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 24, 2011

September 24 Bible Reading: Obadiah Chapter 1

GOD will FINALLY establish HIS KINGDOM: "But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame; but the house of Esau shall be stubble; they shall kindle them and devour them, and no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau," for the Lord has spoken. "Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion to judge the mountains of Esau, and the kingdom shall be the Lord's." (Ob 1:17-18, 21)

God’s goal in history is the establishment of His kingdom. For Israel this will include the return of the people, the possession of the land, the judgment on Israel’s enemies, and the restoration of the kingdom in holiness. The above verses contain the promise of the expansion of God’s people in all directions until they regain their ancient territory. God’s repeated promise concerning possession of the land (in Gen. 12:7) will have its final fulfillment through God’s help!

We should note that “Mount Zion” (in v. 17) and “My holy mountain” (in v. 16) refer to the same place: Jerusalem. The references to the “house of Jacob” and the “house of Joseph” (in v. 18) signify a unified Israel. God intends to rejoin the kingdoms of Israel and Judah as one people again. The closing verse looks forward to that time when the Lord’s people will come to mount Zion and judge the mount of Esau during the kingdom age (Dan. 7:27; Rev. 5:10). The emphasis on “saviors” (in v. 21) is upon God the Father as the Savior (Is. 45:21) and upon God the Son as Savior (Acts 4:12). God will be all in all, and His glorious, triumphant people will reign forever with Him!

Let us understand that these were Obadiah’s last words against all human arrogance, pride, and rebellion. Edom had thought itself indestructible; but the Lord humbled that nation and restored the fallen Israel. Many people are tempted to consider themselves beyond the reach of God. But God will bring them low, just as He will lift those who humble themselves before Him. And one great day, He will establish His just rule over all…!!!

"The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" (Rev 11:15)

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