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, April 14, 2012

April 14 Bible Reading: 2 Kings Chapters 1-3

God will FIGHT our BATTLES if we TRUST Him by FAITH: Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. And he said, "Thus says the Lord: 'Make this valley full of ditches.' For thus says the Lord: 'You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.' And this is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand." (2 Kings 3:15-18)

The second book of Kings starts with this simple statement: "Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab" (2 Kings 1:1). Ahab had now died and when his son Jehoram became the king of Israel, there was a rebellion from a vassal who provided Israel with 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams regularly (2 Kings 3:4-5). This was an enormous blow to Israel’s economy, and so Jehoram mustered the help of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah and the king of Edom to bring Moab back into subjection (v. 9a).

However, as these armies marched on the roundabout way of the Wilderness of Edom for seven days, they faced a crucial problem – there was no water for the army or for the animals that followed them (v. 9b). On the natural realm, it appeared that they would not be able to survive without water and fall into the hands of the enemy Moab (v. 10). The lack of water reminded all three kings that God was in control and their combined power meant nothing without Him!

It was then that Jehoshaphat suggested that they should go to a prophet of God for help (v. 11), and they located Elisha who was now endowed with the double portion of the spirit of Elijah (v. 12). Even though Jehoram had done evil in the sight of God (vv. 2-3), Elisha respected the presence of the godly Jehoshaphat. He called for a musician and as the musician played, the power of God came upon Elisha and he predicted that the valley would be full of pools not caused by rain, and that the Moabites would be defeated. God would indeed fight their battle on their behalf!

As with many Old Testament miracles, the prophet’s words carry instructions for human participation as well (4:3, 4, 41; 6:6) so that the faith of the people and the divine provision may each have their proper part. In this case, the armies were to dig trenches throughout the countryside, and God would fill them with water. They obeyed the word of the prophet and God provided water to the three armies in abundance (3:13–20). To God this miracle was so insignificant (a light thing) that He would use this miracle to deliver the Moabites over to them!

Let us remember today that God will fight our battles for us if we let Him and trust Him by faith. It is always better to trust in God than to put our confidence in people or authorities around us!

"The Lord is for me among those who help me; therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. All nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them" (Psalms 118:7-10)

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