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.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April 15 Bible Reading: 2 Kings Chapters 4-6

What DO you have ‘IN YOU’ that God can BLESS? A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves." So Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?" And she said, "Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil." (2 Kings 4:1-2)

Elisha, who had until recently been pouring water on the hands of Elijah (2 Kings 3:11b), was now a full-fledged prophet of Israel doing an extraordinary ministry being propelled by the double portion of the Spirit that God had anointed his master Elijah. What we read in this passage is just another day in the life of this powerful servant of God. He is approached by the wife of one of the sons of the prophets, who had just experienced a crisis in her life. Her husband, one of the unnamed servants-at-large of Elisha, had died without setting his house in order (or, taking any life insurance), so that his wife and his two sons would not suffer as a result of his demise. While he was alive, this man had raked up a huge debt since he had borrowed a large amount of money from a certain creditor (loan shark) and had not paid the debt back in due time. Now that he was dead, his widow was afraid that this creditor would come and take her two innocent sons to be his slaves!

What did Elisha do under these circumstances? Let’s pay attention to what Elisha asked this widow: “What do you have in the house?” Elisha did not create any wealth for this widow out of thin air like a magician. Instead, Elisha directed her attention to think about what she had currently in her possession. Without a moment’s hesitation, this widow replied that all she had with her was a jar of oil. As we read the next verses in this passage (vv. 3-7), Elisha asked the widow to borrow as many vessels as she could from all her neighbors and friends to contain the blessings that God was about to pour out in her life through an extraordinary miracle. Then, she and her sons should get inside a room, shut the door for privacy, and then by faith start to pour out the oil in her jar into all the empty containers. God would then perform a miracle of replication, and the jar would tap into an unlimited unseen source of oil that only God could create. She would be able to fill all the vessels in the room with oil, and then use that oil to pay off her debt so that she and her sons could live in plenty in a land stricken by poverty.  

Many of us today are living in spiritual poverty not knowing that God is more than willing to bless us with all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3). Many are hounded by Satan and living in a perpetual state of fear and trepidation being constantly reminded of their weakness and shame. In this context, the question that we need to ask ourselves is: “What do I have in me that God can bless?” Each of us has unique spiritual abilities in our lives that God has specifically gifted us. There is no one in this world that God has not gifted even ‘one talent’ (see Matthew 25:14-30). We need to do a thorough soul-searching & discover our ministry gifting today? Then, we should lay our 'talent' before God and ask Him to bless us so that God can make us a blessing in the lives of others!

Let us recall God asking Moses one day: "What is that in your hand?" (Exodus 4:2), or Jesus asking His disciples: "How many loaves do you have? Go and see" (Mark 6:38). God will then use what we have to bless others around us and ourselves through a miracle. Are you willing to be blessed by God today so that you can be a blessing to others in your sphere of influence?

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