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.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 8 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 25-27

God’s PROMISES to BLESS us IF we OBEY HIM: "If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid; I will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword will not go through your land." (Leviticus 26:3-6)

Leviticus chapter 26 is a prophetic history regarding Israel’s presence in the Land of Promise. After a brief introduction based on the first four commandments (26:1–2), God set forth the conditions for covenant blessing: “walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them” (26:3). The statutes and commandments were the stipulations of the covenant so God appealed to His people to keep their part of the covenant, which would guarantee His favor upon them.

This chapter is uniquely reserved to pronounce blessings on those Israelites who are obedient to God (vv. 3-13) and to announce curses on those Israelites who are disobedient to God (vv. 14-39). God used twice as much space to issue warnings and curses for disobedience (25 verses) over the blessings for obedience (10 verses). God used adversity here as a promised fruit of disobedience, not to inflict revenge upon His people, but to lead His people to repentance (vv. 40-42). In fact, the chastisement would increase in severity as we progress through this chapter (vv. 14, 18, 21, 24, 28).

Note that the blessings of God are conditional and follows the if-then format. God promised the following blessings to the Israelites if they would keep His commandments: rain, fertility (v. 4), productivity, security (v. 5), peace, safety (v. 6), victory over enemies (vv. 7, 8), fruitfulness, and the God’s presence in their midst (vv. 9–13). There are three divisions of blessings (vv. 4, 6, 11) and each is prefaced with “I will give”. They include material prosperity (vv. 3–5), victory over the nation’s enemies (vv. 6–9), the assurance of God’s presence in the land (vv. 11, 12), and the dignity of personal freedom (v. 13).

God used the word ‘covenant’ eight times in this chapter. It reminded the people of their special relationship with Him and the responsibilities belonging to that relationship. If they obeyed the terms of the covenant, they would remain in the Promised Land and enjoy His blessings. God does not promise material success to His new covenant people today, but He does promise to be with us and meet our every need and bless us if we obey Him. Are we obeying God completely in our daily lives?

"Though He (Jesus Christ) was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him" (Hebrews 5:8-9)

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