Israel returned from the Babylonian captivity (Zech. 14:8). Ezekiel saw in a vision a river flowing from the door of the temple, past the altar, through the wall south of the east Gate, and down to the Dead Sea. The waters of the sea will be healed, and fish will abound in it.

This river speaks of the healing and life-giving power of the Holy Spirit of God (see Gen. 2:8–10; John 4:13, 14; 10:10). Apostle John, too, saw the river of the water of life flowing from God’s throne (Rev. 22:1). The result of the land’s receiving this water is the same in both visions —the land is healed (compare vv. 9–12 with Rev. 22:1–3).

What we can understand from this vision is that no matter how deep we want to go into the things of God, the opportunity is there. It’s tragic that too many of us linger in the shallows when we could be enjoying the depths. This river is also a picture of the blessings that will flow out from God who dwells in His temple. Today God dwells in our bodies (1 Cor. 6:19) and therefore streams of blessing should be flowing to others around us from our lives (John 7:37-39). If we are filled with the Holy Spirit then our lives will bless others as the blessings will overflow to others. What a challenge for us to meet the conditions that will produce a blessing for others!

"There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn." (Psalms 46:4-5)

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