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 29, 2011

September 29 Bible Reading: Habakkuk Chapters 1-3

DIRECTING our LIVES towards GOD’s VISION: Then the Lord answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”. (Habakkuk 2:2-3)

During the days of prophet Habakkuk, public notices were engraved in large and clear characters upon clay tablets and openly exhibited in the marketplace. The writings were to be sufficiently large so that one running by could instantly decipher the meaning. If the notice was a warning it would also cause the reader to run quickly to prepare for what was coming.

Bible scholars believe that the vision that Habakkuk was to write down was concerning the fall of Babylon and the restoration of Judah (Daniel 5:30, 31). God guaranteed that what was written would surely come to pass, which was an indispensable test of a true prophet (Deut. 18:21, 22). In fact, the judgment on the Babylonians was fulfilled through Cyrus in 539 B.C - long after Habakkuk’s vision.

A. J. Pollock says that this verse also refers to the hope of the Christian. When verse 3 is quoted in Hebrews 10:37, the “it” (i.e., the vision) becomes “He” (i.e., the Lord), who will surely come and will not tarry. So, in the New Testament context, this verse may signify the hope of the Christian, which is “the Rapture of the Church”.

Let us clearly understand that God knows His plan and is working out all things according to His purpose. We are responsible to study and proclaim His revelation while awaiting its fulfillment. The assurance of fulfillment lies in God Himself, and the fulfillment of the vision would not take any longer than God had planned. Let us direct our lives towards the fulfillment of God vision!

“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: ‘for yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.’ But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” (Heb 10:35-39)

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