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 21, 2012

April 21 Bible Reading: 2 Kings Chapters 22-25

Knowing the ‘WILL OF GOD’ through the ‘WORD OF GOD’: "Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people took a stand for the covenant." (2 Kings 23:3)

King Josiah, who started ruling Judah at the tender age of 8, was the last of the God-fearing kings of Judah before Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians. No other king who occupied David’s throne matched him for godliness of life and commitment to covenant principles (22:2; 23:25). He started with the temple restoration project that resulted from the discovery of a long-lost copy of the laws of God through Moses (22:3–13). When Josiah read the scroll he became aware of God’s will for them and determined to lead his people in a great spiritual reformation (23:1–3). Like Moses (Exodus 24:3–8), Joshua (Joshua 8:34, 35; 24:1–28) and Jehoiada (2 Kings 11:17) before him, Josiah followed the ancient standard for godly leadership (Deut. 17:18–20; 31:9–13) and assembled the people to renew the covenant (Joshua 24).

As a whole community, the people of Judah swore to obey God’s covenant. King Josiah engaged the people in the most solemn manner to abolish idolatry, and to serve God in righteousness and true holiness. After Josiah read the law to all the people (vv. 1, 2), he renewed the covenant between God and them (v.3), cleansed the temple (v. 4), rooted out idolatry (vv. 5-20), kept a solemn Passover (vv. 21-23), and cleared the land of witches (v. 24). The godly Josiah did what a righteous ruler in Israel was expected to do (Deut. 31:10–13), and this was known only through knowing God’s will through reading God’s Word.

The Open Bible commentary states that without doubt the most important factor in finding God’s will is the Bible itself. God speaks to us through the Scriptures always.
  1. First, the Scriptures declare that God has a definite will for our lives. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalms 37:23). “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” (Psalms 32:8).
  2. Second, God desires us to know His will for our lives. “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17).
  3. Third, God’s will for us is continuous and follows through our lives (see Isaiah 58:11).
  4. Fourth, God’s will is specific. “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21).
  5. Fifth, God’s will is profitable for us (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:1–3).
What is the will of God for us? It differs from person to person, but there are four aspects in the will of God which apply to every Christian:
  • It is His will that we learn more about God (Col. 1:9).
  • It is His will that we grow in grace (1 Thess. 4:3).
  • It is His will that we study His Word (2 Tim. 3:14–17).
  • It is His will that we share our faith (Acts 1:8; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9).
Finally, it is God’s will to make His dear children as much like Christ as possible. Let us make a sincere effort to discover God’s will in our lives as well through reading and meditating on His Word!

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