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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 17 Bible Reading: 2 Kings Chapters 10-12

God ‘DESIRES’ us to both ‘REMOVE EVIL’ and ‘BE GODLY’: Thus Jehu destroyed Baal from Israel. However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan. And the Lord said to Jehu, "Because you have done well in doing what is right in My sight, and have done to the house of Ahab all that was in My heart, your sons shall sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation." But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart; for he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, who had made Israel sin. (2 Kings 10:28-31)

In 841 B.C., Jehu became king of Israel and he ruled for 28 years. He brought in some great reformations that included the removal of Jezebel (9:30–37), killing the survivors of Ahab’s family in both Israel and Judah (10:1–17), and eradicating Baal worship formally (vv. 18–28). In many ways Jehu was one of the best kings of Israel as he executed God’s judgment on the house of Ahab and purged the land of Baal-worshipers. For these acts, God rewarded Jehu by allowing his dynasty to continue for four generations through Jehoahaz, Joash, Jeroboam II, and Zechariah.

Even though Jehu destroyed Baal worship (vv. 18–28) on a political level, he continued the state worship policies established by Jeroboam I that clearly showed his disregard for true spiritual revival in Israel. He continued to promote the worship of the golden calves set up at Bethel and Dan, which Jeroboam had inaugurated. To abolish these places of worship established by Jeroboam would have opened the door for the people of Israel to return to Jerusalem as their religious center. This, in turn, could have led to a reunion of Israel with the house of David, which Jehu did not want in order to maintain his authority and control over Israel.

What we can see is that Jehu was not fully devoted to God! He removed evil from his kingdom, but did not become a godly example before others. Therefore, he is justly condemned by the later prophet Hosea (Hosea 1:4) for having used the command of God to mask his own lust for power. He was zealous but not devoted to Jehovah. Due to this, the nation of Israel did not become righteous before God by just removing evil in the form of Baal worship as it did not establish godliness by truly following God as well.

Today, let us examine our hearts to see if we have not only removed wrong habits, practices, addictions from our lives, but are also walking in the path of righteousness by meditating, delighting in and living according to God’s Word!

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night" (Psalms 1:1-2).  

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