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.

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30 Bible Reading: Zephaniah Chapters 1-3

RESTING on GOD’s POWER, DELIVERENCE and LOVE: "The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." (Zeph 3:17)

In the above verse, prophet Zephaniah describes God’s victory and admiration for His redeemed people. As a victorious Redeemer, God will be their Savior. God’s love will be seen as deeply felt thoughtfulness and admiration. God’s satisfaction with His people will be expressed through His demonstrative singing.

Thus, the future messianic age will be a cause for great joy for the Lord (v. 17) and His people (v. 14). All sources of fear and sorrow will be removed, because the Lord Himself will dwell in their midst (vv. 15, 17). “Quiet you with His love” is a beautiful description reminiscent of God’s forgiveness, and His refusal to remember man’s iniquitous acts (Psalms 32:1, 2; Jer. 31:34; Ezek. 33:16). He will actually rest in His love; there will be no cause in Israel to elicit judgment or rebuke.

The people of God would be called to respond because their deliverance had come. They would take encouragement and strength from the new reality that their God lived among them. The people would rejoice and sing because their discipline is ended, their enemy has been defeated, they are part of the kingdom of God and the Lord Jehovah is ruling over them as their King.

We too can find hope in times of difficulty if we focus on God’s power, God’s deliverance, and God’s love. He is our King (3:15), our Savior (3:16–17a), and our Beloved (3:17b). He will rejoice over us with gladness. This delight is grounded in the character of God, who “delights in mercy”.

If we delight in the Lord and obey Him, He delights in us and shares His best with us. If we sin, He will chasten us in love. If we turn to Him in repentance, He will forgive us and restore our joy and peace: “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely” (Hos. 14:4). Let us rest on God's power, deliverance and love today!

"Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:18-19)

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