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.

Monday, October 3, 2011

October 3 Bible Reading: Zechariah Chapters 4-6

It’s NOT by MIGHT nor by POWER but by HIS SPIRIT: This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. “Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!" (Zech 4:6-7)

As governor of Judah, Zerubbabel was ultimately responsible for rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem, which had began in earnest ten years ago (Ezra 5:1, 2; Hag. 1:14), but this work was currently stalled. It appeared that all his efforts had failed. However, God wanted Zerubbabel to understand that He (Himself) was his strength and would supply everything that was needed to accomplish the task to which He had called him. Though physical effort and objects were involved in the work, this work was actually spiritual and could be accomplished only through the power of the Holy Spirit. The ‘great mountain’ mentioned was a figurative reference to the great obstacles the people faced in rebuilding the temple (Ezra 5:3–17).

Even today, God’s people are told not to depend on military power and foreign alliances to accomplish their calling (Isaiah 31:1–3; Psalms 20:7–9). Ultimately, brute force is not the way that God accomplishes His work. God’s Spirit is the empowering agent of His activity (v. 6). Human energy, creativity, planning, and thinking have value, but they count little without spiritual strength (Ezek. 37:1–14). God’s grace can move the biggest mountains (obstacles) one faces, reducing them to easily traveled plains (v. 7). Zerubbabel saw examples of this in his own day when God graciously removed a number of obstructionists who stood in the way of the temple’s completion (Ezra 4:1–6:12).

Nations and churches truly prosper, not as a result of their erudition or financial resources, but only because God’s power is operative. Let’s understand that our weakness is no hindrance to God, nor is our strength an aid to God. God ultimately works out His purposes in our lives by the power of His Spirit (Hos. 1:7; 2 Cor. 4:7, 12:8-9).

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13)

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